Saturday, April 30, 2005

My English is Not What It Used To Be

Some of the questions for this quiz I would have answered differently a few years back. Do I say Y'all? I'm not sure. I used to say "you'uns", a contraction for you ones. I don't say the "you guys" phrase. I'm undecided. I used to say pop and call all pop coke too. I used never say soda but now that is what I say.

Your Linguistic Profile:

80% General American English

15% Dixie

5% Yankee

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern

Hat Tip: Liquid Paper.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Playing Tag

Playing Tag: "It's a game that's been going round the sphere. If you're tagged, then you play the game by answering on your blog. I've been tagged by Rebecca Writes.

Here's the scoop on how to play: I pick 5 occupations out of the list below and complete the 'what if' statements . Then I'm supposed to tag 3 other people to post their answers on their blog, but I think I'll let you tell me you want to be tagged first. Then I'll tag you and post links to your answers when you're done. Okay?

The 'questions': If I could be a scientist...If I could be a farmer...If I could be a musician... If I could be a doctor... If I could be a painter... If I could be a gardener... If I could be a missionary... If I could be a chef... If I could be an architect... If I could be a linguist... If I could be a psychologist... If I could be a librarian... If I could be an athlete... If I could be a lawyer... If I could be an inn-keeper... If I could be an athlete... If I could be a professor... If I could be a writer... If I could be a llama-rider... If I could be a bonnie pirate... If I could be an astronaut... If I could be a world famous blogger... If I could be a justice on any one court in the world... If I could be married to any current famous political figure...

If I could be a farmer, I would grow exotic vegetables and fruit that would be interesting to look at and delicous to eat. It would be a small operation and I would raise vegetables in beds of rich dark earth using a drip irrigation system. I would make sure there was a new crop of fresh vegetables every week or so, that way people could have a lot of variety in their diet. I would sell the produce at a farmers market, and enjoy talking to the people. I would share some of my produce with my friends.

If I could be a painter, I would travel the world and paint the best landscapes. It would make people want to travel there too. No one would know why they wanted to travel to Italy, Egypt or Ethiopia, they would just want to go there. While they were there they would shake hands with someone they did not know and remember it the rest of their lives.

If I could be a missionary, I would plant a church in Yemen, the country listed by one estimation to be the least reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I would establish a church with nationals leading and an institute to train men to preach the Bible. I would pray for Yemen every day.

If I could be a linguist, I would translate the Bible for a Bibleless people group. I would write down the insights I gained from translating the Bible and publish it as a commentary which had a twist.

If I could be a professor, I would teach Biblical studies. I would train pastors and missionaries. I would ensure I took them on mission trips and visit the Holy Land with my students. I would help them pass on the faith from one generation to the next. I would make sure people loved studying Biblical languages instead of endured it.

Celtic Words In English

I once heard a lecturer say that English was made up at its heart three languages; Anglo-Saxon (A Germanic tongue), French (influence from William the Conquerer A.D. 1066), and Latin (from the church and scholars). She also mentioned that Celtic had been the language of England before the influence of the Anglo-Saxons and some “tie together words” had been brought into English. I assumed she meant words which tie sentences together, or nouns. But I was not sure which words she meant in particular. So I did a little research to find out what those relics in our language are. It seems that Celtic has few words surviving in English. I'm not counting the Celtic words which came in through other languages such as French. I'm not sure that there is a definitive list of Celtic words in English but here are a few I found in various places on the Internet and a book I have.

ass (borrowed earlier by the Celts from the Latin asinus)
cross (the original Germanic gives us crutch)
rix for king (cf. regal Reich rex bishopric)
town > tun (fortified hill)

Besides these words there are a number of geographic features and place names which come from Celtic. For instance, Cumberland is of Celtic derivation, it means “Valley Land”. And Aberdeen means “Mouth of the Dee”. And Inchcape means “island cape”. Of course glen and loch and many other geographic features have Celtic origin.

Justin's Games: Pong

Here is a blast from the past. Check out the Pong Justin has on his blog.

Justin's Games

Ten Miles

I cycled 10 miles today in preparation for the C and O Canal trip. I think I took the 10 faster than I will go on the Canal. There I will take a casual speed and have fun. I’m thinking of taking a book to read. I’m not sure which one it will be. I always look for wildlife while I jog or cycle. The only thing I saw today was a rabbit.

Getting Flat, Part 2 | Linux Journal

Last month I was impressed the first part of the article. I thought that I would not dovetail simply because I liked it the first time. This article though is as much about education as anything else. The article about the hierarchal system of education has been ported over to companies like Microsoft. In a sense I'm not sure that is a criticism as much as it is an observation. Few companies really want creativity, what they want is performance. That is defined by making the boss happy or something else besides true creativity.

I have been a part of non-traditional schooling for a long time. I basically started reading on my own which I really consider my education. Schools were just a place to supliment my supply of books and activities. My wife and I homeschool our children. I got my degree in a non-traditional fashion. Basically, I'm a non-traditional education product. I don't think that is bragging either because I think in reality, most people are. While some people may learn best in the classroom, most skills that people use on a daily basis are learned by doing them. I have heard it said by lawyers that you go to law school to get paper, but you only start to learn how practice law by joining a firm. Medical school places an extremely high value on learning by doing.

