Just Sayin’: Be Thankful
It’s November. Leaves are piling up on the grass. The wind has chased away every last bit of warmth that October was stubbornly holding on to. The rain clouds change the sky from blue to gray, casting a wet shadow over the whole week.
Assignments are piling up. Finals lie on the distant horizon. Pumpkin spice is making its annual comeback, only to go into extended hibernation in a few weeks.
The only thing getting you through the month is the return of Christmas. You’ve started ...
What’s Happening to the World?
It’s no secret that the Cedarville bubble is seemingly impenetrable by news.
You may catch a glimpse of FOX News or ESPN as you walk by the SSC Info Desk or work out in the fitness center. You attend chapel and pray for the tragedies that hit close to home, the people who are suffering. You skim Twitter and Facebook, catching the breaking news and click-bait stories composed of cats and GIFs. You may “like” or “favorite” the post, but odds are you do so without reading more than ...
Just Sayin’: Love Intentionally
“When you die, the only kingdom you’ll see is two-footwide and sixfoot deep ... I’ll bow for your king when he shows himself,” screams Oli Sykes of Bring Me the Horizon in the song “House of Wolves.”
Sykes, an outspoken atheist, has never been one to shy away from his hate for religion. On “Crooked Young,” he takes another shot at Christians, saying, “Death is the only salvation for me.”
We’re all looking for truth, whether we know it or not. Some people look for it ...
Kim Davis: Fighting for Her Religion or Just Breaking the Law?
Kim Davis, a chief deputy clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, spent five days behind bars because she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her Christian beliefs. The controversial Supreme Court case Obergefell V. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015. A same-sex couple sued Davis for not upholding the Supreme Court decision and she was found in contempt of court. Davis was released Sept. 8 after being sent to jail Sept. 3. She has gained national attent...
Just Sayin’: Live Intentionally
On Aug. 26 in Moneta, Virginia, a gunman shot and killed a reporter and her cameraman.
The shooter, who captured the whole ordeal on video, ran away from the scene, tweeted about his actions, and then shot himself before law enforcement caught him.
The victims, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were 24 and 27, respectively. They had each found love. Ward was engaged. They had their whole lives ahead of them.
Their dreams and aspirations were gunned down by a disgruntled former employee with ...
An Advisor, a Mentor, a Friend
I remember the first time I met my current advisor. I had just made the decision to switch my major from exercise science to journalism. The problem for me was that I knew virtually nothing about journalism or what it would take to complete the major. I anticipated a lot of writing, which I didn’t mind, but I was scared. My walk from Brock to his office in Alford was filled with nervous anticipation.
That first meeting ended up lasting close to an hour. Initially, we talked about why I ...
Just Sayin’: The Last Goodbye
I woke up, put on my wool beanie and unzipped the tent door. The horizon of the Ohio cornfields stretched out miles into the distance. A slight glow could be seen coming up against deep navy blue sky. My tentmate woke up and inched his way over in his sleeping bag. The two of us just sat, watching as the world emerged into a new day.
We hadn’t decided to camp out until after 10:30 the previous night, and by the time we decided to go to sleep, it was well past midnight. But that didn’t ...
Just Sayin’: Lollipop
It was a warm fall night. Clouds filled the sky, blocking any light from the moon and stars.
The only reason we could see ahead of us was the headlamps two or three of us had grabbed before heading out for the run. We were all freshmen on the cross country team at Cedarville.
It was Labor Day weekend and we had decided it would be fun to go running in the dark on some back roads none of us had been down before. We spent the run trying to learn more about each other, talking about our ...
Just Sayin’: FeBREWary
I am not sure exactly how or why it happened, but a few weeks ago I decided to stop drinking coffee. If you know me at all, you understand that not drinking coffee is a big deal. Every morning I would have two large mugs of coffee with breakfast. Usually I would make enough in the morning so I could have at least one mug in the afternoon as well. If I was studying at Panera I would have three or four cups. I learned from many sleepless nights not to have too much in the evening, but I loved my ...
Preview: The Oscars
It’s that time of year when the conversation starter is something like: “Felicity Jones or Rosamund Pike?” or maybe, “Michael Keaton or Eddie Redmayne?” A person’s thoughts turn to the allure of the silver screen and hope that artistic merit wins over mere power of celebrity.
An imperfect system
Although the Oscars are typically a reliable and respected establishment, it comes as no surprise that the system isn’t perfect.
Among the common criticisms is the possibility of ...