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July 20th, 2011
06:20 AM ET

Finding God in the Mississippi Delta

By Tommy Andres, CNN

Moorhead, Mississippi (CNN) - The Mississippi Delta is the kind of place where everyone shows up for a funeral.

It was on such a day in 1997 that Lucas McCarty and his grandfather had come to pay their respects to a young man who'd been killed in a car crash.

John Woods was there to bury his son.

Lucas and John had met a handful of times before, but that's the day John found his new son and Lucas his "black daddy" – each one delivered in his own way from a tragic past.

John worked for Lucas’ grandfather on his catfish farm as an “oxygen man." Catfish are fickle creatures, and if they don’t have enough oxygen, the whole lot of them can go belly up in minutes.

He’d gotten the job a decade earlier after getting out of jail. John had killed his brother-in-law on a lonely Delta road, according to T.R. Pearson's “Year of Our Lord,” which tells about John and Lucas. John had been indicted and tried for first-degree murder, but the trial resulted in a hung jury. He was then indicted and tried for first-degree manslaughter - and this time the jury found him not guilty. He was a free man.

At about the time John was starting a new life, Lucas’ life was almost ending before it could even begin.

Elizabeth Lear McCarty’s heart sank when her son was born, the familiar cry of a baby’s entrance into the world replaced by phrases like “no heartbeat” and “no spontaneous respiration.”

Elizabeth says a botched delivery deprived her son of oxygen at birth, damaging his brain.

He was born “gray and dead,” she says.

There would be unanswered questions and a lawsuit, and pretty soon it would become clear that Lucas would never be like other kids.

Lucas has cerebral palsy, a condition suffered when a baby's brain is deprived of oxygen, usually at birth. The condition began to show its devastating effects more and more as he matured.

He never learned to walk, read or write. Even eating was a challenge. It looked like Lucas was destined to spend the rest of his days in a wheelchair, dependent on others for his most basic needs.

Though he has never spoken a word in his life, at age 5 he found a way to say anything he needed to. It would take him years to master it, but the machine he shied away from at first, slowly became his link to his family and the world.

Based on Mayan hieroglyphs, Minspeak allows Lucas to create full sentences by pushing a series of pictures.

If he wants to say the word food, he pushes the picture of an apple. If he wants to say eat, he pushes the picture of an apple followed by the picture of a man running, called the “action man.” If he just wants to say apple, he pushes apple twice.

It can get fairly complex to an outsider. A hamburger, for example, is apple + scale + treasure chest. Somehow, this all makes sense if you’ve never learned to read or write with words.

Lucas grew up going to an Episcopal church, but his mom says he never liked it all that much. He was antsy and easily irritated, and sitting quietly for hours not only was difficult, but practically ran counter to his genetic predisposition.

“His sister kept his hands down the whole time he was at our church,” Elizabeth says.

‘My calling is singing the gospel’

At the funeral for his son, John Woods was touched by the presence of Lucas and his grandfather, James Lear.

“I looked around the church and Mr. Lear was there. Lucas was there. That’s to show you an old black man like me has some dear, sweet white friends,” John says.

Afterward, John began coming to the McCarty house to sing gospel songs with Lucas.

“He really couldn't do much else,” John says. “We would sing songs like ‘God’s Got It All In Control’ ” - no doubt a message that, at the time, offered equal comfort to both of them.

John asked Elizabeth if he could take Lucas to Easter service at Trinity House of Prayer, where he was the music director. John had been saved at Trinity, and he hoped Lucas could be too.

At that first service, John carried Lucas, and because of John’s position as music director, they sat in the deacon’s box, a spot reserved for congregational royalty.

“The Trinity House of Prayer congregation are such a loving environment of peoples,” John says. “A man can be a sinner, a whiner, (but) when they bring him into Trinity House of Prayer he will feel nothing but pure and genuine love.”

The love Lucas felt most was for the music. He fit right in with the loud expressionism and theatrics, and adored the soulful singing. Trinity changed his image of church.

“Shouting, dancing, falling out and speaking in tongues is real church,” Lucas says through his device.

