• Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    Heavenly. . .

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Dope game, I’ve seen it all Seen the rise plus I’ve seen the falls, Heart full of hate I’ve seen them on those corners squeezing off (guns) Heart full of love I’ve seen it get taken advantage of I’ve seen the pain Plus I’ve seen the change Good girls end up jaded Good boys end up chasing that paper They all get whored out Ced’ told me “Life got us all Vic, no hold outs” I’m spitting it quicker You gotta realize there’s more to these pictures It’s hurt in these words Written by a mind that’s disturbed I see the troubles of the…

  • Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    SO SINCERE

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   I’m locked in the streets way of thinking But the world I exist in keeps on insisting That I behave all politically correct, But in my heart I harbor the resistance, Rebellious persistence Against the way that you dudes walk and talk I keep distance between my pearls of wisdom and ya’lls foolish thoughts Sometimes I black(out) and overreact ‘Bout to resort back to fistfights and straps I just might attack these arrogant young lads, Remind them exactly what this is How I used to live, Hustle, rob, and pimp, What I used to did, But I recover from the relapse, No longer a…

  • 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.

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    #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

    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…

  • Blogs,  Guest Contributors

    Don’t Objectify Me!

    A Theology of Adornment in the Age of Porneia   Written by Marcia Smith   “Don’t objectify me!” is the loud rallying cry for human dignity heard all across our individual rights obsessed culture today. Speakers addressing the evils of objectification at college campuses can usually expect to find a sympathetic audience of clucking tongues and angrily wagging fingers, most often among the women, as they rain hail fire and brimstone down on the men.1 Society has perhaps never before in history been so characterized by mass disorientation over the human body and the place of freedom. In the current battle over sexual identity and sexual license, and even in…

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    What Do We Do?

    Written by Dave Lenehan   Her name was Rachel Scott.  When you were in high school, you may have participated in an anti-bullying program called Rachel’s Challenge.  It is being used by hundreds of schools across the country.  Rachel, a believer, was one of 12 students and a teacher gunned down at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. Rachel’s funeral was broadcast on national television.  Prayers for the students and their families poured in from around the globe.  While many other tragic school shootings have taken place since then, Columbine still has an impact on lives today, partly through Rachel’s story and that of other Christian students…

  • Blogs,  Guest Contributors

    A Theology of Nakedness In Art

    Written by Marcia Smith   Curved and tense looms the colossal marble statue of Michelangelo’s David over the public square of Florence’s seat of civic government. Originally commissioned for the rooftop of the Florence Cathedral, he stands just blocks away from it in a wide open space, fully disrobed in a classic Renaissance celebration of the beauty and splendor of pure youth. In allusion to the veiled travesty taking place, his foremother stands outside the Florence Cathedral, clutching an animal skin at her waist in shame, while his promised seed and divine descendent overlooks the interior, resplendent and half-robed on the judgment seat. No explanation is given by the church…

  • Poetry

    Dear American Christians…

    Written by Evan Meinke   Dear American Christians, We all need to admit there is a problem. We see it as every day hordes of our “Christian” Youth ‘walk away’ from the faith. What will we change? Dear American Christians, They see that we are fake, they have observed the façade. They see it in every component of our lives.

  • 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.