Shooting Death on the Street Where I’ve Picked Up Kids Many Times

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E 8th St in Greenville is close to my church. I’ve picked up and dropped off kids there many times.

Two nights ago there was a shooting death on that street.

I’m nearly certain that the deceased and the shooter (who police say may likely have been acting in self defense) were a few years ago just like the kids that I’ve been working with every week for the last 8 years. This could be Jonathan or Freddy or Robert or Randy or Micah or Craig or even Michael.

Sin really messes things up; the neighborhoods around my church just let it be seen a little more obviously than other areas do. The pull on these kids to do wrong is just amazing. Sin blights. It blinds.

“You who love the Lord, hate evil!”

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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