April 24, 2014

Why tithe? Why not?

Disclaimer: Although pastors may find my conclusion agreeable, none were consulted in the writing of this blog post. Nor am I trying to curry favor. The Senior Pastor of my church – with whom I have joyfully served and sometimes disagreed for nearly a decade – would surely absolve me of any charge of pandering. Read the rest

NIV 2011? No.

As a new forty-something Christian in 1989, I was introduced to the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, published in 1984. Our Senior Pastor recommended it, so when I went out to buy a Bible, I picked the NIV Study Bible. I found it readable and understandable. I didn’t get too hung up on Read the rest

“Christianity isn’t a religion; it’s a relationship.”

This slogan has been bugging me lately. It didn’t come from the Bible. Yet it’s an idea that is often expressed by sincere, well-meaning Christians who (I think) intend to convey the centrality of a saving relationship with Jesus. But both halves of this statement are deeply flawed. Christianity is more than the requisite relationship; Read the rest

O frabjous day!*

The Curmudgeon is back! And someone has produced an open source version of the defunct Windows Live Writer, my favorite tool for writing blog posts. And it’s Spring! I’m sure I’ll have something important to say soon…. *"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” Read the rest

A Compendium of Windows 10 references

Windows 10 is different enough from both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 (there was no Windows 9) that there’s a lot to learn, a lot to like, and a lot to dislike. I decided to gather some information about 10, both to prepare for the update and to make the best use of it once Read the rest

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Update: A related view from Daniel O. Conkle, professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law The Indiana legislature has passed the Religious Freedom Restoration act, producing the expected mass hysteria among Democrats and other anti-religious progressives. The bill is substantially the same as the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law in 1993 Read the rest

California colors

I follow the Real Science blog. The pseudonymous author, “Steven Goddard”, is skeptical, abrasive, iconoclastic, environmentally savvy, and thinks like the engineer he is. A couple of recent posts got me thinking about a state I lived in for a while and most recently visited last year. I’ve long had mixed feelings about California. It Read the rest

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