Vic Stanley

Victor Stanley Jr. is the president and co-founder of LOJ Ministries overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization. Vic leads some of our missions trips, teaches, guides the development of curriculum and training programs, and serves to keep LOJ focused on its mission to "Strengthen churches and Christians around the world to transform their communities." Apart from LOJ Vic writes extensively and is a guest speaker at churches and conferences. Vic simply desires to faithfully and humbly serve God wherever Christ may lead him.

  • Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    One Day…

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   How could it all have come to this? I remember days when I was young and bliss Life removed the ignorance, it’s a, cold world Destroyed my self-esteem as a youth That’s why me, and my ‘ol girl could never get it right Insecurities while securing these packs But before all that I was knocked on my back Pain in my frame it’s a shame drug dealer I, Fit the image of everything they said I’d be, Just a nigga… I moves on from that Demonic shadows on this path, I wonder if I’ll last Air is thin here, try not to gasp Shallow…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    The Problem With Sex: How Birth Control Damaged the Family

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   In two previous articles, The Problem With Sex… and Why Marriage Matters I deal with, in brief, the negative impact of birth control on marriage and family, and the importance and purpose of marriage. In this article I address in detail the problem with birth control and how it has effected the family, as well as its direct link to abortion rights and same-sex marriage legislation.

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    #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   In an article for CNN titled “Black Panther’ Is a Movie and a Movement,”[1] Lisa France discusses the cultural impact of the Marvel movie Black Panther. The point that Ms. France is trying to make can be summed up in the following quote from her article: “…a film that explores what it means to be black, centered on a black superhero, featuring a mostly black cast, and helmed by a black director is on pace to be one of Marvel’s biggest blockbusters.”[2] One of the most notable and talked about aspects of the movie is its “blackness,” it is a movie that celebrates African…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Why Marriage Matters

    In a previous piece titled "The Problem With Sex..." I spoke of how contraceptives and birth control serve to dismantle the family to a certain extent. This current article shows the significance of family and its purpose within a Christian context. In light of this it becomes more clear why stifling procreation within marriage is problematic.

  • Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    Writing On The Wall

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Only customers around us hustlers How you want it? I’ve been through some trouble bruh I survived death’s nightmare during broad daylight, Life’s right there, I refuse to reach out and touch it Far more than stubborn ain’t budging ’cause I love it No budget for this power you see A gangster’s prestige is seething with greed We impoverished the streets ’cause these souls that we eat We don’t bother to keep, We farming with seed that fills the gardens with weed, Poppy plants and coca leaves, You know the story how I got set free, Now I commune with the saints and rock…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    The Problem With Sex…

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   In an article titled “Protestants and Contraception,”[1] Dr. Evan Lenow of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary explores the link between marriage and procreation, and how contraception has severed this connection. Dr. Lenow does this by looking at the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, written in 1968 by Pope Paul VI, and the implications it has for marriage and the family. Dr. Lenow teaches Ethics at Southwestern, and so he starts out by detailing the experience some of his students have upon first delving into the course material concerning sexuality and reproductive technologies. He says that he often has a few students approach him in the semester…

  • Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    Who Was I?

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Look I couldn’t breathe, still my chest heave weary from the death beat of a heart pushed to its limit running from life ignoring those church folk worked dope, up and down that mid-atlantic coast, doing the most just to boast that I was really about it life plans outed in an existence that was clouded by prayers to the darkness illuminated on the ember of a joint materialized in smoke, spoke to the air prince of which guarantees the success of these our faith in he just increase as he perfects deceit I moved with enemies of my soul’s belief I suppressed it,…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Relationship vs. Kinship

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   A Brief Introduction What is relationship? What is kinship? Furthermore, what is the difference between them? Some definitions will help us understand what each is, and allow us to quickly look at the uniqueness of each and why Christians should strive for one or the other.   Relationship Merriam Webster defines relationship as follows:      1: the state of being related or interrelated (studied the relationship between the variables)      2: the relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship: as           a: kinship           b: a specific instance or type of kinship  …

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    What Will They Become?

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. In an article in the New York Times titled “New Facebook App for Children Ignites Debate Among Families,” published December 4th, 2017 touches on the effects of technology aimed at children. The story centers on Facebook’s new app, called Messenger Kids, which targets children under the age of thirteen. The app is designed to allow children to message friends and relatives that have been authorized by the app’s parental controls.

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

     “Not Peace But A Sword”

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   “You think I have come to bring peace on the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matt. 10:34) These are the words of Jesus to His disciples before sending them out into Judea to proclaim the message of Christ. These words do not mesh well with the romanticized timid and docile Jesus we tend to speak about in our churches. These words would not be spoke by the Jesus who wouldn’t harm a fly, who would never inconvenience us, who would never put us in uncomfortable positions, or disrupt our cozy lives. The Jesus proclaimed in most of our…