Monday, October 15, 2012

Disagree in Love [or, 'Oh that beloved Vincent Harding']

One of my professors during my time at seminary is a man named Vincent Harding.  He was a colleague to Martin Luther King Jr., occasionally his speech writer, and also his friend.  When my fellow students and I talk about Dr. Harding, it has that slightly whispered quality of reverence and maybe a little sigh thrown in for good measure.  I was sitting in a class taught by someone else who brought in a few other professors including Dr. Harding.  They sat up front, panel-style, and were asked questions – proceeding to answer them in ways that revealed obvious areas of agreement and also exposed the fault lines among them.  At one point, Dr. Harding turned to one of his colleagues, spoke the professor's name in his usual quiet way, softness around a steel core, and said, “I’m going to disagree with you in love..."  

"I’m going to disagree with you in love.”  Who says stuff like that?!  Who even stops to think it before they dive into a disagreement?!  

As we move towards November, we could use a little more of Dr. Harding's disagreement in love - not as a way to avoid conflict or to give each other an artificially cheerful thumbs up that keeps a superficial peace.  This disagreement in love takes us more deeply into the disagreement and possibly through it.

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  1. The Old School RuneScape team has revealed in its latest blog post the return of the community-favorite temporary game mode, Deadman Mode. The temporary game mode returns as a four-week-long tournament, with an unannounced charity prize pool.

    With the ongoing OSRS Gold situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, many gaming companies are stepping up to keep players busy during these times of quarantine. Jagex, the company behind Old School RuneScape, is doing its part by hosting a new four-week-long Deadman Mode tournament starting May 1. Deadman Mode is a mode where players risk everything they carry on them and a portion of their items hidden away in the bank. To make up for this, all players have access to increased experience rates, ranging from five to 10 times the regular experience rates.

    In addition to the increased RS Gold experience rates, certain areas of Geilinor, the Old School RuneScape universe, are unavailable in Deadman Mode. The monsters inside both the Revenant Caves and the Lava Dragon Isles do not have their regular loot tables on the Deadman Mode worlds. The other area unavailable to players is the RuneScape Gold endgame boss, Zulrah. In past editions of Deadman Mode, the “Venom” mechanic was too potent for the average player, as it can deal up to 20 damage every few seconds. The reason the mechanic was so unbalanced was the inability of players to clear the effect, as the cure for this venom was locked behind the endgame boss, Zulrah itself.


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