I Want My Christianity Back – Without the Ugly Baggage

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This article originally appeared on Patheos

I don’t like telling people I’m a Christian.

It’s not that I’m ashamed of being a Christian; I’m not – at all. It is just that the word “Christian” comes with so much ugly baggage.

Telling someone I’m a Christian means I must immediately follow it up with, “but not that kind of Christian.” It’s like saying, “Yeah, sure, these are some mind bogglingly ugly suitcases, but I’ve got the coolest stuff on the inside of them. No, really, I do.”

It’s just not worth the effort; and, frankly, I’m tired of lugging these ugly, heavy things around.

Truthfully, I don’t blame people who assume that if you’re Christian you’re anti-LGBT, anti-abortion, anti-real equality, anti-other religions and pretty much anti-anything else that one small but loud subset of Christians find offensive or threatening.

It completely makes sense. It’s why I don’t want to use…

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Hope Runs by Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Samuel Gachagua Book Review

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Sammy Ikua Gachagua had lost his father to illness, his mother to abandonment, and his home to poverty. By age ten, he was living in a shack with  seven other children and very little food. He entered an orphanage seeing it as a miracle with three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, and clothes on his back.

When Claire Diaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mt. Kenya, then head back home. She entered an orphanage seeing it as little more than a free place to spend the night before her mountain trek.
God had other plans.

Hope Runs
is the emotional story of an American tourist, a Kenyan orphan, and the day that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It”s about what it means to live in the now when the world is falling down around you. It”s about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see. Most of all, it”s about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye. (Taken from Chapters.ca)

What do you get when you have an American Tourist and a boy from Kenya? You get this crazy journey that I don’t think any of them planned on, and that’s what happens sometimes. Sometimes we think we have everything planned out for something, but when we get there what he have planned out is what doesn’t actually happen, and what does happen is something totally opposite from what we want. That’s kind of the case with this story. Here we have An American who goes off to a different country, and well, that’s only just the start of the story. It’s also about hope and love, and life and other things that I bet Claire and Sammy wouldn’t didn’t even realize would happen, but when it did, it was the greatest thing that ever happened, and the impact that it had along with the lasting rippling effect.

It’s a story of how God can take your plans for your life and change them in a way that seems crazy at first, but when you get the bigger picture that God’s showing you, your life will never be the same again.

Honestly, this is such an amazing book, with such a great story in it, and after reading it, you’ll be blown away as I was about the simple love that was poured about through this book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes an amazing story, that afterwards makes yuo want to do something because you can’t sit still.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz leads social innovation at Twitter, Inc., and is the author of several books, including Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, she is a frequent international speaker on social media, business, and innovation and writes a popular business blog at http://www.clairediazortiz.com. She holds an MBA from Oxford University and an MA and BA in anthropology from Stanford University. She is cofounder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya. Claire has been called a “mover and shaker” by Mashable, “the woman who got the pope on Twitter” by The Washington Post, a “force for good” by Forbes, and “one of the most generous in social media” byFast Company. She has been widely written about in such publications as the New York Times, Business Week, The Washington Post, and Forbes. Find her on Twitter @claire.

Sammy Ikua Gachagua
was born in rural Kenya in 1992. After losing his family at a young age, he struggled to survive until he was placed in an orphanage in Nyeri, Kenya. In 2009 he received a full-ride scholarship to Maine Central Institute, granting him a rare US visa and the chance to begin his sophomore year of high school under the guardianship of Claire Diaz-Ortiz. He is an up-and-coming motivational speaker. Find him on Twitter @sammyikua.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Something absolutely amazing you should check out and buy

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How many of you like t-shirts?
Honestly my sister showed me this site a while ago called Teespring, and honestly I’ve had so many ideas that I’ve put some on t-shirts. Just ideas I’ve gotten listening to music, or hearing sermons, and honestly, some of them I think will make people ask questions, which I guess you could say is a point that I had in mind while creating these. I hope you like them too, and you purchase them. They only cost $20 dollars each!

This is how Teespring works. It’s like Kickstarter in sense, but just for t-shirts. Each shirt (or campaign if you want to call it that) has a run date of 21 days! You only have 21 days to decide if you want any of theme amazing tshirts! Here’s where your help also comes in on this. Each shirt has a minimum of 50 before anything gets printed! So spread the word amongst your friends, family, just anyone! They come in different colours and all of that!Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 8.56.37 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 8.56.12 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 8.56.48 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 8.56.56 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 8.56.30 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 8.57.55 PM

Here are the links to each of the shirts –
http://teespring.com/loveneverfailst-shirt

http://teespring.com/Fourthings

http://teespring.com/whocanbeagainst

http://teespring.com/amazinggraceamazinglove

http://teespring.com/amazingday

http://teespring.com/peopleofinterest

So please, spread the word!

Any art people out there? Or just anyone who likes pictures?

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I just recently redid my storenvy store, (If you don’t know what storenvy is, it’s like your own online store :D) and I added quite a few of the photographs and you can purchase them on things like notepads, coasters, prints, tote bags and much more, come take a look!

https://afellowcanuck.storenvy.com

Mission Impossible style After Effects project

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I’m kind of a newbie to after effects, I know how to do basic kinetic Typography but I have an idea for something and I want the start of it to be like the mission impossible burning fuse going across the screen/ ghost protocol intro. Would anyone know how to go about doing this or know of any good tutorials? I’ve been trying to find them, but I’ve had no luck. or any other super cool spy sequence would be nifty too