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Austin Carty
Austin Carty is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Corbin, Kentucky. A former high school English teacher, Carty holds degrees from High Point University and Wake Forest University. A collection of his essays, "High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring It All Out', was published by Penguin.

Entries by Austin Carty

Donald Trump: Nietzsche's Superman?

(7) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 10:33 PM

Like so many others, I have vacillated between dismay and disbelief while watching Donald Trump's bid for the Republican presidential nomination. The things Donald Trump says--let alone his hubris and his disregard for decency when saying them--are so offensive that they warrant a new word for offensiveness. What has us...

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Missions in Action: This Christmas Give the Gift of Life

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 11:08 AM

Some 15 years ago my aunt and uncle gave me the gift of goat for Christmas.

Let me rephrase: They didn't give me an actual goat, but they donated a goat -- in my honor -- to a village in a third world country.

At 15, I was...

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Kutcher's Two and a Half Men Experiment Not Going to Fly

(65) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 12:50 PM

I like Ashton Kutcher as much as the next guy. In fact, I probably like Ashton Kutcher more than the next guy. Therefore, it pains me to say this:

I don't think he can pull this Two and a Half Men thing off.

I think the ship is sinking, and...

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Brandon Hantz's Faith Is Holding Survivor Contestant Back

(38) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Last night, while watching Survivor, I felt I was looking in a mirror.

I had this same experience last season, too.

Meanwhile, I would be shocked if it didn't happen to me in a future season, as well.

And, no, I don't say this simply because I was once...

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Former Survivor Contestant on How to Win Survivor

(8) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 1:52 PM

Six years after being on the show, I still have countless people approach me with the question "What does it take to win Survivor?"

In fact, because the new season's premiere is tonight, I just had someone approach me via my blog this morning and, amid...

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Jerry Falwell 9/11 Remarks: A Former Liberty University Student Reflects

(9) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 3:24 PM

On Monday night's episode of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart took a satirical look at "The Day We Forgot the Lessons of the Day We Swore We Had Sworn We Would Always Remember." To introduce this piece, he led with footage of Jerry Falwell's infamous remarks about the...

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A Christian Plea for Public Education

(104) Comments | Posted August 6, 2011 | 12:08 PM

When I was a boy, which wasn't terribly long ago, American public education was not anathema to Christianity. I should know: I grew up as a Christian in public schools. Things in public schools then (the 80s and 90s) weren't very different than they are today, but sadly our nation,...

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Race and Grace in the Life of Robert Byrd

(15) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 2:36 PM

In looking back at the long, full life of recently deceased West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, we can glean countless lessons. Here was a man who served in the Senate for over a half-century, a man who reportedly kept a worn copy of the Constitution in his shirt pocket at...

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Landon Donovan: The Brand That Will Define U.S. Soccer

(53) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 10:31 AM

And yet again: The United States is a letdown at the World Cup.

Sure, we made it to the knockout round, finishing first ahead of the Brits in our qualifying group. Sure, we had a couple matches where we displayed last minute heroics, heroics that caused America's bars from Manhattan...

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A Christian's Defense of Bill Maher

(195) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 3:53 PM

After watching this week's Real Time with Bill Maher and subsequently reading various criticisms of the show's segment wherein Maher and his panel discussed atheism vs. religion, I find myself in a very interesting spot: I want to defend Bill Maher.

Now, Maher is undoubtedly anti-religion.

Meanwhile, I...

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Nice Christians: We're Out There

(35) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 12:18 PM

We want the world to know we're out there:

Christians who love Jesus but don't use him as a crutch. Christians who prefer peace and social justice over political capital. Christians who don't measure self-worth by whether we're able to convince you to see things our way.

We're out...

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How a Christian Republican Leaves the GOP

(175) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 3:36 PM

I had to get my driver's license renewed the other day. As always, the DMV was a huge pain in the caboose. I honestly believe that, were Christ to have come to earth today (as opposed to when Rome was still kicking ass), he would have, in his sermons,...

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