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I heard it's turtles all the way down...
I heard it's turtles all the way down...

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Our Charleston get away. We had a good trip and had a great experience with our first Airbnb excursion!

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The Earth waits in silence... #HolySaturday
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Words of wisdom for our current state of affairs from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s essay "The Purpose of Education."

Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one's self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

Read the whole essay here: http://on.nyc.gov/1oN7mr0

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What’s your computer doing for Lent this year? Nothing? Then put it to work with mine by donating its idle time to research for cures to Cancer, Ebola, and AIDs. It’s easy to be a member of the scientific community now by collaborating with IBM’s World Community Grid program. Sign up here and if you need any technical assistance, let me know. Together we can find answers to some of the most challenging problems facing our world today. 

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Advent has arrived! It is time for my soul to awake and invest love in the brokenness of this world. 

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Technology FTW!

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A must have free add-on for Microsoft OneNote users!  Onetastic for OneNote http://bit.ly/1Rt5OLu

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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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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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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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