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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

"I'm susan all ascii for about a decade. I was a reporter in story. Coach for the podcast. I remember the first time i did. A feature story was twenty twelve. Nick gave me a mike recorder some operating instructions and sent me on my way. The story was about our international hope award winner in ghana recorder everywhere and night. I'd upload the sound to dropbox using the hotels very slow internet. I brought back great. Mb car on a bumpy highway. A woman talking about tupperware business singing sewing machine starting. I messed up when recording voices. It didn't get the microphone close enough to people's mouths. That's one difference in writing for radio. Tech matters. Embed sound makes for bad radio. We were blessed to have talented technical people who made lemonade. Out of my lemons. In gradually i improved after awhile. I began editing feature stories for others and then started recruiting writers from our mid-career class to join the gang. The podcast more polish now. But i remind myself not to despise the day of small beginnings. I'm warren smith. And i was one of the first members of the world radio team. I vividly remember meeting sometimes. Harried and frantic meetings with nick eicher. Joseph's life kevin martin marvin alaska and other members of the world team in the months before we launched many of us had previous radio experience so we thought we knew what we were getting into but we came face to face with the old saying you have your whole life to get ready for that first but only twenty four hours to get ready for the second one. We made a lot of decisions in those first months that we had to revisit a lot of change at tation and flexibility in sued we had to learn new processes new technologies. We had to adopt a schedule and pace. That was far different from that of the magazine and the website. But i'm also amazed that some of the decisions we made in those early days have stood the test.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

The World and Everything In It

06:28 min | 2 months ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

"This weekend you can hear from each ministry in a special hope awards episode of the world and everything in it but today the reporters who worked on this project. We'll tell you about the process. Hi i'm body. And i'm just south of houston texas a. M sarraj weinsberg. And i'm in the salt lake city utah area. I'm sophia lee. And i live in the great city of los angeles sarah. Uso fia have done These road trips before for the hope awards and got to travel to a lot of different ministries over the years. What was never done this together. We've done hope award visits before but never together so this was kind of a i. I think for each of us. How did that play out for you guys being able to do your jobs. You know it was nice going into it together because we do come from very different vantage points experiences. We notice different things at certain times and we could come back together and say what did you hear. I heard this and compare stories that we're hearing and it just doubles our efforts and broadens the perspectives. We gather. yeah. I mean i will aim is the same to get good facts and details but because of medium is different. I'm gonna be asking a lot more detailed questions to get specific details that can put into print whereas sarah sometimes look around she disappeared. And what did you go. She went to get sound. She's chasing the bursch chasing. The scurr isn't a chicken does to get the sound and think she actually helped me be more aware of that but also i think the hottest thing for me was keeping silent kind of discipline that i had to learn working with the podcast people. That's been hard. Yeah i loved having sophia there because she would ask questions that i didn't think of as soon as she adds something like. Oh why didn't i think of that. She that point some of the information. We're trying to get sarah because you've done this radio and for magazine as well. What are the three elements that make a ministry and effective ministry and therefore candidate for the hope awards three letters. Cps challenging personal and spiritual and they were identified by our editor in chief. Marvin alaska over years of studying poverty-fighting and what leads to effective compassion and the challenging means the ministry doesn't just do handouts. They're not just giving things away. They're asking something of the people there helping in return whether that's their time Following a program money in some cases Certain behaviors offering that human dignity of believing in them to give something in return and then there is the personal which means this is not just broad solutions. Blanket solutions this is very tailored for the culture. The specific situation the neighborhood the city. It's very adaptable. To the specific problem. The ministry is trying to address and then spiritual and we don't just mean you know talking about broad vague spiritual concepts mean very specifically introducing people to jesus christ disciple ing them Getting them in the word really holistically approaching their emotions and spiritual and Souls not just their physical circumstances. So that's what we're looking for. When we go into the ministries. Also between the three of us we went to seven different ministries sophia. You're the only one who got to go to all seven. Can you kind of give a big picture of what those ministries were and the communities that they were seeking to help one thing. I really loved about these nonprofits. That we visited was that It really started with someone completely auditory. An ordinary person saul need in the community because the live in that community and they decided to do something about it and they start at small and then god kept open and things grew out of stem seeing a need and meeting god while living amongst them and and i think that was really striking to me. They're just doing what god called them to do. Right there in that neighborhood and that little community and it may not see. Mike is having an impact on the big stuff that gets on the nightly news but they persevered they keep doing because that's what they're called to do and that was that's encouraging as is. Just really encouraging. What are some closing ideas that y'all have our what stuck in your mind. Well i just wanted to play a clip. This is from joe. Lynn degrassi and she is the founder director of west side ministries in turlock california. The biggest challenge is keeping the decision to stay and not leave. I think it's really important that no matter what we stay here and we continue to do. What god's us to do it regardless of what happens and that struck me as a young millennial a weekend warrior who loves to get around and have independence. I just what we're missing out on when we don't Go deep in our churches in our communities getting involved in ministry building relationships. I walked away from visiting these ministries. Just realizing i want more of that in my own life next awesome. So it's going to be honest. I think i had allowed cynicism to creep into my heart. So when i was looking at this world when i was looking in my city and when i was looking at the body of christ i could see things that are broken things that needed to be and then i went on this trip and what i saw was so humbling and so convicting any basically flashed my cynicism away and what i saw was ordinary average christians who love jesus and hawaii who who are doing the act of loving others daily in their lives without any accolades without media attention. Christians being sought enlighten this world and people being transformed by the love of christ and by the love christians. I needed to see that because to be completely honest. I think i was becoming self-righteous angry and it was a moment of.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

The World and Everything In It

06:37 min | 3 months ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

"America will celebrate her two hundred forty fifth anniversary now for many of us the fireworks and backyard. Barbecues will be especially sweet or spicy perhaps however you like it. It is a free country but especially so because maybe covert wiped your plans out last year so to mark this special occasion we have to musical selections to share the first is ragged old flag by johnny cash. Cash wrote the piece in nineteen seventy four at the height of the watergate scandal. He later said he wanted to reaffirm faith in the country and the goodness of the american people despite the painful political turmoil. The second song is a rendition of god. Bless america by the dallas based acapella. Group king's return happy independence day. I walked through a county courthouse square department engine. Oh man sitting there. I said you'll courthouses kinda run down. He said now it will do for our little town. I said you'll flagpole is leaning a little bit that's a ragged old flag. He got hanging on. He said have a c. And i said out is. This is the first time you've been to our little town. I said i think it is. He said. I don't like to brag for. We're kind of crowd that ragged old clay. You see we got a little hole in that flag there. When washington took it across the delaware and then got powder burns the night the francis scott he said washington right and say can you see and it got a bad rip in new orleans. Packing ham jackson tug at it seems almost fell at the alamo beside the texas flag. She waved on though she got cut with a sword and a chance lewisville and she got could again a shiloh hill. There was robert. E lee beauregard and brag and the south wind blew hard on that ragged flay on flanders field in world war one. She got a big hole from birth ago. She turned blood red and world war two. She hung limb and low a timer to she was in korea vietnam. She went where she was saying by uncle. Sam she waves from our ships upon the brian foam and now they've about with way back here in her own. Good land here. She's done abused he's been involved. Dishonor denied refused and the government for which she stand is scandalized throughout the land. And she's getting threadbare and she's wearing thin but she's in good shape sheep choosing co she's been through the five of old and i believe she can take off so we raise her up every morning. We take down every night. We don't let her touch the ground and we folder up. Run on second thought. I do like to brag. Hosein mighty proud of that raggio. Well it's time once again to say thank you and recognize outstanding team and we do that in alphabetical order. Joel bells anna joe. Hansen brown can't covington kristen. Flan call guerrino. Katie gawltney o'neill's ao. He kerry mary. Reichert josh schumacher sarraj. Weinsberg and cal. Thomas johnny franklin. And carl pete's our audio engineers lee jones is managing editor. Paul butler is. Now that's gotta be a little bit awkward right. I'll recognized that guy. Paul butler is executive producer. Yet that's much less awkward. Thanks nick and marvin. Alaska is our editor in chief. And you thank you so much for your part in helping us exceed our june giving dr goal such an encouragement to the entire team. And now it's our job not to let you down. Thanks again so much. The psalmist says in psalm. One forty five greatest the lord and greatly to be praised. His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise his works to another in saudi claire. His mighty acts have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the freedom to worship with your brothers and sisters in.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

