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In today's church service, our pastor delivered a message about the biblical sacrament of baptism. After the message, the congregation was invited to the front of the church to participate in what the United Methodist Church refers to as the "Congressional Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant." Following the process outlined in the UMC Book of Worship, I reaffirmed my baptism in Christ today. Before approaching the baptismal font, I read the following:
Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith
On behalf of the whole church, I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?
Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?
Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?
According the to grace given to you, will you remain faithful members of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representatives to the world?
This past year has been extremely trying for me in my faith in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election. Each passing day, I watch as many evangelicals enable injustice and oppression, and fail to reject the evil powers of this world, as the President of the United States spouts overtly racist, isolationist, and sexist words. I watch as many churches and Christians say nothing as the President pushes policies that harm the poor and deepen racial and gender inequality. Evangelicals, especially white evangelicals, voted hugely in favor of this man, and are enabling him every step of the way. I'm personally sick of it.
As I walked through the process of reaffirming my baptism today, I also am renewing my commitment to resist this despicible administration. I have made a promise to God to serve as Christ’s representative, to reject the evil forces of this world, to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves, and to do it all together with the church, which is open to all ages, nations, and races. Therefore I choose to resist this President, his hateful and isolationist agenda, and all who support him. I wish to do this together with the church, just as I am called. I encourage you to join me.
Note: I am not advocating that the Church should be "democrat" or "republican," or even political. I'm advocating that Christians, as Christ's representatives in the world, are called to fight injustice, oppression, and evil, no matter what form it takes. Right now, one of the most pressing forms of oppression and injustice in the world is Donald Trump, and his administration. Resist.
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Last week, I shared that I have decided to move on from DreamHost, and its been a crazy week tying up loose ends, meeting with colleagues to remember our time together, and reflecting on the past.
Now, its time to focus on what's next.
On January 16th, I start as Chief Technology Officer at Reliam, a managed cloud service provider based out of Los Angeles, CA. Reliam has just secured up to $75 Million of investment from Great Hill Partners to drive growth. Simon Anderson, former CEO of DreamHost, and my ex-boss, has joined Reliam as CEO. I am thrilled by the possibilities that are ahead of us!
Why does this opportunity excite me? Well, that requires some storytelling that will come later. Suffice it to say, the tectonic shift to public cloud is a huge opportunity, and I believe that this team and company have what it takes to help businesses of all shapes and sizes make the move.
Looking forward to an amazing 2018!
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Its our first ever Micro Monday, people! Thanks to @manton and @macgenie for deciding to make this happen. I think its a great way to grow the community of Indie Bloggers and Micro.blog itself. My first recommendation for my followers is @eddiehinkle.
Indigenous is an iOS app that is in development. It’s goal is to provide a native iOS interface to the indieweb movement.
Indigenous is open source, written in Apple's Swift programming language. If you're an IndieWeb-curious developer on Apple platforms, I'd encourage you to get involved with Eddie, and help him with Indigenous!
In addition to his work on the IndieWeb, I also appreciate following Eddie because he writes thoughtful posts about, you know, being a human. Its always refreshing to see someone share how their faith informs their life in an open and honest, accepting way.
Thanks for being awesome, Eddie!
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Late in December, I tendered my resignation to the founders of DreamHost. My last day is Friday, January 12th. After over six years, it’s time to move on to my next adventure. But, before I do, I want to spend some time reflecting on my time at DreamHost.
DreamHost is the reason I moved my wife and infant daughter from Atlanta to Los Angeles. We spent our first year in the heart of Venice Beach, in a little condo on Abbot Kinney Blvd., the trendiest street in the trendiest neighborhood in LA. We now have settled into a lovely home in a great family neighborhood in South Redondo Beach, and couldn’t be happier.
In my six years at DreamHost, I’ve held five different positions, covering a huge variety of disciplines and responsibilities – software development, product management, operations, and even managing an entire business unit. I’ve had the pleasure of helping DreamHost become a company with disciplined engineering, product, and marketing teams. I’ve helped guide the company to embrace modern cloud infrastructure, and been part of releasing some of our fastest growing products on top of that infrastructure. We launched two spinoff companies based on open source technology we created, one of which became one of the greatest commercial open source successes ever.
In my six year run, DreamHost has also gone through a major reorganization, redefined our core values, and defined a Noble Cause, Vision, and Mission. We even stood up for the freedom of our customers in a landmark battle with the Department of Justice! We’ve become a company that knows who we are, what we stand for, and how we fit into the world. I’m immensely proud and gratified to have been a part of it.
Today’s DreamHost has an incredible culture, a caring leadership team, and a bright future. It’s been a joy. Keep on dreaming, DreamHost! I’ll miss you all!
What’s next for me? Well, that’s a different story...