Randy's Ramblings

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Real Face Of Jesus: December 2002 Cover Story
What did Jesus look like?
An answer has emerged from an exciting new field of science: forensic anthropology. Using methods similar to those police have developed to solve crimes, British scientists, assisted by Israeli archeologists, have re-created what they believe is the most accurate image of the most famous face in human history.

This is a really interesting article. Not something you would expect from Popular Mechanics, but I thought it was very well done.

I want to pray, but I don't know where to start...
Talking with students about prayer, one thing that almost always pops up is not knowing what to say or where to start. Here's a variation on a common model of prayer that anyone can remember. Have you ever heard of the ACTS prayer model? It goes like this:
A - Adoration
C - Confession
T - Thanksgiving
S - Supplication

Now this is a great model for praying, but the words aren't very memorable - and they certainly aren't words that I use every day. So I've taken the liberty to change the words around a little bit to make this prayer model a little more memorable. Here goes:
A - you're Awesome
C - I'm Crummy
T - Thanks
S - Send money

The idea is this: start by praising God for how AWESOME He is, next talk to Him about how CRUMMY you are and all of the mistakes that you make, then THANK Him for all of the great things He does for you and finish by aksing Him to SEND MONEY - or, more appropriately, presenting any requests that you might have.

This certainly isn't the only way to pray, but when you're stuck and don't know where to start, it might just get your wheels turning...

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

TechTV | Video on the Move in 2003
This year, MPEG-4 and the spread of speedier Internet connections will make sharing video as routine as swapping music. Akin to MP3, MPEG-4 allows video data to be shrunk down to smaller, more manageable files so it can be easily transferred over the Net or downloaded to a mobile device.

TechTV | Fido Rings the Doorbell
When Phoenix the tabby wants to go inside, he doesn't scratch the door or meow loudly -- he just rings the doorbell. He jumps up to a device extending from the wall at the back door of the New Jersey home of his owner, Tony Vena. The bell rings inside, and Vena comes to the door.

Now this is something I've gotta have... ;-)

Audio Sermons Now Online!
for the past few months, we here at Gun Lake Community Church have been secretly working on a website. The website went live 3 or 4 weeks ago, and we have spent the time since refining and updating the site. We recently added drop-down menus and you can now listen to weekly sermons using RealAudio technology. Check us out on the web at http://www.gunlakecommunitychurch.org and click on "Worship at GLCC" if you want to listen to this week's sermon!

Saturday, January 18, 2003

Prayers for Logan
Thank you so much to those of you who have been praying for Logan Dekoning this week. He is doing much better! Yesterday afternoon, we stopped at the hospital and I was able to talk to Logan briefly before he fell asleep. It was so good to see him awake, even if it was only for a minute or two. Praise God for answered prayers - and continue to pray for a speedy and complete recovery!

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

TechTV | Review: Handspring Treo
Handspring's new Treo line is a series of PDA/phone hybrids that takes the guts of the VisorPhone and the Visor Pro and integrates them into a more traditional body with a see-through, flip-lid design. With the Treo products, the company joins the likes of Kyocera and Samsung in the Palm-based hybrid market, but one of the models takes cues from RIM and Motorola's Accompli 009.

I purchased my first Handspring Visor in the spring of 2000 and have never looked back. I have no idea how I kept track of my schedule before... well, I do know, but it wasn't pretty! I recently purchased a Treo 180g - and I love it! Now I get the full functionality of the phone and the PDA and I only have to carry ONE device!

An Interview with Robert Webber, author of The Younger Evangelicals
The book takes a looks at the three dominant influences on evangelicalism today. The “traditional evangelical”, the “pragmatic evangelical”, and the emerging, “younger evangelicals”. The book revolves around explaining the values, conflicts, stories, and ministry of these three groups with most of the book focused on the younger evangelicals.

Interesting article, raises some tough questions about HOW we do church. I might have to pick this book up...

WorldNetDaily: Mel Gibson under attack for Jesus film?
"This is a movie about love, faith, hope and forgiveness," Gibson said. "He died for all mankind. He (Jesus) suffered for all of us. It's time to get back to that basic message. The world has gone nuts. We could all use a little more love, faith, hope and forgiveness."

I don't know much about Mel Gibson's personal life, but I certainly can't argue with that statement...

Good morning! I think it's morning...
I seem to have lost track of time last night trying to get my computer at home back up and running. I finally crawled into bed at 4am knowing that I at least had the operating system installed... lots of coffee today!

God Nixed from Columbine Memorial
DENVER — Brian Rohrbough, whose son Danny was killed in the Columbine High School massacre, said school officials have no business telling him what he can say in two 4-inch tiles that are part of a victims' memorial.
But the U.S. Supreme Court is allowing just such censorship, he argued.
The high court Monday declined, without comment, to hear an appeal of a ruling that keeps families from having tiles that make reference to God from being placed with 4,000 others along the school's corridors above the 6-foot-high lockers.

Right when I think I've got this technology thing all figured out...
This past Sunday, Pastor Todd used me as a sermon illustration and told the church that I was a technological genius! What he didn't know was that the night before, I had fried my computer at home and had no way of recovering any of it...

Monday, January 13, 2003

Check out Relevant Magazine Online, a great website about God, Life and Progressive Culture.

Welcome to my little corner of the World Wide Web!
My little spot to rant and rave about the stuff that I find interesting and important. I'll spend most of my time talking about youth ministry (I am a Youth Pastor), computers (I am a geek), and living life in the 21st Century (I live in the 21st Century). Keep in touch, check back often - and most importantly - ENJOY!