The World and Everything In It

05:41 min | 3 months ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

"Nick. I and mary record coming next on the world and everything in it. The alaska interview today conversation with novelist. Sarah holds all of black river and eat in mine. Two books. Marvin alaska recommend for their refreshing realism and christian worldview. By and not heard of you. Before except some review mentioned plaque river. And i went and got that. And i i should say this is embarrassing though it is I'm a fan. Good stuff. And i was thinking earlier day. We'll why they remind me. So much of the classic late westerns. Another embarrassing thing. i. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on on western movies. Many many years ago they struck me a lot like some of the john ford movies in some ways Anthony man does that resonate with you at all I you know. I sometimes have been telling people you know. One of the one of my ways of getting through the pandemic has been working my way through the complete. Dvd set of rawhide. So and you know. I think the man who shot liberty valance is an amazing movie. So i certainly think that's definitely an influence. Secondly frewin through. They seem so god haunted. Seems that your characters and perhaps you yourself are wrestling with some very basic and crucial questions. Yes i think. I am interested. I think in the ways in which some of the seemingly simple things about faith and christianity are difficult for some people in practice I think that's you know definitely obviously a sort of direct concern black river. But i kind of love. That tension that we can distill the gospel down into a few words. We can look at john three sixteen or the roman road or some of these places and in that sense. It's very simple but actually playing out in reality in real life for some people doesn't feel that simple and so i think that's true for a lot of my characters and i kind of enjoy writing fiction that engages with maybe the messier and more difficult side of that. The third thing that interested we was writing is ten percent writing and ninety percent. Rewriting said literally with those percentages that exact thing to my students. So so your books are so interwoven. And from my vantage point. It doesn't seem there's anything accidental in there. If that's true. That's what i'd like to do and haven't really done this with people but i would actually like you to read a few passages to pick up paragraphs and i'd like to then ask you. Why is it there. Let's go to black river and go to the bottom of page sixty three when they are first. Married clear closes horizon for grace. Her family never prayed so she studies husband and does as he does is closed. Head bowed fingers intertwined though claire does not believe in god. She loves her husband's efforts. At faith he keeps a bible on their bedside table and reads from it most nights before turning out the light. He told her once while they were lying beside each other in the dark that the stories in its pages never seen quite the way he remembers them from church now. Why is that the last sentence again. I'm i'm assuming that there's nothing accidental in your writing so why that i think this is maybe an early acknowledgement in the novel again. That wes has more faith than he realizes. And this is something. That of course becomes very important at the end of the novel. And i think also draws an early distinction between perhaps the may be performative elements of faith in practice and the more personal elements. I think this is where we see wests. Even if he doesn't realize it fully at this point in time maybe internalizing some of these stories and processing them and understanding them in ways that go beyond simply being receptive to what someone else like a pastor tells him about them that seems also very much like the classic western hero who actually knows more than he may think he knows and comes through in a way he may not be sure that you will come through. How how much of that character reflects you in some ways. Well it's it's interesting a number of ways you know. It was my first novel. I wrote it. When i was in my twenties and a lot of the questions i got asked after it was published. Where really about. How did you a twenty something woman right about this sixty year old man and of course that's what fiction writers do right. We put ourselves in someone else's shoes but in some ways i understand very well you know i have certain personality traits that i understand about him. his his tendency to want sort of a rule book for things and to follow those. I can empathize with that a lot. And i think many people can you know. West takes it to extremes at the time was writing black river in graduate school when i drafted it And then i worked on it for about a year after graduating attending churches. Part of me wasn't entirely sure why And it's something that became more important to my own life over the course of writing. The novel and i became a christian while writing the novel. So some of that is certainly wouldn't.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

The World and Everything In It

03:08 min | 3 months ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

"Stonestreet president of the colson center and host of the breakpoint pockets. John thank you thank you. Both additional support comes from the new book. Lament for a father by marvin alaska. This story of his journey to understanding and forgiveness is now available from pnr publishing prp books dot com from a. m. g. international gospel i ministry that meets people's spiritual and physical needs while inspiring hope restoring lives and transforming communities. Amg international dot org and from the podcast too busy to flush one couple slightly irreverent musings on faith food family and marriage too busy to flush dot com Something of a special baby. Boom is just taken place in australia. Not of humans but of the tasmanian devil powerful vicious evil tempered but lovable brute hungry at all times will eat anything but is especially fond of wild duck. Nick that's a cartoon. Myrna carried away. Sorry about that. But tasr and his marsupial friends had essentially gone extinct on mainland australia. But after getting back into the area several adult tasmanian devils last year. Seven tasmanian devil babies have arrived and survived. Tim faulkner is president of one of the conservation groups responsible today amongst the first time in three thousand years or thereabouts that the tasmanian devil has roamed mainland forest and as an pigs. Pregnant is critically important. Conservationists hope they will save the tasmanian devils from total extinction they believe by reintroducing the species it will help to restore and rebalance the wilderness quarterback for those of us brought up on looney tunes. It'll save us from heartbreak. It's the world and everything Today is friday june eleventh. Thank you for turning to world radio to help start your day. good morning. I'm nick junior and myrna brown coming next on the world and everything in it a streaming series that takes liberties with america's past. Here's reviewer colin guerrino. The term underground.

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

The World and Everything In It

05:03 min | 1 year ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

"Influence you having. I hope it's good reporting four. I'm Bonnie Pritchett. Today is Tuesday April twenty first. Good morning this is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm nick and I Mary Record Quick Reminder this week on the Alaska Interview podcast World Editor in chief. Marvin Alaska interviews political analyst. Tim Carney they talk about. Carney's book alienated America. And some of the factors that led to President Donald Trump's twenty sixteen victory and whether those factors are still in play for this year's election here now is George Grant with a corona virus edition of word. Play by play was a scourge that ravaged the world's population again and again from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. The last wave of the epidemic swept through the city of London in the spring of sixteen sixty five with an estimated one hundred thousand fatalities once infected the chances of surviving. The plague were terrifyingly slim most people as Daniel defoe recorded were immediately and violently overwhelmed with it. The spread of the corona virus can hardly be compared with the much more deadly plague but reading the daily entries of Samuel peeps in his famous diary does afford fascinating parallels between then and now peeps was a member of parliament and chief secretary of the Admiralty under King Charles the second he gained renowned for his trenchant observations of everyday life in the seventeenth century. The first recorded plague deaths in London were in March but for weeks peeps was far more interested with the trade war. England was waging with her European neighbors but by a Pro. He wrote that all the news and his local coffee shop was of the plague in some of the remedies against it. Some saying one thing and some another as the contagion spread. The king and his court left the city for the safety of the countryside. As did most doctors lawyers and wealthy merchants parliament was suspended theaters and courts were closed. Sporting events were cancelled. Trade at home and abroad was suspended. The Council of Scotland closed its border with England and according to the Royal Archives People's lives and businesses suffered terribly because so many were shut in their homes peeps wrote Lord. How sad a to see the streets so empty. Apparently it was at this time that two now familiar terms. I came to be used by peeps and others. Epidemic and quarantine epidemic comes from the Greek Epi meaning upon and d-mass meaning people that meant literally prevalence among the people referring to any trend or fashion but during the plague peeps associated the word with the spread of infectious diseases. Likewise quarantine comes from the old French maritime term Koran meaning forty days peeps uses the word to describe a medical isolation of any kind or ration- bus. It was a Niilo gypsum with the connotation that we still use today. The contagion eventually ran. Its course London recovered robustly at least for a year then came the great fire which swept through the city destroying more than seventy thousand homes nearly one hundred churches including St Paul's Cathedral and most businesses. It was his account of the great fire that has made peeps diaries such classic but rereading his account of the plague the previous year. I'm reminded of it surprising relevance. I'm George Grant Tomorrow. Some states are rolling out plans to reopen some businesses. Obviously a big need that is not without risk and we'll talk about that on Washington Wednesday and we'll talk to one of our own about his experience with Kovic at nineteen that and more tomorrow..

