Saturday, October 31, 2009

Why Does Desiring God Offer Everything Online for Free?

Desiring God

1. It reduces friction
2. The gospel is free
3. We exist first to serve, not be served

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Idea for Countries to encourage young people

This is just a crazy idea I had while running, and thinking about places like Singapore which make it compulsary to serve in the Military.  This isn't something I recomend for NZ as much as it my idea for my ideal country, to help build up young people and strengthen a nation.

When someone turns 18, they have the choice to join the Military and serve for 3-5 years, or go to University to attain a degree.  When you finish university, if you have not served in the Military, you must serve at least 2 years.  In the military, you serve in a role suited for your skills and abilities.  Not everyone is suited to be a soldier, and for those people, roles as technitians, engineers, scientists, medical personnel, pretty much every profession out in the civil world, but in the context of the military or government sector.  You would receive military discipline, physical training, and real-world experience applying your skills to real life scenarios.  Even an opportunity to travel the world.  Of course, you get paid a good salary for your service, and after your service is over, you join the rest of the world, you can go get a degree (or another) or pursue a carreer.

The purpose is to equip people to be more well-rounded - not just to be all brains or all brawn.  To keep people out of a career on the benfit.  To assert discipline and nationalism and reduce career criminals.  Crazy?  Yep.  Welcome to the mind of an idealist.

Running Diary: 9.6km in 64min

huray for my longest run in one go!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Why Christians go to Church: My thoughts on Baptism and Church Membership

Do only Christians attend church? No.  Many people attend church who don't believe in God, many people who think they are Christians attend church, yet they are not Christians, for it is not Church attendance that makes one a christian.  And there are many Christians who don't attend church, for they chose not to, although it is arguable whether such christians are christians at all!

So how do you become a Christian?  It is to be "born again", to believe that Jesus died for your sins, to repent and be baptised.  Its not whether you say you are, its whether you truely believe, and only God knows.  Its interesting that in the bible, we see every believer is baptized, in almost every instance, its "repent and be baptised".  There was no delay or wait, no infant baptisms, no "baptism classes".  And straight after that, they were part of the church.  Repentance and accepting Jesus and baptism were often spoken of as one thing.  So baptism was a way of visibly identifying that you were joining into the church or the "body of christ", hence the term Church Member as in members of the body (like hands and feet).

And then theres the distinction between your local church, the one that meets every sunday in that church building, to that of the universal church, the one encompasing all believers.  Why are there so many different churches, denominations?  Do they believe in different things? do you need to find the one that matches your own beliefs?  Some churches have people jumping around and waving their arms, some have lots of old people that stand stiff and still... is there a proper way to attend church and worship God?

I believe there are absolutely no requirements to Church membership, there shouldn't be.  Church leadership and eldership is another matter however.  But you cannot have exams, and degree requirements for Church membership, because one ought to become a member as soon as they are baptized, which is as soon as they repent and believe and recieve Jesus.  They become part of the universal church which encompases all Christians, and they ought to be member of their local church.  Come as you are, but don't stay as you are.  Its up to the other Church members, and the Holy Spirit, to model and change that young baby Christian to be more like Jesus, the perfect man.  And in time, supernaturaly, we may come close to believing all the right things about God.  All our human divisions are created out of sin and intollerance, we must learn to agree to disagree.  We cannot kick people out because we don't agree with them (this is usually us thinking we are right) and we ought not to leave and start our own group.  We trust that in the end, God knows our hearts, and our deeds, and most importantly the strength of our relationship with Him.  And His Love, Justice, and Mercy will be revealed to all; within the church and outside.

Running Diary: 6.2km in 38min

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Blog: Road Tripy

Hi everyone, I've set up a new blog to help plan my upcoming trip to the South Island.  Firstly, head over to Road Tripy and have a look at the plan.  Although if you go too early, there may not be much there.

If you are keen to come, leave a comment (here or there) and I'll sign you up.  Feel free to leave comments as to where you want to go, and what you want to do.

The general plan is to fly to the South Island and drive all around.

My original plan was to get a one way ticket and fly to Invercargill. Then starting from the Bluff, drive all the way back to Picton, ferry over to Wellington, then back to Auckland.

Plan B, is to fly to Christchurch, drive south down to Invercargill, then back up to Picton, then down to Christchurch where we fly off back to Aucks.

Basketball Prodigies

A great compilation, following 3 straight from high school NBA players.

Monday, October 19, 2009

IBM: a Brief history of Intelligence

Running Diary: 4.8km in 29min

Windows Time Estimation

You may need to be a geek to understand these.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cans Film Festival 09

Every year, Salvation Army and Watties (and I'm sure the participating cinemas play a big part) hold a film event whereby you get to watch a movie for the cost of can of food.  This will cost $1-$3 with 100% going towards the cause!  All food gies into the sallies christmas food bank.

Sure they are all family movies, and some fairly old.  But its still a cheap night out, and your helping those in need.  Even if you don't want to watch any of the movies, you can donate some canned food.

So if you want to go, check out the schedule, or hit me an email, as I'm keen for any of the movies.


Running Diary: 4.8km in 29min

Today I bought an American Football! aka Gridiron. $30 from Stirling Sports

How to throw a football

Wide Reciever routes

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Running Diary: 5.4km in 35min

Havn't run in a while - I blame the inconsistent weather! and havn't blogged in a bit... maybe later today ;)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Running Diary: 3.6km in 20min

a bit slow this morning!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

About: Toast

Ever wondered why we drink to a "Toast"?  I heard this on Radio Rhima the other day...

Aparently it all started back in the ancient times when people would poison unwanted opponents through their wine.  People would invite people over for dinner, and offer them a drink.  To not drink would be incredibly rude.  Thus it became custom for the Host to drink the first drink from the bottle, signalling it was clean and safe.

In Rome, it became custom to add a peice of burnt bread into the wine, apparently to remove the flavour or smells from bad wine.  The burnt charcoal was "tostus" in Latin from which we derive our english word "Toast", meaning "roasted".

By the middle ages, it became even more popular and spread throughout europe where it became known that drinking a "toast" was the same as drinking a glass of wine with toast.  This has now evidently evolved to be the same as drinking.

Running Diary: 3.4km in 19min

Could only do a short run, as I was hungry! and haven't been able to run as much as I wanted due to rain this week...