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Mark Wills
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From the lips of John Newton a former English slave trader. "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound."

Soon after singing at the Greene County Courthouse last night, I received several FUs as I left the scene. It was then the severity of my call to live for the Gospel really hit home. May blind eyes soon see. And may the saints awake from their slumber to proclaim God's dream of peace and abundant life to all people's. 
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Well, we made TIME. Mr Randolph, your historical illiteracy, political narcissism, and callus disregard for unity have brought the derisive spotlight of attention to my hometown. I find it repugnant that your have a perchant for public lynching as one of your political ideologies associated with your current proposal, but I guess my offense is "[my] problem."
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Yes, I am infuriated at both the interviewer and the interviewee.  I don't doubt he was baited into his closing comments, but he made them nonetheless.  As for who he is, I'm one of the fortunate ones who is Mr. Randolph's direct constituents. I talked with him on the phone Wednesday afternoon, or should I say I spoke to a wall.  When I informed him of the pro-Unionist heritage of East Tennessee by asking if he had taken the time to read the Greeneville Union Convention historical marker in the front lawn of the courthouse he stumbled and sounded shocked!  I have assured him he will not have my vote at the next election, and I may even run against him!
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My open letter to the Greene County Commissioners in regard to the upcoming proposal to fly the Confederate flag over the Greene County Courthouse:

Dear Commissioner,

I'm disheartened at the latest proposal Commissioner Randolph has submitted in regard to raising the Confederate flag above the Greene County Courthouse.  Greene County was such a progressive place back in the early and mid 1800s. This lunacy now posits us as a laughing stock.  Who would have thought that the abolitionist efforts of Elihu Embree and Benjamin Lundy would have decayed to such a degree that anyone would consider hoisting a symbol of slavery above their homesteads? I wonder how the conveners of the East Tennessee Convention of 1861 might chime in on this ludicrous political narcissism?  Do you honestly think that Andrew Johnson would be pleased to see the Confederate Flag flying outside the window of his tailor shop?  Please honor the legacy of our local heroes, Thomas D. Arnold, William G. Brownlow, William B. Carter, Andrew Johnson, Horace Maynard, Thomas A.R. Nelson, and Connolly F. Trigg and prevent a counterhistorical narrative from beginning. Not only is this proposed gesture misrepresentative of our local history, it is a slap in the face of civil decency.  Raising this controversial flag only serves the purpose of prolonging the errant ideology of white supremacy under the guise of Southern pride, and as a member of the clergy, I unashamedly say, "Enough is enough!"  Please stop this political sidetrack and start working to promote peace!  I challenge you and all our commissioners to take your political jobs seriously by working for the common good of all people.  Please refrain from superfluous distractions and focus on resolving domestic violence, poverty, illiteracy, and drug abuse.  Please responsibly steward the power entrusted to you by focusing on the least among us and by becoming a servant to all. I implore you to vote against this measure and championing a revival of the principles that were truly a part of our historic heritage -- principles that stood up and spoke truth to power.

Sincerely,
Mark E. Wills
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I have seen several comments on social media which are attempting to defend flying the Confederate Flag by sidling it with the apparent hypocrisy of flying an American Flag in light of the atrocities against Native Americans.  This logical implication is at first glance an interesting point.  However, it neglects the fact that the Confederate States of America does not have the ability to change.  The United States of America is a work in progress.  Policies, laws, and even the Constitution are subject to change -- just like people.  I no longer hold to many personal, religious, and political beliefs I did at one point in my life.  This process of change has been and continues to be a painful process of self-examination which has required difficult decisions and emotional distress.    None of us are the same persons we were 10 years ago. Since the Confederate States of America is extinct, the repugnant ideologies for which it stood are beyond redemption.  It cannot mature, it cannot adapt, it is forever married with its short-lived history.  I suspect that if the Confederate States of America were in existence today, it would not look the same as it did in the 1800s.  Many of its ideologies would surely have evolved, and its citizens would be arguing, debating, voting to change it and make it better (I counterfactually hope so).  But the fact of the matter is - it can't.  It is very important to remember the history of this movement to study it, and grow from it.  It is dangerous to memorialize and idolize it.   Please see the Native American, Sam Morningstar's position on this from whom I gleaned: http://bit.ly/1VYNSie 

The same logic goes for religion.  As a theologian, I acknowledge my religious heritage; it is littered with its own atrocities  However, it is still in existence, and it has the capacity to transform and be renewed.  I do not revel in the mistakes of my Christian ancestors.  I study them and do my best to grow from them.  Likewise, I do not revel in my own personal mistakes.  The song "America" has a refrain that I think is very applicable to us as a nation at this and every point of our existence which says: 
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

May we heed the wisdom of Paul who said, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."

God Bless America!
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Will the true heritage of Greene County please stand up!
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President Andrew Johnson may be rolling over in his grave on top of Monument Hill. 
Next week, the Greene County Commission is considering a resolution to display the Confederate flag along with the American flag at the courthouse as a “historic exhibit”.
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  • Vanderbilt Divinity School
    MDiv, 2008 - 2011
  • Southeastern University
    Church Ministries, 1991 - 1993
  • Greeneville High School
    1984 - 1988
  • Holmes College of the Bible
  • ETSU
  • TTU
  • Walters State Community College
  • Greeneville High School
    1984 - 1988
  • Vanderbilt University Divinity School
    2008 - 2011
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I'm a techno, metaphysical kinda guy that enjoys a side of contemplation and mysticism.  I lean toward the apophatic but enjoy an occasional outburst.  I pastor Carter's Chapel and Carter's Station United Methodist Churches, and I also work at Walters State Community College.   

I'm also a member of the Ingress Resistance (Agent Name - bisonator).

The views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the United Methodist Church or Walters State Community College, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.


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  • Walters State Community College
    Coordinator of Instructional Support & Student Success, 2013 - present
    Local Pastor
  • Carter's Valley Circuit UMC
    Minister, 2000 - present
    Local Pastor
  • Walters State Community College
    Instructional Support Specialist, 2011 - 2013
  • Walters State Community College
    Adjunct Professor, 2011 - 2011
    Developmental WritingTeacher
  • Excalibur Data Solutions
    Partner, 1992 - 2008
    Small Business Owner
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Greenville, SC - Lakeland, FL - Cookeville, TN - Nashville, TN
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