Right now I am working from my home. Unusual for me, especially on a Monday. I did go into the office today for a couple of hours, but left. The IT guy for ANM, Stan, is installing a new network server. This is quite a job in itself, but when you have to link 65 individual computers together, and have them interface properly with the network, it is a monumental chore. Kudos to Stan for all his hard work. Anyway, what this means for me is that my computer was not quite up to par today. I couldn’t access many files that I need, since they are stored on the network. So work just got more and more frustrating. So I came home, figuring I could get more work done here.
While driving home, the current situation at the office made me think of how dependent we have become on technology. And what can happen without it. Think about it. Networks go down. You lose internet access. The power goes out. Result? Work stops. We are largely technology bound in America today. Continue reading →
I heard a really good Bible lesson recently at the Community Bible Study at ANM. A good friend, and excellent teacher, Eric Vess taught on grace, basing his study on Galatians 3. Wonderful stuff. In this lesson, Eric was talking about how the law causes us to realize that we are sinful and in need of a Savior. It is so important that people understand this. As Eric stated, people need to receive the bad news before they are able to receive the Good News. Continue reading →
Some call them imponderables. They are those silly semantic quirks and inane realities of everyday life that we all hear, and are emailed by the dozens. They are oxymorons, paradoxes, and nonsensical things like…
* Why is there handicapped parking in front of skating rinks?
* Why is it that we park in driveways and drive on parkways?
* How can you have a jumbo shrimp?
* Why do banks leave their vault doors open, but chain their pens to the counter?
* Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?
* Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food? Continue reading →
This Trogo is one that has been brewing in my mind for quite some time… months I guess. It is the result of comments that I have been hearing from Christians over and over. It concerns the church’s current attitude toward the sin of homosexuality. Here is a sampling of the flood of dialogue that goes on about this issue.
Regarding a family or friend who has come out of the closet: “So what’s the big deal? I know that homosexuality is a sin. But it is no different from any other sin.”
Regarding the Boy Scouts decision to openly allow homosexual boys to join the Scouts: “What does it matter? They are boys just like the others. And who knows… maybe some Christian can reach them with the Gospel.” Continue reading →
Question: Why did the Apostle Paul take the simple moral message of a teacher like Jesus and turn it into such a complex theological system?
My Answer: There are a number of writers who assert the view found in this question. Their perspective seems to be that Jesus was merely a moral teacher, perhaps with a prophetic cast to his ministry, who presented a message of love and ethics. Then along comes Paul and turns Jesus into a demigod, and takes his moral philosophy and turns it on its head by rejecting the Law of Moses and making salvation the result of some mysterious thing called grace. Continue reading →