Getting Flat, Part 2 | Linux Journal: "A friend who worked at Microsoft once told me he could describe his employer in two words: more school. He explained that the company is built by and for academic achievers like the two guys who founded the company. I read recently that Microsoft's two founders, Paul Allen and Bill gates, had SAT scores of 1600 and 1590, respectively--back when scoring was much tougher than it is today. My friend noted that Microsoft executives 'can't go two paragraphs without using the word 'smart'.' He asked, 'Are there any other companies that want to know your SAT scores? Your GPA? Or that grade you on a curve?' He also said Microsoft was the first company to call its facility a 'campus'. Not sure if that's true, but it's plausible enough to make his point."

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Redo Redo

So my big trip on the C and O Canal is rescheduled. I will try again this coming month of May. I have bought a rack to carry my stuff. I bought a compact tire pump. I still need to get rain gear. I hope I don’t need the rain gear but I don’t want the trip ruined for lack of it.

Oh yeah, I met a guy at the movies the other day who had biked the part of the trail from Pittsburg to Cumberland. He enjoyed it.

Test Answers

I purposely did not post the answer to my Romans 1 Quiz earlier. I hoped to generate enough interest to get someone to ask for the answers. Well, here are my answers anyway.

1. A, B, and C all are right.

2. I'm not sure I can find the most explicit about David being the father of the Messiah. These scriptures all relate to Messiah being a part of the David kingdom. That of course is a little different than son of David.

3. D

4. B

Slowww Dowwnnnnnnnnnnnn

When I'm trying to post a Blogger post, I find my Linux box slows down responsiveness to a ridiculously slow level. Basically, I'm not able to make a post by typing in the window. I've resorted to writing my blog in Open Office and then posting it.

Is anyone else having the same problem? I suspect that it is a Linux only problem.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Second Take On N.T. Wright

I recently read a paper by N.T. Wright called "The Shape of Justification". As I read it I was surprised to find that I had little to disagree with him about. It seems that N.T. Wright defines Justification as "the declaration of God, the just judge, that someone is in the right, that their sins are forgiven, and a true member of the covenant family, the people belonging to Abraham." I can't say that at face value I can disagree with this. The fact that God's work and our standing with God is first says to me the priorities are right. However, if they were reversed I would have to say our standing in the community of faith secondary to our standing with God.

Writing's of an exceptional being: I wanted to shrink until I could dissapear

My daughter writes about her struggles. I encourage you to read it.

Writing's of an exceptional being: I wanted to shrink until I could dissapear: "I wanted to shrink until I could dissapear
I used to have an eating disorder. One of the things that convicted me to stop was a Stacie Orrico song, 'Dear Friend'. Another was I realised that I was not giving control to God. I was saying here God here is all my life except this part. You can fix and manage everything but this. And then I concentrated and put all my effort into the one part of my life that God didn't have."

A Quiz on Romans Chapter One

Romans 1:1-7

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, 7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The following quiz I wrote to aid in spurring on discussion about some topics in Romans 1:1-7. Sometimes there are right and wrong answers and at other times there are exploring questions.

1. When someone is called by God, what does that calling mean? (Choose all that apply.)

A. The call of God is for a specific ministry such as apostle, prophet, or pastor for which that person is separated from a normal life.

B. A call from God is when he called Israel to be his people. It is a part of his covenant with that people.

C.A call to the nations of the earth to serve the Lord God.

2. Which of the following scriptures are most explicit about David being the father of the Messiah?

A. 2 Samuel 7:12-16
B. Psalm 89: 35b-37
C. Isaiah 9:6, 7,
D. Jeremiah 23:5, 6
E. Jeremiah 33:15-17, 26
F. Amos 9:11

3. Different views of the difference between the New Testament and the Old Testament (Only one answer is correct, the other three are wrong.)

A. The Old Testament shows a God of judgment and the New Testament shows a God of love. Jesus came to put away the God Judgment.

B. The Old Testament was when God worked with a nation, Israel but God became disgusted with their sin so he gave up on them so in the New Testament, now he works with the Church.

C. The Old Testament was when God saved people by the works of the Law and now in the New Testament saves up by us by grace.

D.The OT was a revelation of the righteous requirements of the God and his promise of redemption, the NT is where there is a fulfillment of that promise.

4. Is God more concerned with saving individuals or peoples?

A. God is not going to judge groups, each of us must stand before God alone.

B. God is concerned about people groups and individuals. Each of us will be judged as an individual primarily but also as our generation and as our nation. We are both cooperate and individual.

C. Most sins are those of the group. An individual's private life usually does not hurt anyone else.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Mitch Kapor's Weblog

Kapor is at a conference on Open Source Software. His write up here is interesting.

Mitch Kapor's Weblog: "Snippets from Emerging Technologies - Tuesday A.M.

