20 October 2008
- Been busy with project work; project has just ended (not well; not my fault; I got out okay).
- We’ve got an Elim Men’s Breakfast coming up election Saturday @ JJ Murphy’s bar. I’m a conservative swing voter. If you would like to discuss our options after the breakfast before your vote, I would love to just sit and chew the fat with you guys. (Note: this part would not be an official Elim event, just some guys talking politics.)
- Started reading yet another creation science text book, and decided it was at a level where my boys (9 & 11) would understand it. So now I’m reading it to them. Review will follow (much) later, as I’m averaging only about a chapter a week.
- I gave a presentation to the Wellington .NET User Group this week, called “ORM101: An introduction to Object Relational Mappers” which was well received.
- Note to Christian leaders: if you’re going to copy and paste dictionary definitions of terms (such as adrenaline), please proof-read and remove all references to evolution. They are unnecessary and just plain wrong.
- Destination Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sherwood Pictures present in association with Provident Films and Carmel Entertainment
- A Kendrick Brothers Production
- “Facing the Giants”
- Music by: Mark Willard
- Associate Producers: Tracy Goode, Brad Weston
- Executive Producers: Michael C. Catt, Jim McBride, Terry Hemmings
- Produced by: Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick, David Nixon
- Story and Screenplay by: Alex and Stephen Kendrick
- Directed by: Alex Kendrick
- Rated: PG
- Review: an awesome use of Hollywood’s best techniques, with no-name actors, to present a modern gospel parable. I have no idea whether this American High-school Grid-iron movie is based on a true story, but it’s great. Our entire family sat down together to watch this, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended. Thanks to Mike B. for recommending it to me.
- Went to Japan on a school trip; 3 weeks ago for 2 weeks
- Praying about how to make an impact
- Wasn’t make an impact (immediately) so asked (in Japanese) “would you like a Japanese Bible?”
- Host family took her to church
- A smaller version of Elim (modern music)
- Stayed for lunch then broke up into small groups
- Michelle and host didn’t understand the Japanese preaching
- But her host gave her heart later
Things you need to know
- Toolbox Early Years Course, at Elim
- Magnify; tonight; here; don’t miss
- Women’s overnight coming up; boutique conference; 24&25 October;
- Connect lounge, next Sunday after both services
- Wedding anniversary; 35 years
- Claire & Mike’s anniversary
- Guest speaker: Richard Knott, all the way from Brisbane AOG (only kiwi of 35 staff)
- Humour note: Rick prefers to call what he does “speaking” rather than “preaching”
- Marissa Knott (né Soukotta) says “Selamet Pagi”; doing (music?) workshops earlier this week
- Intimacy in Worship
- Worship is not:
- a ballad;
- singing at the start of a service;
- hawah = submission;
- abad = service;
- yareh = reverence
- God deserves it
- He requires our worship; he commands it; (If we worship him, our focus is better.)
- He enables it; (I worship him, just because I can?)
- They do it in heaven (Isaiah 6:1)
- Chesterton; you will worship God or something else
- (Matthew 22:37) the 2 commandments (the 10 commandments summarized)
- Nothing is secular; everything is sacred; God is always speaking to us.
- Live your life in the presence of God; he’s not just your Sunday friend.
- Are your angels bored? Because you haven’t needed them? Go doing something terrifying. Better to be scared than bored. Tell a stranger that God loves them.
- Be vulnerable to God; you can trust Him with your secrets. He wants you to confess your dark thoughts, to bring them into the light so they can be dealt with.
- Abandon to Him in your worship; you can’t be worried about what you look like; you wouldn’t be docile at a rugby match;
- Creation Museum Draws Half a Million Visitors – The museum exhibits are taken from the Old Testament, but the special effects are pure Hollywood: a state-of-the-art planetarium, animatronics and a massive model of Noah’s Ark, all intended to explain the origins of the universe from a biblical viewpoint. More than a half-million people have toured the Kentucky attraction since its May 2007 opening. The Creation Museum teaches life’s beginnings through a literal interpretation of the Bible.
- Google’s 2008 election gadget – Google have launched an online gadget for Kiwis wanting to follow 2008 election news. Quite a tidy little tool.
- Public Interest in Global Warming Evaporates – from Uncommon Descent by Dave Scott.
- Steve Fuller on Michael Reiss and academic freedom – Steve Fuller offers his thoughts on the removal of Michael Reiss from his position at the Royal Society, and what it means for academic freedom. Fuller believes that the furore over Michael Reiss’s comments signifies a worrying trend that is bad for freedom to do science. He comments further on the Index for Freedom site that. “All theories with the grand explanatory aspirations of creationism or evolutionism are based on worldviews that people have believed for reasons other than their specific scientific payoff. The challenge then for the science educator – especially the science textbook writer — is to demonstrate how such worldviews provide the basis for valid scientific research.”
- Flirting with Palin earns Pakistani president a fatwa – A leading religious leader condemned Asif Ali Zardari’s comments to Sarah Palin at the UN.
- The Messiah is Absolutely Speaking – Brothers and sisters, can I get an amen?
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