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Sifting Through the Gun Divide

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Growing up on the outskirts of Colonel Glenn Road near the Pulaski County line, I heard the booming sounds of the hand cannon in my backyard. Attending classes in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, a community that steeps itself in the middle of southern gun culture, I heard the cracks and pops of modern muskets as I set my course for the library on the occasional weeknight study session.  Did I hit the ground? Did I shudder in fear? Did I stop my journey or game of catch? Not at all. Why? The sound of a gun going off was expected for better or worse. I did not question how it was used or how it was purchased. If I did, the same old adage would roll off my dad's tongue, "They're probably hunting, shooting skeet or something." I grew numb to the sound like a knee slap after any good joke. Lines and Divides The same cannot be said for every American. As thick as the partisan line is the divide surrounding guns. As many people who are opposed to housing shotgun shells and pistol cap

Love Ain't Always How It's Cracked Up to Be

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So, we're in the early stages of Summer 2022. It's early June, and it's wedding season if you don't know what that means in the South. Attending a school like mine means that every late May to early August provides plenty of opportunities to put on nice clothes, see some friends, and bust a move. But it also allows you to glimpse an all-too-common depiction of love through a flower girl, rings, and a white dress.  I'm actually going to another wedding this week (shoutout to my buddy Sean), and it got me thinking again about the subject of love. Why does love matter? How does someone get or give love? Shoot, do we even need love at all? But before all that... what the heck is it? We hear love songs all the time, but two favorites are  I Wanna Know What Love Is  by Foreigner and  What is Love  by Haddaway. In the latter tune, the German singer asked his presumptive audience of one the following question: "What is love? Baby, don't hurt me. Don't hurt me,

In the SBC, It's Time to Mourn and Repair

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Over the last seventy-two hours, reports of sexual abuse within the SBC Executive Committee have come to light, exposing the past two decades’ cover-ups, lies, and harm coming at the hands and words of the denomination’s most powerful leaders. In the coming days the Executive Committee will reveal the list carrying the names several more abusers, which will further carry the wave of anger and disappointment around the world. As documented by the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and virtually every other news service across the country, subjects of shock, awe, and hypocrisy were the main takeaways. David French called the report by Guidepost Solutions LLC “A Southern Baptist Horror.” Russell Moore, former president of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics, and Religious Liberty Commission, took it a step further, naming it the “Southern Baptist Apocalypse.” In the aftermath, several pastors who served as SBC president were mentioned as abusers or complicit in abuse, including Steve Gaine

How I Almost Lost My Faith—and How I Found It Again

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Empty, Alone, and Doing the Right Thing Picture this for a moment: you’re running down a dark alley. There are towering high-rise apartments on each side of you, and debris is falling from above. There are elephants-sized tears welling up and running across your face like a window in the middle of a rainstorm. Up to this point, you’ve even forgotten why you began to run in the first place but unwilling to stop, lest you get trounced with empty glass bottles and crushed-up cans. You’re afraid, lost, and alone.   That’s how my faith walk felt for much of the past calendar year. Here’s the problem though. I wasn’t living a life filled with the cardinal sins: sex, drugs, and alcohol. I wasn’t abstaining from the church. I wasn’t refusing to read the Bible. My life has been the exact opposite. I was and still am a Bible student at a Christian school who occasionally spends his time preaching in churches and other times regularly attends and actively participates with a local congregation. I