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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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…)

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Jan
30
2007
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Steel Poles & Cables

Today's Washington Post reports that the NRC ruled yesterday "that the nation's 103 nuclear power plants do not need to protect themselves from potential attacks by terrorists using airplanes."

Something about that seemed vaguely familiar to us (for our non-debate friends, this last statement qualifies as dramatic understatement…).

Funny thing how the NRC never changes. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it's a government bureaucracy??

Anyway, it seems that they were responding to a petition from the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a Los Angeles nonprofit group. The Post reports that this petition urged that "nuclear plants should build shields made of steel I-beams and cabling or take other steps to prevent a release of radiation in case of an air attack." The Post goes on to note that "eight state attorneys general backed the petition."

Huh. Fascinating. Back when we were on the University's Intercollegiate Debate Squad, our very first topic was terrorism. The resolution: "The United States should substantially expand its efforts to prevent terrorism." We had two main planks. One dealt with nuclear proliferation in countries like Russia and the former U.S.S.R. The other dealt with domestic nuclear reactors.  

Here's a quote from our 1st Affirmative Constructive, under "Mandates:"

Congress shall mandate security upgrades including (but not limited to) the installation of surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft guns, placement of steel poles linked with cables around the reactor building (as recommended by Dr. Nicholas Berry of CDI), and expansion of the outermost fence around each site.  These upgrades will vary according to the nature of each site.

Well, it's good to know that at least somebody (in this case, the group from Los Angeles and the 8 Attorneys General) is taking us seriously after all this time. 🙂 Of course, the NRC resisted all attempts to improve security even back then, and apparently they continue to do so.

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Jan
06
2007
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Southern Weather

Flowers in January?

Flowers in January?

Growing up in Illinois, I’m used to snow in January. Not in South Carolina, though. I took this picture today standing in my front yard without wearing so much as a jacket. Earlier today we had our windows open to let the breeze blow through.

We went to Dothan, AL for Christmas to visit Ashley’s parents. Christmas day, I was throwing a football in their backyard in jeans and a sweater. It didn’t feel much like Christmas.

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Jan
02
2007
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Major Change

This is actually old news. About half-way through last semester, I changed my major. It was M.A. Fine Arts, R.P.A. principle, piano secondary (which was a complicated way to say that I was studying speech and piano). Now I'm pursuing a master of arts in rhetoric and public address, or M.A. R.P.A. That's just a complicated way of saying that I'm studying speech. It's really just a semantic game, because I am still studying piano. The difference is that I was considered a piano major before (even though piano was my secondary emphasis). Now I'm still taking piano lessons, but I'm not considered a piano major anymore, so I don't have to practice as much. It also means that I can take hymn playing instead of classical piano. I'm signed up for hymn playing starting in a week or so, and I'm looking forward to that. I love being a speech major because I get to study all sorts of exciting things (not just speech itself). I've also begun work on my graduate project, which will be about home school graduates in college. More on that later…

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Sep
19
2006
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Another Semester Underway

Well, here we are already more than 3 weeks into the new semester. It's been a long time since I last posted anything, so I thought maybe I should log in and type a few lines.
 
The summer was a welcome respite from classes, but alas, all good things must come to an end. Then again, if we didn't think school was good, I guess we wouldn't still be here. For everything a season, right?

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Jun
19
2006
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BJU Daycamp (My Summer Job)

Those of you who know that I work in the BJU Seminary during the school year are probably wondering why I’m working at daycamp this summer.  Then again, you might be wondering what daycamp is.  So let me explain.
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Jun
12
2006
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Class Review, part 1

Well, the semester is finally over. As a matter of fact, it’s been over for more than a month now. It’s nice to not have to study every night! But it was a fantastic semester, and I learned a lot. Now that I have time to stop and think about it, I figure it’s time to do a kind of “internal review” of the high points. And, since I have this wonderful platform called a blog, I thought maybe I’d make my “internal review” external. Smile

At the time of this writing, I only have a few minutes, so I’ll probably just cover one class for now, and will post my thoughts on a few of the others as time allows.

History and Philosophy of Preaching
This class may qualify for one of the top 10 classes of my academic career. That’s a tough call, b/c I’ve had lots of great classes, and 2 of them are from this one semester! But, it’s certainly a contender. Why? Read on.

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Mar
27
2006
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Bible Conference 2006

Another Bible Conference has come and gone. Today is Monday, which is noteable for several reasons:

1) It's the first day back to classes after Bible Conference.
2) It's the first day I'm experimenting with this blog format.
3) It's the first post I've written this year! =/

We're thankful for the week off, and for the many good messages and God's working in other ways as well…

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Jan
01
2006
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Wedding Pictures

Perhaps the biggest news is that we updated our website today. That includes posting wedding pictures. Incredible, huh? It's only been 3 months since the last update… Somehow our first semester of grad school managed to keep us pretty busy.

So, how do I cram 3 months of married life into one (hopefully short) post to our website? I don't know yet, but I expect we'll both find out if I keep typing and you (later) keep reading.

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Sep
22
2005
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We got married

We got married. Did I forget to mention that earlier? We've been kind of busy. (No, I'm not bored. That absent exclamation point was intentional. It's called dramatic understatement!)

It goes without saying (or at least it should) that marriage is great, and we count it a wonderful gift from God. Psalm 118:23 says, "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes." The Psalmist isn't talking about marriage, but we think it reflects our thinking very accurately, and we printed it on the wedding program.

The pictures just came back from the photographer, so we'll try to post a gallery soon. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you.

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Jul
17
2005
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We found a house

 We've found a house! We don't close until the end of this month, so I guess things could still fall through, but Lord willing, we'll take possession on July 29th. God has been very good to us, and we believe we've found a great property at a great price.

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