Standing Around All Day Doing Nothing

So today’s Gospel reading was on the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Basically, a dude hired some folks to work for him early in the day, and then through out the day kept going back to hire more and more folks with the last hire being at 5PM. Now, when evening came, the dude paid… and the early birds, rather than getting the worm, got ticked off that the last folks got paid the same that they did … Continue reading Standing Around All Day Doing Nothing

Ears itching for the 1950’s

As I was shaking my head over the Nashville Statement, a friend linked me to Pastor Nadia’s counter to it, the Denver Statement. In reading the comments, a couple scriptures were posted, and I thought wow, that’s pretty cool. The 2 scriptures posted were: Romans 16:11 2 Tim 4:3 And in isolation, I’m going yes, cool I get this… and then I think, wow, I bet some could flip those scriptures upside down around and get things totally wrong. I … Continue reading Ears itching for the 1950’s

Astrophotometer, Spurgeon on Kepler

For my undergrad senior design project a multitude of years ago, where today’s FPGA, and mixed signal chips might have saved me hundreds of hours of wirewrapping, I used a massive number of digital logic gates, vacuum tubes, and an Apple IIe to build a computer controlled photometer. My adviser said I probably held the record for the most time invested in a senior design project under his tenure. In a nutshell, the purpose of the device was to capture … Continue reading Astrophotometer, Spurgeon on Kepler

Do Unto Others What You Do Not Want Them To Do To You

Yep, the golden rule, as shouted out with great excitement in a cross gen Bible study by a 6 year old some years back. And while the youngster got tongue tied and flipped Matthew 7:12 upside down, we all knew what he was referring to. In fact I’d go so far that pretty much every Christian, and even many non-Christians would understand what the six year old was trying to say. Unlike the golden rule, where in the scriptures are … Continue reading Do Unto Others What You Do Not Want Them To Do To You

The Church, Hatred, and The Man in the Mirror

I came across a most fascinating, albeit sarcastic comment on FB today, and thought, wow, how telling. The church should do only that which makes her feel good. Namely, that is to beat the part of the Law that she thinks she keeps into the church’s parishioners. If the church steps outside of those bounds and reminds her that she is also accountable to God for the Law she fails to keep, the church should be punished and silenced. The … Continue reading The Church, Hatred, and The Man in the Mirror

Christian Universities and the Pursuit of Truth

A university can choose to support the pursuit of truth which means many sides of a given idea need to be engaged with, no matter how painful they may be, or it can ignore the pursuit of truth in favor of an ideology. This is a difficult thing to do in general, but for Christian universities especially so as 1: truth and ideology do intermix, 2: time and money are limited, and 3: outcomes are not guaranteed. Truth and ideology … Continue reading Christian Universities and the Pursuit of Truth

A Lamp in the Dark, The Untold History of the Bible

Earlier this week I watched “A Lamp in the Dark, The Untold History of the Bible”. Its available for free on youtube, and is pretty fascinating. Alas, it is not without serious problems. The biggest issue is the overwhelming anti-Catholic bias and selective one sided cherry picking against them, all the while completely failing to mention similar issues on the protestant side. With respect to Constantine, “If Constantine were a true believer, how could he turn and persecute other Christians?” … Continue reading A Lamp in the Dark, The Untold History of the Bible

OCC Ride FaithFest Winona MN August 26, 2017 (updated)

    The multiple award winning paint work of the RIZEN bike will be at FAITHFEST! Come see it ride in the OCC Rode, and then be on site in the afternoon at FAITHFEST Musical acts at FaithFest Marissa and Mariah FB https://www.facebook.com/Marissa-Mariah-1643466782606755/ Knights of Levi Stuart, FL https://www.facebook.com/knightsoflevi/   Breakthrough Northfield, MN https://www.breakthroughrocks.com/ https://www.breakthroughrocks.com/epk FB https://www.facebook.com/Breakthroughrocks/?fref=mentions Michael Reed Band Waterloo, IA http://www.michaelreedband.com/ FB https://www.facebook.com/michaelreedband/?fref=mentions   Ignescent Chicago, IL http://www.ignescentmusic.com/ http://www.ignescentmusic.com/listen/ FB https://www.facebook.com/ignescentmusic/ In The Verse Wisconsin https://www.facebook.com/pg/INTHEVERSEBAND/ Light45 Rochester, MN www.light45.com … Continue reading OCC Ride FaithFest Winona MN August 26, 2017 (updated)

Spurgeon on Faith in the Sun

It takes about eight minutes for light to reach us from the sun may judge of the pace at which that light comes when we reflect a cannon ball rushing with the swiftest possible velocity would seven years to get there and that a train travelling at the of thirty miles an hour and never stopping for refreshments require more than three hundred and fifty years before it reach the terminus You may thus form some slight idea of distance … Continue reading Spurgeon on Faith in the Sun

Defending Coffee Bars, Trend Setting Sermon Series, and Couches

A recent widow writes in response to contemporary church culture with respect to coffee bars, sermon series, and couches. “When church leaders sit around and discuss how they can reach people, I don’t think they have the widow in mind. I don’t think they have the cancer patient in mind. I don’t think they have the children who are growing up without a parent in mind. I am not paying attention to the church décor when I walk through the … Continue reading Defending Coffee Bars, Trend Setting Sermon Series, and Couches