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Thugpreacha
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Message 1 of 131 (852195)
05-08-2019 11:07 AM


Disclaimer: This post is a form of personal advertising. I am essentially plugging my new Facebook Page. Feel free to ignore this topic and move on!

So here is the whole story.

Many years ago, even before I came to the EvC Forum, I began to call myself thugpreacha. I have several e-mails with the name, and I have always used the name primarily for e-mails, though at one time maybe I thought of having my own show on YouTube...it was just that I was too self-conscious and shy to ever follow through with it.
TIMELINE:
1993-Got Saved. Born Again. My life changed forever.
1995 onward---> Began going to the State Youth Service Centers to share the gospel and talk with incarcerated youth. I was in an organization known as Youth For Christ.

1993-1997- Attended Disciple Fellowship Church. Became fully immersed in the charismatic sub-culture. Emotionally, I was immature and simple-minded, though I felt even then that God was real and alive within me. The main difference between me then vs now is a matter of emotional maturity and the ability to also accept logic, reason, and reality.

Main Addictions and hangups:

  • Compulsive gambling. 1992-2016. A couple of brief relapses since then, but sober 99% of the time.
  • Emotional Codependency and immaturity. All of my adult life, though I feel as if I am making progress in this addiction/hangup. EvC Forum has helped me a lot. You guys actually did more for me than the church did.

  • Addictive eating hangups and food addictions leading to increased diabetic neuropathy, retinopathy, and overweight. 1980-2018. I am also finally overcoming this bad habit and am eating well these days. My health has stabilized and is improving slowly.

    So during my last brief relapse into compulsive gambling, which lasted but a few days, I found myself praying fervently to God. I asked Him to basically give me a break for I needed money to retire and in my foolish willful ignorance thought that he would bless me quickly through gambling!! I should have known better and likely actually did, but I preferred the fantasy of an answered prayer over the reality which has ended up happening.

    Now...I know you guys are all going to think I am as batty as Faith or worse, but I clearly heard God "say" to me to stop gambling and to pursue my old dream of making Thugpreacha a social media project. So I did.
    Introducing Thugpreacha.

    It is my consuming passion. I honestly feel that it is what I should do in this day and age and I feel no embarrassment over my behavior at all.

    To be honest, I was a bit taken aback by what I heard God tell me to do. After all, I am 59, and no longer young. But I was fully obedient to the call.

  • I licensed the name.
  • I started Thugpreacha LLC and now have the brand as a business. I plan on never asking anyone for any money, however. If Thugpreacha never makes a dime, I'm still happy and satisfied that I have done the right thing. My goal is to be myself. Be honest and talk about what I feel strongly about. It is a video/audio extension of my EvC persona. For now, however, I plan on keeping my name here at our forum as "Phat".

    For any of you who feel so inclined, watch a few of my videos and give me an honest critique of my page.


    Chance as a real force is a myth. It has no basis in reality and no place in scientific inquiry. For science and philosophy to continue to advance in knowledge, chance must be demythologized once and for all. ~RC Sproul
    "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." ~Mark Twain "
    ~"If that's not sufficient for you go soak your head."~Faith

    You can "get answers" by watching the ducks. That doesn't mean the answers are coming from them.~Ringo

    Subjectivism may very well undermine Christianity.
    In the same way that "allowing people to choose what they want to be when they grow up" undermines communism.
    ~Stile


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    Tangle
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    Message 2 of 131 (852196)
    05-08-2019 11:10 AM
    Reply to: Message 1 by Thugpreacha
    05-08-2019 11:07 AM


    Ignoring. Moving on. Feeling slightly sick

    Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis Juif. Je suis Parisien. I am Mancunian. I am Brum. I am London.I am Finland. Soy Barcelona

    "Life, don't talk to me about life" - Marvin the Paranoid Android

    "Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
    Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
    - Tim Minchin, in his beat poem, Storm.


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    Stile
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    Message 3 of 131 (852197)
    05-08-2019 11:17 AM
    Reply to: Message 1 by Thugpreacha
    05-08-2019 11:07 AM


    Phat writes:

    It is a video/audio extension of my EvC persona. For now, however, I plan on keeping my name here at our forum as "Phat".

    If you want the two to be linked in such a way that those who see your Facebook may come here and see your name...
    You could always create "thugpreacha" as an alias to "Phat" and then switch back to using the original "Phat" name.

    That way all your posts will still say "Phat" - but if anyone hovers over your name, it will say "thugpreacha" as an alias and confirm to them that they are looking at the correct posts.

    Just a thought.
    Hope it works out.

    Always better to focus on positive things (growing a social media platform focused - somewhat - on love) rather than focus on negative things (gambling/eating-bad-food/...)

    Have fun!

    Added by Edit:
    Ha ha... nevermind, I should have checked first. Looks like you've already done this!

    Edited by Stile, : Attempting to remove foot from mouth.


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    Thugpreacha
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    Message 4 of 131 (852199)
    05-08-2019 11:52 AM
    Reply to: Message 3 by Stile
    05-08-2019 11:17 AM


    Thugpreacha is already one of my aliases here at EvC. I have had it for years but rarely if ever use it and don't plan on doing so. You all know me as Phat. We have a thing here!

    As for tangle.... What you have always seen is what you got and is in fact who I am. I still want to fly to England at some time and go fishing. Maybe you can talk some sense into me!