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on KTOK

KTOK

13:51 min | 2 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on KTOK

"Marvin Alaska, you quoted a speech by CS Lewis that I'm never had heard before he was speaking to university students in nineteen forty four students who were on their way to becoming England's leaders. And he said this. To nine out of ten of you, the choice, which could lead to scoundrel ISM will come when it does come in. No, very dramatic colors. Obviously Batman, obviously threatening or bribing will almost certainly not appear. I thought this is interesting nine out of ten of you are going to face this. He said, but it will not be dramatic Lewis noted that the invitation to do wrong would come in a way hard to turn down. He said he'll come over a drink or a Cup of coffee disguised as triviality sandwiched between two jokes from the lips of a man or a woman, whom you have recently beginning to know, rather better. And whom you hope to know better still just at the moment when you are most anxious not to appear crude or naive or a prig. The hint will come. You will be drawn in if you're drawn in not by desire for gain or ease in this gets really interesting to me at this point. You'll be drawn in simply because at that moment when the Cup was so near to your lips. You cannot bear to be thrust back again into the cold outer world Lewis was describing the desire to be in the inner ring, and he emphasized of all the passions. The passion for the inner ring is most skillful in making a man who has not yet a very bad, man. Do very bad things. And it's so so clear when it's put to you that way when you realize it's not usually a bowl you over type thing. It does come at just those offhand moments at a time when the Cup is right to your lips. And you can't bear the thought of not being an insider that the decision is made. If you are drawn in Lewis said next week, it will be something a little further from the rules in next year. Something further still, but all in the jolly est friendliest spirit in may end in a crash a scandal and penal servitude. Or it may end in millions in peerage into giving prizes at your old school, but you will be a scoundrel. And this next thing is very important. The scoundrel looking back rarely remembers choosing his life just blew Enron. Just happened. You know, you get far enough down the road. And you're able to sit back and look back back down the road at the choices you made. You begin to understand how true what he's saying? Here is when you get yourself into some kind of trouble, maybe big it may be small you rarely remember choosing you rarely remember the choices it just happened. Life. Just blew. And you end up looking at yourself as being just a marionette puppet on a string. But you know, if that's the way life is then there is no value of wisdom over folly. There's no reason to beat your head against the wall in the university to gain an education for there are no choices that are not predetermined. Somebody else is pulling your strings. So it doesn't matter. What you do? Now. What really astonishing meet Donald shows me is the number of Christian thinkers who accept a theological determinism. It's something like predestination. That we have no choice that some people believe that God made up his mind before we were ever born which would be saved in which I was would be lost. And we have no choice in the matter. It's amazing to me free will seem so obvious in God's plan that I can't imagine anybody sing it another way. And yet there are serious Christian people who do I don't get it. 'cause you see if that is the truth. Then you have no choice in any serious reader of the bible knows better than that. His wisdom better than folly. Well, according to Salomon, it was he said Nick lazy asked to verse thirteen. Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as far as light excels darkness. So do we have choices to make that are not predetermined? Well, the book of proverbs Solomon has a number of things of advice to his son. One of them is found very first chapter and verse ten he says this and it sounds very much like CS Lewis story of the inner ring. My son has centers entice you don't consent. If sinners entice you entices an interesting word, they're not bludgeoning you they're not threatening. You is just like CS Lewis said it did have happens at a moment between two jokes, and the friendliest of terms when you really very much wanting to be a member of the inner circle, and they invite you if they some come with us, let's lay wait for blood. Let's lurk privilege for the innocent. Without cause. Let's swallow them up. A live is the grave and whole as those that go down to the pit. We'll find all precious substance will fill our houses with spoil cast in your lot with us. We'll all have one purse. Now, candidly, I don't know whether Solomon is saying here the way it will come to you or the reality of what is coming to you. Is he necessarily disagreeing with CS Lewis that these people are gonna come and say, oh, let's go murder somebody or is it what he is saying is this is tantamount to what they are saying. This is the reality of what they're saying. No matter how innocent it says coming in because the word entice says they're trying to entice you. Follow sounds pretty blunt. He says don't do that my son walk not in the way with these people. Don't walk down the road with them. Get away from them refrain your foot from their path for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. If you put that net out to catch the burden bird can see it. You're not gonna get him. And you would think human beings when they see the net would get away from it. But they don't they don't see it. He said they lay wait for their own blood alert privilege for their own lives. So are the ways of everyone that is greedy of gain which takes away the life of the owners thereof. I think what Solomon is describing here is the temptation to the inner circle is the temptation to be drawn into a circle of people, whom you may admire whom you may be envious of who you kinda wish you could walk with them. You can actually be a part of it be admired by them respected by them. And they want you to go with them in something that you know, you should not do if you think about it. The problem when we get to that situation. Usually, we don't allow ourselves to think we block it out. Now, there are plenty of people who would be glad to help you go down that road. Why I don't know. Let's just because they're on that road themselves, and they just don't want to have to deal with it. Another thing the temptation to the inner circle will exist wherever power accumulates, and is just as true in religious organizations, as it is in the corporate culture. I think this lies behind something. Jesus said to his disciples on one occasion. The mother of two has decided disciples came to him with her sons did obeisance to Jesus and wanted to ask a certain thing of him. This is in Matthew twenty verse twenty and he said, what is it that you want? And she said granted, these my two sons may sit the one on your right hand in the other on your left in your kingdom. You talk about the inner circle. I how can you be closer to the inner circle then on the right hand left hand of Christ in his kingdom? It is a raw example of the temptation to the inner circle Jesus answered and said, you don't know what you're asking for. And he looked at the two young men who there with her. And she they were there. He said are you able to drink the Cup that I'm going to drink be baptized with the baptism and baptism with baptized with and they said to him we're able. He said, well you shall indeed drink of my Cup shall indeed be baptized with the baptism. I'm baptized with. But to sit on my right hand on my left is not mind to give it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my father. Well, it was a sad moment. And then the other ten disciples heard about it. And they were really upset they removed with indignation over this issue. So Jesus can see head to get this thing clear right away. We called everybody together. And set him down said this look guys, you know that the Princess of the gentiles exercised dominion over them. You know, they are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be. So among you. Now, I hear a lot of conversation from time to time being associated with various churches about how churches are governed. And there's really precious little instruction. And Jesus words in the gospels about how the church should be governed except for this this one thing he tells them about church government. I guess he leaves the rest of it to them. He says you're not allowed to exercise dominion over or authority up on. It was proscribed. He said, whoever will be great among you. Let him be your servant. Whoever will be GRA chief among you. Let him be your serpent, even as the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many. So Jesus ruled out a thorough -tarian authoritarian structures among his disciples. And thus he denied the permissibility of an inner circle. I think that's very important. He didn't frankly if you're in a situation like that where you can see that sort of thing developing you need to really watch out because the temptation to the inner circle will be there for you sooner or later. So Jesus said, no, I think it's for this reason that Jesus denied his church the right to concentrate power because if they did they would then rely on their own power instead of his power. And I'll bet that you have seen how this works or how it doesn't work for yourself by this time in your life. If you've been around churches large and small if you've seen how the political structure in a church begins to develop then you already know that the larger a church becomes and the more powerful, it becomes the more. Certain. It is to develop an inner circle. What Jesus wanted his men to? Choose was responsibility rather than authority. And there's a big difference between them. Once the disciples, for example, had demonstrated the power of God and the church after Pentecost the temptation to the inner circle appeared again, and you can imagine how easy it would have been in acts. The four chapter verse thirty three with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them. All they were you know, with that kind of power healings taking place. This is impressive and people were noticing them. Neither was there. Any among them that lacked for as many as we're possessors of lands or houses sold them and brought the prices of the things that were sold and laid them down at the apostles feet. And they distributed to everybody, according as he had need and Joseph who was by the apostle surnamed Barnabus. He was a Levi of the country of Cyprus having land sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet. Now. I have no doubt that this act created a great deal of admiration for. Barnabus? And indeed he does seem to be a major player in days to come a member of the inner circle in the eyes of some and that temptation to be in the inner circle was right there. I'll be right back.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on KTOK

