Thursday, July 23, 2015

July Updates

It's been a fun month. Let me tell you what's been going on, cause I know you care so much.

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Psalm (2)

Oh Lord, I have failed,
I have not sought you as earnestly as I ought.
I have not been as charitable as you desire,
And have not given you an appropriate tithe.
The list of my mistakes is like a book,
Ever being written.
Now I am challenged by troubles,
And trials are all around me.
I try to overcome,
But my strength is not enough,
And my own arms are too short.
I am not deserving of your help,
Or of your grace and mercy,
Nor your provisions and riches.

I consider my station,
But do I consider yours, oh Lord?

You have declared, oh Lord,
That the prayers of the righteous accomplish much.
You have declared, oh Lord,
That your blood makes me righteous, and redeems me from my sins.
I have not earned your favor,
But you have earned it for me,
So I may enter into your presence with boldness,
Full of thanksgiving and praise.
All that I ask for, you have already offered,
And you hear my prayers, despite my condition.
While I have been faithless,
You have remained faithful.
This is why there is no one like you.
None can match your greatness, or your mercy.
You delight over me, and all of your children,
Desiring to give us good things.
Yes, you have promised good to me.
You are great, oh Lord,
And I am thankful.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

De-evolution of a beard

It's been since November that I trimmed my beard. Of course I kept the mustache in check, but the rest has been free to grow. The above picture was its pinnacle, as I reached the inability to maintain the mountain man look any longer.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Jesus is the head of the church, not men

Most people would agree that mankind is not the head of the church as a whole, but some see a hierarchy in the leadership, placing men above women. I'd like to comment on that, discussing some of my thought's on women in ministry.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Daredevil - 5 and 5

The new Daredevil series on Netflix is incredible. You probably already know that, though. Personally, I never have known much about Daredevil's story arc, other than he was a blind super hero. A cool concept, but nothing I ever got into. I saw the Ben Affleck movie, and didn't hate it, but it wasn't spectacular.

Now this series comes along, and it is great. There is so much that I enjoyed about the show, so, without further ado, here are the five things I loved, and the five things I didn't.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Everything is Faith

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17)

Contemplating these verses, I began to wonder if the principal applied without the word about Christ. A few years ago, through this thought process, I came to a conclusion that everything is faith. Our smallest practices to our largest ideals are confidence in what we hope to be true, and what we hope to be true came through a message we heard, whether about Christ or something else.

It then occurred to me, that if I were to truly apply that message to what we do, then religious freedom means something radically different then what the Christian Conservative crowd has used it to mean. It is not religious freedom we were seeking, but a Christian nation that protects Christian ideals, and shuns the beliefs of anything else. As a church model, that makes sense. As a government for America, I'm not so sure. I desire to be free to practice my beliefs, but cannot suggest then someone else should not have the same freedom, even if I believe their faith will lead them to spiritual destruction.

Two years ago I wrote some of these thoughts down. In them I focused primarily on what the concept of faith means to gay marriage in a America, and atheism dependent on evolution. I shared it with a pastor friend, who didn't rebuke me, but seemed a little unsure of the premise, saying it was something he would have to ponder. I did nothing with those thoughts until a few days ago I found that original file on my computer and read it over. I found I still agreed with the premise, and thought it would be a good time to share those thoughts.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Madden 16 Wishlist

If you read my blog regularly, or know me in person, you will know I run an online Madden League, and have for three years now. We started back with Madden 13 on PS3, then graduated to Madden 25 on PS4 (we didn't skip 11 versions, Madden 14 was the 25th anniversary edition, hence the title change), and are now on Madden 15.

Over the course of these three title I've seen some big changes, some small changes, and some non-changes. There are a number of things I like, and a number of things I don't like. With each new title, you can't help but wonder which things they'll fix, which things they'll leave alone, and, inevitably, which things they will ruin.

EA announced yesterday, very quietly, that Madden 16 will release on August 25th this year, and that more details will come out next month. Focusing primarily on what I want to see in Franchise mode, here are five things I'd like to see in the next title.