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!”

Author: 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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