Around 24 and a half years ago, I stood, or was held, rather, in front of a group of people who promised to help nurture and raise me, to train me in the ways of Godliness, to pray for me, to support me, and to love me. That group of people was Hopewell Baptist Church, and they have […]Read more "I love Hopewell Baptist Church"
Deep down, no one likes Valentine’s Day. There is no good approach to it. Single people sigh about not having someone to share it with. Those in relationships grumble about all of the effort it requires or the pressure to go all out for their significant others. If you do happen to be someone that […]Read more "The Loathed Holiday"
R. W. Long is a passionate man. Through just a few chapters of his first book, Push the Rock, that is obvious. I crossed paths with him a few years ago on the internet, commiserating about the Tennessee Vols and coping with the hopelessness of fandom. As we began to follow one another on social media, […]Read more "Push the Rock: Second Chances on the Road to Kilimanjaro"
Over a year has passed since an unarmed Michael Brown Jr. was killed in Ferguson, Missouri. Like many moderate white people, I realized the potential prejudice that was involved in his slaying. And, like many moderate white people, I thought to myself, “Let’s not jump to any strong conclusions that black men are being killed […]Read more "I Can’t Take Back My Silence"
“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.” F. Scott Fitzgerald penned that famous line in his debut novel, This Side of Paradise. Written almost a century ago, its uncommon style stands out today. For modern readers, the flow of the sentence is distinct, capturing both passion and tenderness in a way that […]Read more "Finding Intimacy"
With graduation season upon us once again, I thought I’d post a letter I wrote to several of my friends around this time last year. There are much harder things than moving on from college or high school, but it still can be a confusing time. I pray this would comfort any recent graduate embarking […]Read more "Finding Rest in Graduation"
I was eight years old when Governor George W. Bush ran against Vice President Al Gore in the presidential election of 2000. Growing up in the heart of red state America, the arguments from the tail end of Jerry Falwell’s army were full of vitriol; the arrogance was shameful. When asked who he was voting for, […]Read more "The Political Ramblings of a Confused 23 year old"