Life, God, Techonology, and Randomness

Month: October, 2011

The Glory of Creation

I live in a beautiful part of the United States (arguably one of the most beautiful) down here in Central Virginia, nestled close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. This time Read the rest of this entry »


Shadow Proves the Sunshine

Switchfoot is an amazing band and their lead singer, Jon Foreman, is straight money lyrically.  They have this one song though that gets me called The Shadow Proves the Sunshine.

The lyric that gets me is part of the chorus

We are crooked souls trying to stay up straight,
Dry eyes in the pouring rain
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine

Here’s the deal. We are all born crooked souls and many people try their whole life to walk a straight path. That’s easy enough to see day in and day out. My question to you is this: Does the shadow prove the sunshine (or in other words…does sin prove grace/salvation)?

Let me know

Here’s the song for your reference:

Happiness! There’s Grace!

So my 2 year old was running around the house this morning singing the Chorus to this song. Praise God….

Here it is enjoy!!

I Am the 4%, Let’s Occupy the Church

Hello again folks! It’s time for another gut wrencher (or my attempt at it).

In my church we are currently doing a study together as a church. In every service both old and young as well as Bible Study (Sunday School) everyone is studying the same thing and applying it as a collective congregation. I think this is great and something that hopefully continues!

This past week during worship though my Pastor said something that has eaten at me since he said it. The part of the study that we were doing is “Is the church still relevant [in today’s culture]”. I think it is but obviously I’m biased as I attend church. The stat that David through out was crazy though. Between young adults (18-28) only 4% are participants in church. This. Is. Crazy.

It’s also unacceptable. I don’t know if it speaks to the perception of Christians that are my age or the culture that we live in. I personally think that the church is extremely releveant in todays day and age. But if the youth of this nation can’t get their stuff straight it’s going to be a sad future.

What are your thoughts?

Alright Already! I Hear You

I recently figured out how to get Podcasts onto my Android phone! Why recently, you ask? Haven’t you had one of those for years? What are you confused about? Well let me enlighten you…There. Is. No. Easy. Way. To. Do. This. LOOKING AT YOU HERE GOOGLE! Then I found a nice little app called Pocketcast and it allows me to sync podcasts from the web (maybe iTunes) and I instantly started syncing and listen to them now on my way to and from work. One of the ‘casts’ I chose was Brentwood Church in Lynchburg. I used to go to this church in college and directly after and loved it. In fact if you’re in the neighborhood of Lynchburg, VA and need one highly recommend it, try the veal.

The messages at this church are always hard, in your face, mirror reflecting, and open. They are not always nice and tidy and make you Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts on Romney, Cain, Paul and the other Candidates (also-rans)

Decided to throw together a few sentences on my thoughts on each of the currrent candidates competeing for the Republican nomination for President: Here goes…

Mitt Romney: I’m a mixed bag on Romney. He is polished, well spoken, good in debate, and a successful “businessman”; the problem I have with him is that his record as a Govenor in Massachusetts is not to hot in my opinion. My other biggest concern is that he could even beat out John McCain a few years ago and Obama rocked McCain (not liking my odds this time around).

Newt Gingrich: I like the man for some reason when he speaks. He has definate answers and doesn’t seem to easily jump around answering the question. I think his time as news contributor has made him Read the rest of this entry »

I Don’t Buy It. President Obama and Occupy Wall Street

Mr. President; you are either dense or think that I am. I heard parts of your “campaign speech” about Occupy Wall Street and I must say that I am not impressed.

I don’t want to put words into your mouth so I’ll let you speak for yourself:

“I think part of people’s frustrations, part of my frustration, was a lot of practices that should not have been allowed weren’t necessarily against the law, but they had a huge destructive impact,”

It seems as though you are talking about lending practices being the main reason for the economy being what it currently is. What you did not disclose, however; is that some of the main problems that caused the current state of affairs was the lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They sold the mortgages that were then bundled by firms like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. It’s not surprising that you would direct attention away from that face as currently their former leaders are now some of your top Economic Advisors.

The sad state of affairs in this country is most people are “sheeple”. They will believe whatever the media feeds them as they either don’t care or don’t want to educate themselves.

What’s most upsetting is this though. When you were running I wanted to believe in you; you really talked a good game. Hindsight being what it is I am ashamed to call you my President. Let me put it the most tactful way I can while still respecting the office you hold.

This Nation (and myself) do not need, nor want, a leader that aligns himself with the fringe dissidents of the society.

Stop living by the polls do something because you believe in it. Not for political reasons, not to please your wifes emotions, not for a photo-op, but because it’s what you believe in your heart to be needed. Turning a march on Wall Street into an impromptu campaign speech is not acceptable of the leader of these United States of America

Just How Does Steve Jobs Affect You?

Whether or not you like technology or Apple there is little debate about the man who died last yesterday, Steve Jobs, has affected most aspects of your life. Lets look at some of the more important ones.

Click Here! ….. See what you just did. Steve Jobs made that a house-hold option for you. He didn’t invent the mouse but he brought it to the mainstream with his Lisa computer. Changing the way that we have interacted with computer systems since. (Yes I know that he stole the software ideas from Xerox, but they really didn’t seem to know what to do with it)

Speaking of mainstream. Before Steve computers took up entire rooms and consumed massive amounts of power. He (and Gates) figured out how to make it consumer friendly.

He also, through his influence, changed web standards as well as format standards. If he didn’t include floppy drives on his Macs they soon went the way of the Dodo. Same is said for USB, HTML5, and soon to be Thunderbolt.

I won’t mention iTunes, iPhone, iPod; we all know how much that has changed the world times over.

His iPad is a ubiquitous name much like Kleenex. When you go to the store to buy a tablet it’s the name you think of for association with the product.

Away from “computers” he also built the companies that have created classics we all love to watch. Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, Cars, Finding Nemo…etc. Pixar is a staple in my household of late as my 2-year-old is loving Toy Story.

Ultimately he has changed the way we consume media. From purchase to play he found a way to alter the chain.

His legacy is tremendous.

The iPhone 4S…meh! A Quick Review

Haven’t done a technology post here in awhile and couldn’t really find a better reason to write one other than Apples launch of a new iPhone.

You’re probably asking yourself, “self, doesn’t he usually do spiritual posts?”? Why yes I do! Ask my wife though and she will tell you that my guilty pleasure is technology…I love it and it drives her crazy till something breaks and I’m the one that knows how to fix it. But back to the point.

Unless you have been living under a rock or have no attachments to the consumer world (possible but not probable) you have undoubtely heard that Apple unveiled it’s newest iPhone yesterday. They call it the iPhone 4S and to call Read the rest of this entry »

Stop topping off my coffee!

It’s got the perfect amount of steam and the perfect sugar to coffee ratio. Everyone’s ratio is a bit different mines 2-1 but don’t judge me. Each drink hits the spot and tastes so yummers and then you see it coming out of nowhere. Your server comes by and tops off your business and ruins the whole thing. You can’t go back to the way it was. You can’t fix it because they don’t make creamers that small and you don’t want to count out individual sugar crystals to get it back to where it was. Instead you just deal with it and grit through it. Finally you get through with that glass and get a refill and start all over…guarding your creation lest it be ruined again!

That’s life though I guess, constant change. How ’bout you; do you treat life as a perfectly balanced cup or go with it?