Monthly Archives: March 2014

My grandad’s hammer and the World Vision fight

It’s funny how you remember the little things about people. As I was growing up I watched my grandad do more than his share of labor around his farm in Christiansburg. Like most farmers, this meant he had a small … Continue reading

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Dealing with scars

When I was 19 years old I tore my ACL in a church league basketball game. OK, that’s not 100 percent true. I think I actually partial tore it that night, but didn’t realize it was that bad until nine … Continue reading

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Feast on the fruit

When I was a kid, there was probably nothing I loved more than hitting up the Colonel’s Buffet at Kentucky Fried Chicken. This wonder of the world featured fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and an endless amount of gravy you could … Continue reading

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The art of losing

Losing sucks. Whether it’s game, a failed relationship, or a missed opportunity, there are few feelings worse than finding yourself on the short end of the stick. But losing can also be awesome. In fact, it can be so awesome, … Continue reading

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What I learned about Jesus from the tattoo guys

During the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Blacksburg tattoo artist Chris Toler and his friend/PR/social media guru Zach Decker on a couple of occasions for two separate articles. The first appeared in The Burgs in January … Continue reading

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My struggle with “the”

“Hate the sin, love the sinner.” That might be the most overused phrase in the church. At the very least it ranks up there with “fence straddler” and blasting the lottery as things often said, but never printed in the … Continue reading

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