Why Are So Many People Leaving the Church? (according to the church)…


Date: December 09, 2021

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“I thought I would do a bit of a deep dive to find out the reasons the church is giving to explain why so many people are no longer attending church. I look at answers from pastors and apologists. From they just want to sin, to they never really believed in the first place, to because evolution, we see how similar a lot of responses from mostly old dudes are.

I also give my thoughts on why this is happening.”

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S’porean blogger Amos Yee sentenced to six years’ jail in US for child pornography, grooming…


Date: December 09, 2021

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“WASHINGTON – Singaporean blogger Amos Yee was sentenced by a US court on Thursday (Dec 2) to six years in jail, after he pleaded guilty to two charges of child pornography and grooming.

Yee, 23, was also ordered by the Chicago court not to contact the victim, who was then 14 years old, for two years after his release from jail.

Yee had also faced 16 other child pornography-related charges, which were dismissed as part of a plea deal he accepted.

According to the first charge of child pornography, Yee solicited, persuaded and induced the victim to appear on video and other mediums and pose, which involved lewd behaviour, between February and July in 2019.

The charge, a class one felony and second-most serious type of offence under Illinois criminal law, carried a prison sentence of at least four years and up to 15 years.

According to the second charge of grooming, Yee knowingly used WhatsApp to seduce, solicit and lure the victim to pose for photographs, which he distributed on WhatsApp, over the same period.

That charge had a minimum jail term of one year and a maximum of three years.

Yee, who appeared in court via video link, was advised by Judge Carol Howard that pleading guilty to the charges meant he could be deported, denied admission to the US, or denied naturalisation as a US citizen in the future.

The convictions could also affect his ability to obtain housing, employment and other licences, including a driver’s licence, she added.

Yee, who wore a surgical face mask and orange prison jumpsuit, replied that he understood.

Yee, who spent most of the hearing replying to questions with yes or no answers, declined to speak when the judge asked if he had anything to say before she imposed his sentence.

The judge, as well as his public defender, both wished him luck at the end of the hearing, which lasted about 20 minutes.

Yee was 20 at the time of his offences, and living in Cook County, Chicago.”

This happened about a week ago…So, I should acknowledge it.

I guess they didn’t consider Amos to be a big enough fish, and allowed him to dodge a whole lot of years with a plea deal.

Not exactly a nice ending…but I figured it would be a lot worse.

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Wanted common area for people, not cars. Built a Pocket Hood…


Date: December 09, 2021

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“On an empty lot next door to a popular craft brewery, the Blockhouse team wanted to build housing that would fit a buzzing Spokane (WA) neighborhood. They carefully placed micro and skinny units around some old-growth trees to create a pocket neighborhood (interior gathering spaces for the community), leaving just a few parking spaces at the property’s edge.

The Blockhouses were partially prefabbed – making it easier to save the trees – from cross-laminated timber (CLT) that serves as both structure and interior cladding. The wood, sourced from small-diameter and sometimes diseased or dead trees, helps to clear the local national forest for forest fires.

They covered the entire roof of Perry Street Brewery with solar panels in order to achieve net-zero status. Each of the eight units – from the 960-square-foot skinny homes to the 260-square-foot micro studios – has a smart wall that helps to control climate based on use and weather conditions.