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Yearly Archives: 2008

Glorieta Bound, 2008

You may recall my incredible experience at National Collegiate Week in beautiful Glorieta, New Mexico at this time last year. This morning, Jeremy and I are heading out for this year’s event – a week of worship, learning, fellowship and God-exalting fun with some of the dynamic believers of the universities of the world. It promises…

The importance of referring blog entries

Many of you have noticed the icon to the right at the bottom of all my posts. It’s a referral tool, and there are dozens of them out there. When you click on the button, it gives you an option to refer – or “Digg!, stumble, spurl, etc. – the entry you have just enjoyed reading…

Stolen scooters and loss of security

The unthinkable and ridiculous happened this past Saturday night – Sunday morning. Another scooter was stolen from our carport.  Yup. This time, it was Sam’s electric scooter that he had received for Christmas. Adelyn’s identical pink scooter was parked right next to it (and has since been moved from the carport).  I can’t even begin…

Audio: How Important is Church Membership?

This is the audio of John Piper’s sermon from July 13, 2008. Piper examines the importance and biblical foundation of church membership. His points are powerful refutes of the “I don’t need to belong to a local church” attitude that has ebbed and flowed throughout history.  He details “5 strands of evidence” which include: The…

Global warming not man-made

Poor Al Gore. What cause will he have to resort to for publicity and limelight if hanging chads and global warming are no longer in vogue? I have always had a niggling doubt in the back of my mind about the veracity of global warming. How could the tiny machinations of man impact the massiveness…

Getting serious about blogging, 2

As I was saying in the last post, Hugh Hewitt’s book Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation was a challenge and provocation for me. The more I reflected on it after reading it, the more I realized that in many ways my blog was, well, bland.  I hate to admit that to myself, because I feel that I’ve been…

Review: The Great Divorce (rated 4 stars)

The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis   I was reading this short book by C.S. Lewis at a swim meet a week ago. Imagine my surprise when I was approached by three different people who had read it and asked if I was liking it! That’s pretty unusual for southeast Arkansas – or perhaps…

iPhone 2.0 officially jailbroken

With a nice little message of “Thanks for waiting,” the iPhone Dev Team posted the new tool that will unlock, jailbreak and activate iPhone firmware 2.0 this afternoon! The website iphoneunlockstatus.com provided this handy-dandy overview to know what you’re getting into with the new tool: I am downloading it as we speak… Update (7-19-08, 9:13…

Getting serious about blogging

I’ve been reading Hugh Hewitt’s book called Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation. Published in 2004, it’s already old when it comes to naming the most popular blogs and opinion influencers. However, as for understanding the foundation and background of blogging as the tsunami of information influence, he is dead on. In fact, I don’t think…

Review: Swurl

Wow. I think I’m more impressed with Swurl than MobileMe right now. Of course, they’re totally unrelated, but Swurl “just works” whereas MobileMe has stumbled out of the gate and almost had me cussing this evening. I myself stumbled over Swurl in a blog this afternoon and wondered what it was. The blogger compared it…

Two new Bibles…

Jeremy asked me recently what study Bible I would recommend. I have used the NIV Study Bible for many years, as well as Thompson’s Chain Reference Bible (NIV). However, I have been doing most of my study, research, and teaching out of the English Standard Version for the past few years. After doing a few…

Loopt vs. Whrrl

Loopt or Whrrl? Which will become the premier location microblog? Will one or the other trump Twitter? Both are fascinating and dumbfounding. How in the heck do these things work? Check them both out and let me know which one you like. They can both be downloaded through Apple’s App Store. Like this:Like Loading…

iPhone Dev Team ready with jailbreak

But not this weekend, their blog says. In the meantime, watch this video of just how easy it is to jailbreak your iPhone with the pwnage tool that will soon be released.  Many many hours have gone into this and now it should be as easy enough for your grandmother to use.   You can…

Review: The Reformed Pastor

The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter Here’s the scene: a pastor is deeply frustrated about the steady degeneration of his society. In addition to this, churches are in sad shape across the country. Members of churches are self-consumed and refuse to be held accountable for their spiritual lives. They actually get offended when a pastor…

Six hours after iPhone 2.0

Just hours after I downloaded the iPhone 2.0 update from Apple’s site (and a day earlier than it was going to be released!), the iPhone Dev Team had already announced a jailbreak! Gizmodo was one of the first to release the news, although the truth is that just about every incremental release of the 2.0…

iPhone 2.0 updated!

From a link over at iClarified this a.m., I was able to download the much-anticipated iPhone 2.0 firmware – one day early. I have no idea how this is possible, only that I got the download before Apple took the link down. By updating to the new iTunes 7.7, I was able to option-click on…

A Ghost of a chance

That’s about the odds of my moped showing back up at this point. Ghost was stolen from our carport sometime between last Thursday night and Friday morning. I’ve now been the recipient of much moped pity. I didn’t know there was such a thing until Linda Vallance explained it to me on the phone this…

Jaiku joins with Google – may trump Twitter

I’ll admit that I’m a “twaddict” – someone that loves to keep with my friends and acquaintances through lifestreaming services like Twitter, Pownce, Friendfeed, Spokeo, Plurk, etc. All of these services are impressive, and there is a heavyweight cage match happening in cyber space over which will earn the hearts of bloggers and microbloggers. Twitter…

Sunset at the ballpark

One of my recent iPhone photos was featured as the main shot in the Fourth of July edition of Qi Magazine. There are some other shots like it here. Like this:Like Loading…

Stolen wheels

I can’t believe this… We were packing the vehicle for Little Rock to see my folks on the Fourth, and I finally noticed that Ghost, my scooter, was missing from the carport. Now this might not have been unusual, given the friends that I have, but after a quick call to the most ornery ones,…

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