Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Dumbing Down"

I was reading an article about the "Dumbing Down" of the Gospel (link) and I thought it made some pretty interesting points. It is basically about how the way we have summarized the gospel to those we witness too has changed dramatically since the industrial revolution.

New Way: The Four Laws
1. God's Love (John 3:16)
2. Our Sin (Romans 3:23)
3. His Plan (Romans 5:8)
4. Our Response (John 1:12)

Old Way: Relationally Contextualized
"You are the bride to the Bridegroom, and the Bridegroom is Jesus Christ. You must eat of His flesh and drink of His blood to know Him, and your union with Him will make you one, and your oneness with Him will allow you to be identified with Him, His purity allowing God to interact with you, and because of this you will be with Him in eternity, sitting at His side and enjoying His companionship, which will be more fulfilling than an earthly husband or an earthly bride. All you must do to engage God is be willing to leave everything behind, be willing to walk away from your identity, and embrace joyfully the trials and tribulations, the torture and perhaps martyrdom that will come upon you for being a child of God in a broken world working out its own redemption in empty pursuits." - Donald Miller


Monday, July 12, 2010


The BP corporation is being vilified on every medium of media on the planet. Let's be honest here, the effects on the environment are a big deal. What I don't like is that I haven't heard any stories published on how the families and loved ones of the 11 workers killed in the explosion are doing. Nor have I heard how the 17 injured are recovering. If stories have even been published about them they have been flooded away by a multitude of other reports on the "environmental backlash".
I care about the environment. I love nature, hiking, camping, backpacking, and swimming. If I can enjoy something outside, I probably find myself spending time outside doing it. We are tasked with the stewardship of this planet. It is ours to take care of. This is what bothers me about the news. BP didn't blow up their own billion dollar oil rig, killing 11 people, because they felt like it. It wasn't in their best interest to do so. Force a company to drill offshore through miles of ocean and earth crust in a hurricane prone area because locations easy to drill are too highly regulated, and accidents will happen. This won't be the last time this happens. I think the American people share some responsibility for this tragedy. It was the representatives that we elected, who voted on the laws to make it impossible for companies to drill on American soil.
Did transocean (the company BP contracted to do the actual operation of the rig) screw up? Look at the pictures of the gulf of Mexico and you'll get your answer. This mistake will be costly in so many ways we cannot begin to calculate it, including a toll of human lives. Grow up America! We are the ones driving around cities gunning our V6 and V8 engines in our super-duties, SUVs, and vans. We are the ones creating the massive demand for fossil fuels (Source).
Here is the problem as I see it. The political leaders of the nation are going to tell the people, "stricter regulation is the key. Keep on driving, flying, and buying. We'll regulate the industry some more and then cap the prices on gas for you when it goes up too much, but still increase the amount of taxes we take per gallon." Unfortunately, people will believe them, the laws will pass, and the situation will become worse. It is a convenient ending where BP is temporarily blamed for all of America's energy problems until a new scapegoat must be found.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My New Internet Interests

Evernote is supposed to keep me from forgetting anything. I can save anything I see on my phone or pc. Foursquare lets my friends know what I'm doing and lets me know what they're doing. Geocaching is GPS powered high tech treasure hunting. Google Voice is a sweet new take on telephony. Google Chrome is a browser, I have finally decided to replace firefox with chrome. Why? Because chrome has the extensions I want to use, syncs my bookmarks with my google account, and runs each tab in a separate environment so one wayward tab won't sink the whole program.