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Monthly Archives: October 2009

News you can use

30-Oct-09

According to late night radio, aliens have apparently abducted a water buffalo from an exotic ranch in England.  Read all about it here. Since the economy is going into the dump, you should buy gold… from people who are selling it.  I’m curious about why I would buy something from people who are so urgent […]

Attention: Party of Stupid

29-Oct-09

There’s a lot appearing on the internet these days from conservative writers about the supposed narcissism of Mr. Obama.  The general theme seems to be that narcissism is a prerequisite for public service but that Mr. Obama has an unusually intense case of it.  I don’t know the man, so I couldn’s say one way […]

Get all the way in, or get all the way out.

27-Oct-09

I had been a member of the United States Air Force a couple of years, not really liking it, when I realized that getting promoted was a game of credential accumulation.  So I grudgingly enrolled in Squadron Officer’s School and started wading through it.  Shortly after delving into one of the books, I ran across […]

Electric shorts

25-Oct-09

Ready for your electric bill to triple?  Here at AVFTA I’ve been using a rough estimate that green gadget electricity is typically three times the price you’re paying for electricity now.  That rough estimate keeps being vindicated.  Here’s another example.  The Energy Information Administration says the current average retail price of electricity in the United […]

Why liars are bad

25-Oct-09

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (John 1:1) Something true of God The Gospel of John begins by explaining something about the nature of God, that the Logos was in the beginning, and the Logos was with God and was God.  This simple sentence […]

Is it just me, or…?

24-Oct-09

Mmmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmm.  Am I the only one who thinks the H1N1 virus scare has been overblown times ten to the 23rd power?  I don’t even know somebody who’s sick with it, and now I read the news and discover our Dear Leader has declared an emergency? What emerged? If I were of a suspicious […]

Barrel over the falls

24-Oct-09

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  (Rev 11:15) The state of the American Republic is not encouraging to those who believe in Christian principles.  […]

Some stuff judged not half bad

24-Oct-09

Contemporary Christian music generally leaves me completely dissatisfied.  Most of it is really, really shoddy wannabe rock music.  It ends up being somewhat like jazz, which has no particular melody, no particular time signature, no particular chord structure or key signature.  It’s just musical doodling around.  With CCM, it tends to be loud and aggressive […]

Getting across some big picture stuff

21-Oct-09

Apologetics An apologetic is an argument that defends something.  Among Christians, apologetics is a special field of study in arguments that show why Christianity is true.  The Bible says Christians should do apologetics now and then to defend the faith (Jude 3), to shut up slanderous men (Titus 1:9-11), and to expose liars and frauds (Rev […]

Dear Second Baptist, thanks for the hospitality

20-Oct-09

While on business in Kingwood, Texas, which is just north of Houston, I went out the back of the La Quinta Inn to go running and discovered a large ball field right behind the motel.  They were having football practice for some little kids.  I went up to one of the coaches and asked permission […]

Calling on the name of the Lord

19-Oct-09

Another one of the first things in Genesis is the point where men began to call on the name of the Lord.  (Gen 4:26)  The text itself does not make clear exactly what this refers to, so we rely upon the rest of Scripture to flesh out the idea. The idea of God’s name goes […]

The man of excess

18-Oct-09

Genesis 4:18-24 tells the brief history of Lamech, one of the descendants of Cain.  Genesis is the book of beginnings, so its theme is a recounting of quite a few first things.  One of the “first things” presented is polygamy, as Lamech procured two wives for himself. Lamech’s son Tubal-cain is another first, the inventor […]

Night shift advantage

17-Oct-09

One of the side effects of working a night shift is that occasionally I get to hear a few minutes of late-late night talk radio while I’m driving home.  On Coast to Coast AM I’ve learned that a guy had a job working for NASA doctoring up pictures of the surface of the moon.  He […]

Old threat returns

16-Oct-09

The biggest threat to nuclear power has returned like Godzilla from Tokyo Bay.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that the Westinghouse design for the AP-1000 nuclear plant hasn’t been tested enough to ensure it can withstand natural disasters.  We’re not told why this is just coming up now since the basic design features have […]

Unbearable punishment

14-Oct-09

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  (Hebrews 13:5) I once read an article from a preacher belittling what he called, “B&B prayers.”  He thought it was a mark of spiritual infancy that people would ask God to bless and be with (that’s the “B&B” Get it?  Get it?) their loved ones.  It wasn’t […]