Jesus And The Victory of God

It has been suggested that I clean off my ‘desk’. Much of the old mail can get tossed, but there are other items that I am actually getting around to — really. What is driving me a little nuts though is the started-but-not-finished books I am reading. My disposition improves tremendously when I complete something. Having these lying there unfinished is just short of torturous. So, I have done the only thing I can reasonably do; start another. Yes, on Graham’s recommendation I ordered Jesus And The Victory of God by N.T. Wright and it has arrived. Given that The One Purpose of God by Jan Bonda is conjuring up too many simultaneous conversations in my head, I’m just going to set it to the side for awhile — sorry Lee. It’s not that I mind the voices, it’s just I can’t get a word in edgewise. Operation Inasmuch — Mobilizing Believers Beyond the Walls of the Church by David Crocker is another that must wait.

To say I have been anticipating this book is a slight understatement. I have listened to recordings of several talks Bishop Wright has given and I am just thoroughly enthralled by his warm and unpretentious delivery and how his work is usually of a historical nature. I think I am about to enjoy this read. Here’s a short bit from early on:

The point of having Jesus at the centre of a religion or a faith is that one has Jesus: not a cypher, a strange silhouetted Christian figure, nor yet an icon, but the one Jesus the New Testament writers know, the one born in Palestine in the reign of Augustus Ceasar, and crucified outside Jerusalem in the reign of his successor Tiberius. Christianity appeals to history; to history it must go.

Opera Freebie

The web browser Opera is ten years old. To celebrate they are giving away free registration keys. Opera was the first tabbed browser I ever used. It is a very nice browser and has some very intuitive functionality and there’s a version for most operating systems. The free version of Opera displays advertizing across the top and does not support the kiosk functionality to the degree the paid version does, nor the email support. I don’t see myself leaving Firefox as my main browser anytime soon, but it never hurts to have additional browsers to test webpages, LwC templates and so forth 😉 Anyway, if you’re interested you’ll find the free registration here while supplies last until 12 a.m. Wednesday, August 31 2005 (PDT). UPDATE: All done! From the Opera website:

Cheers guys, it was a blast! Millions of people (literally) got their free registration code at our party, but the offer is now over.

Parking Lot Fellowship

Tonight after work a coworker and I left together and got to talking in the parking lot. After almost two hours, of what amounted to some of the best impromptu fellowship in which I’ve been blessed to partake, I drove the thirtyfive minutes home with a smile on my face. We talked about things of the Lord. Some tears crested and chuckles shared and I am without a doubt that the Lord smiled there with us. Thank you Lord for blessings such as these!

Hi Ho, Hi Ho…

Cool news on the home front. My bride has accepted the position of Project Assistant for Disaster Relief with North Carolina Baptist Men. This will be the first time she has worked full time outside the home since the arrival of the youngin’s. If you knew my bride you would know what an awesome match she is for this job. I’m not about to suggest it to NCBM, but I have little doubt she would do this job for free… but that’s just between us, ok?

We have been aware of the efforts of this organization over the past fifteen years we have lived here in NC. In the nineties there were a few hurricanes that came through the state and there are actually still homes and situations being worked on and dealt with. Last year there were several teams of men coordinated and sent to Florida in response to their hurricane troubles. Earlier this year, friends of ours worked on teams sent to Sri Lanka to clean out wells and set up water purification systems. In each of these cases my bride would gently nudge me and suggest that I go and help. Each time I would grasp at one excuse or another. I now think my days are numbered.

The Victor

g: 1 — electrical appliances: 0

Another productive day on the honey-do front. Today it was me doing battle with the dishwasher. I came, I saw, I conquered. OK, so more accurately, I came, I saw what I broke last time I tried to fix it and I repaired it properly this time. Observation: I am increasingly experiencing what handyman husbands all over are quite familiar with; the fishes and loaves phenomenon. This time it was two washers and a sheet metal screw.

Straight From The SP*M Can

GMail has a pretty reliable spm discernment process. I am to the point that I seldom even take a look in the spm repository. Tonight was different however. For grins and giggles, I ventured into the SP*M Can and had a look about. It is actually quite humorous to see what these guys will ‘say’ in their subject line thinking it is going to get me to open the email. I just have to share a few of the funnier ones with you.

Enjoy a Years Supply of Pringles — this was the first one to catch my attention. For starters, who decides how many is a year’s supply? Trust me, they don’t want me counting! For Greedy Wealth Mongers only — I must admit this one struck me as downright insulting but, then again, they are not as exclusionary as I first thought… notice that “only” is not capitalized. Amazing radar jammer — what an odd vision this one stirred up in my mind… There, sitting behind the cover of a bend in the road, is a police officer with his radar aimed at the oncoming traffic when, all of a sudden, his radar unit goes wonky and out of nowhere an ’86 Isuzu Trooper zooms wildly by as if only a flash. Yeah, can you say “busted anyway”? Now, of them all, there was only one that I absolutely had to open. The subliminal software they tried to ban — wow! Who are “they” and what software is worthy of banning. OK, I succumbed to the temptation. Inside, I was welcomed by, “New ‘performance technology’ zaps your mind with powerful commands… Helping you achieve almost anything you desire, automatically!” In the email is a mock up picture of a box and on the top of the box is written, get this, “Brain Bullet”!!! Well, just when I was hoping this was a joke, I noticed down in the corner of the email these words, “Designed for Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98, 95 and NT4.” Then somehow it all made sense!

So, what’s in your [d]wallet[/d] inbox?

One Question IQ Test

Noticed over at kaleobill

There is a mute who wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing one’s teeth, he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done. Now if there is a blind man who wishes to buy a pair of sunglasses, how would he express himself?