Thursday, February 28, 2008


If I didn't already have a degree and most of a masters, I might consider a trip to Abilene. You see, ACU is going to "give" all the incoming freshmen their very own iPhone to enable them to be more productive in their studies. Whatever.

Monday, February 18, 2008

run it by a teenager first

My wife has come up with the "run it by a teenager first" principle. The premise is that many companies have advertisements that have unintended jokes (usually of the crude nature). In order to avoid being the butt of jokes all over the internet, one ought to keep a teenager on retainer (w/ red bull and guitar hero) and run all ad campaigns by them first.

Case in point the new drug to help with acid reflux AcipHex. It seems like a good idea, you take the word 'acid' and ad a suffix that sounds all medicinal and efficacious - but what happens when you say that word aloud? Go ahead, try it.

On the TV Commercial they pronounced it: ass-UH-fex (ass effects).

Really? Really. That's what you want people to hear when they speak of your medicine?

Run it by a teenager first.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Begin the countdown

Well, you can start counting down to your own demise at the hands of the machines. According to some guy the machines will be as smart as people by 2029. And since they are already stronger and don't need food or sleep . . . well, that will be pretty much the end of it all. I can only hope that I get to be in the matrix and learn Kung Fu.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Once Wise

So in about an hour and a half I get to have my wisdom teeth taken out ('cause my head isn't big enough for all my teeth). I a little nervous because I've never had surgery before. I don't really know what to expect.

I hope that the loss of my teeth does not also spell the loss of any wisdom I may have accrued to this point, but if my blogging suddenly reduces in quality - you will know the reason.

See you on the other side.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


So yesterday I got a chance to hear Len Sweet present at George Fox Seminary about the impact of Islam on 21st century Christianity. It was a great and thought provoking discussion - I won't type out all three hours worth of the lecture, but I did want to highlight a few ideas and quotes that struck me.

"Christianity is a means, not an end; you worship your God, not your religion."

"In heaven there will be no Christians."

Just to explain a little of the context of the above quotes - He was pointing out how we have let our religion get between us and God. God is not terribly worried about the kind of Christians we are, but he is intimately interested to see the kind of human beings we will be. Jesus came to show us how to be the image bearers of God ought to live; he did not come to start a religious movement.

(I wish I could have gotten this quote exactly, but this is the general idea:)
If all cultures are morally equivalent, then all people do not have equal rights. If all people have equal rights, then all cultures are not morally equivalent.

The idea is that some people like to claim that we are all on different paths up the same mountain, but at the same time they wish to claim that all people have equal rights. It is logically impossible to affirm the moral equality of all worldviews (some of which claim that women or homosexuals or people of a different race are lesser individuals) and to affirm the value of equal human rights - it is either one or the other, not both.

I have more, but that's enough for one blog entry.