I developed a love for TED talks during my first year in school. I was fond of taking out time to watch TED talks on the laptops of my friends. One particular talk that I’ll never forget listening to is The Danger of a Single Story by popular Nigerian (permit to add, Igbo) author and story teller, Chimamanda Adichie.
TED talks, by their very nature, aren’t very long talks. And in 18 minutes, Miss Adichie took her listeners through certain short but nonetheless powerful stories that had been built through out her entire life. Her message was simple: single stories are bad. Not only are single stories bad, but they also steal a certain form of dignity from the people being represented in them.
I’m not as consistent a writer as I’d love to be. The frequency of my blog posts can be high at one moment and then, almost as though I was injected with some sort of drug, become so low that it seems as though I stopped blogging altogether. The reasons for these short (and sometimes, long) hiatus are often not the same. Now, I don’t stop writing altogether. I journal, take notes from the books that I read and from the classes that I attend, sermons that I listen to, and write my random thoughts on my notepad app almost everyday.
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In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Luke 2:1-5)
Have you ever thought what an amazing thing it is that God ordained beforehand that the Messiah be born in Bethlehem (as the prophecy in Micah 5 shows); and that he so ordained things that when the time came, the Messiah’s mother and legal father were living in Nazareth; and that in order to fulfill his word and bring two little people to Bethlehem that first Christmas, God put it in the heart of Caesar Augustus that all the Roman world should be enrolled each in his own town?
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“My church is boring. It’s so boring that you can sleep all through the sermon.”
“How can a church exist that has absolutely no regard for youths? Their service is way too old-fashioned.”
“I don’t like how the pastor dresses. He makes me feel like I’ll end up being poor if I stay there.”
I’ve heard so many things from people when the issue of how they rate their local churches come up. I have also noticed that almost everybody has at least one thing that they are not comfortable with in their local churches. And the cause(s) of their discomfort will most times differ from one person to the other. So, it’s not strange seeing believers leave their churches to other churches where they are less “uncomfortable”.
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I’m grateful that you trusted me with your secret.
Sitting across from me at the kitchen table this afternoon, you poured out your heart. When you married your high school sweetheart at 19, you never once suspected you would be in this place. Now, at 39, after twenty years of marriage, you call yourself gay.
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FreeTheSheeple: an online movement launched by popular On-Air-Personality, Daddy Freeze, aimed at pastors who collect tithes from their members. It’s a movement with a proposed mission to free Christians (the sheeple) from the clutches of their alleged greedy pastors.
This generation is one with a love for new things. This is not strange, however, as every generation has always succeeded in discovering things that the former failed to discover, largely caused by either sheer ignorance or an undying love for old, traditional things. And it is often the case that whatever new thing a given generation learns to create and to love, the former finds very hard to accept. I’ve come to see that this isn’t because they hate progress, but because it’s difficult to accept change. Perhaps the only other thing which surpasses that difficulty is that of moving with the tide and being part of change.