Networks of amateurs (in astronomy, publishing) are displacing the professionals -- Leabeater, quoted by Rael Dornfest

Too much important knowledge is locked up on paper where it's not searchable and hard to get to. -- Jeff Bezos, also by Rael.

Pay attention to design patterns for innovation -- Tim O'Reilly. Examples:

* Build with 'Small Pieces, Loosely Joined': (borrowing the David Weinberger book title)
* Design for participation, e.g., have users add value to your data (Amazon user book reviews)
* Make participation the default: Aggregate user data as a side effect. (Flickr's default for sharing is public)
* Data is the next 'Intel Inside': owning a unique, hard-to-replicate data source as a competitive advantage"

Augustine of Hippo

Not too long ago I listened to a book on tape Saint Augustine by Gary Wells. I had read the "Confessions" and read a little more on the theologian. The book was written from a more historical point of view than one of faith. Gary Wells cleared up some points though for me. The importance of a story about Augustine stealing the pears had never made sense to me. It figures big in paintings about the theologian, but why paint about that story above others. But Wells points out the connection between Augustine's pear stealing and Adam's eating of the forbidden fruit. Wells also helped me out with the chronology of the Augustine's life. "Confessions" is not written as a history but as a book of devotion. Where there is mere speculation on an issue of history or chronology Wells gives a balanced veiw. I recommend this book on tape, CD or audible.

Christian History - Augustine of Hippo - 131 Christians Everyone Should Know: "Timeline
312 Conversion of Constantine
323 Eusebius completes Ecclesiastical History
325 First Council of Nicea
354 Augustine born
430 Augustine dies
451 Council of Chalcedon"

Friday, April 22, 2005

ESV Blogified!

The ESV is now blogified. I'm not sure how this is different FAQ questions section to their website. Perhaps I'll see.

Hat Tip: Rebecca Writes

Messy Christian: Coming out of the "closet"

What is going on? I mean it. The world is turned upside down.

MC is now.....

Messy Christian: Coming out of the "closet": "Coming out of the 'closet'

mesmall.jpgDaphne and I were having tea today, and she asked me: 'Isn't it time for you to come out of the closet?'

I'm not gaylah. She means the pivotal 'reveal' - just how does Messy Christian look like? And does she have a real name?

Well, so here I am. :) And well, my name is ..."

Authorities find alligators, snakes being transported in RV trailer

I got this from Dave Barry. The photo of the police carrying the gator is pretty funny.

Authorities find alligators, snakes being transported in RV trailer: "Authorities have found 32 alligators and about 50 boa constrictors being hauled in an RV trailer along an Arizona interstate.

State Department of Public Safety officials said Damon Heynen, 38, was driving a truck towing an RV trailer on Interstate 10 Sunday night when he was pulled over for a faulty taillight.

Upon investigating the trailer, DPS found 32 alligators and about 50 boa constrictors in cages."

Authorities find alligators, snakes being transported in RV trailer

I got this from Dave Barry. The photo of the police carrying the gator is pretty funny.

Authorities find alligators, snakes being transported in RV trailer: "Authorities have found 32 alligators and about 50 boa constrictors being hauled in an RV trailer along an Arizona interstate.

State Department of Public Safety officials said Damon Heynen, 38, was driving a truck towing an RV trailer on Interstate 10 Sunday night when he was pulled over for a faulty taillight.

Upon investigating the trailer, DPS found 32 alligators and about 50 boa constrictors in cages."

NewsForge | Making the leap: Microsoft Word to Writer

For those of you who were wondering about OpenOffice and if you could make the leap, check out this article.

NewsForge | Making the leap: Microsoft Word to Writer: "Whether you're moving from Windows to GNU/Linux, or just from the proprietary Microsoft Office to the free software suite, one of the challenges you'll face is learning how to use Writer effectively if you're used to Microsoft Word. In this article I'll show you around Writer, where to find familiar Word tools, and how to customize the interface and preferences to make it a little more Word-friendly.

First, don't worry; you won't have much trouble adjusting to Writer. The interface isn't terribly different; the menu and toolbar layout are similar to Word's. If you prefer a custom display you'll be much happier with Writer, as it doesn't have a lot of the annoying Word features that people often disable. If the first thing you do when you install Word XP is disable personalized menus and eliminate the superfluous and space-hogging task pane, you'll find it easy and convenient to switch over to Writer."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Wired News: Hybrid Could Fill Humvee's Boots

How often is the heavy duty power of the HMVEE really more than one needs? This vehicle may not make it to the final purchase but it is an interesting concept.

Wired News: Hybrid Could Fill Humvee's Boots: "Cutting fuel costs and reducing maintenance were the driving forces behind the decision to create hybrid vehicles, according to Hal Almand, the Army's light tactical forms team leader."

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Blogging Family

My household now is home of six blogs.

Mine of course: Pruitt Communications
My Wife's: Big Red 5
My Oldest: Musik Grrrl
My Second: Writings of An Exceptional Being
My Third: Tally Times
My Fourth: Flying Horses 12

Writing's of an exceptional being: Clay

My daughter Corrie is blogging.