Trinity House of Prayer is known for its choir. Tucked deep into the fertile soil and God-fearing air of the Mississippi Delta, the church is nestled on a flat, barren landscape, one of hundreds in a region where faith is the answer to poverty and hardship.

The chapel isn’t much to look at - an old gray building surrounded by a graveyard of dilapidated vehicles and rusted-out farm equipment. On the inside, windows are covered in a clear red film, a cheap alternative to stained glass. And on a sunny day, the faded carpet and beautiful wood pews light up with a glow that can feel transcendent.

Most notably, Trinity’s congregation is all black – with one exception. Every Sunday for the past 15 years, Lucas has shown up, sometimes carried, sometimes crawling, but always ready to put his “foot on the devil’s head.”

It’s a bit of a peculiar sight, a white man in a black church, on his knees, wailing indecipherably, but passionately into the microphone in the corner of the choir stand. He knows every word, he just can’t say them, but that sure doesn’t stop him from finding his voice.

“My calling is singing the gospel,” he says.

A warm, cleansing oil

Four months before Lucas was born, John Woods prayed for the first time for as long as he could remember.

The hard crack of the pistol, pulled from his waistband and fired without aim on that balmy Father's Day in 1987, rang through his head over and over.

John didn’t know if the man he had shot was dead, but he knew he was in trouble. He and his wife, Mary Frances, cried together until a squad car pulled into his driveway and took John away in handcuffs.

According to John, he heard his sister's husband had beaten her with a pipe, and John wanted to get even. He tracked the man down at a diner to give him a piece of his mind, the gun in his waistband providing punctuation for each cautionary sentence.

But according to John’s description in Pearson's "Year of our Lord," his brother-in-law didn’t take too kindly to the threat. He chased John down a road and pulled out a .25 automatic. He got off two shots before the gun jammed, and before John knew it, he’d shot back.

John wouldn’t find out for sure until he was in his cell that the man was dead, but he had felt the life leave his brother-in-law the second he shot him.

It was in the Sunflower County Jail where John found God. As he sat there in a cold cell, a cellmate told him to turn his life over to the Lord.

John’s life had been far from charmed. Plagued by drugs and alcohol, he now found himself sharing a fate suffered by all too many poor black men in the Delta. But on one of those sleepless nights, John prayed, and that’s when he says he felt it.

“It was like a warm oil being poured down from the top of my head, running slowly down my body, and every place it touched it was cleansing me.”

It was when John got out of jail that he says “old Jimmy Lear” took a chance on him, made him his "oxygen man," always telling John not to worry and “keep moving.”

John would drive around to each pond and put a long stick into the water and check the oxygen levels. The job required him to check the oxygen nearly every hour around the clock, so sleeping was in short spurts spread throughout the day and night.

It was during one of these naps 15 years ago that John had a strange dream. In the dream, Tony, the oldest of his four sons, had crashed his truck, and John was consoling him. John awoke to the phone ringing. It was his wife Mary Frances. Tony had fallen asleep at the wheel coming home from work at 4 a.m.

“God called him home.”

Crawling into the choir stand

Despite being told he’d never be able to walk, Lucas has found his own way, slipping out of his wheelchair and onto the floor at Trinity House of Prayer, where he shuffles around on thick knee pads as if in a state of constant reverence.

Drawn to the music, it was only a matter of time before Lucas crawled up into the choir stand. Not only was Lucas the only white member of the church - and definitely the only member with cerebral palsy - until last year he was also the only man in the all women’s choir. A young man has since joined him.

Trinity’s pastor, Willie B. Knighten, tried to heal Lucas at one of his first services. Lucas says it was the only time he felt uncomfortable at the church.

“I only felt funny when the preacher laid hands on me the first time,” he remembers.

It’s the soft spot within many people that makes them wish Lucas normal, but the hand of God hasn’t taken away his condition.

Still, to nearly everyone who attends Trinity, it’s a small miracle each time Lucas crawls into the choir stand on his own every week to sing. In a small way, he has been healed.