KTOK

10:36 min | 2 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on KTOK

"Knew what to call those little wooden figures with movable arms and legs that are controlled by strings from someone above them sort of like Pinocchio was originally meant to be before he came to life. We call that a puppet right, actually, technically. No. It's a marionette puppet is by definition of small-scale figure usually with a cloth body in a hollow head that fits over. And is moved by the hand also known as the ventriloquist's, dummy, Jerry Lewis and lamb chop come to mind or Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen, and of course, miss piggy Kermit and all the other Muppets these are pep technically speaking killer and something new every day, it seems I learned this from a piece by Marvin Alaska game he was citing a remark by British psychiatrists name. Theodore dalrymple lead written a book titled. Life at the bottom and dalrymple rights listening as I do every day to the accounts people give of their lives. I am struck by the very small part in them, which they ascribe to their own efforts choices and actions. They described themselves as marionettes of helplessness. Now what exactly does he mean by that? Well, Marvin Alaska, call to mind, the Virginia Tech killer. According to some sources, he just blew it wasn't really his responsibility. He was troubled. He had issues maybe as rebel Representative. Jim moran. Virginia charge. It's President Bush's fault. It seems no one had the responsibility to help a young man who had written hyper-violent plays and poems been declared mentally ill. By a judge said, Marvin Alinsky set a fire in his room. And so on after all this soon after the multiple murders ahead of Virginia Tech's campus counseling center held a press conference and suggested the problem was inadequate funding for mental health services in the United States. So. We know. But no one it seems is willing to ascribe actions like this to evil choices made by individuals and to the presence of human evil. I think the operative term though, in that paragraph by Marvin Alaska is no one had the responsibility. Professor dalrymple went on to give some examples. One killer, for example, said of the murder he committed the knife went in as if he had nothing to do with it. A thief who broke into churches, stole their silver objects. And then burned the churches down to destroy the evidence said the problem was the churches had poor security and valuable objects. The combination was impossible to resist and other troubled person said my head needs sorting out from this. This is where doctor Dr good saw the idea that people see themselves as marionettes controlled by strings that direct their actions. They can't help themselves if they stole your property. It's your fault for not locking it up. Now, this is a very old idea in philosophy has a name. It's called determinism determined ISM is the philosophical idea that every event including human cognition and behavior decision and action is causally determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences. In other words, every single thing that happens is caused and if that chain of cause that leads you to this point, and there's no other way to go determinism. It may also be defined. They say is the thesis that there is at any instant exactly one possible, one physically possible, future tow. It basically means it's just gonna happen because of the sequence of things that takes place. Now, why is determined as attractive to anyone as opposed to being able to say, hey under wreck my life. I make my choices. I'll take my responsibility. Why would they want this? Because of this magic phrase. It's not my fault. It wasn't my fault. I didn't do it. It just happened. And it gives us a chance to get free of guilt and not be bound bogged down by it. Consider the day when Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the stone tablets with the ten commandments on them. Now, you talk about something that's going to put the pressure on people. Here comes Moses as he approached the camp heard riotous noises, and I he thought it was something battle going down down there and Joshua said, no I hear singing, and when he got to the place he saw the scene. He was absolutely appalled. He found the people dancing around a golden calf. It's only a little later. We learned that people were dancing naked and only through archaeology and history that we learned that calf worship involved naked orgies as well as child sacrifice, and this was the direction everything was going at the foot of Mount Sinai, allegedly because Moses was gone little longer than anybody thought he ought to be gone. Now, the confrontation of Moses with Aaron who had been in charge while he was gone. Is really interesting. It's an exodus chapter thirty two burst. Twenty-one Moses said to Aaron. What did these people do to you that you brought so greatest CNN up on them? My Moses must have thought well, the people tortured him the people backed him into a corner, they held a knife to his throat. What did they do to you to make you do this? And Erin said let not the anger of my Lord wax hot. You know, the people, you know, they're set on mischief for they said to me make us God's that'll go before for this Moses the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt. We don't know what's become of him. Now mind, you Moses hadn't even been gone forty days when it started taking place. And Erin said, well, I said to them whoever has any gold at the break it off. So they gave it to me. Then I cast that gold into the fire and there came out this calf. Moses face must have been a real study about this time. To have his own brother, the high priest of the Lord's stand there look him in the face and say, well, not through the golden there and out came this calf Aaron refused to accept any responsibility for what he had done. And here's the story a little earlier in the chapter where it tells us, what exactly did happen all the people broke off the golden earrings in their ears, and they brought them to Aaron he received them at their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool after he had made it a molten calf. Who aaron? They made a molten calf. Aaron got out his graving tool and began to work on the thing. And they said these are your gods will Israel that brought you out of the land of Egypt. And when Erin saw it. He built an offer before it and Aaron made a proclamation and said tomorrow is a feast of the Lord. Erin, even pronounced God's blessing on what they were doing. Now, how do you explain this sequence of events and the the denial utter denial of responsibility on errands part? Now, I don't want to suggest that at different from anybody else because candidly, most of us are quite willing to do exactly the same thing mistakes were made we'll say we don't say I made a mistake. I screwed up. I was wrong. It was my fault Tono mistakes were made or well stuff happens. And so on he goes, I find my show fascinated to hear so much of what shall I? Call it justification of evil coming from intelligent educated people who instead of owning up to and facing the fact of evil the fact that a person a human being made evil choices bad decisions for which he should be held responsible. I hear them going around looking for every excuse under the sun to blame society to blame the educational system to blame the federal government to blame one political party or another for what has happened here. Instead of blaming themselves blaming the person who did it and accepting the fact that somebody made a choice that was evil. But we see it all the time. And I wonder what is the appeal of determinism? I would think the dignity of man would lead us to want to be responsible. And as long as things are going. Well, men are happy to take credit for it. And the incredible salaries that follow they're also happy to take those. But when things go sour they suddenly become determinist. They say out came this calf to miracle. It's amazing. I don't know how it happened. It just happened yet as long as they're make doing well and things are on the up. They are happy to say look what this management technique of ours has accomplished. Well, men high and low like to plead the innocence of inevitability, but evil is not inevitable. It is a matter of choice. Marvin Alaska chose a really interesting illustration of this. And I'll tell you what it is. But I grab a pencil and a piece of paper, I have an important offer for you. And then I'll be right back king. Solomon was easily the wisest man and his work is worth reading on that basis alone..

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on KTOK

KTOK

10:30 min | 2 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on KTOK

"I thought I knew what to call those little wooden figures with movable arms and legs that are controlled by strings from someone above them sort of like Pinocchio was originally meant to be before he came to life. We call that a puppet right, actually, technically. No. It's a Marian. It a puppet is by definition of small-scale figure usually with a cloth body in a hollow head that fits over. And is moved by the hand also known as the ventriloquist's, dummy, Jerry Lewis and lamb chops. Come to mind or Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen. And of course, miss piggy, Kermit, and all the other Muppets, these are puppets. Technically, speaking killer. And something new every day, it seems I learned this from a piece by Marvin Alaska game he was citing a remark by British psychiatrists name. Theodore dalrymple lead written a book titled. Life at the bottom and dalrymple rights listening as I do every day to the accounts people give of their lives. I am struck by the very small part in them, which they ascribe to their own efforts choices and actions. They described themselves as marionettes of helplessness. Now what exactly does he mean by that? Well, Marvin Alaska called to mind the Virginia Tech killer. According to some sources, he just blew it wasn't really his responsibility. He was troubled. He had issues maybe as Representative Jim Moran. Virginia charge. It's President Bush's fault. It seems no one had the responsibility to help a young man who had written hyper-violent plays and poems been declared mentally ill. By a judge said, Marvin Alinsky. Set a fire in his room. And so on throw this soon after the multiple murders ahead of Virginia Tech's campus counseling center held a press conference and suggested the problem was inadequate funding for mental health services in the United States. So now, we know, but no one it seems is willing to ascribe actions like this to evil choices made by individuals and to the presence of human evil. I think the operative term though, in that paragraph by Marvin Alaska is no one had the responsibility. Professor dalrymple went on to give some examples. One killer, for example, said of the murder he committed the knife went in. If he had nothing to do with it. A thief who broke into churches, stole their silver objects, and then burn the churches down to destroy the evidence said the problem was the churches had poor security and valuable objects. The combination was impossible to resist and other troubled person said my head needs sorting out from this. This is where doctor Dr good saw the idea that people see themselves as marionettes controlled by streams that direct their actions. They can't help themselves if they stole your property. It's your fault for not locking it up. Now, this is a very old idea in philosophy has a name. It's called determinism determinism is the philosophical idea that every event including human cognition and behavior decision and action is causally determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences. In other words, every single thing that happens is caused and if that chain of cause that leads you to this point, and there's no other way to go determinism. May also be defined. They say is the thesis that there is at any instant exactly one possible. The one physically possible future. So it basically means is just going to happen because of the sequence of things that takes place. Now, why is determined as attractive to anyone as opposed to being able to say, hey, under direct my life? I make my choices. I'll take my responsibility. Why would they want this? Because of this magic phrase. It's not my fault. It wasn't my fault. I didn't do it. It just happened. And it gives us a chance to get free of guilt and not be bound bogged down by it. Consider the day when Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the stone tablets with the ten commandments on them. Now, you talk about something that's going to put the pressure on people. Here comes Moses as he approached the camp heard riotous noises, and I he thought it was something battle going down down there and Joshua said, no I hear singing, and when he got to the place he saw the scene. He was absolutely appalled. He found the people dancing around a golden calf. It's only a little later. We learned that the people were dancing naked and only through archaeology and history that we learned that calf worship involved naked orgies as well as child sacrifice, and this was the direction everything was going at the foot of Mount Sinai, allegedly because Moses was gone little longer than anybody thought he ought to be gone. Now, the confrontation of Moses with Aaron who had been in charge while he was gone. Is really interesting. It's an exodus chapter thirty two burst. Twenty-one Moses said to Aaron. What did these people do to you that you brought so greatest CNN up on them? My Moses must have thought well, the people tortured him the people backed him into a corner, they held a knife to his throat. What did they do to you to make you do this? Aaron said, let not the anger of my Lord wax hot. You know, the people, you know, they're set on mischief for they said to me make us. God's will go before us ask for this. Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt. We don't know what's become of him. Now mind, you Moses hadn't even been gone forty days when he started taking place. Aaron said, well, I said to them who whoever has any gold and break it off. So they gave it to me. Then I cast that gold into the fire and there came out this calf. Moses face must have been a real study about this time. To have his own brother, the high priest of the Lord's stand there look him in the face and say, well, not through the golden there and out came this calf. Erin, refused to accept any responsibility for what he had done. And here's the story a little earlier in the chapter where it tells us, what exactly did happen all the people broke off the golden earrings in their ears, and they brought them to Aaron he received them at their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool after he had made it a molten calf. Who aaron? They made a molten calf. Aaron got out his graving tool and began to work on the thing. And they said, these are your God's will Israel that brought you out of the land of Egypt. And when I saw it he built an offer before it and Aaron made a proclamation and said tomorrow is a feast of the Lord. Erin, even pronounced God's blessing on what they were doing. How do you explain this sequence of events and the the denial utter denial of responsibility on errands part? Now, I don't wanna suggested errands at different from anybody else because candidly, most of us are quite willing to do exactly the same thing mistakes were made we'll say we don't say I made a mistake. I screwed up. I was wrong. It was my fault Tono mistakes were made or well stuff happens. And so on he goes, and, you know, I find myself fascinated here so much of what shall I? Call it justification of evil coming from intelligent educated people who instead of owning up to and facing the fact of evil the fact that a person a human being made evil choices bad decisions for which he should be held responsible. I hear. Hear them going around looking for every excuse under the sun to blame society to blame the educational system to blame the federal government to blame one political party or another for what has happened here. Instead of blaming themselves blaming the person who did it and accepting the fact that somebody made a choice that was evil. But we see it all the time. And I wonder what is the appeal of determinism? I would think the dignity of man would lead us to want to be responsible. And as long as things are going. Well, men are happy to take credit for it. And the incredible salaries that follow they're also happy to take those. But when things go sour they suddenly become determinist. They say out came this calf to miracle. It's amazing. I don't know how it happened just happened yet as long as they're make doing well and things are on the up. They are happy to say look what this management technique of ours has accomplished. Well, men high and low like to plead the innocence of inevitability, but evil is not inevitable. It is a matter of choice. Marvin Alaska chose a really interesting illustration of this. And I'll tell you what it is. But I grab a pencil and a piece of paper, I have an important offer for you. And then.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