Writing's of an exceptional being: Clay: "Clay
Here I am
A lump of clay
useless unless
Some takes and creates
You look at me with love
You take me in Your master hands
And begin to shape me to Your plan

And the wheel begins spinning
You push me and pull me
Shaping me to what I'm to be
Your infinite mercy is sprinkled upon me
To ease shaping me in Your hand
My creator, create me"

bigred5: I love DC!

bigred5: I love DC!: "Today I went with three of my daughters and our friends, the Rings, to the National Art Museum and the Natural History Museum. The weather was warm with a breeze and low humidity-a rare DC day. We found a parking spot three blocks from the Mall and only paid $4 total. We arrived at 10:10AM and left at 2:45PM. There is a Navy Memorial fountain on 9th and D(?) Street where we ate lunch in the shade."

Monday, April 18, 2005

Bread And Water

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii [1] worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

Jesus Walks on the Water

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night [2] he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Mark 6:30-52 (ESV)

A question that stands out to me at the end of the story about Jesus walking on the water is “what does this have to do with the loaves of bread”? If we were to read the account of Jesus walking on the water by itself we would not expect the statement about the loaves to be included. We read expecting each story to be self contained, ready to have a nice Bible lesson or a sermon fall out of it. The scripture is God's Word and includes the kinds of complexities that truth includes. In one sense when we try to oversimplify our answers people know it and the scripture looses some of its authenticity because it does not address life in the same level of complexity that the normal person experiences their life. What we want to explore here is what was it that the disciples were supposed to have been able to understand had their hearts not been hardened.

Mark 6:30 – This verse comes as a part of scripture where Jesus sends out the disciples to preach, they preach that people should repent. Then lo and behold an account is told of the suffering of a preacher, John the Baptist. He had told Herod about his unlawful marriage, which implies the same message that the disciples had been preaching, repent. John the baptizer gets beheaded. They too are going to suffer but merely from a lack of privacy and a lack of food.
So now we come to Mark 6:30 and the disciple return and talk about what they did and what they taught. In the military we have after each exercise a procedure where we review what was supposed to happen, what happened and what could be done better next time. This

Mark 6:31–33 – Jesus is ready to withdraw with his disciples and seeks refreshment for his disciples.

Mark 6:34 - This idea of caring for the people as a shepherd cares for his sheep has an Old Testament context in Numbers 27:16-23 and Ezekiel 34. In response to their need for a shepherd Jesus “began to teach them many things”.

When Jesus saw that the crowd lacked care and lack from someone to lead them, he responded by teaching them.

I remember when I was a young man in high school going to a Christian Vocation conference at my denominational school. A question that I asked and did not get an answer for was what does a minister do all day. I'm not sure if the answer was not given because it is so obvious or because it was a big secret that no one knew what the right answer was supposed to be, they only knew what they actually did and were not comfortable telling people how they actually used their time.

What is it that a preacher is supposed to do?

Ask a coach he will tell you that winning isn't everything but it is the only thing.
Ask a true shopper and she will tell you if you can't buy happiness then you just don't know where to shop.

These passionate statements talk about how the coach and the shopper fully committed to their discipline and the answers lie in the discipline itself. I am not attesting to the veracity of these mottoes defy conventional wisdom and what people usually expect.

What is it that a ruling or teaching elder is supposed to do? What is our discipline brothers?

As I have tried to discern what a minister is to do I have wondered around various answers.

Counseling - One answer says that the answer is in counseling. As a counselor a person talks through a person's problems and helps them come to understand what it is their conflict is.

Discipleship – Another answer lies in the work of meeting with people and discipling them. At various churches I learned to disciple people. Some of these were very beneficial.

Organizational Leadership – A few years ago I read the books by Tom Peters, In Search of Excellence. A pastor can see his 67th, 68th and 69th books of the Bible in Maxwell, Peters and Covey. I'm not saying that these books have nothing to say to the pastor, but the answer to church in the next century is not organizing better.

Today when we see a need for leadership the first thing that we do is teach and preach.

Mark 6:35-36 – Here the disciples sense a need of the people too. They sense a need for the practical. They see that if they try to bear the burden of feeding the people they do not have the resources. If the need is to be met, the responsibility must be distributed among the group, the needs are too large otherwise. As you start to calculate the vast need, an individual can not meet the need.

Mark 6:37 – In this passage he is talking to them about something more than mere feeding the hungry. I believe this based on the fact that Mark 6:52 says that there is something more to be understood here. He wants them to be feed but the primary thing that they need is the spiritual presence of Jesus. The bread is symbolic here. We always want to be careful about reading into a passage the meaning of the words which were not originally intended but here we can see from verse 52 that this was not merely a mercy ministry, there was a meaning to the loaves beyond physical sustenance.

Mark 6:39 – This verse seems to allude to the 23rd Psalm where it says “he makes me lie down in green pastures”. He sees the people as sheep without a shepherd in Mark 6:34.