Lucas is a lot like any 25-year-old single man. He likes cars, he loves surfing the web, and the No. 1 thing on his mind at any given time is women. He wants a girlfriend - specifically one, he says, who is “an outgoing sweetheart, who does not smoke, has never had children but wants (them) and is a Republican.”

Lucas’ access to the outside world is a bit limited. Because of his handicap, going anywhere can be an ordeal. He refuses to use a power chair, instead relying on the push of a friend, relative or stranger.

A few days each week, Lucas works at his father’s restaurant in nearby Indianola washing dishes and cleaning. When Lucas was 6 years old, his parents got divorced. It’s no secret that the difficulties of raising an impaired child strained the marriage.

The job gets him out of the house he shares with his mother, something that’s important for a young man whose body is disabled but whose ambition knows no limits. Lucas wants to start his own cleaning company, and during the announcements following a recent service at Trinity House of Prayer, Lucas asks for the microphone, holds it up to his machine and slowly types out the message that if anyone is looking for work, he’s hiring.

Church is the one time a week Lucas knows he can get out of the house, and at Trinity House of Prayer people won’t look away when he comes down the aisle.

“Lucas would be at church every time the door opened if he could,” his mother says. “But we just usually go take him on Sunday. And that's the most important part of the week for Lucas … getting to church on Sunday.”

Lucas has found other ways to connect. He has an e-mail address and a Facebook account, but for years his favorite hobby has been jumping on the CB radio he keeps in the family room. Most of the truckers know him by now. His handle is “Teddy Bear,” and he starts each interaction the same way: “Is there a pot of coffee on?”

John Woods, now Bishop John Woods, has moved on from Trinity to be the associate pastor of a church down the road. He and Lucas still get together, singing their favorite gospel songs just as they did 15 years ago. Lucas’ favorites are “I’ll Fly Away” and “I’ve Got To Run.” Between songs they talk about life and the Lord.

When John asks Lucas if he’s been saved, he shrugs. Despite the music and the love of Trinity’s congregants, he hasn’t quite made his peace with God. It’s a familiar struggle for many, but when you draw a hand like Lucas’, making sense of it all can be even more challenging.

Lucas may still be on a search for God, but the boy who was born without a breath has found his “oxygen man” - and John has found the son he lost.

When they speak of God, John tells Lucas, “Don’t worry, you’ll find him one day.” But Lucas seems content to find his solace “in the music,” and he’s happy as long as he can convince folks of one thing: “I want people to know I am more than a boy in a wheelchair.”

Editor's Note: Nashville band Sleeping Bulls provided the song “Jean Baptiste” from their upcoming album “The Least Banquets” for the video.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Faith & Health • Mississippi

soundoff (1,300 Responses)
  1. bluemax77

    Damn and all this time, I thought he was like, up in the sky somewhere – Just goes to show....!!

    July 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  2. T

    "Finding god in Mississippi" is like finding a turd in a toilet bowl. Come on. This article should have been called Finding delusion on the Mississippi Delta

    July 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  3. Wishing you

    Lucas, Wishing you all happiness and keep on, keeping on... hopefully someday there will be a miracle!!!!

    July 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  4. maude

    By the year 2020 25% of the US population will bowing towards Mecca. Christians have come to realize that God=Allah. Allah is lord. The all mighty was the holi ghost that pregnated Mary, mother of Christ. When Christ was born, Mother Mary
    made sure that Jesus came to this world through her womb and faced Mecca as he came out of the viginal cavity. Mecca is the true house of god (kabba). Jesus was bowing towards the Kabba ( the house of his father). Allah blessed thee. Forgive those who tresspass against us. Give us our daily flat bread. Ameen Ameen brother!

