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The decline of the Black Church.




From The Atlantic:
 

Today, the black church is in crisis, with scholars claiming that it has lost its prophetic and progressive influence. But the black church has also been confronted with a more visceral change: the shifting demographics around the urban black "space," caused in part by people like me.

In cities across America, a new population is moving to neighborhoods formerly occupied by working-class African Americans. Property developers, eager to take advantage of the modest rent, are tearing down buildings to make way for trendy eateries and luxury condominiums to fit the needs of millennials: young, educated individuals, most of whom reside briefly in a given urban area before choosing to settle elsewhere.

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Vitriol & Va-jay-jays


I ran across this post on Jezebel yesterday and I now have insight on how the inside of my head looks thanks to all the eyerolls I kept doing.

"Listen Up, Men: Here's How Romney's Views on Women Will Make Your Life More Difficult" is a basic piece on the evils Mitt will unleash on the fairer sex if elected. It's geared at dudes, though, because as the writer points out in the opening, their is a huge chasm between how many guys and many ladies are planning on voting in a couple of weeks:

This "holy crap do men not get it?" epiphany isn't just me gearing up to be a Cathy cartoon for Halloween; according to God of Polling Data Analysis Nate Silver, if the election were held today and only men voted, it would be a landslide...
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"Mail Mary"

 

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If There Was No Resurrection, We'd Have No Faith

 


From Crosswalk.com, an article by Bible Answer Man Hank Hanegraaf about how the Christian faith rests on Jesus' defeat of death:


"The physical resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of our faith. Without it, Christianity crumbles. It is precisely because the physical resurrection of Christ is at the very heart of Christianity that it is constantly under attack. Our culture frequently denies the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ due to a bias against miracles. It is common for aberrant Christianity and cultism to deny the physical resurrection of Christ as well. For these reasons, we must be equipped to defend this essential of essentials. To do so, let's look back at the biblical and historical records of Christ's resurrection...

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Happy Palm Sunday


I found this video of a sweet little four year old girl named Aliana sharing the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jereusalm, humbly riding on a donkey. Check it out:


Now the story, directly from Scripture:


The Triumphal Entry John 12:12-19

The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
"Hosanna!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the King of Israel!"Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,
"Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey's colt."

At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they...

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This Is No Small Wonder

 

Workers putting together the robo-baby boy.
Definitely the strangest news I've read in a while. Although the story of robo-children is familiar (remember the 1980's sitcom "Small Wonder"?), this is totally real. From FoxNews:

"The automated doll developed at the University of Tsukuba, called Yotara, giggles and "wakes up" when a rattle is shaken.

He sulks and dozes off like a real baby and smiles when his stomach is rubbed. The robot can also sneeze and have a runny nose, thanks to a heated water pump system...


"We wanted to create a new type of robot that is soft, cuddly and cute," said project leader Hiroki Kunimura. "We'd like people to experience the innocent, joyful expressions typical of small babies."

"Through this...

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Forgetting Haiti

 

Since people have attention spans that last, oh, about 5 seconds longer than a fruitfly, its time to remind everyone that the suffering continues in force for the wrecked Caribbean nation. From today's New York Times' Editorial:

"The emergency in Haiti isn't over. It's getting worse, as the outside world's attention fades away.

Misery rages like a fever in the hundreds of camps sheltering hundreds of thousands of the 1.3 million people left homeless by the Jan. 12 earthquake. The dreaded rains have already swamped tents and ragged stick-and-tarp huts. They have turned walkways into mud lakes and made difficult or impossible the simple acts of collecting and cooking food, washing clothes, staying clean and avoiding disease. The...

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My increasing irrelevancy.

Don’t trust anyone over thirty. -Jerry Rubin

If that quote above is to be believed, I've got only a few more months left of trustworthiness. At least to those who are under thirty.

The young. The ones who rock the vote. Or just rock. The ones who watch the MTV Music Video Awards. The ones who only know Ice T and Ice Cube as actors. Ditto, Will Smith, who they watched as the Fresh Prince... in syndicated reruns.

It's strange to be thirty. Not old. Not even middle aged quite yet. I can see some fine lines forming at the corners of my eyes when I smile. My biggest skin problem, though, is still acne. Does Oil of Olay make zit cream? Or Oxy, wrinkle remover?

To Boomers and quite a few X'ers, I'm still a kid. Not to be trusted. I'm a...

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Mimicking the mainstream. Music as background patina

 
Continuing with the responses I received from "Christian Music Suckage," I'd like to welcome Ben H. Rome (@bhrome), a Washington, D.C. based writer, blogger and game designer (and in my opinion, also a talented photographer, but he gives props to his wife for her photo-taking skills). Here's his take:
 
AD: How long have you listened to Christian music?

BHR: Almost 20 years. The first Christian music album I purchased after I was saved was PFR's self-titled project and Newsboys' "Take Me To Your Leader." If we're counting mainstream music performed by Christian artists, though, it was U2's "Joshua Tree."
 
AD: CCM is a broad term. Which particular type of Christian music do you listen to most? Rock? Rap...
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Author Interview: Angelica Perez


One of the sweetest people I have yet to have had the pleasure of meeting, Angelica Perez, has experienced enough in her life to have left her bitter. She's a veteran of the Marines and is disabled. Due to her injury, she has had a number of surgeries and still battles chronic pain.

