Gallant Pioneer

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    Kwaku at Payson Bible Church debate

    Yep, the arrival of the four horsemen of new atheism. Everyone had a blog, book or brand to advance. Burning Qurans etc. I wasn't involved in any of that but I observed and sometimes when the mood suited me, I'd judge with a slight shake of the head topped with an eye roll. Especially during bananagate with the (Not so) amazing atheist.... Or the time Thunderfoot had to leave the heavily controlled atmosphere of his tightly edited videos narrated with his silky smoothe tone of faux sophistication. To face an actual adult and speak to them one on one. Guy sounded very nasally and couldn't look the adult in the eye, he opted to stare at his feet.Stuttered and thumbled every answer. And of course there was Peter Joseph's zeitgeist.....the conspiramentary that gave a migraine a headache. Then in came Richard carrier with his mythicisim. He promised to break the glass ceiling of theology and his first victim was going to be none other than William lane craig. Well, he hit that ceiling the same way a fly hits a windshield. Dawkins would tour the bible belt and annoy the Christians then cash his cheque. For anyone who has ever wondered why he spends so much time in the states its because nobody in Britain takes him seriously, not even his peers. So yeah, it was an interesting but fruitless time. I had believed in a God the entire time so it's not like I was looking for a hole in the fence. But after I stepped away from all the drama I bumped into two sisters in 2013 and here I am. I'll leave all the debating to the young lions, I've other things to be getting on with lol.
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    Kwaku at Payson Bible Church debate

    I can't say I'm a fan of his but fair play to him he's obviously enjoying himself and has an audience. Unfortunately I've got " debate burn out" due to being caught up in the new atheism wave of the early 2000s when it was edgy to boast and goad on YouTube. I think I've watched every debate there is and on every religious subject.... Probably unlikely but it feels like it. I hope someone besides book pedlars finds it useful and informative. These days I prefer chilled out discussions minus the ego.
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    Heart attacks are no fun

    I know I'm not a regular fixture on here as I spend most my time on here reading The archives for questions I have that have been asked a million times. But I am glad to hear you survived your event. My own father took a massive attack in his sleep over a weekend about 6 months ago. Strangely, he woke up due to hearing my mother shouting on him ( my mother has been dead 10 years) it was his startle that woke me up to hear him shortly have his attack. Whilst in the hospital he went into cardiac arrest and so I prayed. A very strange sensation pinged in the back of my head as I prayed followed by a strong sense of peace. Shortly after the doctors informed us he had survived and was being prepped to be transported to the best heart people in the country. Scariest yet most reaffirming weekend of my life. My father is sitting across from me as I type this, he has since gone vegetarian and is all up in those bananas. As a sign of support I'm upping my diet. Which is how I came across this thread as I wanted to ask about D and C dietary advice. Glad you are well, stay strong.
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    New boss

    Thank you each and all, I will put this down to a twitch of sort. I've had others tell me they find it dismissive or aggressive but to me it's so random and disproportionate to what's being discussed it's hard to feel anything about it. Reading through some of the twitches you guys mention makes for some interesting scenarios I'm sure. Thanks for your help, hope you're well and good.
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    New boss

    Good morning ladies and gentlemen I have a bit of a strange one for you. Recently my work has seen the arrival of a new director ( my boss) who seems to be very erratic when it comes to making a decision. Forever changing her mind basically. We, thankfully get on quite well and she sees me as reliable. However there is one trait she has that confuses me so I need your help. Sometimes when I or others say something she reacts with this curious twitch. Where she pulls her head back, tucks her chin in then raises her eyebrows and ever so slightly shakes her head... Its like.... An eye roll but with the head? It always comes with an air of disapproval. So my question is, what is that? I've never seen this before in a 40 something year old. She's highly educated, driven, intelligent, does a load of work for charity but she seems emotionally immature. She's the type who will cut people's hours for the slightest thing against her personally (which I've seen and heard her do in person) So this neck twitch thing..... What is it?
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    What’s the last movie you watched?

    Finished watching the 2018 Predators movie....i know, but I was a fan of the mythology years ago as a kid. Anyways the predator movies have always had sprinkles of comic relief here and there but the writers seemed to be more focused on the jokes than the predator. It wasn't a bad movie as such but it didn't feel like predator. The predator from 2010 felt like a rerun of the 80s but it still worked. Anyways I'm rambling. Not really my type of thing anymore but it had its moments. I'm going to run my eye over the shape of water next.
  7. The work of Jeremy and Dehlin was some of the first literature that introduced me to the church. 99% there and just awaiting my baptism. Also, without making this into an attack but I want to say this anyway. Jeremy is a funny lad in my eyes. I remember when John Dehlin interviewed him on his departure from the church and he was sitting on the sofa with his arms stretched out and legs crossed looking proud of himself. A bit like the time he left the church and walked out into the parking lot where he was flanked by sound systems microphones and camera then announced that he "didn't want to do this" Sure... Thankfully, as more time goes by their followers have started waking up to the cult of personality that surrounds them with those two and their ilk. The ex mormon business model is an easy one.. Pitch up at the exit doors of the wards, set up some tables with leaflets and merch (or cruises) then tell any or every disgruntled member what they want to hear. Point to New horizons with one hand whilst picking their pockets with the other. Luckily I came in through the back door and wondered who the weirdos were and now am joining the church... God.... He moves in the most mysterious ways.
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    Sometimes, ya gotta just put it down.

    You'll never look at your TV the same again.
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    Nonbeliever's questions about your faith

    I think it's healthy to investigate and think on all things in regards to God but not everything has an easy to digest answer. I also lean towards a middle of the road commons sense approach to scripture. In my view when one takes things literarly they edge closer to fundamentalism which doesn't always allow for room to breathe which defeats the point. You have to allow people to make mistakes in order to learn. So maybe that explains some of the more vague parts of scripture.
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    Supreme Court to decide fate of 'Peace Cross' memorial

    If it were up to me I'd make it ten times bigger.
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    Colorado is targeting Christian baker Jack Phillips — again

    These folks just want to have their cake and eat it don't they..... The harassment has to stop somewhere.
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    Ash Wednesday "discrimination" is a Tempest in a Teapot

    Have to agree that ignorance of the law isn't much of a defense. She's on leave now though so she can use the time to do a brief study in the various faiths of her students and maybe seek the advice of a respected elder of the profession and pick up a couple of pointers on how to communicate more effectively with her students.
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    Ash Wednesday "discrimination" is a Tempest in a Teapot

    Much ado about nothing really. I don't like the tribalism these stories can conjure at times. The boy tried to explain, the teacher wasn't having any of it and so here we are. Lesson learned and everybody moves on.
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    Your testimony

    Top post, thanks, I'm a student of world religions myself and I've had about 18 years of Theravada Buddhism in my younger years. I suppose I should share a little of my testimony but I'm currently at work so it'll have to wait a while. Thanks everyone for your inputs it's appreciated.
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    Your testimony

    Heya guys thanks for the warm welcome to the forum. I don't know where to put this thread so here will do for now I suppose. I was wondering if you guys could give me your personal thoughts and feelings as to why you became/remain latter day saints. This doesn't have to be deep profound stuff just more of a snap shot of what being a latter day saint is to you and what is it that gives you your testimony. You can take this thread as light hearted or as serious as you like.