Mark 6:41 – Some of the same wording, at least the same four verbs, in Luke 24:30 where Jesus is instituting the Lord's Supper. Also another cross reference is Luke 22:19 where Jesus

Mark 6:42 - As a boy, my mother would often buy one soda and my brother and I share it. I wanted to be older and have a soda all to myself. I always thought that a mark of adulthood would be not having to share my soda. Of course my wife thinks otherwise, adulthood means that you are not petty about not sharing. Are there things that even though you give it to everyone, no one has less than he would have had if he had not shared it? How about singing a song. If I sing a song for you, do any of you have any less of the song than if you had not shared it? In a sense though, if you share a concert with your friends, you have more than if you had not shared it. As we experience

Mark 6:43 - The story in 2 Kings 4:42-44 is a story of the prophet who feed many with a little. Other places in the Old Testament where people were supernaturally feed is the account of the Mannah, and the account of Elijah being feed by the raven. Perhaps there is more.

Mark 6:48 – This account gives the same idea as Job 9:11 where Job is describing God's presence and yet men do not realize it.

“Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not;
he moves on, but I do not perceive him.”
Job 9:11

While there is definite parallels between the Mark passage and the one in Job, there are also contrasts. In both passages, the presence of God is near, about to pass by. Men did not know when the presence of God was there. The contrasts is in the fact that Jesus does not pass by, the presence of the Lord does not remain a mystery.

The presence of the Lord is there in the boat. The men did not understand the presence of the Lord as he taught the multitudes. They did not understand that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. We experience the presence of the Lord in His Word as it is taught. We see the power of God as he speaks to his people through his word.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Life Stages

When I was young I used to think that when you reached 21 everything sort of stopped then suddenly you hit 55 and everything changed. At 55 you would be old. (By the way I don't think 55 is all that old now.) I did not realize that there was constant change in our minds, emotions and bodies. Study of human growth and development emphasizes the changes of childhood and adolescence. But we constantly change with spurts of dynamic change. Adolescence is one of those periods of dynamic change.

A speaker this weekend, Josiah Bancroft, mentioned that often young people who have to renegotiate their faith as a teen if they make a decision for Christ as a young child of say 5 or 6. He sort of mentioned in passing that often people have to renegotiate their faith when they pass through other stages of life too, say mid-life. It sort of hit me that I have been renegotiating my faith for quite a few months now. It seems that we need to renew our walk with the LORD periodically.


May I be fully yours.


Getting Flat, Part 1 | Linux Journal

I thought I included this outline but it did not show up. As you can see that flat world refers to power relationships and competition.

Getting Flat, Part 1 | Linux Journal: "Tom says the world is being flattened by ten forces, of which open source is one. Here are the chapter headings that outline his larger case. Each is labeled a 'flattener':


11/9/89 - When the Walls Came Down and the Windows Went Up

8/9/95 - When Netscape Went Public

Work Flow Software - Let's Do Lunch: Have Your Application Talk to My Application

Open-Sourcing - Self-Organizing Collaborative Communities

Outsourcing - Y2K

Offshoring - Running with the Gazelles, Eating with Lions

Supply-Chaining - Eating Sushi in Arkansas

Insourcing - What the Guys in Funny Brown Shorts Are Really Doing

In-forming - Google, Yahoo!, MSN Web Search

The Steroids - Digital, Mobile, Personal and Virtual"

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Fixing Time

My computer that I built with my daughter and wife has slipped in time just a little. The CMOS battery is new, so that was not the problem. I asked a friend about how to fix it. He told me to synch up to a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server. I synched with the Naval Observatory and it is working great.

Getting Flat, Part 1 | Linux Journal

I may have to go out and get this book. I think the issues of power and how it is changing are important to the church. The emergant church is a part of the dialogue about the issues of how power is changing. But like I have said before, the power of God is the transcendant issue.

Getting Flat, Part 1 | Linux Journal: "Getting Flat, Part 1
By Doc Searls on Thu, 2005-04-14 23:00.
Our Senior Editor digs into Tom Friedman's new bestseller, from a Linux/open source angle.

'It's a Flat World, After All', Tom Friedman says. That's the title of his long essay in this past Sunday's New York Times magazine. A few days earlier, his new book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, hit the book stores. I have a copy right here at my left elbow. In support of our local book store, I paid the full price for the hardcover, which weighs in at close to 500 pages. At this point I've read most of it, including everything it says about Linux, GNU/Linux free software and open source.

The World is Flat, which I abbreviate TWIF, in the manner of Eric Raymond's CaTB, may be the most important book written to date on all the subjects in the last sentence. First, it makes clear sense of all those subjects. Second, it puts them in a large and highly meaningful context--the flat new world--where they clearly have enormous on-going roles to play. Third, it's already a bestseller: #3 on Amazon, as of yesterday.

