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October 21st, 2010
02:28 PM ET

Past inspires modern solutions for historic black church

This old Southern city is still waking up when the first members drift into the church basement. They turn on the lights, pull metal chairs across the wooden floor and settle in with paper cups of coffee and the weight of the week.

There's work or not enough work. Diabetes. Tonight's dinner and tomorrow's, too. Parents in prison, neighbors just getting out. Kids who want some faraway, high-cost college and kids who don't want to get out of bed on Sundays. Then there's money - always, forever money - to think about. They've heard weekly sermons about how to plan, overcome and grow, but the lessons really start to apply in Bible study, like today, when they'll pore over a line and relate it back to the messy, wonderful business of living.

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Filed under: Baptist • Faith

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. test

    supremacy

    November 1, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  2. test

    jerk

    November 1, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  3. test

    nis

    November 1, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  4. test

    unk

    November 1, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  5. test

    bra

    November 1, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  6. test

    sturb

    November 1, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  7. test

    nasty

    November 1, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  8. test

    rhetoric

    November 1, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  9. test

    hyperbole

    November 1, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  10. Sum Dude

    Here's my latest list - this seems like a good spot to set this down. Nobody's posting much here....
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    bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to post that wonderful argument:

    Many, if not most are buried within other words, but I am not shooting for the perfect list, so use your imagination and add any words I have missed as a comment (no one has done this yet) I found some but forgot to write them down. (shrugs).

    s-ex
    c-um.........as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, etc.
    sp-ic........as in disp-icable (look out Sylvester the cat!)
    ho-mo...whether ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, etc.
    t-it.........const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, etc.
    an-al......ban-al
    sh-it
    fu-ck...isn't this a great word? yet they filter it. 😦
    who-re
    tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, (an unexpected one)
    pr-ick
    sl-ut
    c-lit
    va-g....as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant
    hor-ny
    ar-se....yet "ass" is not filtered!
    nip-ple
    po-rn
    c-ock
    nig-ger
    cu-nt
    co-on
    hu-mp...as in ch-ump, thump, but I might be wrong on this one...
    b-itch
    ra-pe
    jacka-ss...but ass is fine lol
    p-is.....as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, etc.

    There are more, so do not assume that this is complete.

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    okay words that you might have thought were bad...!!!

    beaver
    penis
    ass
    crap
    damn
    anal
    anus
    sphincter
    testicles
    testes
    pubic
    boob
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    I have found the best way to re-submit is to hit the back button, delete the cookies, look for and fix the problem and then hit "post".
    There are also "technical" ways past the filter, like "html ent-ities" (google it without the dash), but the words and letter combos remain the problem...

    October 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  11. Raison

    Helping others is good, as is planning wisely for the future.
    Good on them for not going overboard about remodeling. Historical buildings need proper work to ensure that future generations will have something to study and think about.
    A good article. I like good-hearted people who try to do things right.
    I regret I have little financial support to offer, and ask those with the means to help to do so.

    October 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
    • Sum Dude (aka Raison)

      changing screen-name to protect a real person employed by CNN – Dr. Charles Raison. I did not know he existed. sorry for any confusion...!

      October 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
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