Tay - Garbage In, Garbage out.

Anyone heard about Microsoft’s Tai?

Tay is a learning chat bot.
Not a real person, not artificial intelligence, but something used to learn about how to get computers to hold conversations.  So you tweet to it, and it will tweet back.  It started out innocent enough:

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The Sick of the World

The Sick of the World

We all hear of the crimes that happen on the news, or the next political outrage, or hear yet another reason why we shouldn’t trust this or that. Often, the churches response is to become afraid, and unwilling to trust the world we live in and form “holy huddles” so we only have to interact with people we already trust and know. This behavior is one of the largest criticisms of the church, “You guys talk of caring for the community but I never see you out here?” or “ I came to church once in need of some friendship and no one even acknowledged I was there!”.

Ego

Ego

Have you ever dealt with someone who’s ego was so large that they couldn’t fit their head through the door? Yeah, I have too, and they do not make it easy to enjoy their company (to put it likely). Wouldn’t it be so great to tell that person “the world doesn’t revolve around you!” or “you’re no better than the rest of us you know!”. There seems to be something in us that cringes at the idea of acting bigger than we really are.

Tornadoes & Golden Winged Warblers

Tornadoes & Golden Winged Warblers

Some scientists were tracking Golden Winged Warblers in the Appalachian mountains.  See a picture below.

What is interesting is that right after they finished their seasonal migration, they left! 

Scientists were confused, until a series of storms swept through the area which lead to a tornado outbreak.  Checking the geolocation trackers on the birds later, they flew a bit over 930 miles to get just South of the Tornado's path, then came straight home again. 

This immediately brought to mind:

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So you made a decision to change your life at summer church camp…what next?

So you made a decision to change your life at summer church camp…what next?

You went to the classes.  Listened to the messages.  Sang the songs.  And somewhere in the midst of it all, God reached in and tweaked something inside you.  You heard Him.

Maybe it was like a lightning bolt to your heart.  Maybe it was a tiny seed that He planted and is barely beginning to sprout.  It could be a cloudy something that has been in your mind for months, only now it is crystal clear.