In spite of these trials, or maybe even because of them, she creates. She is the author of "Mentality Listens: In A World Where Art Screams," a blogger, artist, and photographer.

She is married, loves animals, and has a deep love for Christ. She was gracious enough to open up about her childhood, surviving boot camp and where she find inspiration.

AD: Tell me about your self... Where did you grow up? What was your family like? What did you want to do...

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Honey Boo! Boooo!

Confession, I might be one of the few Americans left who has not bared witness to the degradation of childhood, innocence and television entertainment known as "Honey Boo Boo". In fact, I hadn't even heard of it until a few months ago when my friend Aja mentioned it in an email (I didn't even get the reference).



So the following excerpt, penned by a fictional Honey Boo Boo and published by The Onion, is for all of you who watch, week after week. Smh, people, smh.

"So as me, Mama, Glitzy and eleven-fingered baby Kaitlyn gear up for the next chapter of Piggly Wiggly and pageantry, I want to take a moment to thank all of our fans out there and to remind them that this charade is, of course, going to end very, very badly.

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Want to know why I don't support either party?


This. The lovely Erin of "And Sometimes Tea" has an excellent post breaking it down.

First up, I highly recommend this piece by Jack Hunter at The American Conservative, with the provocative title Pro-Life Means Anti-Drone:

Barack Obama has never claimed to be pro-life. As the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney writes: “President Obama has killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children, in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia through a drone war aimed at exterminating the suspected terrorists on his unprecedented and ever-expanding ‘kill list.’”

The drone strike program that was controversial during the Bush administration has grown dramatically under President Obama. The logic behind drone strikes is plain—the ability...
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Greetings from (soon-to-be-stormy) New Jersey

So we've got a state of emergency, many places are shutting down starting tomorrow thanks to Hurricane Sandy, also known as Frankenstorm. While I'm not worried for our family too much, I have friends and extended family members who live by the shore and/or low lying areas. So, prayers are very welcome!
 
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We survived Sandy.


Hi! We're okay! Yay! Thanks to those who were concerned and prayed. We really appreciate it. Here's a rundown of how this week went:

Sunday:

While the sky remained ominous all day, things were quiet. We chose not to flock to ShopRite because the crowds were ridiculous. Instead, we felt okay to ride things out with what we had: bottled water, a couple of flashlights, candles, and canned stuff.

Still, I felt uneasy. I wasn't sure why. To lift my mood, I watched the best "bad movies" we have. "Snakes On A Plane" and "Pineapple Express" were two of them. I also exercised, something I've found helps channel my nervous energy into productive activity. K showed me some exercises, and let's put it this way: my legs are just finally returning...

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Surviving Sandy

The following are a few pictures I took following the hurricane.

 

Outside a home in Roselle, NJ.
 
 
Trepidation, but no tears. 
 
Thank you, David. There's nothing like paper and ink with no electricity.
 
Bathing by candlelight...
 
... Ave Regina.
 
Our place... at five PM on Wednesday. 
 
Our shining light.
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All Souls & Sandy

Today is All Soul's Day and according to the Anglican Communion, "is a twin feast of All Saints's Day. It has been observed in the Eastern Church from very early times and was introduced into Western Europe in the tenth century. The sixteenth-century English Reformers cut this festival out of the church year because they did not like to distinguish between "all saints" and "all souls." The New Testament makes no such distinction but, rather, refers to all Christians as saints, stressing the fact that salvation is a gift from God and that none of us earns a special place in his kingdom by our good deeds. This is a good time to remember the unspectacular children of God: those whose Christian witness may have been weak or faltering, but who...

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A Christ-Centered Proposal

 

 Picture, my own.

 

 

Awww! Congrats to the happy couple! May God bless! H/T: April at Breath of Life Daily.

 

A Christ-Centered Surprise Proposal That You Will Absolutely Love! from ourprecioussavior on GodTube.

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Hurricane Sandy & Election Day

 


Haha! Love this guy!

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Clark Kent, Blogger

 (Mashable)



I suppose it was bound to happen. Clark Kent, AKA Superman, has left his long time job as a Daily Planet reporter. From Mashable:

According to USA Today, he doesn’t go quietly. In fact, Kent resigns in a “Jerry Maguire-type moment,” loudly in front of the entire staff. The beat reporter emphatically emphasizes his unhappiness with how journalism has given way to entertainment.

“Go easy on us,” another journalist tells Kent. “Times are changing, and print is a dying medium.”

According to the comic’s author, Scott Lobdell, Kent will likely start a blog. “I don’t think he’s going to be filling out an application anywhere,” Lobdell says. “He is more likely to start the next Huffington Post or the next Drudge...
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The Crisis of Blue



Poor Beth Cox. She's suffering a severe crisis of sorts, and it began on Election Night. Like so many other vehement Romney supporters, she cannot fathom what went wrong. From The Washington Post:

Here in the heart of Red America, Cox and many others spent last week grieving not only for themselves and their candidate but also for a country they now believe has gone wildly off track. The days after Barack Obama’s reelection gave birth to a saying in Central Tennessee: Once was a slip, but twice is a sign....

Among so many Romney voters, perhaps none had been as devoted to the cause — as indefatigable, as confident, as prayerful — as 44-year-old Beth Cox, a member of the school board and a volunteer who had committed to Romney early in...
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