Newsradio 1200 WOAI

08:16 min | 2 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

"Marvin Alaska quotas piece by CS Lewis that I never had heard before he was speaking to university students in nineteen forty four students who were on their way to becoming England's leaders. And he said this. To nine out of ten of you, the choice, which could lead to scoundrel ISM will come when it does come in. No, very dramatic colors. Obviously bad man, obviously threatening or bribing will almost certainly not appear. I thought this is interesting nine out of ten of you are going to face this. He said, but it will not be dramatic Lewis noted that the invitation to do wrong would come in a way hard to turn down. He said he'll come over a drink a Cup of coffee disguised as triviality sandwiched between two jokes from the lips of a man or a woman, whom you have recently beginning to know, rather better. And whom you hope to know better still just at the moment when you are most anxious not to appear crude or naive or preg-. The hint will come. He will be drawn in if you are drawn in not by desire for gain or es, and this gets really interesting to me at this point. He'll be drawn in simply because at that moment when the Cup was so near to your lips. You cannot bear to be thrust back again into the cold outer world Lewis was describing the desire to be in the inner ring, and he emphasized of all the passions. The passion for the inner ring is most skillful in making a man who has not yet a very bad, man. Do very bad things. And it's so so clear when it's put to you that way when you realize it's not usually a bowl you over type thing. It does come at just those offhand moments at a time when a Cup is right to your lips. And you can't bear the thought of not being an insider that the decision is made. If you are drawn in Lewis said next week, it will be something a little further from the rules in next year. Something further still, but all in the jolly est friendliest spirit in may end in a crash a scandal in penal servitude. Or it may end in millions in peerage giving prizes at your old school, but you will be a scoundrel. And this next thing is very important. The scoundrel looking back rarely remembers choosing his life just blew Enron. Just happened. You know, you get far enough down the road. And you're able to sit back and look back down the road at the choices you made. He begin to understand how true what he's saying? Here is when you get yourself into some kind of trouble, maybe big maybe small you rarely remember choosing we rarely remember the choices it just happened. Life. Just blew. And you end up looking at yourself as being just a marionette puppet on a string. But you know, if that's the way life is then there is no value of wisdom over folly. There's no reason to beat your head against the wall in the university to gain education for there are no choices that are not predetermined. Somebody else is pulling your strings. So it doesn't matter. What you do? Now. What really astonishing meet Donald shows me is the number of Christian thinkers who accept a theological determinism. It's something like predestination that we have no choice that some people believe that God made up his mind before we were ever born which would be saved in which I was would be lost. And we have no choice in the matter. It's amazing to me free will seem so obvious in God's plan that I can't imagine anybody sing it another way. And yet there are serious Christian people who do I don't get it. Because you see that. Is the truth? Then you have no choice and any serious reader of the bible knows better than that. His wisdom better than folly. Well, according to Salomon, it was he said and Ecclesiastes to verse thirteen. Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as far as light excels darkness. Do we have choices to make that are not predetermined? Well, the book of proverbs Solomon has a number of things of advice to his son. One of them is found the very first chapter and verse ten he says this, and it sounds very much like CS Lewis story of the inner ring. My son has centers in Thais, you don't consent. If centers in Thais, you entices an interesting word, they're not bludgeoning you they're not threatening. You is just like CS Lewis said get hat happens at a moment between two jokes, and the friendliest terms when you really very much wanting to be a member of the inner circle, and they invite you if they some come with us. Let's wait for bloodless lurk privilege for the innocent. Without cause swallow them up live is the grave and whole as those that go down to the pit. We'll find all precious substance. We'll fill our houses with spoil cast in your lot with us. We'll all have one purse now, candidly, I don't know whether Solomon is saying here the way it will come to you. Or the reality of what is coming to you. Is he necessarily disagreeing with CS Lewis that these people are going to come and say, oh, let's go murder somebody or is. He what he is saying is this is tantamount to what they are saying. This is the reality of what they're saying. No matter how innocent it says coming in because the word entice says they're trying to entice you. What follows sounds pretty blunt. He says don't do that my son walk not in the way with these people. Don't walk down the road with them. Get away from them refrain your foot from their path for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. Have you put that net out there to catch the burden of bird can see it? You're not going to get him. And you would think human beings when they see the net would get away from it. But they don't they don't see it. He says they lay wait for their own blood alert privilege for their own lives. So are the ways of everyone that is greedy of gain which takes away the life of the owners thereof. I think what solemn describing here is the temptation to the inner circle is the temptation to be drawn into a circle of people, whom you may admire whom you may be envious of who you kind of wish you could walk with them. You can actually be a part of it be admired by them respected by them. And they want you to go with them in something that you know, you should not do if you think about it. The problem. We'll get to that situation. Usually, we don't allow ourselves to think we block it out. Now, there are plenty of people who.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

