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Derek “The Geekpreacher” White
Works at United Methodist Church
Attended Memphis Theological Seminary
Lives in Trenton, TN
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Rev. Derek White, a.k.a. +The Geekpreacher, joins Grant and Peter once again! Derek joined us previously on Episode 38, “Christians on the Convention Scene”, and he’s back with us to discuss another weighty topic: Walter Wink’s “myth of redemptive violence” and René Girard’s concept of the “scapegoat” and collective violence. We also take a moment to remind everyone about our ongoing fundraiser for +The Bodhana Group Inc, and hear about Derek’s growing role as a convention pastor. Lastly, David LaMotte was kind enough to give us permission to use his song “Peter” in this episode; it was particularly appropriate, especially since David’s a Walter Wink fan too. If you enjoyed it, find more music at his website, and on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

Check the show notes for links to everything mentioned in this episode!

Scripture: Hosea 6:6, Jonah 3:10-4:2, Luke 22:47-52
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Time to share a little something from last year.
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Check out this video on YouTube:As we get closer to #GenCon2015 I thought I'd reshare my most viewed #GenCon message.
 
I just discovered this game and this type of community is amazing and wonderful.
 
On Friday we said goodbye to a good friend and great Agent, Aaron Kearney,@Beornhaeth.

There was standing room only at the service and we heard tales and memories of this wonderful, intelligent, compassionate man. There were many players from both factions in attendance and the family were gracious in allowing me to explain what he meant to the Ingress community and how he had affected so many people's lives with his planning, humour, dedication and attitude. 

Before the ceremony we visited the portal closest to Aaron's work, captured it and built it up to what I hope could be considered a "Missing Agent" formation - two link amps & two shields in symmetry and the north resonator slot left empty.

As a sign of condolence, friendship and respect the local Enlightened built the Cemetery Portal to level 8, flipped it and then struck the mods from it. This allowed the resistance to fill the slots with Link Amps to signify Aaron's great love of fieldery and the game in general. The generosity of spirit of the York Enlightened and their sharing of our loss is one of the many things I will remember of this poignant day. 

In Ireland, the portal commemorating Aaron's great-grandfather, Peadar Kearney, was maintained as blue for the lead-up to the funeral - Aaron's father spoke with me after the service and I told him of this - he was very moved and grateful to everyone that helped.

We passed on all the messages of condolence and support from the Ingress Community and his family have asked that we let them know of any event or operation we organise to celebrate his involvement and contribution to the game.

Goodbye Aaron,@Beornhaeth you will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
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If I could sing, I'd want to sing like Roger Miller.
 
I thought this was pretty nice.
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Sharing some thoughts from last year with #Halloween around the corner.
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I hope you enjoy the message from the 2015 worship service at Gen Con.
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I still don't know why you insist on singing when mic'd. :-P Otherwise, good stuff.
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I'm reposting this message from GenCon 2012 a little bit early but just in time for Towel Day. (Which also happens to be my son's birthday.)
 
Anyone tried this software? Looks great.
Fantasy Grounds, one of the leading virtual tabletop platforms, now offers officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons content from Wizards of the Coast. Available through Steam, the software can allow...
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This should become my personal theme song.
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In his circles
242 people
Have him in circles
227 people
Loren Kerns's profile photo
Gary Drum's profile photo
Joshua Ziegler's profile photo
Carolyn Clement's profile photo
Trina Thomas's profile photo
Carolyn Stogdill's profile photo
Jeremy Kitchen's profile photo
Rev. Charlton L. Johnson's profile photo
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Education
  • Memphis Theological Seminary
    Masters of Divinity, 2008 - 2012
  • Bethel University
    Organizational Management, 2006 - 2008
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A fusion of geekiness and spirituality
Introduction
I'm a geek and I'm a preacher. If it's considered geeky I probably like it.

I'm a tabletop gamer from back in the '80s where I played Dungeons & Dragons but I also enjoy video games.

It's also amazing to be one of those people doing the type of work he absolutely loves. Living out the Jesus life is trying but it's also rewarding.
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Pastor, Professional Geek, Practical Theologian
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  • United Methodist Church
    Pastor, 2007 - present
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Trenton, TN
Previously
Louisiana - Mississippi - Texas
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