Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas according to John

The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.

Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn't put it out.

John 1:1-5 (The Message)

Friday, December 24, 2010

A new dentist in his crowing glory

I was scheduled to go to my dentist of 10+ years next week. It has made sense to drive the 20 miles to Thornton 2 times a year because I can go to the dentist, then drive to the Park & Ride and catch a bus to downtown.

Last month, however, Qwest moved our office to an area where it made absolutely no sense to try mass transit. I found, however, that my commute is actually shorter if traffic cooperates.

The new dentist had been advertising this cool thing called a waterlase. It sounded high-tech and cool so I called. They had a check up appointment on Wednesday so I canceled my old dentist. Going to visit was quite the experience.
  • Digital X-Rays.
  • A review of the teeth by the dentist
  • Digital pictures
  • The explanation that I need crowns (I've never had them before) -- some sooner than later.
So, off we go... Yesterday, they prepped the teeth for crowns, sent the molds to the back, they "printed" the crown on a 3-D mill and re-filled a tooth. In the afternoon, I walked out with 3 crowns for the new year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Why The Daily Audio Bible" on Video

If you've read through some of my previous posts, you would discover that I am a big fan of the Daily Audio Bible podcast. In fact, I've listened to it for the last (nearly) 4 years.

This year, in order to help present the case for the Daily Audio Bible, it was asked that we (I didn't, however) send in videos of what listening to the podcast has done for us.

You can watch the result on YouTube below:

If you'd like to download it for use elsewhere (just don't change the video), go here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jesus Manifesto revisited...

A few months ago, I mentioned the book "The Jesus Manifesto". This month, WBCL's (Indiana, Ohio, etc) "Mid-Morning" show's Char Binkley talked with Gloria Gather about the book.

You can listen to the discussion below...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Christmas Wrapping

The song "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses has to have one of my favorite bass lines in it. This light display puts the icing on the cake for me.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Puzzling logic

Online, I saw this article -- "Does a New Life Form Mean God Is Dead?" -- with the following paragraphs:
The discovery of what is apparently an entirely new form of life -- a bacteria based on toxic arsenic rather than phosphorus, one of the six building blocks of all life on Earth -- has set the scientific world abuzz, prompting White House inquiries to NASA and threatening to upend longstanding beliefs about biology.

But some say the announcement also signals an end to religious faith, or at least the beginning of the end, because it implies that life can spring forth unexpectedly on Earth or even on other planets, and in unexpected forms -- developments that seem to run counter to literal readings of biblical creation accounts.

"The polite thing to say is that discoveries such as this don't really impeach the credibility of established religion, but in truth of course they really do," David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association (AHA), a leading secularist organization, said of this week's revelations about the microbes discovered in Lake Mono in California.

"The fact that life can spring forth in this way from nature, taken in context with what else we've learned in recent centuries about space and time, surely makes it less plausible that the human animal is the specially favored creation of all-powerful, all-knowing divinity," Niose said.
Oddly enough, reading this, I didn't come to the same conclusion of Mr. Niose. What that does mean, however, is that I have a different view of how God can work in the world.