Jul
24
2007
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Irony in Unionized Labor

A Washington Post article today spotlights a little irony (or maybe I should say hypocrisy) in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

It seems that the union carpenters are hiring homeless people to picket for them because they are "busy working and aren't able to leave job sites."

The homeless people stand and hold signs and chant about the evils of low wages and non-union carpenters.

So let me get this straight. We have non-union "workers" (picketers) picketing about how bad non-union workers are. We have unionized carpenters complaining about companies who employ non-union carpenters to do work, even though the union carpenters are "busy working."

And, oh yes, the homeless picketers? They're making a dollar over the minimum wage, with no benefits.

I can't wait for the homeless people to form a union and demand fair wages and benefits.

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Jul
24
2007
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World’s Largest Marketplace

If I asked you what is the world's largest marketplace, what would you say? 
I haven't been able to confirm this, but it's certainly believable when eBay claims the title.
This is an interesting piece about eBay's technology.
eBay hosts 100 million concurrent listings, which are updated at a rate of 500 times per second and searched 3,800 times per second. Our more than 233 million users–a number that increases at a rate of 130,000 users per day–generate more than a billion daily page views. To put that in perspective, we've created and have to maintain a tech platform that supports a transactional volume higher than Nasdaq's.
That's pretty amazing. Not bad for a site for a site that was NOT created to trade PEZ dispensers. :)   

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Written by in: Technology |
Jul
12
2007
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Shy friends

Today I learned that I have many shy friends.

It had been a long time since I last checked the statistics for this site. When I did today, I was surprised to find that so far in 2007 the site has received an average of nearly 200 unique visitors every month. That's not pages, or even visits, but people (or at least, computers).

Given the dearth of comments on the site, you can understand why this fact came as quite a surprise.

I can only conclude that most of my friends are very shy. That, or I never say anything controversial enough to heat the passions of the blogosphere.

Or maybe I just don't ask enough open-ended questions at the end of my posts? What do you think? 😉

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Written by in: Personal |
Jul
11
2007
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Life Update

Tim graduates from BJU with an M.A. in Bible

Tim graduates from BJU with an M.A. in Bible

Another school year is over, and I thought perhaps we should post an update to catch some of you up on what we are doing.

On May 5, 2007, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Bible. Ashley has a year left on her M.A. in Rhetoric and Public Address (RPA).

I still coordinate the IBE, along with my part-time work on computers, websites, databases, and a variety of projects that bring business and technology together.

Ashley is working at Day Camp this summer, which is a welcome change of pace from office work. In the fall, she will be teaching freshmen speech classes at Bob Jones while she finishes her degree. (more…)

Written by in: Personal |
Jul
11
2007
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Lying Babies

From the British Telegraph earlier this year, we learn that "Babies are not as innocent as they pretend."

"Behavioural experts," Mr. Gray writes, "have found that infants begin to lie from as young as six months." This, despite (from the previous paragraph), that no one previously suspected that babies could deceive at such an early age!

I don't know who they interviewed for this article, but I'm pretty sure most parents (and even most careful observers) suspected long ago that very young children were quite capable of deception.

The article continues, "until now, psychologists had thought the developing brains were not capable of the difficult art of lying until four years old."

Last I checked, Adam's nature was just as alive and well at 6-months as at 4 years. But there I go again, letting my theology inform my observations. Or is it the other way around?

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Jul
05
2007
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Hope

I thought this article in the Washington Post today provided quite a stark contrast for the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Though the main focus of the article is a blind girl and her perfume-making experience, it also talks about her making "1,000 paper cranes as a symbol of hope for her mother, who has breast cancer."

Later in the article her mother is quoted: "Whenever I have a bad day, I'm able to think about the cranes. I can't allow myself to have too much of a pity party because it's such a gesture of hope."

I don't mean to be cynical or uncaring, but the concept of 1,000 paper cranes providing hope seems a bit silly to me.

But perhaps it is the best the world has to offer.

Christians, on the other hand, can hope in something more enduring than paper cranes, or abstract expressions of hope.

We can confidently rest in the knowledge of God, that He loves us, that he is working out all things for our good (indeed, for our sanctification). And we have hope — confident expectation — in the future, because we know that future glory awaits.
Rom 8:28–35
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

Another contrast comes from Mexico. Several of my friends are on a 7-week missions trip, ministering in churches and Bible colleges scattered across Mexico. From a recent update:
Mr. Goldfuss took us to the Basilica dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Although I had heard a lot about Catholicism, I had never quite experienced the effects of its grip on people before. I watched as first a pregnant woman and then an old lady slowly hobbled toward the church on their knees. Everywhere I looked, there were more people desperately searching for peace. There were lines of people waiting outside the confession booths. It was heartbreaking to see the oppression and hopelessness in their eyes. The thought struck me that I could very well have been one of those people, had it not been for the Lord’s mercy toward me. Never before had my salvation meant so much to me. With tears streaming down my face, I thanked the Lord for the opportunity to share His good news, not only here in Mexico this summer, but every day of my life wherever I am.
We take so much for granted. But for God's grace, I could be hobbling on my knees toward that statue, vainly hoping to impress God with my piety. But for His grace, I could be that rebellious "bus-kid" that I ministered to last week, who, though in 6th grade, can't read, has the attention span of a gnat, and the personality and attitude of a WWF wrestler. But for His grace, I could be a humanist, enjoying life and exulting in the accomplishments of man, but with no thought of my eternal destiny. "But God . . ."
Eph 2:4-10
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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