Newsradio 1200 WOAI

10:36 min | 2 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

"Those little wooden figures with movable arms and legs that are controlled by strings from someone above them sort of like Pinocchio was originally meant to be before he came to life. We call it a puppet, right, actually, technically. No. It's a Marian. It a puppet is by definition of small-scale figure usually with a cloth body in a hollow head that fits over. And is moved by the hand also known as the ventriloquist's, dummy, Jerry Lewis and lamb chop come to mind or Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen, and of course, miss piggy Kermit, and all the other Muppets these are pepperidge, technically speaking killer and something new every day, it seems I learned this from a piece by Marvin Alaska. He was signing your remark by British psychiatrists named Theodore dalrymple lead written a book titled life at the bottom and dalrymple rights listening as I do every day to the accounts people give of their lives. I am struck by the very small part in which they ascribe to their own efforts choices and actions. They described themselves as marionettes of helplessness. What exactly does he mean? By that. Well, Marvin Alaska, call to mind, the Virginia Tech killer. According to some sources, he just blew it wasn't really his responsibility. He was troubled. He had issues maybe as Representative Jim Moran. Virginia charge. It's President Bush's fault. It seems no one had the responsibility to help a young man who had written hyper-violent plays and poems then declared mentally ill. By a judge said, Marvin Alinsky. Set a fire in his room. And so on throw this soon after the multiple murders ahead of Virginia Tech's campus counseling center held a press conference and suggested the problem was inadequate funding for mental health services in the United States. So. We know. But no one it seems is willing to ascribe actions like this to evil choices made by individuals into the presence of human evil. I think the operative term though, in that paragraph by Marvin Alaska is no one had the responsibility professor down ripple went on to give some examples. One killer, for example, said of the murder he committed the nice win. If he had nothing to do with it. A thief who broke into churches, stole their silver objects. And then burned the churches down to destroy the evidence said the problem was the churches had poor security and valuable objects. The combination was impossible to resist and other troubled person said my head needs sorting out from this. This is where doctor Dr good saw the idea that people see themselves as marionettes controlled by strings that direct their actions. They can't help themselves if they stole your property. It's your fault for not locking it up. Now, this is a very old idea in philosophy as a name. It's called determinism determinism is the philosophical idea that every event including human cognition and behavior decision and action is causally determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences. In other words, every single thing that happens is caused and is that chain of cause that leads you to this point. And there's no other way to go determined. May also be defined. They say is the thesis that there is at any instant exactly one possible. One physically possible future. It basically means is just gonna happen because of the sequence of things that takes place. Now, why is determined ISM attractive to anyone as opposed to being able to say, hey, I direct my life. I make my choices. I'll take my responsibility. Why would they want this? Because of this magic phrase. It's not my fault. It wasn't my fault. I didn't do it. It just happened. And it gives us a chance to get free of guilt and not be bound bogged down by it. Consider the day when Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the stone tablets with the ten commandments on them. Now, you talk about something that's going to put the pressure on people. Here comes Moses as he approached the camp heard riotous noises, and I thought it was something battle going down down there and Joshua said, no I hear singing, and when he got to the place he saw the scene. He was absolutely appalled. He found the people dancing around a golden calf. It's only the later we learned that the people were dancing naked and only through archaeology and history that we learned that calf worship involved naked orgies as well as child sacrifice, and this was the direction everything was going into foot amount Sinai allegedly because Moses was gone little longer than anybody thought he ought to be gone. Now, the confrontation of Moses with Aaron who had been in charge while he was gone. Is really interesting. It's an exodus chapter thirty two burst. Twenty-one Moses said to Aaron. What did these people do to you that you brought so greatest Santa up on them? My Moses must have thought well, the people tortured him the people backed him into a corner, they held a knife to his throat. What did they do to you to make you do this? Let not the anger of my Lord wax hot. You know, the people, you know, they're set on mischief. They said to me make us God's that'll go before us ask for this. Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt. We don't know what's become of him. Now mind you most has hadn't even gone forty days when it started taking place. And Aaron said, well, I said to them who whoever has any gold at the break it off. So they gave it to me. Then I cast that gold into the fire and there came out this calf. Now, Moses face must have been a real study about this time. To have his own brother. High priest of the Lord's stand there look him in the face and say, well, not through the gold in there and out came this calf Aaron refuse to accept any responsibility for what he had done. And here's the story a little earlier in the chapter where it tells us, what exactly did happen all the people broke off the golden earrings in their ears, and they brought them to Aaron he received them at their hand and fashioned. It was a grazing tool after he had made it a molten calf. Who aaron? They made a molten calf. Aaron got out his graving tool and began to work on the thing. And they said these are your gods O Israel that brought you out of the land of Egypt. And when Erin saw it. He built an offer before it and Aaron made a proclamation and said tomorrow is a feast of the Lord. Erin, even pronounced God's blessing on what they were doing. How do you explain? This sequence of events in the the denial utter denial of responsibility on errands part. Now, I don't want to suggest that Aaron's at different from anybody else because candidly, most of us are quite willing to do exactly the same thing mistakes were made we'll say we don't say I made a mistake. I screwed up. I was wrong. It was my fault Tono mistakes were made or well stuff happens. And so on he goes, and, you know, I find myself fascinated to hear so much of what shall I? Call it justification of evil coming from intelligent educated people who instead of owning up to and facing the fact of evil the fact that a person a human being made evil choices bad decisions for which he should be held responsible. I hear them going around looking for every excuse under the sun to blame society to blame the educational system to blame the federal government to blame one political party or another for what has happened here. Instead of blaming themselves blaming the person who did it and accepting the fact that somebody made a choice that was evil. But we see it all the time. And I wonder what is the appeal of determinism? I would think the dignity of man would lead us to want to be responsible. And as long as things are going. Well, men are happy to take credit for it. And the incredible salaries that follow they're also happy to take those. But when things go sour they suddenly become determinist. They say out came this calf. Chimerical? It's amazing. I don't know how it happened. It just happened. And yet as long as they're make doing well and things are on the up. They are happy to say look what this management technique of ours has accomplished. Well, men high and low like to plead the innocence of inevitability, but evil is not inevitable. It is a matter of choice. Marvin Alaska chose a really interesting illustration of this. And I'll tell you what it is. But I grab a pistol and a piece of paper, I have an important offer for you. And then I'll be right back king. Solomon was easily the wisest man who ever lived and his work is worth reading on that basis alone..

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer

AM 970 The Answer

09:43 min | 2 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer

"Okay. Axis show. Eric is indisposed at the moment. Afraid he's been having problems and uncomfortable. But I'm sure he'll be out in the Jeff now looking pale and shaken get a little buddy. Taxes shows. That's just so inappropriate Seri inappropriate. If I didn't write that stuff. I would really fire that guy. Okay. Here's the issue. I'm sitting here with my friend, Kevin McCullough, some people know you as the great votes predominates. Thank you times votes. Drew damas. We're talking to you about, you know, the political landscape. I just wanna ask if you're okay. Yeah. Because we spent much of the last hour talking about. Peeing on the sidewalk and pooping on the sidewalk and your early entries about your bloating problem? I'm I'm concerned. I'm trying to drive away. Conceive male voter you brought you brought up wedgies like I've never seen you in. This kind of. I have a five year old at home this from him. I know not from the greater might be the medication. Let me let me let adjusted we're going to have John's Mira con in a minute. And I just wanted to up. My my outrageous named when you come on in person. I feel like it's basically the Howard Stern show. Baba me, Babu know. I mean, it becomes okay? It's not you. It's just something I get goofy. And so it's probably so we're gonna get stuttering John on the show. We're going to have some fun. Good John's miracle be right on after this. But I wanna I wanna continue our conversation. We're talking about a lot of important stuff. And I think one of my talk about really dark important stuff. I have to get goofy and joke around because this is hard. We talked about the abortion law. We talk about the state of the union. You said that you thought when Trump the other day reopen the government? That it was a good day for him. That was exactly my take. Exactly. But a lot of people didn't see it that way. No. And I wrote about this. Let me explain why a couple of if people want to read your writing where do they go that peace is at townhall dot com and just put my name in the search bar. Nobody can spell McCullough townhall dot com. Okay. Kevin Kevin McCullough MCC U L, L Domino's. But here's the thing. The couple of reasons ninety percent of media's negative on Trump. So anything he does is going to be reported as bad yank in this case, they saw it as a concession. So all of a sudden, they're jumping for joy that he's been defeated. It's glass. David just took him Nancy's, David and she just took him down. Right. And so immediately. I I don't know if you do this Erik. But as a local talk radio guy was on Fox News a lot. I subscribe to all of the left wing groups EIB lasts. So within seconds. I take Metamucil within seconds of him making the announcement. Suddenly you had fundraising letters going out for Democrats on every every huff PO daily KOs all the hard left. People were were trying to raise money off of the fact that they had defeated Goliath. Well, Chuck Schumer cheeky Lee said I hope Trump has learned his lesson. I mean, I thought to myself how you are. Now trash talking the president who just pretty graciously. You know is trying to be gracious and trying to say we're gonna make a deal with China and play and you get on the air. And you trash talk him why because they have no intention of ever working with him. But what Trump has to do is document this and put it in front of people to see he's like an elephant. And he's like your first wife. He's he what he's like what he's what he was able to do with that is. And if my first wife is listening. I did not share that thought at all. That's the joke. You and I only have I live. But who knows no I'm I'm on number two. Actually, is that true is very I apologize. I will never make that joke. That's fine. I'm just want to make sure I what I'm saying. Trump never forgets anything that was the joke. Right. So when humor is trash talking I'm thinking, I wouldn't do that. If I were you because he doesn't like you, and I would graciously forgive him. And just say what's right for the country. Trump can't help but punch back even if it's delayed by three weeks. Yeah. And what he's going to do is he's going to get his border barriers. It'd be still slats in some places. It'll be other types of things in other places, but he will get his wall, and the majority of the country wants this now, they don't want the concrete two thousand miles structure, what they want is what Trump has been talking about for the last ninety to one hundred twenty days, which by the way, is what the Democrats all voted in favor of under Obama. So we're not talking about something. That's at odds with the basic American psyche. We see the stories seventy eight to ninety percent depending on the poll, you you look at the American people know our borders, a problem. It's a mess. They want increased security. Seventy five percent of those people know that barriers have to be. It's a no-brainer part of that Eric the reason that you don't want the homeless sleeping outside of your walk up here in Manhattan, and the reason that you don't leave your door unlocked at night is because you don't want people coming in that aren't supposed to be there. And you're you're very very picky about who comes in. And you're very very specific about where they have you ever been to my apartment. No exact, but it's case in point. But it's it proves it proves to us in that. We lock our doors at night that this is about our welfare. And it's about America being America as you wrote about in your book, which the left is consistently trying to dismantle and yeah, I think it kind of reminds me of my mother in law and my late father in law. They were like FDR Democrats, and they could never understand that the democrat credit party has moved on so dramatically, and I think that a lot of people like that they still think, oh, it's kind of like voting for Clinton kind of a centrist democrat. Not anymore. Now, you're voting for human zoos on the street in San Francisco and you've voting, and I think that our side has to has to make this case because it's it's true. It's it's actually true. And I think we also have to make the case, and this is apropos our friend Marvin Alaska, and George W Bush, this is called compassionate conservatism. This is to say we want these policies because we care about the people not because we're callous, not because we're xenophobes if you care about the woman dragging her babies from Guatemala up to the border because someone told her that's the smart thing to do that's cruel to this. Well, it's the cruelest thing. And that that's what we're doing. And the president. I think in a state of the union is going to be able to make this case before the American people. I think it's going to be very dramatic. Well, what I think the other way that Friday helped him was that he was able to kind of address the nation. Going around the state of the union temporarily because you remember that he made a rather long huge speech, and it was the bully pulpit of the presidency. And it was very smart move on a lot of levels. He did not want to have to give that speech that was a speech. He did not want to come out and admit, I didn't get we didn't get there because I think deeply in his heart. He likes being a dealmaker, and he really wanted to get that deal, but he's never dealt with with. I mean, it's kind of like it's funny because a dealmaker is used to operating in the free market where you have to have logic. You have to have like you've got something you want. I've got something out. But if you're dealing with people who basically say I want to kill myself. You can't talk to those dealing with terrorists. How do you deal with somebody who's their bottom line is? Oh, yeah. And I'm going to kill myself at that moment, you've cease to be able to have a rational kind of the first person to compare Schumer and Pelosi to terrorists. I'm not. I'm not you know what I'm doing good analogy. But you understand what I'm saying is. It's the same concept when somebody says burn it all down. I don't care you cannot deal with them. You have to in a sense understand that you're talking to somebody who is is not going to to deal with you. And then so you have to step back and think okay now, what do I do? I mean at one footnote to this Laura Trump, the daughter-in-law of the president was on my show a week ago. And I asked her in the beginning of the conversation. I said Laura what was it like before he came down the escalator in the Trump Tower to announce his candidacy, what was it like the night? He told the family what was going on in that room. And she said Kevin it was really crazy. And I'll never forget it. We're all gathered there. In the Trump Tower, and the gold plated everything cherry, and we're all sitting there, and he got really quiet, and he said guys, you know, I've I've toyed with this idea for a while he said, but if we do not do this now we may not have a country to save in another agency. This is the point you can say anything you want about this president when he says that he gets it. He gets what nobody else effectively gets. None of the GOP candidates. Got it to the level that he did that if you Trump's no pun intended, looted the opposition any of the family members in the book, but it was interesting to see her confirmation of your hunch that he had in fact that that that was I gave I gave my work to some of the family members, certainly doubt that they read it, right? But and it was after he came down the escalator any what your whole premise was. If you didn't save it. You're gonna lose her where businesses his motivating. He was driving. Ovation from the beginning that that's that's why I ended up publicly coming out for him. Not because I agree with his hair. Hey, speaking of hair, we've gotta get you Bagri with anybody a wonderful, my friend, Kevin McCullough. Thank you. When we come back. We've got the great John's Mira don't go away. It's got a turban. I'm gonna. Yeah..

