- 28 may 2010 -

Answer: 35,616 Years


Question: not including interest, how long would it take the united states to pay off it's $13 trillion national debt if it payed $1 million per day on the principle alone?

$13,000,000,000,000 / $1,000,000 = 13,000,000 days.
13,000,000 days / 365 days = 35,616 years

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- 27 may 2010 -

Purpose Driven Invasion


on the 6 may 2010 edition of fighting for the faith @ 4:11 into the show chris rosebrough gives a good concise description of "purpose driven guys" and what happens in a church when purpose-drivenism comes to town. i have seen this at work personally:
they are like an incurable disease. you can't get rid of them because the first thing the purpose-driven guys do when they take over a church is they change the structure of the church so that...you can't get rid of them...they've created a firewall so that if you complain, you're the one who has to go and they get to keep doing what they're doing. it's just kind of the way they set things up...

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- 26 may 2010 -

Computer Bowels


found a couple old screenshots that i had taken of big corporation errors, in the bowels of my hard drive.

from january 2009, i guess they need a proof-reader over at www.seahawks.com, although the second misspelling certainly was appropriate that season:

this one is from when i wanted to get the most basic cable that there is... of course you have to ask for it since they don't make it obviously known that it is even an option.

this is not very well written. it seems to me that this says $10 for 12 months of service, as in 83 cents per month, then $10 per month after that...or you could read it as $10 per month for 12 months then $10 per month after that?

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- 22 may 2010 -

Christ Follower


great post called the problems with the purpose-driven definition of a christ follower from chris rosebrough at extreme theology in it's entirety:
Sometimes it is important to step back and review, reflect and summarize your work and look for valuable lessons learned.

I've spent some time this weekend doing just that. I've been hosting my radio program for almost 2 years. One of the daily features of my program are the sermon reviews. Each week I review 3 to 4 sermons from seeker-driven / purpose-driven churches. I review them in their entirety and am generally mortified and disappointed at the shallow self-help / felt-needs seminars that have replaced true in depth Biblical preaching in so many of these church's pulpits. After reflecting on the sermons I've reviewed from such churches as Saddleback, Willowcreek, Granger, NewSpring, Elevation, Fellowship Church, LCBC, South Hills, Fellowship of the Woodlands, Mosaic, The Orchard, and National Community, I set out to find one question that could tie all these sermons together so that I could identify the common theme in all of them. Here's the question I came up with:

If I were an unbeliever and I attended these churches and listened to all their sermons week after week, how would I define the term "Christ Follower"?

Here's the answer I came up with after reviewing the sermons preached at these seeker-driven / purpose-driven churches over the last 24 months:

Christ Follower: Someone who has made the decision to be an emotionally well adjusted self-actualized risk taking leader who knows his purpose, lives a 'no regrets' life of significance, has overcome his fears, enjoys a healthy marriage with better than average sex, is an attentive parent, is celebrating recovery from all his hurts, habits and hang ups, practices Biblical stress relief techniques, is financially free from consumer debt, fosters emotionally healthy relationships with his peers, attends a weekly life group, volunteers regularly at church, tithes off the gross and has taken at least one humanitarian aid trip to a third world nation.

Based upon this summarized definition, I've come to the conclusion that the world is full of people who can fit this definition but who've never repented of their sins and trusted in Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins. This definition could easily apply to Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses. In fact, it could apply to Emergent Heretics, Unitarians, Muslims and practicing Jews. The reason why this definition of a Christ Follower could be applied to those outside of Christianity is because this is a definition based upon deeds NOT creeds. (Which is precisely what Rick Warren's so-called "second reformation" is all about.) Even worse, Rick Warren frequently admonishes the pastors that he trains to measure a person's spiritual growth by their obedience. If obedience were the true measure of one's spiritual growth then Jesus would have held the Pharisees up as an example of the most spiritually mature Christ Followers on the planet. Instead, Jesus called down woes on the Pharisees because they were outwardly obedient to the demands of God's law but inwardly their hearts were far from Christ. Plain and simple, the Pharisees despite their obedience didn't have FAITH. (Matt. 23:25-28, John 5:39-40).

It is frightening but absolutely true that ANYBODY can modify their actions, just like the Pharisees, so that their behaviors conform with this purpose-driven definition of what it means to be a Christ Follower without ever believing the creeds of the Historic Christian faith and without ever trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins.

Tradgically, the "Jesus" that is presented in the sermons that promote this definition of being a Christ Follower isn't the savior of the world who died on the cross for the sins of the world and calls all nations to repentance of their sins and the forgiveness of sins won by Christ on the Cross. Instead, the "Jesus" that is presented in these sermons is a "life coach", a training buddy and the supreme example of an emotionally well adjusted risk taking leader who lived the ultimate life of significance and purpose. This purpose-driven "Jesus" is there to help you achieve what he achieved and invites you to follow his examples and methods so that you can be Christlike too.

This seeker-driven / purpose-driven definition of what it means to be a Christ Follower is fatally flawed and I fear that there will be many people who appear before the judgement seat of Christ saying, "Lord, Lord, we were emotionally well adjusted self-actualized leaders who lived a life of significance and purpose, took risks, enjoyed healthy sex lives in our marriages, celebrated recovery, tithed, volunteered at church and helped dig fresh water wells in Africa" and Jesus will say to them "Depart from me, I never knew you!" (Matt. 7:21-23)

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- 2 may 2010 -

Mish-Mash


#1
walter jones, the seahwks left tackle for the last 13 years retired on 29 april 2010. he is clearly in the top 3 all-time seahawks and they say arguably one of the best left tackles in the history of the NFL, if not the best...here's an intersting comment about big walt and how good he was:
If you can find a video clip of Jones taking Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker and riding him back about 15 yards on a Shaun Alexander run in the NFC Championship game at the same speed Alexander was running ...
#2
unfortunately i can identify with this. i didn't, but i could have written it:
Over the last several years, the Internet has evolved from being a distraction to something that feels more sinister. Even when I am away from the computer I am aware that I AM AWAY FROM MY COMPUTER and am scheming about how to GET BACK ON THE COMPUTER. I've tried various strategies to limit my time online...But nothing has worked for long. More and more hours of my life evaporate...
#3
here is rob bell rambling on about how resurrection is some kind of metaphor for the future and how God is restoring this world, etc.

this quote is particularly deceptive if you don't know your bible:

...Jesus invites us to trust resurrection...
no rob...resurrection is about forgiveness of sins and Jesus calls us to trust HIM...

#4
great line from the ever quotable phil johnson.

previously in the thread a poster said "I never would have believed that could be anything but a parody. But apparently this guy is serious (or making serious money)." the poster was referring to john crowder, a guy that speaks of such wacky stuff as "tokin' the holy ghost" while on the "drunken glory tour".

here's phil's response that post:

Oh, he's no parody. I hesitate to apply the word serious to someone like John Crowder, but he does seem to believe what he is doing is the work of God.

It frankly doesn't get much worse than that. Don't spend too much time watching his videos. You'll want to go Nehemiah on him, if you know what I mean (Nehemiah 13:25)

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