    Chance as a real force is a myth. It has no basis in reality and no place in scientific inquiry. For science and philosophy to continue to advance in knowledge, chance must be demythologized once and for all. ~RC Sproul
    "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." ~Mark Twain "
    ~"If that's not sufficient for you go soak your head."~Faith

    You can "get answers" by watching the ducks. That doesn't mean the answers are coming from them.~Ringo

    Subjectivism may very well undermine Christianity.
    In the same way that "allowing people to choose what they want to be when they grow up" undermines communism.
    ~Stile


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    Thugpreacha
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    Message 5 of 131 (852648)
    05-15-2019 2:52 AM
    Reply to: Message 3 by Stile
    05-08-2019 11:17 AM


    Thugzy Unplugged
    I feel a definite calling from God to pursue this Thugpreacha social media character. You guys know me better than most people so feel free to criticize me in this thread.

    https://www.facebook.com/...nDaHowse/videos/2418883228332885


    Chance as a real force is a myth. It has no basis in reality and no place in scientific inquiry. For science and philosophy to continue to advance in knowledge, chance must be demythologized once and for all. ~RC Sproul
    "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." ~Mark Twain "
    ~"If that's not sufficient for you go soak your head."~Faith

    You can "get answers" by watching the ducks. That doesn't mean the answers are coming from them.~Ringo

    Subjectivism may very well undermine Christianity.
    In the same way that "allowing people to choose what they want to be when they grow up" undermines communism.
    ~Stile


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    Tangle
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    Message 6 of 131 (852649)
    05-15-2019 3:29 AM
    Reply to: Message 5 by Thugpreacha
    05-15-2019 2:52 AM


    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    Phat writes:

    I feel a definite calling from God to pursue this Thugpreacha social media character.

    Just like Faith felt a definite calling about the rapture. It's what you want to feel. A real need to delude yourself.


    Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis Juif. Je suis Parisien. I am Mancunian. I am Brum. I am London.I am Finland. Soy Barcelona

    "Life, don't talk to me about life" - Marvin the Paranoid Android

    "Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
    Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
    - Tim Minchin, in his beat poem, Storm.


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    Thugpreacha
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    Message 7 of 131 (852650)
    05-15-2019 4:17 AM
    Reply to: Message 6 by Tangle
    05-15-2019 3:29 AM


    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    I see it as therapeutic. A harmless exercise in freedom of speech. Don't you agree that I am more open-minded than many Christians?

    Chance as a real force is a myth. It has no basis in reality and no place in scientific inquiry. For science and philosophy to continue to advance in knowledge, chance must be demythologized once and for all. ~RC Sproul
    "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." ~Mark Twain "
    ~"If that's not sufficient for you go soak your head."~Faith

    You can "get answers" by watching the ducks. That doesn't mean the answers are coming from them.~Ringo

    Subjectivism may very well undermine Christianity.
    In the same way that "allowing people to choose what they want to be when they grow up" undermines communism.
    ~Stile


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    Message 8 of 131 (852652)
    05-15-2019 8:07 AM
    Reply to: Message 7 by Thugpreacha
    05-15-2019 4:17 AM


    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    Nope. You just aren't a rabid fundie.

    Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts

    "God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.

    If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up why would you have to lie?


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    Message 9 of 131 (852657)
    05-15-2019 8:51 AM
    Reply to: Message 5 by Thugpreacha
    05-15-2019 2:52 AM


    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    I feel a definite calling from God to pursue this Thugpreacha social media character.

    Hi Phat,

    I'm curious as to what has drawn you to the use of the word "Thug" in your name. Implicit in the word Thug is criminality and violence against innocent people, and I'm not sure how this projects any kind of positive image. I'm not trying to disrespect you, but physically you appear to be the kind of person a thug might easily target, as opposed to you being the thug; but even in a metaphorical sense, in what sense do you plan on waylaying the innocent, seizing them, and violently taking something from them by force? Your whole persona here is usually that of gentleness and humility. It just seems a crazy mismatch...

    Rob.


    "...heck is a small price to pay for the truth"

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    Message 10 of 131 (852663)
    05-15-2019 9:43 AM
    Reply to: Message 5 by Thugpreacha
    05-15-2019 2:52 AM


    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    Hi. Do what you want Phat it is good to have a belief and a calling. If folks want to call you delusional just think, if you sleep well at night and feel happy and not harming anyone then keep doing your thing man.

    "You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative" William S. Burroughs

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    Message 11 of 131 (852665)
    05-15-2019 10:38 AM
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    05-15-2019 3:29 AM


    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    Go back and read what I wrote. I did NOT ever "feel a definite calling" about the rapture. As I recall I was very cautious NOT to say anything **** that. I had been persuaded that it COULD happen in the approaching time frame but I NEVER said anything along the ***** of being sure of it. I was never sure of it.

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    Message 12 of 131 (852666)
    05-15-2019 10:40 AM
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    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    "Thug" doesn't necessarily convey criminality to me, just a tough guy image.

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    Message 13 of 131 (852667)
    05-15-2019 10:43 AM
    Reply to: Message 7 by Thugpreacha
    05-15-2019 4:17 AM


    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    Oh you are DEFINITELY more "open minded" than most Christians, to the point that I doubt that you even ARE a Christian because Christianity is dogmatic truth, about which you can't be open minded and still hold to that truth.

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    Message 14 of 131 (852668)
    05-15-2019 11:28 AM
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    05-15-2019 10:43 AM


    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    Faith writes:

    Oh you are DEFINITELY more "open minded" than most Christians, to the point that I doubt that you even ARE a Christian because Christianity is dogmatic truth, about which you can't be open minded and still hold to that truth.

    This explains alot.


    "You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative" William S. Burroughs

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    Message 15 of 131 (852670)
    05-15-2019 11:42 AM
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    05-15-2019 11:28 AM


    Re: Thugzy Unplugged
    Oh good.

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