    July 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Wow

      T-roll

      July 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  5. frank

    I liked it when the girl did the sexy voodoo dance with a chicken in that movie Angel Heart. Maybe somebody should start a church where the ceremony is a girl does a sexy voodoo dance with a catfish then gives him a little mini shot of bourbon and puts him back in the river. I'd go to that church.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  6. Michael

    A Beautiful Story!!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  7. David Stone

    Let's call this "church" what it is....a gathering place for a bunch of whackos practicing voodoo. They roll around on the floor and babble, charm snakes, and have this human vegetable as a mascot. I couldn't be dragged into a place like this by wild horses. Disgusting, and I'm sick of all the weaklings on here talking about how inspiring this madness is.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • correction

      A 'Church' is a place where people of faith go to worship God and renew their hope. Ofcourse you might not have heard of Faith,Hope,
      wonder how your kind even exist, who am i kidding you don't believe in the existence of God, probably you don't beleive you ever exist!!!!

      July 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Wow

      Oh David, you are a charmer aren't you. Just a delight! Once again, get off the internet before your mommy paddles your behind for being on the internet and not cleaning your room!

      July 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • doctore0

      People of faith = Victims of scam
      Religious hope = false hope
      God = Man made

      July 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • DM

      David, I don't pray like these folks do and I don't do organized religion.....but I do ensure I am nice. There is NO reason for your outrage or your nasty words.

      What you put out in this world WILL come back to you. Think and learn kindness.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • Nympha

      You have been on here all day spewing venom. Your hatred is misplaced and unwarranted. Can you give us a reason for it? Is it an enjoyment for persecution? Have you been injured in some way by a believer? Let us know why you feel a compulsive need to degrade others.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  8. lacoaster

    I am against religious fanatics, but this story is deeper and diferent that what I am against when I clash in the blogs with fanatics. I might be against hypocrisy, but this time, I see nothing but selfless joy. The story is in the news because it is rare to see this happen without one form or another of discrimination. It would be different if the man was to grab a microphone and tell me that I will burn in hell. But the man is happily singing and sharing. I praise that particular church comunity, not the religious people in general. Wonderful story that makes me feel very happy. BTW, I am an atheist that just felt joy of seeing this man happy, loving and being loved without condition. I am not going to say that all christians are like that because it would not be true. This particular church seems to have a very high quality group of human beings for what i have seen. I have experienced the beauty of selfless joy, sharing, helping and loving that has not depended on religion. But this church did it and that is what counts. Thanks for the story, it is beatiful.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • David Stone

      I see a selfish man who is basically a vegetable forcing people he should care about to give up their lives to wipe his bodily fluids all day. If I were him I would ask those I care about to help me die, so that they could live productive lives.

      I also see a bunch of pathetic snake charming whackos who role around on the floor "speaking in tongues" thinking God is speaking through them. This story reminds me of why I will always maintain that in general, PEOPLE SUCK.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Wow

      David, I think most Athiests or Agnostics would agree with me on this. Get off the internet before your mommy comes up behind you and yells at you for not cleaning your room and being on the internet instead. Your vile, not even teenage rantings are disgusting and inhumane.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • David Stone

      Wow...you were just preaching Christianity below....don't claim to speak for atheists.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • Wow

      David, I would think you would be an embarassment to all people. Your spew of hatred, I suspect, is dispised by almost all people. I also said, "I think"

      July 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Phil

      @ David Stone

      'role' around on the floor? How does that work? Please explain.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • mathblitz

      David were atheists, but were not haters, get off the internet if you've got nothing constructive to say.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Nympha

      You are a wonderfully mature adult. Thank you for the constructive comment.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  9. frank

    I wanted to know more about the catfish. I think they were the only interesting element in the story. They should have had more on them catfish.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Wow

      LOL! Now that there is funny!

      July 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  10. Iceman

    @David Stone
    You bring new meaning to the word "stone" – I would never hope that anyone with partial paralysis die or any person with any other physical handicap die for that matter. As Christians we are not even to hope that an evil person would die but only that an evil person receive what Justice demands.

    However, when a person starts rolling around on the floor in the name of the Holy Spirit and starts speaking in non-intelligent gibberish-that is purely demonic in nature and it is garbage. – I agree with you there.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  11. maude

    By the year 2020 25% of the US population will bowing towards Mecca. Christians have come to realize that God=Allah. Allah is lord. The all mighty was the holi ghost that pregnated Mary, mother of Christ. When Christ was born, Mother Mary
    made sure that Jesus came to this world through her womb and faced Mecca as he came out of the viginal cavity. Mecca is the true house of god (kabba). Jesus was bowing towards the Kabba ( the house of his father). Allah blessed thee. Forgive those who tresspass against us. Give us our daily flat bread. Ameen

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • reveal

      @Maude-And may I ask thee humbly to reveal thyself-"Which Prophet are thou"?

