Drug Use & Gun Control (by John Smith)

The Bureau of National Vital Statistics published their findings early in 2012. It showed an alarming increase in the number of deaths directly stemming from drug use, emphasizing overdoses of prescription painkillers. Drugs are now responsible for 37,485 deaths per year. Drug use now ranks higher than war, suicides, homicides, hypertensive heart disease and even…

Roll Call

On January 10, I attended the funeral of a soldier that I had never met, LTC Alonzo McGhee.  He was tragically gunned down outside his home and left dead in the middle of the street in a sleepy little bedroom community outside of Huntsville, AL.  He left behind three small children who will never again…

Feed My Sheep

“Feed My Sheep” started my first few weeks at The Way. I was assigned to clean out the fridge on Saturday, so I did. As I began to put some food in the trash, I was deeply convicted and knew that there were many people on the streets of Huntsville hungry…not just for food, but…

New Jersey Inspiration

Marshall, one of the residents at The Way, was a true inspiration to those he served during our trip to New Jersey to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. He was always found in the center of the work despite his health challenges. A few years ago, Marshall had been shot and was not…

Tragedy: A Cause for Thanksgiving?

One of my great family Thanksgiving traditions after moving to Huntsville was going to the Johnson’s log house in the country with all my brothers and sisters from church who were unable (or unwilling) to get with their physical families for Thanksgiving. The Johnson’s would always gather us together in a large circle, holding hands,…

Why Go?

As we arrived in New Jersey ten days after super “Frankenstorm” Sandy devastated the Northeast, I was prepared for a lot of things.  Due to the prior day’s snow and ice storm, the power was out at the church building where we were planning to stay, but we had lanterns and warm clothing well supplied.…

The Paradox Of Popularity

A paradox is a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true.  The word literally means a conflict of expectation.  Jesus’ teaching flourished in paradox, because God’s kingdom is by nature paradoxical from our world.  He taught things like, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12) and…