The book is the subject of my July Linux For Suits column in Linux Journal, which I have been writing for way too long, severely indulging the patience of Jill Franklin, our Managing Editor. But I am so jazzed about the subject that I can't stand leaving all my thoughts about it in the buffer for another three months. Fortunately, I have enough material to fill ten columns and SuitWatches. Mercifully, we're limiting our exploration to one print column and two SuitWatches. This is the first of those. After this essay is published as a SuitWatch, it will appear as a Linux Journal Web site feature. Comments should go there. The same procedure will follow with Part 2, two weeks from now.

The two-part format also works thematically. The first part deals with Tom Friedman's treatment of Linux and open source. The second will deal with the solutions to f" » Daily Commute Podcast, April 15th edition

Go check out D.J. Chuang Daily Communt Podcast. I have had the pleasure of meeting D.J. He is an interesting personality and he tells a bit of his story in this particular podcast. » Daily Commute Podcast, April 15th edition: "Daily Commute Podcast, April 15th edition
category: journal posted: 2005-04-15 7:27 pm

Daily Commute Podcast (MP3 audio) [running time = 15:42, size = 11MB]

Sound check using my handheld voice recorder. DJ Chuang in 5 minutes, a quick overview of my life story. A compare & contrast of Asian culture and Western culture, and how one’s perception of oneself can make a difference on life and work."

Friday, April 15, 2005

Writing's of an exceptional being: Walk Trilogy: Walk in Love

My daughter who is a senior this year has started blogging. She does some nice devotional type writing. Check her blog out.

Writing's of an exceptional being: Walk Trilogy: Walk in Love: "The next three post will be discussion a passage from Ephesians chapter five.

God is the perfect example of love. He showed love when He created us. He showed us love when He died for us. He shows us love by wanting to have intimacy and a relationship with us. When we imitate Him and follow what He does it is an act of worship and praise which bring Him great joy. Just as a little brother or sister(us) copies every thing their big brother(Jesus) does, so we must do with Christ."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Fear Not

My daughters have played on a soccer league ran by homeschooling families like our own. (The league is not related at all to "The League of Extraordinary Reformed Bloggers". I knew some of you were wondering.) There was a boy who played that was athletically gifted and seemed rather quick. It seemed though that any little pain he would show signs of discomfort hold the affected area and the game would stop. All these nice children would just stop the game. After a few times of this the referee, who is a good Christian man, saw that the boy would milk each and every little injury. It is hard to say whether it was intentional or if it was just how he had a habit of dealing with pain. The referee was not insensitive to the need to stop the game, but he saw the repetition in the behavior and said, "the play is still in motion". And that sort of got the game back on and made the minor pains of normal play less of a tool for gaining desired out comes in the game.

It is sort of a question of how much pain do we incurr before we stop what we are doing and take care of the problem. How much do we use pain as an excuse to stop everything when really we could "play through it".

In my own life, the past few months I have let my fears and insecurities control my life quite a bit. I see that God is telling me ...

"6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success [1] wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9

I want to play through. Don't stop the game.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Godly Woman

My grandmother, Beulah Griffin, was featured in the local paper on her 85th birthday. She is an outstanding woman of God who has influenced many to live godly themselves. I encourage you to go over and read the story for yourself. click here This link will take you to a PDF file on my brother's website.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Rebecca Writes: The Big News

A blog I've been reading for over a year, Rebecca Writes has won an award. Go over and congratulate her on this accomplishment.

Rebecca Writes: The Big News: "Saturday, April 9
The Big News that I have been awarded a Warnie Award.

One of the things Warnie awardees are asked to do is give an acceptance speech. I thought of starting mine out with 'Nanny nanny boo boo!' but decided that might be undignified conduct, and not quite the comportment befitting a Warnie winner."

Friday, April 08, 2005

100% Presbyterian: Christian Traditions Selector

I saw Joe Missionary and Messy had this denomination quiz on their blogs. Given my poor luck with quizzes lately, especially those that Joe Missionary has triumphed over, I was hesitant take this test. (Well, at least that sounds like what I should say. Actually I was looking forward to taking another test. Back to the feigned worry...) I was worried I was going to have to change denominations or something. I'm glad that I took this test and found out I was okay where I am at. My wife asked whether it mean PCUSA or PCA? So perhaps the test did not help me after all...

Rank Item Percent
1: Presbyterian/Reformed (100%)
2: Congregational/United Church of Christ (90%)
3: Baptist (Reformed/Particular/Calvinistic) (74%)
4: Anglican/Episcopal/Church of England (54%)
5: Eastern Orthodox (49%)
6: Lutheran (44%)
7: Methodist/Wesleyan/Nazarene (41%)
8: Seventh-Day Adventist (40%)
9: Roman Catholic (35%)
10: Baptist (non-Calvinistic)/Plymouth Brethren/Fundamentalist (31%)
11: Church of Christ/Campbellite (28%)
12: Pentecostal/Charismatic/Assemblies of God (12%)
13: Anabaptist (Mennonite/Quaker etc.) (8%)

Hat Tip: Joe Missionary and Messy Christian

Thursday, April 07, 2005

MobileTracker - Ride along with a Verizon Wireless test man

If you ever wondered how Verizon actually tested their mobile network, check out this article. They hava some good photographs of the laptops, antennas, software screen shots and that really cool stationwagon. I know I want one.

