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On This Day...

  • The Gospel and Marriage

    The gospel radically changes the way that we approach marriage from the way the world approaches it. Through conversations, movies and music we are steeped in a culture that puts marriage rooted in selfishness. For some, the selfishness comes out through looking for "the one" that will make their life change and take away their loneliness. For others, selfishness comes out through waiting until the last possible minute to get married. For them, that means making sure they have made the major milestones in life that are important to them. Often time that includes sleeping around and possibly living with the person for years to make sure the marriage will meet the expectations that you have for the marriage. This rooted in selfish attitude is what leads to so many divorces in our culture and even in the Church. Regardless of what Christians say, the majority of marriages are completely rooted in selfishness. However, when we approach marriage through the lens of the Gospel our entire perspective on marriage changes.
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  • Is the Bible inspired or written?

    What is the purpose of the Bible? This is the question that must be asked before we can deal with the issue if the Bible is truly inspired by God or just thought of by humans. Ultimately, the Bible’s purpose is to reveal who God is and how we can be made right with Him.

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  • Rebuilding my site from Slack

    Today, after integrating my site with slack I realized rather than just sending webmentions to slack, I could also create a slash command from my slack to my site. Using all the same securities that I added to the webmention alerts, I was able to rebuild my site several times today at a whim using my Slack account.
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  • Getting alerts from my website

    Inspired by Marty's post about receiving alerts from his website in his matrix chat, I got inspired to do the same for my site, only with Slack. I've been working on building Slack automation at my job this week, and I have a Slack group for my family (it's barely ever used). So it was perfect timing to read Marty's post and to sit down and build out a quick Slack integration for my site. Here's what it looks like:
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  • Short Reflection on Theology

    For most of my life I didn’t study theology. I thought that theology was boring and too academic. I, like many Christians, felt that theology was really an enemy of the church being a relevant and effective agent for God's mission in the world. That a large portion of the church, rather than being focused on evangelizing and connecting relationally with people was overly focused on detailing specific theologies about God. A couple of years ago, I took a theology class as part of a continuing education program in the Wesleyan denomination as a pastoral student. It was that class which began to change my perspective on theology.
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  • Be strong and courageous

    Times of transition can be difficult. I know I've been through several in the last couple of years. I've gotten married and transitioned from being single to being a husband. I've changed jobs from being a full-time programming to being a full-time pastor, and now to being a bi-vocational pastor that's helping to start a church. I've moved from living in Hawai'i to living in Southern Maryland to living in Nothern Maryland. Transitions can be hard on everyone, and as I read the book of Joshua today, I saw the difficulty in the transition for Joshua.
  • Only faith will put you in right standing with God

    There are a lot of thoughts on righteousness and what it means to be righteous and if you are righteous or not. Every religion, and every division of religion often have different ideas on this. When the Bible talks about righteousness, it doesn't mean "good works" or "holy" or any other term that seems to denote that the person is somehow good. In fact, when the Bible talks about righteousness, the word used actually means "To be put in right relationship with God". Ultimately, being righteous isn't about having anything good about you, it just means the fractured relationship between you and God has been restored. The secret is that this relationship is only restored through faith.
  • A great message about how to find the balance between where God has you and the plans and dreams that He’s given you. My dad shared it with me and I definitely recommend it.

  • uSit: how far is too far?

    Well this takes wearable tech to a new level… uSit by Quilted Northern is designed to “Log every sit” (on the toilet), earn daily badges, setting personalized goals and allows you to compete with friends in “Battle Sits”.

  • Viewing webmentions

    For about a week, I’ve been able to receive webmentions but they haven’t been visible on my site. That is a bad experience for several reasons: The first is that it seems strange for someone to send a webmention and if they visit my site later to see that there’s no reference to the feedback they sent me. Second, it’s not very enjoyable for me to look at my site and then to have to do some behind the scenes stuff to see if anyone has responded to my posts.