      July 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Wow

      I won't bow to mecca. I will bow to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • maude

      The burning bush on Mount Sanai where Jesus, Mohammed and Moses conducted their affairs with the Lord indicates these all three prophets are the same. Allah is lord. If bow trought Jesus to the Lord is okay. Allah blesses you.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • David Stone

      If this comes true we will be able to look forward to beheadings, stonings, and women becoming property, as well as daughters being "honor killed" by their fathers. Sounds delightful.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • theTRUTH

      Allah is not god but a false diety. Islam is a religion of murder, thievery and lies (the only religion on the planet with a specific doctrine to justify lying). Muhammad was deceived of demons as he was creating his recitations, the Qur'an. He admitted it himself.

      Islam is the religion of Satan and will sponsor the coming of the anti-Christ (al-Mahdi) who will deceive many. One great deception is quoted here – that Jesus would ever bow to the Muslim god (he refused to do it once already [Luke 4:5-7]).

      July 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • maude

      No, thats just propaganda spread by the GOP.
      Don't be afraid my child. You will see Allah and realize the truth. You'll never be afraid. You will stand tall and protect your beliefs. You will fight for you land and protect your resources. Allah will give you all the riches of the world. Believe my brother, Believe !!! Allah blesses you.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • David Stone

      LAUGHTER @Thetruth....funny to see one religious fanatic arguing with a fanatic of another religion....although I will agree that Islam is the WORST of all religions....an example of everything bad that comes with organized religion.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • maude

      Why you hurt me so much. Allah continues to bless you. Please repent before Allah and sleep well tonight.
      Don't be angry and believe in Allah. You will see the light. Bow towards Mecca and you will feel the Joy. Ameen Brother, Ameen

      July 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Wow

      I don't recall mohammed being at the burning bush. Not in my Bible.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • puppo

      You raised a lot of eyebrows, especially because you are just a teenage troll with mommy yelling to do your homework.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • maude

      He was the one who set the bush on fire ! Its in the book of Mormon's . That's why Mormon' like the muslim brother's can have many wives.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • detour

      @Maude, looks like the folks on the other blog need thine enlightenment....
      "Man tells senators: Defense of Marriage Act cost me my home"

      July 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • maude

      Thanks detour, I am right on that one.

      Allah well bless him and give him all the dates and virgins as much as he needs.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Ashrakay

      I'd like to cast my vote of love and devotion to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Praise be to FSM! He rescued Egyptians from the Great Flood. He cured my aunt's cancer. He performed the miracle of the flowers in the field, making 1 flower become thousands of flowers. In his tentacles i am sheltered, in his secret sauce i am baptized.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • Nympha

      You have both religions so mixed up and inaccurate that it is obvious you are only on here for amusement and to create division.

      July 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • Pirate

      Ramen!

      July 21, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  12. Wow

    Well, this has been interesting. I am going to sign off on this comments section and try and do something productive the rest of the day. Some of you have interesting takes on Christianity, others as far as I can tell, are on the internet in your parents basement trying to make people mad. I will pray for all of you. Whether you like it or not, or don't care in the least. God Bless! I know David Stone, Good ridance to me.........

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  13. Detour

    Atheists- all your folks are on the other CNN blog cheering Danson with "Defense of Marriage Act cost me my homeBy Mallory Simon"
    move over and let this blog belong to those who believe in "God always listens" and want to cheer 'Lucas' on...