MobileTracker - Ride along with a Verizon Wireless test man: "By Jon Gales -- Can you hear me now? Ask anyone under thirty the first thing they think of after hearing that phrase and you'll likely hear back Verizon Wireless. For good or evil, the ads portraying a lonely Verizon Wireless employee asking the person on the other line if the connection is good, are everywhere. While the actor in the commercials probably couldn't program his speed dial, I recently rode along with a real Verizon Wireless test man named Levy Rippy. Levy works out of the Temple Terrace office near my home in Tampa, Florida."

Wednesday, April 06, 2005


I have added some photographs from my recent retirement ceremony and our blogger get together. I believe the albums will show up on my Webshots section located on the right, if not just click on see all photos.

The Kingdom of God, Civil Government, and Church Government

My Kingdom Is Not of This World

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, 'Are you the King of the Jews?' 34 Jesus answered, 'Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?' 35 Pilate answered, 'Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?' 36 Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.' 37 Then Pilate said to him, 'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.' 38 Pilate said to him, 'What is truth?'

I have had several discussions lately on the role of the church and state. Some of those discussions have moved from discussing civil government to the discussion of church government. Thinking about his issue, I think a fundamental point which must be the starting point is that the kingdom of God transcends the civil governments of this world. The rule of God so much transcends the rule of the state that a comparisons of the power of the two is meaningless. Jesus told Pilate that his kingdom was not of this world. Some how Pilate caught what many in the modern evangelical church have missed. Comparison is meaningless because God allows human government to do their work and is sovereign so that he uses evil (and relatively good) human governments to carry out his work despite when their hearts being hardened and their intentions being evil. He is able to bow the knee of every king, and there is no competition. It is also meaningless because the governments of this world only deal with issues of behavior and can not change the heart. The state may feel a competition with the preachers of faith and God because it sees them as product of mere human power and not really the power of God. In a sense they are re-interpreting the power of God in human terms. The power of God becomes merely the group consensus and the inspiration that comes the human heart.

The Bible does not teaches a separation of church and state but rather a distinction between God's kingdom and human government. I would not equate our church institutions with that of the kingdom of God. If people have a church they must have a form of church government. The institutional side of the church must have some way to organize, even if that organization is free flow. Church government is very necessary but not the kingdom of God in and of itself. So when we see scriptures record Jesus statements about his kingdom is not of this world, we should not say that his kingdom is the (place the name of your denomination here, even if it is a non-denomination) church institutions. These institutions are merely a means of carrying out the main business of the church, preaching the gospel. So church government is good, but is not the kingdom of God.

The church can go down the path of trying to imitate the power of civil authorities or see that type of power as truly the one that matters. However, if we see that Jesus is truly our King we do not expect that human governments will cease during this side of eternity. The civil governments are merely to restrain evil and carry out the plan of God. So do we disregard the civil government or challenge the civil government? No in both cases. Jesus did not challenge the rule of Rome based on the new kingdom. When we spread the kingdom of God, we do not challenge the civil authorities, but rather we see them as men and women in need of the redemption of Christ on the cross. We want to meet their needs, their need of Christ on the cross. The government may be hostile toward the gospel and still an instrument of the providence of God to carry out his plan of redemption. Though evil human government may be the instrument of God, it can not even begin to carry out the true reign of God in many ways. The true reign of God is powerful in that it transforms the heart. The true reign of God is holy. The true reign of God is where the king is ruling in holiness in our lives. As we are filled with Spirit of God, that obedience over flows into all areas of our lives. When we are prepared to participate in government as Christians it is from the sense of being a faithfulness citizen, not gaining power for the kingdom of God. Those who have the vocation in life to be a civil authority, they participate in their office from a sense of a call of duty, not gaining power for the kingdom. A civil authority who is a Christian should see himself or herself as serving their community and thus serving God.

A good Christian is a good citizen of their country, it is their responsibility. If we focus on power we are totally missing the point, if we focus on responsibility can then think and act like Christians.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

How Do You Pick Who To Read

I have been doing some light defense on my paper on the New Perspective on Paul. I actually try to make peace between the two sides of the issue in some small sense by showing the strengths of biblical theology and systematic theology and how they address different issues. There have been two criticism of my paper so far, one is that I don't understand justification and the other is that I should read NT Wright in order to write a paper like that. I guess I don't feel compelled to talk to every sales person, watch every television program, read every article in the newspaper in order to understand their wares. Not that NT Wright is a salesman or entertainment, but he is one voice among many. A summary of his ideas done by a competent friend or critic may be enough to tell me if I do want to read further. In preparing my paper I decided to give my brother in Christ NT Wright a listen. I listened to one of his sermons done at Calvin College. It was not bad, I sort of enjoyed it. However, I was not intrigued. No biggie.

I once heard a someone say that they only read books that their friends recommended as a way of sorting who to read and not read. I'm still not convinced that NT Wright is on the top of my list but perhaps others could give me solid reasons as to what I would learn from reading him.

