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  1. Argh....

    The bread machine gives me lots of trouble, but it taught me how to think... and work things out.
  2. My thoughts

    I once had a bad experience being a moderator. No one ever listens and nothing ever gets done. This, despite so many leadership trainings. I don't know whether I should accept bad luck or blame, despite what I know... So this is why I gave up on forums, until I returned back here. :)
  3. Take Your Son Whom You Love And . . .

    The other day I wrote about the fact that there is no sure-fire way of determining what is God's will. Well, last night when I went to check my e-mail there was an article on the news section that talked about a 4-year-old boy who had been abandoned on a lonely Texas highway in the middle of the night by his father. The father's reasoning? "God told me to." Now I doubt very much that my pastor is going to preach on this since it is his policy only to preach from the Bible but I do...
  4. Oh...

    It was my wish to be the moderator in another forum for Asian audiences. I hope to brng in a few supportive members around Asia (Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia etc) and i wished I can be the head of a relatively large faction in another forum, influential enough to warrant Mr Plank a visit to my hometown, where we will meet together and discuss autism advocacy projects. Unfortunately, the latter part fell into disarray as a local autism meet in Singapore opposed direct advocacy. One...
  5. Pearls Before Swine

    We've all heard a lot about failure; now I am going to write about the consequences of success. Ten years ago I entered a statewide writing contest without thinking about what would happen if I won. I knew up front that there would be no prize money involved, just publication in an anthology. That wasn't the problem. I figured that was paying my dues, getting my name out. The problem was that the awards ceremony was to be held on Mackinac Island. Now, for those of you who...
  6. Uncertainty Principle (Acts 16)

    It seems our little band of missionaries has a problem. They are in Turkey (only it wasn't called that back then of course), and every time they want to go somewhere, it seems the Lord is blocking their way. They can't go north, and they can't go south. Finally Paul has a dream in which a man appears and tells them to come on over to Macedonia. So they do, and arrive in the town of Philippi where they met Lydia, a local businesswoman (she deals in purple dye, an exceedingly valuable and...
  7. Would anyone...?

    Does anyone live in southern California area? I would love to start a community theatre group for Aspies, learning differ's,and other actors. So, would anybody be interested in joining?
  8. What's Missing

    For the last few weeks I have been blogging about my journey through the Book of Acts with a local church, so I've been doing some heavy thinking about where I stand regarding religion and science, and why. (It also helps that my job, while requiring concentration and attention to detail, allows me the freedom to engage in such thinking). Lately it dawned on me that there is something very important missing from the message presented in the Book of Acts. Maybe others have noticed it as...
  9. The Long-Awaited Answer

    Ok, here is the long-awaited answer (for anyone who really cares) about why Paul went and had Timothy circumcised at the beginning of Acts 16 when the Jerusalem Council said that new converts did not need to undergo this ritual. It's kind of ironic because right after he and Timothy go to the mohel (ritual circumciser) off they go again preaching against circumcision. So what gives? Are you ready? Drumroll . . . because Timothy's mother was Jewish and Paul did not want to alienate the...
  10. Indoctrination

    I am thinking back to the conversation I had last Sunday with the assistant pastor regarding evolution. His father, who was also part of this conversation, was very insistent that atheists are using evolution as a way of infiltrating and imposing their views on society. That's news to me, but in the interest of fairness I decided to start paying more attention to see if I can catch those darn atheists in the act. And what do you know? In the very first chapter of our laboratory animal...
  11. Something That's Been Really Bugging Me

    As those of you who have been following this blog know, a few weeks ago I started going to church. I initially went to hear a co-worker preach, but ended up getting caught up in their study of the Book of Acts. Like playwright Oscar Wilde, who was asked to read just a paragraph for his Greek exams but kept on going, I want to know how the story ends. In the process I have been re-evaluating my relationship to organized religion in general and Christianity in particular, using Acts as a...
  12. Outed!

    Well, folks, I have been outed. The assistant pastor found out that there is--gasp!--a Darwinist in their midst. He was rather taken aback but didn't make a big deal of it. I'm still welcome to join them at worship; but I suspect that if I formally applied for membership then it would become an issue. For now, we have agreed to disagree. He did say that evolution and Christianity are incompatible in that evolution strikes at the heart of Christianity. And I agreed with him there, to...
  13. Out of The Blue

    Talk about suspense! I thought for sure we would be done with Chapter 15 of Acts and move on to the big question of why Paul had Timothy circumcised, but no. At this rate it will take forever to get through this book. He said that they had been studying it for over a year before I joined them around Chapter 10. I kind of wish now I'd been there at the beginning because I missed some good stuff. Anyway Chapter 15 ends with a surprise. Paul and his sidekick Barnabas have a big fight...
  14. The Search

    We've all heard about how law enforcement agencies use psychics to solve crimes, right? Well, twenty years ago, I got to see how that worked, sort of. If the circumstances hadn't been so tragic, it might have even been a comedy of errors. Because it certainly didn't work out the way it does on TV or movies. It started out when one of my supervisors failed to show up for work on Monday morning. This was not like her. Someone said they thought they heard her say on Friday that she was...
  15. Sifting

    Well, it looks like I am going to have to wait until next week to find out why Paul had Timothy circumcised as Pastor is still preaching from Acts 15. I actually am starting to feel a bit better about this church. Mind you, I am still agnostic, I haven't answered the "altar call" and don't intend to, but as far as churches go, it looks like here I can be myself without too much difficulty. And I do need some kind of community. There are some really big changes that may be pending in my...
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