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Thoughts on Pre-Marital Sex

You know, I never really knew what I was getting into when I began Anatomy and Physiology. As a senior in high school, I have lost any preference for the classes I take, yet this particular course has proven interesting. While the topics have varied, the most recent topic is also the most awkward: sex. …

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What Does It Mean To “Not Conform to the Ways of This World”?

I did not realize just how terrible the world really is until the past few weeks. Even then, I feel like I've only scratched the surface. This missionary kid of seventeen years need two semesters in politics to actually understand the stupidity of this world. That fact is mildly embarrassing, to be honest. But this has been an embarrassing year with the amount of idiocy that has been exposed even in my personal life. I guess I'm a human. Shocker, right?

Highlights of a Teenage Life

Have you ever gone through a time of such deep darkness that you forgot what the light looked like? I have. Anxiety, depression, black anger, hurt, frustration, and grief all accompany this tragic state. If you were ever a teenager, you likely can emphasize with this. Teenage life is, after all, a trying time. We grow at a rapid rate between the ages of 13 and 20, often maturing so quickly (or slowly, at times) that we become different people almost overnight. The first such period in my life took place in the summer of 2019....

The Valentine’s Day Dilemna

I find it interesting (and more than a little amusing) that St. Valentine, the man for which Valentine's Day is named, was actually beheaded several hundred years ago on the day we celebrate. Therefore, we do not celebrate love, for which St. Valentine was not even famous for (his "Saintly responsibilities" involved beekeeping and epilepsy), but instead we celebrate death. Quite a concept, is it not?

The Quest to Everlasting Joy

There are two photos pinned to the wall just above my desk. One of them depicts a young man standing at a pulpit, his mouth split with a wide smile as he animates his discussion with open hands. His eyes seem fixed on a single spot in the crowd before him, perhaps seeing something visible …

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The Absolute and Utter Stupidity of Politics

Yesterday, West Virginia governor Jim Justice announced that all winter sports (including my sport, basketball) are completely canceled until January 11th at the earliest. This is just another example of the American government completely failing in their duties to the American people. The decision has absolutely no logic behind it and was passed because of fear and peer pressure.

The Greatest Perspective of All

They say that the best teachers are those that know you best. I believe this to be true. A teacher that can reach into your heart and find your deepest needs, gaps, and desires is a teacher that will always succeed. Moreover, a teacher willing to go to great lengths to ensure your complete understanding of a given topic is a teacher like no other. This man or woman will never be forgotten. They will implant their face upon the hearts and minds of our young generations for decades, changing the future for the better. My dad is one such teacher.

The Power of Knowledge

If you could know anything, what would you want to know? We all have an insatiable desire to know something. It’s what drives new discoveries, new creations, and new ideas. We may want to know where we will be in five years, or when the pandemic will be over, or how to create light without a lightbulb or a candle. Yet that information escapes us until given proper permission. Want to know what happens in five years? Wait five years and see.

Grasping Achilles’ Spear: Human Power and Courage in The Iliad and the Bible (Guest Post)

Guest post by Philip Soen Greetings everyone. My name is Philip Soen and I am Elisha McFarland’s uncle. Presently, I live in Dallas, Texas, where I have been studying to become a university professor. This last July (2020) I had the privilege of vacationing in St. Albans, West Virginia. There Elisha’s family hosted my two …

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How to Use Discernment in an Age of Illiteracy

False teachers are everywhere. Everyone thinks that they're the next John Piper, prepared to give controversial opinions with little care given to the legitimacy of their claims. In an age of false news and quick, unresearched opinions, it can become almost impossible to properly research current events. Every smalltime blogger, podcaster, youtuber, and writer thinks that their take on current events is the most factual, needed piece of content on the web, and they're usually wrong...

What We Learned from Lecrae’s “Restoration”

After over two years of silence, acclaimed rapper Lecrae has released his newest album, aptly titled "Restoration". The album, containing tracks featuring popular artists John Legend and YK Osiris, has been met with wide success, garnering over 2 million YouTube views within mere days of being released. What happened? What caused his music to take …

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Publishing Peace Ministries Launch!

Today is the day! Publishing Peace Ministries has officially launched! After three months of dreaming, writing, envisioning, and working, we have finally reached the Starting line. Publishing Peace Ministries, originally known as "Project Cast", began as the brain child of Jonathan Bjorn-Kellogg, aka. Bjorn. His vision for quality Christian content in an age of low-quality, …

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Monday Q&A 8: Christianity Compared

Comparing Christianity is an easy discussion for a missionary kid formerly based in a continent dominated by Muslims. Having seen firsthand the similarities and differences between Christianity, Islam, non-belief, and the rest, I have looked forward to this discussion since beginning the Monday Q&As. Because this is the last Q&A from Stoa Apologetics, I will …

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