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Technical Blogging and the Gospel of Thomas

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

The First Unitarian Church of Providence

Today at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, where I am a member, the sermon was on the Gospel of Thomas, one of the Gnostic gospels. They are not in the bible and were considered heresy at the time, so the adherents buried them in a cave in Egypt, and they were only discovered in 1945. Unlike the other gospels, they do not contain narratives of Jesus' life but his teachings and sayings. As in all religious texts, they can have many interpretations. Here is verse 70 discussed in the sermon:

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

After a difficult month, they were the words I needed to hear. I don't write on this blog because it's my job; I don't necessarily do it to impress or sell myself, although if a prospective employer reads it and likes what I have to say, drop me a line. I have a unique and extensive background and a desire to build world-class data warehouses.

No, I blog because I value my internal knowledge, and if I were to keep my explorative nature locked away, I would wither away as a professional. Not only that, tapping one's knowledge, not because it's assigned to you as a task on an anonymous project, but because it is the knowledge that kindles my passion, is truly the process of saving myself by tapping one's professional passions.

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