What’s Jose Canseco gonna do next?

A 60 year old beat up Jose Canseco. What’s next for Canseco? Is there anything to humiliate himself that he’s left undone?

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iPad & the Battle for the Future of Computing

I haven’t been sanguine about iPad. But consider this. One reasons Windows & PC hammered Apple for many years was user familiarity. The dominant metaphor in user interface for decades has been the mouse, the icon and the Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Sunday’s Sermon – How Deep the Father’s Love

Here’s the sermon I preached last Sunday. I’ve finally got it online.

How Deep the Father’s Love – 5-9-2010

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The blog is live again and on the new server!

Phew! It was a busy week and little time for silly things like migrating my blog to my new server. But now it’s done.

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Word of the Day: Spadework

Sort of a cool word, got it from Stephen Fry. And did the whole bit from my iPhone in the airport. Really starting to love this thing.

spade⋅work    [speyd-wurk]
–noun
preliminary or initial work, such as the gathering of data, on which further activity is to be based.
Origin: 1770–80; spade 1 + work

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7/13/09 Word of the day: pimpmobile

It’s a word. A real one. In the midst of a conversation about how I mispronounce “pin” I looked it up in the online dictionary I most frequently use, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. The reference immediately before pin is pimpmobile. So that brings us to the Word of the Day.

pimp·mo·bile:

NOUN, Slang: A flashy oversize automobile used by or deemed suitable for use by a pimp.

I’m not making this up. I’m not that funny.

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5/18/2009 Word of the day: fund

Ran into this one in a context where it clearly meant ‘bottom.’ I didn’t know it could mean that. Turns out it comes from Latin, fundus, meaning either a bottom or a piece of land.

fund:

NOUN, 1. A source of supply; a stock: a fund of goodwill. 2a. A sum of money or other resources set aside for a specific purpose: a pension fund. 2b. funds Available money; ready cash: short on funds. 3. funds The stock of the British permanent national debt, considered as public securities. Used with the. 4. An organization established to administer and manage a sum of money.

TRANSITIVE VERB: 1.To provide money for paying off the interest or principal of (a debt). 2. To convert into a long-term or floating debt with fixed interest payments.  3. To place in a fund for accumulation. 4. To furnish a fund for: funded the space program.

ETYMOLOGY: Latin fundusbottom, piece of land.

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5/12/2009 Word of the Day: batten

There’s also batten down the hatches, but that’s one a lot of folks know. This is the one I had to look up. The hatches one refers to a slat of wood for holding a hatch cover, keeping a sail flat, construction work, etc.

bat·ten:

INTRANSITIVE VERB:  1. To become fat. 2. To thrive and prosper, especially at another’s expense:  “[She] battens like a leech on the lives of famous people, . . . a professional retailer of falsehoods”  (George F. Will).

TRANSITIVE VERB: To fatten; overfeed.

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5/9/09 Word of the Day: Picaresque

pic·a·resque:

ADJECTIVE: 1. Of or involving clever rogues or adventurers.  2. Of or relating to a genre of usually satiric prose fiction originating in Spain and depicting in realistic, often humorous detail the adventures of a roguish hero of low social degree living by his or her wits in a corrupt society.

NOUN: One that is picaresque.

ETYMOLOGY: French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro,

Online Etymological Dictionary

American Heritage Dictionary

Picaresque Novel at Wikipedia

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The Ignis Fatuui of their own Brains

Here’s a great Spurgeon sermon preached on my negative 118th birthday.

There are two faults of the Church which appear to me periodically to manifest themselves.

The one is when men ascribe wrong things to the Holy Ghost, and maketh him the author of human novelties and delusions. In seasons when the minds of good men were anxiously alive to spiritual operations, certain weak-headed or designing persons have grown fanatical, and being bewildered by their own confused feelings, and puffed up by their fleshly mind, have forsaken the true light which is in the Word, to follow after the will-o’-the-wisps of their own fancies, the ignis-fatuui of their own brains.

Such vain-glorious fools aspiring to be leaders, masters of sects, will boldly tell to men of itching ears that fresh doctrines have been specially revealed to them. They prate much of what they call the inner light (which is often an inner darkness), which dim candle they exalt above the light of the word of God, and tell you that marvellous things have been taught to them in dreams and visions.

Ah! this is a high and crying crime. What, will you lay at the door of the Holy Ghost a deed which God hath solemnly cursed? Do you not start back at such a thought? Is it not almost blasphemy to imagine it? And yet remember, he that adds a single word to the canon of inspiration is cursed. Give ear to the very words of the Lord our God, “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

And do you think the Holy Ghost would do that which involves a curse upon man? If I venture to add to God’s word, or to take from it, I do it with this as my penalty, that God shall blot my name out of the Book of Life and out of the holy city; and yet these base pretenders, who would lay their foolish notions at the door of God the Holy Ghost, will have it that he has taught them more than is in the Book, that he has removed that which God laid down as the grand land-mark, and added to the finished testimony of God.

Let none of you have any sort of patience with men who talk thus. Deny their very first principle, tell them whether it be the deceiver of Western America, or the false prophet of Arabia—tell them that they are all impostors, for they ascribe to the Holy Ghost that which is impossible for him to commit, a violation of the revealed will of God in which it is declared that the canon of inspiration is shut up once for all.

A little of this evil I detect among godly people. I find that sometimes even gracious men think they have had revelations. Texts of Scripture are no doubt laid home by the Holy Ghost to the souls of men as much to-day as in Paul’s time, and there can be no doubt whatever that the Spirit bringeth all things to our remembrance whatsoever Christ hath taught, and that he leadeth us into all truth; but when a man tells me that the Holy Ghost has revealed to him something that is not in the Bible, he lies!

Is that a hard word? It doth but express the truth. The man may have dreamed his revelation, he may have fancied it, but the Holy Spirit goeth never beyond the written word. “He shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.” And beyond what Christ hath spoken and what Christ hath taught, the Holy Spirit goeth in no sense and in no respect. You understand what Christ has taught through the Spirit’s teaching; but anything beyond the teaching of Christ and his apostles must be not of God but of man.

This is a most important principle to be held fast by all godly people, for the day may come when false prophets shall arise, and delude the people, and by this shall we be able to discover them; if they claim aught beyond what Christ hath put them aside, for they be false prophets, wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Spirit only teacheth us that which Christ hath taught beforehand either by himself or by the inspired apostles. “He shall take of mine and shall show it unto you.”

Just now we are in little danger from the excesses of fevered brains, for, as a rule, our sin is in being far too cold and dead to spiritual influences. I fear me we are liable to another evil, and are apt to forget the person and work of the Comforter altogether. We fear some congregations might say, “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.” From many modern sermons would you know that there was a Holy Spirit? If it were not for the benediction or the doxology you might go in and out many churches and meeting-houses by the year together, and scarcely know that there was such a person as that blessed, blessed giver of all good, the Holy Ghost. Sometimes we hear a little about his influences, as if the Holy Spirit were not as truly a person as even Jesus Christ himself, who in flesh and blood trod this earth.

Oh, dear friends, I fear the first danger, that of running wild with whimsies and fancies about inner lights and new revelations; but I equally dread this last, this putting the revelation above the revealer, this taking the book without the author, this preaching of the truth without the great truth-applyer, this going forth to work with the sword, forgetting that it is the sword of the Spirit, and only mighty as the Holy Ghost maketh it “mighty to the pulling down of strongholds.” May this Church ever continue to reverence the Holy Spirit without exaggerating his work! May we prize him, love him.

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