• Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    All of The Sudden…

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   I read a lot. I study Scripture, its doctrines and theology. I study philosophy, Christian, secular, and Eastern philosophy. I teach theology and do ministry training, I write a lot of cultural commentary and practical theology, I serve in various leadership roles. My dad is the pastor of a large church, one of my mentors is a globally renowned missiologist and theologian, one of my other mentors is a high ranking executive at one of the world’s largest Christian organizations. I’m told by many people that I am highly respected and greatly beloved. By all counts I’m on a path to become, by human…

  • 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

    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

    Who Am I?

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Worldview Questions We hear many issues brought up when worldview is mentioned. There are all types of arguments to be had and debates to be fought. However, worldview, at its base, can be narrowed down to a few questions that get to the heart of the matter. These questions, when considered and answered, provide the basis for every other issue that comes out of the worldview debate. They are as follows:

  • Blogs,  Guest Contributors

    Are We Living in the Post Postmodern?

    Written by Jeff Benson The other day I was having dinner with an old friend of mine, when we began to discuss modern-day high-school students and how they react to certain questions. Since I regularly meet with a group of students at youth group, I was able to add into the conversation some of my own observations regarding the types of questions students have begun to ask, and how this differs from what we previously understood to be the “postmodern generation”. It was through our conversation we both came to a similar conclusion, that we might be beginning to see shift from postmodernism to what some are calling post postmodernism…

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    Kaepernick’s Controversy: A Violation of Symbolism

    Written by Adam Coleman Protest or Pity Party In the first Psalm we are cautioned against sitting in the seat of the scornful. In the name of patriotism and political correctness, it is alleged that NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has done just that. For those who don’t know, Colin Kaepernick recently elected to sit down during the National Anthem before a game in protest of what he believes to be oppression and injustice in America today. When asked about his act of protest, Kaepernick cited police brutality as a chief matter of concern that prompted him to speak out.

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Principles & Particulars

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Presbyterians generally teach that the principles of their organization, not the particulars, are taught in Scripture. So let us briefly look at principles and particulars to see if this statement can stand as true or if it is an untenable position to hold.

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    Scientology As A Worldview

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. In February 1954 the Church of Scientology was incorporated in California by L. Ron Hubbard.[1] While this date marks the beginning of the Church of Scientology, it does not denote the beginning of Hubbard’s efforts to start a religion. Those efforts begin in May 1950 with the publication of Hubbard’s book Dianetics, which means through the soul, and is claimed to be a science of the mind,[2] laid the groundwork for what would become Scientology. Scientology, like many religions, and specifically Buddhism, offers an explanation to humankind’s suffering, as well as a means to alleviate said suffering.