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SaMWay 12: A Lie

Summer Institute 2022:Part II I fully anticipated that a group of kids would be the culprit of the noise moving down the hall. When I opened the door, however, there were three or four guys—camp counselors—clapping and hollering. One of them was banging a pan with a spatula, and they were chanting: I didn’t get […]

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SaMWay 11: Two Truths

Summer Institute 2022: Part I As promised, I am finally ready to begin unfolding the story of the Summer Institute. But first, let’s play Two Truths and a Lie. You know how to play, right? I tell you two things true and one thing false, and you have to figure out which one is false. […]

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SaMWay 10: Not Even Nobody

Memoir of a Future Bryan Lion The previous issues have told the story of my journey to Bryan College. But now, it is time to slow down and take a step back to tell a portion of the story that I have largely bypassed. On August 26, 2021, I walked into Bryan College, entered room […]

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SaMWay 9: Fallen Chains

Mourning to Dancing: Part II You may remember a previous issue in which the story was not one of joy but of pain. Today, two weeks after those events took place, we will end that story by telling of its somewhat happy ending. A couple of days after I wrote to you of my grandmother’s […]

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SaMWay 8: Find A Friend

Memoir of a Future Bryan Lion People are afraid to say the word “love”. People are afraid to show platonic love. Busy schedules take over everyone’s lives, the urbanization of life isolates people, and that isolation drives them into selfish, introverted routines. In short, between this and the corrupted culture, the people that make up […]

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SaMWay 7: The Pain I Wish I Felt

Mourning to Dancing: Part I Unlike the issues before it, this is not a glory story. It’s not a tale of how God is working for good, because I cannot yet see the good in it. Instead, this is a story of sadness, grief, and pain that I should feel, and which is throwing its […]

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SaMWay 6: The Heart of Worship

For as long as I can remember, my parents have fought tooth and nail to get me to sing in church. When we stopped going to church four years ago, I would hear the same thing during occasional online services or while attending Christian concerts. For some reason, I had no desire to sing out. […]

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SaMWay 5: What I Do Best

The story is told in another issue of how I planned to pursue a career in computer programming or engineering, and how a summer internship changed that plan. This is the story of that internship, and how it transformed my vision of the future in a dramatic way. When the coronavirus pandemic began, I was […]

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SaMWay 3: The Good of Evil

Memoir of a Future Bryan Lion Very few people have anything positive to say about the coronavirus pandemic or its outcomes. It upset people’s lives, routines, jobs, education, families, and traditions. And regardless of how accurate the numbers are, it killed people. But I believe in a God who can work anything to His glory […]

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SaMWay 2: The Hill of Miracles

Memoir of a Future Bryan Lion It all began on a dreary Saturday morning in July of 2021, at a local venue known as the Camp Jordan Arena. More specifically, it was CSTHEA’s Home Education Expo in East Ridge, Tennessee, an event that occurred every year for as long as I can remember. But this […]