The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

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Will this little one stand up for truth in a world that claims “there is no truth”? Will he understand his part in the crucifixion of an innocent man in an age where the good news of Christ is muddled with falsities? Will he thankfully strive to make disciples for his Lord even when he endures ridicule? How will he bring glory to God? Father, keep me from being a stumbling block to his faith in you. Help me to encourage him and not to exasperate him. Save him in spite of me.

A few weeks ago I gushed to you about my love for the Kindle. This morning I read an article by Tim Challies (author of The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion) about some of the downfalls of ebooks. Challies makes some excellent points, including that ebooks cannot easily be passed down when you die, and they cannot be dog-eared and marked up. Since I rarely make notes in a book (maybe that’s why I don’t remember half of what I read?) the second point doesn’t apply to me. I like the idea of purchasing physical copies of the few books that make an impact. Here is an except from the article:

I love my Kindle for light reading, for enjoying a good novel or a Christian living kind of book. But books that I am going to return to again and again and books I would want to leave behind as part of my legacy, those are volumes I still want to have in printed editions, sitting in my office, accessible to all, able to outlive me, able to represent me.

Regarding this topic, here is a reply that I posted to a friend interested in purchasing a Kindle. This information would be helpful to those who are interested in basic email checking away from home, sort of a “poor-man’s iPad”.

Some additional information that might be helpful: you can also “surf” the web on a kindle. It’s extremely slow, but under the experimental section is a basic web browser. It wouldn’t be something to replace your regular computer by any means, but I mention it because it might be helpful to certain people who are often away from home and wouldn’t mind the tedium in exchange for checking email or news. I’m not sure how much the upgrade to 3G costs for the kindle, but it’s worth checking into. A quick google search will bring up more information on this aspect of the kindle.

Here’s a link I’d like to share, on preparing for listening to a sermon.

How to listen to a sermon

My takeaway from this: pray for your pastor, and prepare your heart. Admittedly, other than a quick in-seat prayer pre-service, I don’t do either of these. Note to self: rectify.

It’s worth noting, for anyone aspiring to memorize verses 7&8 of Psalms 130 (a pastoral homework assignment) that the Jamie Soles album Ascending includes a Psalms 130 track. It follows the ESV version of the bible, looping back periodically to emphasize verses 3&4 as a chorus section. I enjoy listening to this album throughout the day, particularly when I feel as though I’m loosing my patience with our little blessings. My attitude is quickly corrected as I listen to the refrain:

“If you, O LORD, should mark my sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.”


Hello world! Announcing the arrival of Joshua Kevin Maxwell. Born January 12, 2012 at 11:50pm. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

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