Monthly Archives: February 2003

If I Wasn’t Married…

And he wasn’t kinda old-looking I’d marry him. I found this page while surfing link after link. What a page. I must say, I whole heartedly support the Second.

When I Woke Up This Morning…

After a shorter-than-usual blog break, I’m back. Things are really going well for Dave and I lately. He has been so energetic and cheerful lately, for awhile I was a little worried about him. He seemed to be dragging all the time. It really does my heart good to see him smiling again.

Lately I have been getting antsy about wanting a part-time job. I have sat around and enjoyed my time of relaxation for exactly six months now. I’ve truly enjoyed it, but I think it’s time to put myself back to work. Extra money wouldn’t hurt things too much either.

Dave and I are tentatively planning on going to visit my parents this weekend. I am both happy and sad about that. I REALLY miss my family very badly. It has been almost two months since I last seen them, but Dave and I are so tired of always being busy on our weekends. It has been a long time since we last sat at home and did nothing together. I am dreading the 4.5 hour drive to and from my parents house. It will give me time to keep reading our book. I am reading a fun fantasy novel to Dave. I am really enjoying it, and it seems that he really is too.

I am getting anxious for the warm weather to arrive. I can’t wait to spend all my free-time riding Dakota. I plan on visiting him on Friday and taking some pictures too. I haven’t posted any of him yet. He’s a really nice horse. Still can’t thank Dave enough for buying him for me.

I guess that’s about all there is to say. Should go and do some laundry now, and take a shower. I stink.

New blogger on the block

Clark Kent is Naginata. I’ve also added jenn’s musings, Melissa introduced me to that one. We got the link from Princess Fluffy.

Lastly, I added Brown Pau. His design and layout are inspired, and he blogs about things of interest to me. (:

I also went though and changed the way I link everyone. It offer’s better privacy this way, and I felt like a change. (:

care and feeding of hackers it’s a good read if you’re a hacker or you have one in your life. It is pretty spot-on overall. I enjoyed it.

Link via brown pau

some randomness for monday

Mondays are so hard to distill motivation from. That’s why I’m blogging this morning, then I’m gonna move on to *actual work*.

Last night Melissa and I were playing Dark Age of Camelot, our oft-used pastime. Melissa was in a group of fairly high-level characters. It had three slots open for more people, but there were two wardens incoming, so only one spot was really open. I told the group leader than I was available. I was a level lower than they wanted, but they had a spot open and weren’t getting anywhere.

So then the group leader replies “We’re full”. That annoyed me. Since was Melissa was in the group, I could *see* that they were not full. So I called him on it. “liar” I replied simply. He had many and varied colorful terms for his feelings on everything from my intellect to genetalia. Some 15 minutes later, the spot did fill. Who knows, maybe the person who filled that spot was actually on his way that whole time. I do feel bad, since that is a possibility. I spoke too soon and too harshly. ::sigh::

People make it easier to not feel so guilty about mistreating them. I do feel guilty though. I was a jerk. blah. ):

We helped some friends move into their new apartment here in Winamac Sunday. Becky and Travis are friends from school who were living and working in Kansas City, but will be here with us now. Yay!

We’ve tried two new churches since last I blogged about church-hopping. One Christian and Missionary Alliance, one non-denom. Both were nice. The non-denom had friendlier people overall, but fewer people our age. Lots of trade-offs, but both seemed acceptable. The one thing I was really unsure of with the Christian and Missionary Alliance church was their choice of the New Living Translation as their main teaching text. I don’t know what I think of that, but it doesn’t exactly sit comfortably with me.

privacy time bomb, or best search engine ever?

Google is my favorite search engine. I now have pause to think though. What do you all think about this one? ( source )

Also of interest: Google now owns Pyra labs, the parent company of Blogger. Now Google hosts as well…. *scratches chin* ( source )

very interestink

if it were written today

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Luther“; another, “I follow Calvin“; another, “I follow the Pope“; still another, “I follow Christ.”

Is Christ divided? Was Luther crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Luther?

( original text )

schweet linkage

Check out this site. Link via penny-arcade. Definitely worth bookmarking.

an oddity

So I’m on hold with MNBA, waiting on a credit check. The elevator music they have me on hold listening to is the Battle Hymn of the Republic. First time for everything…

Now it’s changed and it’s another Christian tune.. A praise chorus that I can’t place the name to. Makes me glad I chose to apply through them…. Although it makes me wonder if they have some profile on me somewhere and they’re playing music that they think I’ll like…

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth

I realize that the question was directed at Nate, but I’ll bite.

Consider the contents of the Bible. Collected works which offer an explanation of reality. It’s a complete explanation, offering everything from beginnings and motivations to ends and the means thereof. It’s the manual for a worldview.

The Bible’s worldview is the only one that makes sense to me. Humanists, Muslims, Hindu and many others have their own explanations for why we’re here at what we’re doing. Some are willing to swallow those explantions, but they just don’t hold water, considering the facts that we know, just from observing life and the world around us.

Consider the world (and universe) that we live in. Where did it come from? Logically, we have four choices (two sets of two choices, really). Only one can be right. Consider:

1) It has no beginning.
-1A) It has always existed.
-1B) It has never existed.
2) It has a beginning (it was made).
-2A) Someone/something made it.
-2B) Nothing made it.

Let me answer each possibility individually. 1A: The world and universe have always existed. Of course not, you say. The world began, at some point. Of course it did. Thermodynamics are understood well enough by laymen to know that all things are ‘wearing out’; that energy is dissapating into less usable forms. If the world has always been here, it would not be here now. It would have become a cold block of rock long ago. The same argument can be made for the universe. I don’t know of any worldview which holds that the universe is eternal. Everyone says it started somewhere. If it had not started, it would long ago have run out and stopped.

1B is of course a very ludicrous choice. It has to be considered since it is the logical opposite of 1A, but if anyone really believes this, I will shoot them in the leg and then we can continue the discussion of the non-existance of myself, that person and the bullet I just shot them with.

2A and 2B are where it gets interesting. Consider 2B first: Everyone is familiar with cause and effect. If I shoot the non-rational person in the previous example, he’ll have a hole in his leg, the police will come for me, etc. Cause leads to effect. In fact, each cause is in itself an effect of previous causes. My parents loved one another and were married. They caused my birth. Their parents caused the birth of my parents, etc. Causality chains can be traced back nearly ad infinitum. Eventually, there has to be a first cause though, right? In order for 2B to be truth, there can’t be a first cause. Nothing would have had to have caused something. We can observe from the world around us that this is not the case, ever. There is always a cause. Always. So there must have been a first cause, which leads to all the other causes and effects which we observe in the universe today.

This leaves us with 2A. Someone or something caused the universe we observe around us to come into being. This leaves some possibilities open, you might be tempted to say. After all, isn’t the Big Bang a first cause? No. Where did all that matter and energy come from? Please refer back to 1A if you think it was just always there. That aside though, there must have been some first cause that began all this.

That’s where the Bible comes back into the discussion. It gives answers to the question of beginnings that satisfy my curiosity. It answers the other questions I have about life as well. Usually not in black and white the way I’d like, but answers nonetheless. It gives answers that are consistent with observable facts about the universe around me. That’s one reason why the Bible is the worldview that I subscribe to, and more pointedly, is the Word of God. I’ve found it to be truthful in each aspect that I’ve considered it in. It claims to be the Word of God. I believe that it is. You’re never going to take away that faith aspect. You have to believe it for yourself. As humans we’re thinkers. Muddy as that thinking may be at times, we still like to have good solid answers for what we do. The Bible is my good solid answer. I trust what it says.