Thabiti Anyabwile

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I wish I could have signed off every tweet and thread with these words: “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Tim 1:17) I didn’t and, honesty, couldn’t. So let’s do so now. 🙏🏾✌🏾
Thank you to everyone who has hung out for some part of the last ten years. I appreciate the ways you’ve engaged, even if engaging was just lurking. You make the app worth it. If and when I do pop up to promote this or the other, I hope you’ll still be there and it encourages.
So, ten years on, I think I’ll call it quits. Again. I’m going to try to make it stick this time. I *think* I may keep the account to promote a couple of things I care about and people I want to applaud (new writers and books, for ex). But I plan for that to be very infrequent.
It’s hard watching Christians rank with the world when it comes to pettiness, anger, destructiveness, divisiveness, slander, libel, gossip, unforgiveness, unrepentance, small-mindedness, falsehood, arrogance, foolishness, and power seeking. And call it “Christian” or “faithful.”
I quite enjoy the banter about movies, sports, television, books, etc. But it’s hard to watch the profound and sacred be profaned constantly. I’m thinking of Jesus, the gospel, the church, our neighbors, love, and a host of other things. It’s too much.
I’m pretty sure that’s not good for anyone’s soul. It’s not been good for mine, and too often I’ve joined the cantankerous cliques of the dissatisfied. Now it’s mostly trivial things. Intentionally. The important things are actually too important for this medium.
I’ve stopped and started a couple of times. I’ve curated my feed the last several years, rotating the focus like an old View Master toy. Most scenes had one thing in common: anger. Legitimate. Fabricated. Focused. Wanton. Articulate. Emoji-filled. Always simmering anger.
It’s amazing how it simulates connections w/ people we don’t know, and how much we feel when those same people differ or disappoint. Feelings sometimes beyond what we normally feel w/ people we don’t know. Meanwhile, people we do know get neglected moments and minutes at a time.
It’s used by presidents and “peasants” (in man’s eyes). Dictators and revolutionaries. Policing here, as in real life, is pretty inconsistent and sometimes non-existent. So the mob often rules—and boy can the mob be cruel! It’s not justice, though that’s a perennial topic.
I hope I’ve been helpful to most and a pain to a handful of others. I’ve certainly blundered on here. This thing is an amazing connection to the world, yet often a false world of platforms and tribes. It drives apart as much as it connects. Angers as much as gladdens.
I was on a staycation in Grand Cayman, a little bored, a little hesitant, and a pinch curious, when I opened this account. Hard to believe that was ten years ago. I’ve enjoyed this app, and sometimes hated it. It’s been useful and a waste. #MyTwitterAnniversary
This almost made me a SC fan! Grateful for coaches who teach their players this kind of awareness and respect. 👏🏾�…zq6O
I loved the focus on community ownership. More of this please! The fundamental need was and is quality affordable housing, not a bridge park. The bridge park, which is not quite *in* the neighborhood, seems built on Reagan’s trickle-down approach. We need more direct ownership
Especially if we are concerned with mitigating displacement, we need to build neighborhoods on a human scale rather than an automobile scale/assumption. It would not solve all the displacement issues, but it would perhaps lessen the forces that cause displacement.
There’s a significant difference in quality of life and *access* when the amenities are inside the neighborhood and neighborhoods are walkable. Anacostia and southeast are food deserts, which means > 40% of homes don’t have cars. Getting to the bridge park will be an issue.
One angle I wish the piece had explored: The bridge park is viewed as a destination for neighborhoods to go to. But what about developing the neighborhoods themselves as destinations? Shouldn’t we aim for neighborhoods that have amenities in walking distance?
Excellent long-form article examining some issues and difficulties associated w/ infrastructure reuse in my neighborhood. Good primer for pastors and Christians areas facing these challenges. “Can Anacostia Build a Bridge Without Displacing Its People?”…
On this day 342 years ago, The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was launched by the Pueblos against Spanish colonizers. It is the only successful Native uprising against a colonizing power in North America. #PubeloRevolt #1680 #NativesRiseUp #TheFutureIsIndigenous
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If you’re in the Houston area, we’d love to see you!…
Being committed to facts-above-partisanship DOES NOT mean both-sidesing everything. It means truth-telling. And when the facts say one side is radicalizing & doing more harm, integrity demand you say so. The goal isn’t “balance.” The goal is truth, even when your side’s in error.
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The Epistle to Diognetus is considered one of the first apologies of the Christian faith. I hope you enjoy reading this section as much as I did.
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This is brilliant! A wonderful way to start the week laughing! 😂�…OG
Oh, the Warriors just gonna reload like that, huh? Sheeesh.…
Y’all know I’m not a fan of _____. But I just watched “True Story.” That’s the best work Kevin Hart has ever done! Maybe it’s because he wasn’t trying to be funny. Cause he ain’t; he’s crude. Maybe drama is his true genre and gift 🤷🏾‍♂️
I appreciate my brother ⁦@drjjwilliams⁩’ heart and love for his community. Check out “Loving our Kentucky Neighbors as Ourselves” | Christianity Today…
You might need this: “ If you are in Christ, you have a Friend who, in your sorrow, will never lob down a peptalk from heaven. He cannot bear to hold himself at a distance. Nothing can hold him back. His heart is too bound up with yours.” @daneortlund - Gentle and Lowly
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Is there any #BlackBoyJoy like African kids dancing? 👏🏾�…ZYdt
The GOAT letting all the kids know what’s up 😂…k
“We face the constant peril that our thinking is only the rearranging of our prejudices.” —Geoffrey Thomas, Preaching, p. 57
A reflection for culture warriors from T. David Gordon, “Why Johnny Can’t Preach,” p. 88.
Actually, forget position for a moment and he looks more like Magic Johnson before Magic Johnson.…
I don’t remember the first book I ever read. But the first books I fell in love with and taught me that reading is a pleasure were the “Encyclopedia Brown” books. Loved those as a kid!…
“Common sense is often not common practice.” —Coach Russ
They should build a wall and pay for it 😂🤣…ZJZ
I’m that old black man 😳😂
The old black man urge to greet people with “Alright now.”
Thank you for partnering with us to bring new gospel work to neglected and vulnerable black and brown communities. Thrilled to partner with Nestor, Mike and team!…
I got soooo many comments. But imma just leave this here.…
I want to see this when it comes out. I really do. But I’m not sure my heart is strong enough.…
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