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

07:03 min | 2 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"Dot org. That's breakpoint dot ORG. Well, welcome back to break point this week, John Stonestreet here along with Warren Smith, I almost said Ed stetzer, he's still there. He's still in my heart warm. But great to have you on you've written a book with Marvin or Laskey called prodigal press? And you've done a lot on how to interact and discern media, you speak on this for our Colson fellows program at summit ministries, and some other places, and I bring that up because this past week conservative publication, the weekly standard shutdowns was founded by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes back in nineteen ninety five and there's a whole story behind that. I don't want to get into it too deeply, but the editor in chief said something really interesting as he was closing down. Many media outlets have responded to challenges of the moment by prioritizing affirmation over information giving into the pool of polarization and the lure of click bait. No, look, this has a lot to do with the conservative movement and President Trump, and I don't want to get into that. Specifically because what we've got now is an epidemic. I talked about this just recently on break point an epidemic of Americans. Don't trust the. Media. I mean, this is not a small number. This is a significant number. And we also have a history of the writings of our founders talking about the importance of a free press to keep people informed. While also keeping the powers that be accountable. This is a real issue. But it's one that we wanted to help people this year kind of tackle. Because how do you read the news and not get brainwashed? I how do you know that what you're reading is true? What's discernment, look like, and I think you have some really strong advice on this. Well, there are some things that we as Christians can do because you are exactly right. John the mainstream media in this era of fake, news and alternative facts. And even if you have an outlet semi reputable outlet did that is not succumbing to ideology in an explicit since they're a lot of reporters in mainstream newsrooms, just they don't come from a Christian background. They don't understand Christian thought. So they just ignore a lot of Christian activities. So for example, when you look at a story, like human sexuality or abortion or something like that where there's an obvious clear religious, and moral and spiritual dimension to it. It's kinda easy to see the bias. But even in covering a disaster, a national emergency, which is kind of stock in trade of journalism. They will often ignore the fact that Christians or the first ones in to provide relief in help and comfort in natural disasters. Just because they're not plugged into churches, and they're not plugged into Christian ministry. So media bias is showing up everywhere. You can find it or see it in almost every new story if you're looking forward, and that's why I think, you know, talking about median how Christians can respond to this current condition is so important, and that's why I'm really excited that you you mentioned prodigal press and the book that I had the privilege of helping. Marvin Alaska right Marvin is going to be with us on Monday to do a webinar and online webinar. It's absolutely free called a what to do when you can't trust the news media, and Marvin on no is because I've known him for a long time. It's going to say that one of the things that we can do is read widely. I was really encouraged by you a few moments ago, John telling people to read that story about intelligent design in the New York Times. I mean, it's like it's nothing wrong with reading the New York Times. But just read it the right way read it carefully read it selectively. And that's the other thing that more of an is going to say is that we should read deeply we should read carefully. Whenever we read sources like the New York Times. And Thirdly, we should read Biblically that we should be armed with a Christian worldview that we can't just go to mainstream media we have to go to mainstream media after we have gone to the bible, and we have sort of clearly. Planted in our minds and hearts, the objective truth of scripture, so that we can evaluate the so called truth of the mainstream media against that standard of objective truth. Yeah. And that means it has to be intentional. And it's gotta be this ongoing process of continuing to hone in shape the lens through which we we see the world. And that's why we spend so much time on this idea of worldview e mentioned that when it comes to stories about marriage, your sexuality or something like that the buys is easy to see. Well, sometimes it's easy to see. Sometimes it's this really subtle, you know, the really subtle language like the sciences settled or scientists say that you know, gender is a social construct or it's not binary, and you have these kind of statements that are now stated as if they are fat, even though they are highly disputed within the community this past week. We spent some time talking about the new APA guidelines that came out which the media reported on that masculinity is. Toxic traditional masculinity is toxic. We'll smuggled into the report is a whole lot of stuff. I mean, as we said on break point, this is essentially worldview assumption after worldview assumption, first of all that traditional masculinity is antifa. Minniti a second that traditional masculinity is violent. I mean, those are significant assumptions about what it means to be male. And certainly we have examples of anti woman violence in human history and in recent history, but does that make it inherent to masculinity? The assumption that masculinity is nothing, but a social construct that there's nothing in it that's tied to our biological realities, and we know the APA by dismissing both homosexuality and gender dysphoric as a pathology removing them from the list of pathologies is already disconnected any sort of biological connection between sex and gender. So there's just so much that smuggled in, and and you know, we're going to continue to talk. About that every week on break point this week. You know, what happened this week? What are the stories as what we do on break point? That's what we do on the point. That's what we do on the website because Christians can't run away from the culture. We can't hide from the culture. But we can't just go in on accepting an embrace, whatever the culture says, well, listen, come to breakpoint dot org and they're on the homepage. You'll see a button as resources mentioned on the radio and podcast. And we'll link to the different articles that we've mentioned on today's program articles about Tom Phillips about the Philippine snout weevil and also you can sign up for this free. Webinar that's coming up on Monday. Just in a couple of days on Monday, this free webinar with Marvin. Oh, Laskey one of the great Christian journalist of our time talking about what to do when you can't trust the media warns. Great to have you today on break point this week. Thanks for joining us. What John great to be with you.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