Learning Perl, the book

I found a book at work called Learning Perl. It seems small enough that I could actually read it. I think five pages a day would do.

Master Of Arts In Biblical Studies

I checked out whether I could get a MABS and an M.Div. The seminary said that on 50% of the hours from the MABS will transfer over to the M.Div.

Oh yeah, I’m accepted at Captial Bible Seminary.

Monday, April 04, 2005

What the .... 2.0

So it is not enough to have a quiz tell me I'm a whimp, I'm actually getting people tell me....

Some weeks are just like that. :-)

JOLLYBLOGGER: Jolly Digest 4-3-05: "As is typical of the myriad self-appointed 'reform enforcers,' Pruitt appears to not have engaged Wright at all."

Writing's of an exceptional being: Who sinned?

Here is a link to my daughter's blog. She is a high school senior.

Writing's of an exceptional being: Who sinned?: "Monday, April 04, 2005
Who sinned?
My math teacher gives a little devotion before math class begins everyday. This helps me tremendously because I'm not very good at math. Today she talked about Tamar daughter of King David. "

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Pluralism and Christ

I have had a hard time articulating to those who hold to pluralism what it is that they are missing. Often I felt that while they are ready to say they are agreeable with the teachings of Christianity along with other religions, I have had a hard time seeing that they actually take Christianity or other religions seriously. While they may claim to accept Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc...they in reality change each one so that they are not in conflict with yet another religious system, that is humanism of the Enlightenment. I recently came across this quote on the subject in Donald Macleod's book The Person of Christ: Contours of Christian Theology.

"In the last analysis, there is a blatant hypocrisy in Hick's position: under the language of pluralism there lurks a most dogmatic exclusivesm. Far from gazing admiringly on all the world's religions, Hick is standing on the vantage-point of modern western humanism, giving a nod of approval to the few elements in each religion which agree with his own philosophy and dismissing the rest with unconcealed contempt. 'All the great faiths lead to God' becomes at last, 'A plague on all your houses!' Hick does not believe, with the Jew, that Yahweh is God and that Israel is his people; or with the Muslim that Allah is God, Muhammad his prophet and the Q'ran his infallible revelation; or with the Christian that Jesus is Lord and his cross the one place of atonement. He believes all of theses claims to be, equally, nonsense. The real prophets are Hume, Kant and Lessing; the real truth is Liberty, Equality and Fraternity; and the real kingdom came with the Enlightenment. To have Christianity sit in judgment on such a religion is, to Hick, unthinkable; and to entertain even the possibility that the incarnation might be a fact and the resurrection a real event is to put one's mentors to an open shame. How could one ever again look Goethe in the face if one came to believe that a dead man had risen?
Hick's argument is entirely circular: if the resurrection were fact, it would confirm the entire Christian worldview. But it cannot be a fact precisely because it would confirm that worldview. It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a worshipper of the Enlightenment ot enter the kingdom of God."

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Some fellow ministerial students were talking about how one is not required to get an M.Div to get ordained by the PCA. I think while it is possible to get just a two year degree, I think you do loose something in not having a full M.Div. I am considering right now getting the two year degree from Capital Bible Seminary on my way toward the M.Div. There is not a single course from the MABS that is not a part of the M.Div program. I would seek the Old Testament concentration.

What the......?

Joe Missionary sucked me into this quiz. I'm blaming him for all the results despite the fact that I answered the questions.

You are decaf. You are for WUSSIES who can't take
caffeine. You try, but you just ain't coffee.

What Kind of Coffee Are You?
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Friday, April 01, 2005

What Do Blogger Eat?

* Now I don't want to get off on a rant here . .
I don't know, but his wife had crab cake sandwich - I think he had a crab dip appetizer that I got to sample.

* Jollyblogger
Crab Cake (Mrs. Jollyblogger had the shrimp scampi)

* Pruitt Communications

* Big Red 5
Fish And Chips -

* Beyond the rim… (Shared with Mrs. Beyond the rim....)Appetizer to share - Blooming Onion, Ribs and Chocolate Cake -

* a place called home, Church Marketing Sucks, For Ministry
I don't know -

* Intellectual Defenestration
I don't know -

* Reflections, Murmurs, and Treatises
I don't know

I think somebody down at the other end of the table had ribs and somebody had might have had another burger. If you know what they ate, post a comment.

Christian Computing Magazine Home Page

I have been on again - off again about reading Christian Computing Magazine. Now I see that they have gone to a digital format. One of the nice things about Chrisitan Computing Magazine is that its focus is practical. They have regular columns about desktop publishing, music and sound systems. These are things that churches do routinely and yet it is often done with out any kind of training that tells a person, what makes a good church bullitin, what makes a good sermon tape. Some times advertisements in the magazine are really as good as the articles. I have yet to see Walmart carry a tape reproduction machine, so how do you purchase those items?

Hat Tip: GBEPC Website

Christian Computing Magazine Home Page: "Christian Computing Magazine has been in print for over 17 years! Now they are offering a special digital version of their magazine for FREE. It is sent to you via e-mail in an HTML format. S"