Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
We confuse them by Worshiping Work, Working at Play and Playing at Worship! Think about it :-)
Most people get their identity from work, who are you? I'm a doctor or a lawyer or whatever. We work hard at play, some people take play to extremes, kids can play video games for days on end never giving up. Finally, we play at worship, too many churches today have "worshitainment" with praise bands and skits and other such stuff, it's all "up there on the stage" or on the big screen. Anyway, it's something to think about.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I got this little chart from the National Center for Science Education website while reading this article about the Creation Evolution Continuum. What it essentially means is that while acknowledging that God indeed has created and sustains and guides the cosmos, I also acknowledge the legitimate findings of science concerning such things as the age of the earth and the common descent of current life from one or a few original, simple forms. I also agree with the Catholics that humans were specially endowed with a soul at some point in this process but that we and the great apes may very well be physically descended from a common ancestor.
The idea of Progressive Creation as exemplified by Reasons to Believes Hugh Ross and his ministry is quite attractive to me, because the science is so much better than that of AnswersInGenesis and the other Young Earth bozos, but I find it unsatisfying in the end, it simply does not have the ring of truth for me. There is way to much compelling evidence for common descent that they try to explain away, it just won't really work as science. Besides, I don't really see the need for it theologically, Christianity does not depend on it.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The non-catatonic population has long seen through Obama’s “change” rhetoric, given that everything he says is safely within the confines of acceptable positions as defined by the political establishment. His speech to AIPAC was the usual Obama capitulation, not that his cult of personality has suffered for it. Now he’s repeating his insistence that he won’t take any options off the table against Iran. Neoconservative Bill Kristol even says Obama and McCain “don’t actually differ” on Iran.
Well, I don’t know about you all, but I’m just shocked. You mean the two major candidates don’t give Americans a choice? Impossible! (Yes, that’s sarcasm.)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Which being translated into English says "In the beginning, God said the four-dimensional divergence of an antisymmetric, second rank tensor equals zero, and there was Light, and it was good."
No, I really don't have much of a clue as to what that actually means, I just came upon it in my reading Archimedes to Hawking during my lunch break and thought it sounded sort of cool :-)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Bush surveys record-breaking Calif. wildfires
By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer 54 minutes ago
President Bush offered federal help and encouragement Thursday to some of the 25,000 firefighters working under a blazing sun to contain wildfires that make up the single largest fire event ever recorded in California.
"I always come to make sure the federal government is coordinating closely with the state government," Bush said. "I know Gov. Schwarzenegger well enough to say that if we weren't, he'd let me know."
Since a huge lightning storm on June 21, about 2,010 separate fires have ignited across California, ravaging nearly 900,000 acres. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in 12 counties affected by the wildfires and has called in the California National Guard to help.
"The weather is stable — steady hot and dry inland," said Jason Kirchner, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. "Our folks are grinding away on these fires, making progress, but it's coming slow and it's a lot of work."
Bush took an aerial tour with Schwarzenegger to survey fire damage in the 2.1 million-acre Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the largest in California.
Schwarzenegger said 80 percent of the U.S. fire resources for firefighting are deployed in California.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This year, the Cost of Government Day falls on July 16th. Americans for Tax Reform defines COGD as “the date of the calendar year on which the average American worker has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her share of spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government on the federal, state and local levels.”
They estimate that the cost of government now consumes 53.9% of national income, with the average American worker spending 83.7 days laboring to pay his “share” of federal spending. The average worker spends 50.5 days for state and local spending. Keep in mind that this is just spending, not regulation, which takes its own toll from you. Regulation requires 62.6 days, and “is estimated to cost 17.2 percent of national income.”
This is the Cost Day for the country as a whole. The date for each state varies.
You can draw your own conclusions on some of ATR’s analysis, but the figures are fascinating. Check out their report here. This would be great information to forward, as many people don’t truly understand what kind of a mess our government is in until they see cold, hard statistics, charts, and graphs.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
First here is what a Lutheran sermon looks like (Rev. Bill Cwirla):
Now here is what Rick-Purpose Driven-Warren's sermon looks like:
Note the absence of the words "Jesus" and "Christ". This could be a Muslim, Mormon, Jewish or even Hindu talk with this word selection. Without Jesus Christ you are NOT a Christian!
Now, just for grins I put in a years worth of my private, offline, journal into Wordle and here is what came up:
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Well, I do think that "God did it." I just think that he used natural means to pull it off. I don't really see the need to bring in miraculous intervention on the edges of our knowledge the way the ID crowd likes to do. My take on the whole thing is that God, being the omniscient and omnipotent creator of the cosmos, set everything into motion with full awareness of the end state of things, there was no need for intervention after that. Oops, that sort of makes me a deist doesn't it? I need to hash out what I'm thinking here a bit more I guess, because I don't maintain that God never intervenes in the world, or that he can't, merely that as far as the progress of the natural world goes he allows things to move naturally for the most part. It is also my belief that God upholds the entire creation at each and every moment, nothing exists that God does not sustain, if He withdrew His sustaining power all of creation would simply cease to exist, He knows the position of every particle in all of existence at every moment and where it will be in a billion years and where it was 12 billion years ago. He has no need to reach into the world and tinker every few million years to bring about a new species of beetle or sea snail, or you and me for that matter.
Anyway, I'm now reading a book called "Saving Darwin, How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution" by Karl Giberson that I hope will help me to clarify what I'm trying to say here. I'll let you know how that works out ;-)
Friday, July 4, 2008
So of course my first post here is not about that at all. Rather than sort through the hundreds of photos I took and write a summary here I am posting about the 4th of July, which it is today so get over it already. :-)
As I was avoiding getting dressed or starting the work of cleaning up my camping gear or sorting photos I came upon this little test on MSNBC linked from a blog I was catching up on this morning. I scored 90%, which is not very good for one like me who prides themselves on knowing about our form of government.
Try it out and see how you do.