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • David Stone

      The problem is, many on here think this religion SUCKS. I am one of them, but there are obviously many others.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • Ashrakay

      I'll move over when CNN adds a Flying Spaghetti Monster section. In His tentacles, i am sheltered. In His sauce, i am baptized.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • john

      david. Jesus thought religion sucked too. You two have a lot in common. I know that makes you writhe on the floor in pain but you cannot escape your destiny.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  14. genbox

    It amazes me that a country that sent man to the Moon on the back of science still believes in magic.
    Its no coincidence that the so called red states are the ones that are also the gullible ones that will believe
    anything anyone will tell them – no questions asked. Is it any wonder our kids are so backward in science and math ?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • David Stone

      If people want to go to a church, I am fine with that. But what people like these do is beyond pathetic, it is basically voodoo. It sucks, and I'm not going to say otherwise. This mess of a man they allow to writhe on the floor and babble is little more than a pet, or a mascot for a bunch of raving loons.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Ashrakay

      Well, it's not that hard to believe when you realize that Americans have one of the lowest education scores in the world, only 37% have a passport, 1% are in prison and 30% are obese. I think this all points to a lack of discipline, both intellectual and physical. When the easiest answer provides enough satisfaction to inhibit further investigation, you end up with answers like god, guilty and fast food.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  15. Timmy

    TIMMAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  16. Iceman

    @Spiffy
    I see your comment and raise you one 🙂

    The Aztecs use to rip out a persons h e a r t out for their Sun worship; and, many children were born into that religion. No doubt, they thought they practiced the one true religion. Certainly, one should investigate what one believes and practices to see if it is in harmony with the God of Love and Bible teaching- wouldn't you agree?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Spiffy

      I am an atheist so why would I agree with anything having to do with God? Well you might not have learned your history. The Aztecs were destroyed by the Spanish in trying to get gold, glory and SPREAD THE WORD OF GOD. I'm still trying to figure out who's practices are more barbaric.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • David Stone

      The Aztecs were a bunch of religious fanatic barbarians, who were eventually slaughtered by the another group of slightly more sophisticated religious barbarians, all in the name of "God".

      July 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Boris

      Spiffy, the Conquistadors didn't give a damn about religion. The majority of them probably would have been atheists if they had been allowed. They were after gold, land, and power. Nothing more.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      @spiffy
      there are some who do not believe that spiffy exists....with good reason i might add!

      July 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  17. Iceman

    @Kyle
    Well, I can only guess that you make such comments because you never really studied that/this. So I can sympathize with your confusion and brash statements. =)

    July 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • David Stone

      Kyle is right. Maybe he just has a different opinion, did you consider that?

      July 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  18. GOD DIDNT MEAN 4 MAN 2 LUST AFTER BOOTYHOLES

    your science whiteman will soon come to a end! says GOD ALMIGHTY!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • Bob Bobberson

      That's some pretty amazing brain stuff you just did, brainiac.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • David Stone

      And I'm sure you and God talk about such things all the time....you are obviously very important. Thanks for the heads-up.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  19. john

    wanted to check back in on something and i cannot believe the people on this board. i have never seen such disregard for fellow human beings. im surprised we havent wiped each other off the map yet. The athiests on this board are as bad as any other religious group i have ever come across. angry, spiteful, hate filled, sarcastic, etc. just like any other religious quack. You all sound the same. its no wonder Jesus hated religion. I wouldnt be surprised if sometime in the near future there would be a crusade again, except this time perpetrated by athiests to kill christians. theres no way around it. you are all filled with hate and it will consume you from the inside out. stop patting yourselves on the back. you are in deep deep trouble.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • AmazingSteve

      See, here's the deal: although we're willing to have an argument, and will defend our views, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find an atheist that actually wants to hunt down and murder religious folks, making an atheist crusade unlikely at best. Remember kids: religious extremists blow things up, atheist extremists have heated conversations in bars and internet forums!

      July 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • David Stone

      Atheists are generally peaceful people, who simply don't believe in a God. What you are saying is silly.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  20. BarbP

    I've known this young man since he was born. It is indeed a beautiful story – but it has not an easy one. He's had tremendous challenges and it's so great to see him work so hard to overcome them, and to find a congregation that welcomes and loves him and where he is happy and fulfilled. I happen to believe in both science/technology and prayer. They are not mutually exclusive 🙂

    July 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
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