03:38 min | 2 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"But this is what he does full-time. I mean, he's gave up his law practice a long long time ago, and how do you manage that? Because like I say we're here in your law is I guess you've got a caseload ride or climate. I do and I have two part time jobs is kind of how it works. And so a work at the law for maybe five six hours a day, depending on what I'm doing. And then also do the writing as well. So you do that in the the writing in the evening or do you right in the morning before you come to work most of the writings done in the evening, sometimes when I go home in the afternoon, I'll try to get a session in you know, one thing, and you probably know this to you because you've been writing for decades is you kind of have to find what you're writing bio rhythm is. You know, what works for you? Some people are able to sit down and just eight hours, ten hours at the computer. I'm not that. Person I can be effective for two maybe three hours than I need to stop. Because if I try to push it back past that point a lot of times, the creative age is gone and always wanting to be fresh enough to bring a level of texture and new odds. I mean to the things that I'm creating that, you know, make it something that the reader really is enjoy living in this world that's being created. Well, I've only written one novel written about ten or twelve nonfiction books, and I'm kind of the same way two or three hours a day in my brain, just I need to go do something else. But again, you mentioned before we turn the audio on here that you love the editing process. So you try to sort of fly through a draft and get the story down and then go back to it. Or how does that work for you? Yeah. I don't know it's not necessarily fly. Because I am about a five hundred two thousand word today guy. That's kind of my goal now toward the end of the story. A lot of time. I'm writing more, frankly, subtypes of a KOA what half of this. I go. But I do know. And this is something for the folks that are listening to this that are writers are interested in becoming a doing writing is pressed through to the end, and then go back and correct it because if you've got something to work with that's that's a huge huge obstacle to overcome is go ahead and get through. So I will like to have I will spend maybe seven to eight months on first draft. And then I want to have at least three months for revisions. Yeah. You know, you mentioned finished you press through to the end Marvin Alaska of world magazine interviewed another sort of thriller mystery writer, John LaCroix, I don't know if you know any of his work, but that's one of the things that he recommended as well, he said, he young writers. He recommended finished something because it forces you to solve problems, and you can always go back and fix it later. That's right. And you know, things are depending on whether you're working from an out loud, or you're more just kind of organic going along, you know. You discover things, you know, in the midst of the writing about characters plot, and then you're able to then, you know, the editing process. You know, connect the dots. Make things make sense focus it hone it because you know, one of the desires for a novelist is to become invisible. So that the reader is so immersed in what's going on in the characters and their experiences and their curious, you know, enjoyment and fear and excitement. Encourage all the things you're wanting to communicate that's happening with you, basically just behind the curtain. Okay. Robert asked promise, we're finally going to get around to talk about your latest. But I've appreciate your indulgence in and that and all that other stuff just because I'm fascinated by and but let's talk about chosen people. This is a book that I really enjoyed because it was set partly in Atlanta, which is where I'm from..

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

03:50 min | 3 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"They think like I do that. Christian colleges are hugely important, especially in this culture you should be concerned. I'll explain next on breakpoint from the Colson center for Christian worldview. Here's John Stonestreet with breakpoint. A recent NPR web headline ran. Christian colleges are tangled in their own LGBT policies and more accurate headline would have been Christian colleges struggled to maintain their identity in the face of pressure from without him within the pressure from without as financial while there's some elite universities living off enormous endowments most schools, including almost every Christian college. I don't have endowments, they depend on government assistance to students through things like Pell grants and guaranteed student loans, which of course comes with strings attached to the string causing the most trouble for Christian colleges. These days title nine, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program receiving federal financial assistance. The original purpose of title man was to guarantee full participation for female students, but the Obama administration decided that title nine should cover sexual orientation and gender identity. So schools committed to historic Christian teaching on human sexuality, including the biological basis of sex immediately face losing access to the federal funds. That help keep them afloat while some schools opted out of federal assistance. Most habit and many couldn't, thankfully, the Trump administration's top education policy isn't integrate restrooms. And so it's backed off of this strange interpretation of title nine, but who knows what the next administration will do. It's an ominous prospect so many as was made obvious by their comments included in that NPR article have preemptively caved, then want to risk losing title, nine funding or risk running afoul of the students or faculty who champion LGBT ideology on their campuses. Even if their schools official belief is that human beings are created as gendered beings and that heterosexuality is God's design. In fact, it's just not clear to me at all what many Christian colleges are going to do in the face of this pressure, which only reveals the real pressure which is not from without, but from within, namely the lack of a coherent Biblically grounded sexual ethic. In so many churches in today take for example, how one. Student of a prominent historic Christian college described her journey of identifying as queer to NPR. When I realized she said that my faith wasn't necessarily about the church and wasn't even necessarily about the bible, but about my relationship with God and that God is all encompassing loving, I felt very free and that same feeling Centric sexual ethic or lack thereof was on display in another article. Recently in Christianity today on surrogacy, especially through the words of women who see surrogacy as quote their ministry in who no, it's okay because they feel at peace all too often. Some inter knowledge like this is used by Christians to dismiss physical realities, including the goodness of God's created designed for sex marriage, but that's not Christianity that's NAS decision. And if it's not corrected, it will undo Christian colleges which would be a tragic loss. Christian colleges uniquely provide a context that unites discipleship and learning not dimension. A real education were alternative viewpoints can be evaluated and actually debated at doesn't happen in most secular institutions today. But make no mistake of Christian colleges cave on sex and marriage. They'll lose what makes them more saving. And if they choose to remain faithful, they're going to need prayer, ingenuity, and our financial commitment to stay afloat. So thank God for the faithful institutions and the faithful leaders of Christian higher education there. Many of them may their tribe increase for breakpoint. I'm John Stonestreet. They are still time to sign up for the Colson center, special short-course, making sense of media with world magazine editor in chief Marvin Alaska, Dr. Ken boa and more come to breakpoint dot org for all the details. That's breakpoint dot org.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

03:50 min | 3 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"The government critic once called TV vast wasteland. So how do we navigate it with our worldview intact? Stay tuned to breakpoint from the Colson center for Christian worldview. Here's Eric Metaxas with breakpoint. The linguist and liberal social critic gnome Chomsky once said, any dictator would admire the uniform ity obedience of the US media Chomsky was onto something. I think it's fair to say that most of the media are 'obediently working twenty four seven to undermine our faith. If you listen to breakpoint regularly, I know you care about developing a Christian worldview, and that's terrific. Bible reading church attendance, prayer, reading, good books. Taking advantage of the kinds of resources at the Colson center provides are indispensable in your developing mature Christian worldview. But you are also no doubt aware of the many other powerful voices in the media that seek to prevent you from developing a Christian worldview. Some of these voices are obvious news outlets with an obvious anti-christian bias or easy to identify, but what about the hidden bias sees that creep into news coverage? For example, the next time there's a natural disaster watch how the media report, how the government is responding, but not so much about how the church is responding. Even though Christians are often first on the scene, the book prodigal press by world magazines, Marvin Alaska and my Colson center colleague, Warren Smith calls this habit of ignoring the church spiking the spiritual, the expression comes from the practice of editors killing or spiking story. They decide not to print or air today. Spiking the spiritual has the effect of downplaying the vital social contributions that Christians make. For example, as Christianity today has reported the average North American congregation provides its community with about one hundred eighty four thousand dollars worth of social services every year and churches sponsor more than one point, six million social service programs in America annually with seven point, six million volunteers. You will never hear such facts in the mainstream press which leads to skewed media coverage and unfair and inaccurate perceptions of Christians. Perhaps that's why seventy percent of religiously unaffiliated Americans think churches and other religious. Nations are too concerned with money and Power and sixty. Seven percent believe they are too involved with politics. Only forty, five percent. Meanwhile, say we do anything to help solve social problems, unbelievable, but it's not just the journalistic media who shape our world view seventeenth century Scottish writer. Andrew Fletcher is credited with saying, let me make the songs of nation. I care not who makes its laws. Storytelling in songs paintings films and books is perhaps the most important way we learn about our world. Indeed, Jesus certainly understood this Mark four thirty four says Jesus did not speak to them except in parables. So what a leading Christian journalists and artists have to tell us about the state of the media today. Well, now's your chance to find out by signing up for our Colson center short-course called making sense of media clarity and discernment. This four week, webinar series starts on Tuesday, April seventeenth and continues the next three Tuesdays you can sign up by going to breakpoint dot org. The first week will here. My friend, Marvin Alaska. The editor in chief of world magazine on the prodigal, press the anti-christian bias of the American media. Then come social historian, Dr. Ken boa, and how to read and interpret films. Dr. Kathy cook, author of the important book teens and screens will address the topic of social media good or bad. And we conclude with children's book, author S de Sam Smith on a topic. I love telling reading and sharing great stories. So if he ever watch TV program, see a movie get online or listen to a song. This short course is for you come to breakpoint dot org to sign up today for breakpoint this Erica taxes.

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"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

The BreakPoint Podcast

01:38 min | 4 years ago

"marvin alaska" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast

"Their commitment and expertise keeps us informed even if the subject matter such as tax law is drives dust not everything that truly matters is entertaining and other lesson is about the nature of american politics it is not cynical to note that much of our politics has more to do with access to the levers of power then with a search for the common good for the christian that means discernment and caution are mandatory as jesus told us were to be wise the serpent's and generals dubs wisdom requires discernment and the willingness to ask tough questions of those we normally support an example of this discernment is marvin alaska's column in the last issue of world magazine his critique goes beyond the proposal emanation of the adoption tax credit it also includes concerns about the bill's impact on charitable giving he cites a study that predicts that if enacted as it stands now the bill would lead to a five percent drop in contributions to religious organisations he's concerned that the selfish and child less will benefit at the expense of those with bigger families and bigger hearts where whether or not this proves to be the case it does worn our attention i'm grateful the capitol hill reversed itself on the adoption tax credit but the tax bill is still a work very much in progress so the need for disarmanent vigilance by all americans especially people of faith remains for breakpoint i'm johnston st johnstone streets latest book a practical guide to culture will help you help your children navigate today's world to download chapter one absolutely free go to breakpoint dot org slash free once again that's breakpoint dot org slash free and thanks for listening to breakpoint each day.

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