Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Chaplains


The Christian Science Monitor has a series of articles on military chaplains. I have not read all the articles, there are several, but I'm working my way through them. The articles open up some interesting questions. What is the job of a Christian Chaplain? How does one express his or her faith while dealing with religious pluralism? How does one minister to those not of your own faith? How does one relate to Muslim chaplains from other countries?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Freewill

HT: Jollyblogger

In high school I gave a presentation in my geometry class on human decision-making. I basically understood the gospel to be a gospel largely of choice. That is that God has done everything but make your choice for you. I saw that each person had outside influences and then internal aspects of their being that caused them to make the choices they made. I thought that each person was free in their choices. But as I described this, my teacher said that the ideas I described were fatalism. I did not understand what he was saying but the more I thought about it as I studied philosophy the more I saw that I had described a type of physiological, biochemical or Freudian determinism. I had not described what sort of system existed in the individual that governed the decision making process. That each person was who they were and this was the bases of decisions. In essence I described the bad news, that we have a nature and it governs our choices. Whether that nature is built on a biochemical bases or some sort of psychological make up was not my concern. It really does not matter which type of mechanism you choose, pun intended, you ended up with a type of determinism. Mind you, I actually believe in freewill more than ever, but I'm realistic that my choices are limited by my nature, by my environment, by the choices my parents made, by choices I made prior to this current choice, by choices my neighbors have made, and a host of other factors. So what if God comes in to free me from some of these factors?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

How To Say Hallelujah With Gusto for Beginners and Fans of the Dirge.

How To Say Hallelujah With Gusto for Beginners and Fans of the Dirge is my sermon that you can find on Sermon Cloud.

Am I Creative?

I got this from Mischief Managed, A.K.A. Noelle my daughter. She scored higher on creativity for the test.








You Are 73% Creative

You are beyond creative. You are a true artist - even if it's not in the conventional sense of the word.
You love creating for its own sake, and you find yourself quite inspired at times.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Yard Alive

Starlings every 8 to 18 inches digging through the leaves in my backyard rustling through the leaves looking for a morsel to sustain them in their Fall migration. As I walked to the window 50 or 60 took to flight in unison and descended a safer ten feet a way. They seemed to be particularly jittery. The motion of scratching, scanning and peaking for food made the ground alive. The shear numbers were incredible. The humble backyard was now bird sanctuary. I called out, “Hey, Barb, Elaine come up here, but quietly.” I went to other windows in the house. There more birds on the grass in the neighbors yard. Then as silently and quickly as they came everyone of them was gone.

Monday, November 12, 2007

D.J. Chang, Look What You Got Me Into

Way over a year ago I was reading a Wired Magazine article on the most popular websites. Facebook was one of the top and I did not know what it was. I mentioned this in passing to my wife and my then 18 year old daughter came back with her laptop and showed me how it worked. But I could not get an account at that time since my school did not have a Facebook page. Fast-forward to the present and I see D.J. Chang has posted on his blog his Facebook. My thought was, "If D.J. Chang can have a Facebook account so can I". D.J. is cool and I want to be cool. Right? So I have been distracted by Facebook the past two weeks, and my blogging has suffered. Part of the reason I blog is the social aspects and Facebook meets that need. The other thing blogging does is puts my thoughts out in a public forum. I just enjoy publishing my thoughts even if it is to a small audience. So I don't think Facebook will replace my blog but it is a great new addition to my Internet activity.

By the way if you are a Christian blogger, there is a Facebook group you may be interested in, "Christian Bloggers Network". Yes D.J. Chang is involved as Network Advisor. Go D.J.!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Spurgeon Quote




















Our singing should be that God hears it with pleasure- singing in which there is not so much Art as Heart, not so much musical sound as of Spiritual emotion- Charles Spurgeon

I Worship You


This song speaks the glory of God. I'm listening to Mercy Me sing it on their CD "Almost There"


Mercy Me Lyrics

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Worlds Largest Corn Maze


I have never done a corn maze. I did do the maze at the Del Monte visitor center in Hawaii. I am posting this for my wife who seems to love these things.