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11
Mar
10

together for the gospel & band of bloggers

My father and I have the wonderful opportunity to attend Together for the Gospel in just about a month. This will be the third time this has been held and the second time we have had the privilege to go. We are very excited about getting to go again and are eagerly awaiting the event. As was the case last year the speakers will be Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, C.J. Mahaney, Al Mohler as well as Thabiti Anyabwile, John MacArthur, John Piper, R.C. Sproul and special guest Matt Chandler.

We are also excited because we have signed up to attend the Band of Bloggers event just before t4g starts. We have not attended one of these before (this is their fourth event) but as with t4g, we eagerly await this event. In the past they have featured many respected Christian bloggers including Tim Challies and Dr. Russell Moore. This year the event will be headed by Justin Taylor, Trevin Wax, Jared Wilson, and Jon McIntosh. While I don’t blog as often as any of these fellows I eagerly look forward to hearing what they have to say about the topic for this year: “Internet Idolatry and Gospel Fidelity.”

With the advent of new media and the increasing influence of technology on our lives, it is important to address the relationship of the gospel to technology, especially the areas where we are tempted with idolatrous desire (power, identity, influence, acceptance, control, etc.). While the internet, with all of its platforms (such as blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) can be a powerful tool to leverage our lives for the gospel impact, we want to examine our hearts to bring to light the various ways in which the idol factory of our hearts challenges and subverts the very gospel which we long to embrace.

I expect to have my computer with me to take notes and blog some while I am in Louisville, I hope I can concentrate well enough to write some good posts.

Band of Bloggers

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24
Jun
08

Calm down…this too shall pass.

This past Sunday, I read a particularly negative article in the newspaper (which, as everyone knows, is always full of negative stories). Not reporting anything useful, it spent its 2 columns groaning over the state of the world: gas prices rising, food prices rising, economy sliding, the never ending conflict against terrorism, etc. The writer of this article seemed to think that the whole world was degenerating into chaos, with no hope of recovery.

I beg to differ.

First of all, as believers we know that God’s sovereignty is the reality that overrides the apparent chaos in this fallen world. He institutes governments, directs leaders, and controls events with exacting care. Just read the book of Isaiah if you want particular proof of this Biblical truth.

Second of all, any student of history (even a non-believer) should be able to see the parallels between the current time and other transitional periods in history. Every generation has its own unique situation, but history tells us that there’s not much new under the sun. As our country struggles to move from an economy fueled by oil to one powered by other sources of energy, economic growing pains are a natural result. As so often in the past, conditions will get worse before they get better. Just look at the Industrial Revolution: the development of industrial technology came long before the safety standards and labor laws that were necessary to protect the many people whose lives were affected by this change. In addition, think of all the craftsmen who suddenly found themselves obsolete and unemployed! Conditions were pretty miserable for a long time, which predictably resulted in social unrest. But eventually society had time to catch up with the changes, and today industrialization is just a normal fact of life, not a cause of misery or unrest (for the most part).

I’m not saying that America is currently experiencing another Industrial Revolution; however, I am saying that the currently tough (and worsening) economic conditions are probably not permanent. It may not be fun to live with skyrocketing gas prices and unpredictable food costs, but necessity is the mother of invention. There are a lot of creative and capable people in this country working on new ways to increase efficiency, explore new avenues, and so on. This period of instability is not going to last forever.

And of course, if the whole world does completely degenerate into chaos and anarchy, we can still trust the God who’s ultimately in control of all human history.

10
Dec
06

Engaged!

Well, I just thought that I would announce that Jenny and I were Engaged tonight. For those who care about such things, I was playing We Five on my Hi-Fi when I asked her.

I did get on my knees, because we always kneel down. I also asked before dinner, I had to ask her before dinner because the prospect of sitting at dinner really gave me butterflies. It really worked out wonderfully.


The most surprising thing to me was that she didn’t even expect it. : )

Eric.

“…won’t listen to reason.”

17
Oct
06

Interesting Episode

Well I tried something out last night that didn’t turn out so well.

I decided that I would build a fire in the fireplace and enjoy the nice heat with the lights all out. It was very pleasant until the fire started to die down. The smoke then ceased going up the chimney and decided it would go anywhere it liked — which mostly consisted of the whole apartment.

Today it seemed to be worse, and Brent (my roommate) couldn’t take it anymore (not that I was complacent about the whole matter but my efforts to this afternoon didn’t really help). He busted out the febreeze and all 6 candles he owns and proceeded to fumigate the apartment.

It smells really nice now. The intensity of the candles this evening are second only to antique malls or very gifty gift shops selling ceramic figurines (well okay, almost). But it really is way better than it was this afternoon that is for sure.

Looking forward to going home the end of this month : )

Signing Off…

30
Jun
06

Various…

Well I am sorry that I haven’t been saying anything lately. I have been working hard at SMA + Architects and in my free time I have been trying to get my new (actually used) iPod working. In fact I am going back to work on it now.

On a quick side note – Our town, Wylie, of the great state of Texas is playing host tomorrow night to none other than the great Emerson Drive (truly one of the best Country Pop acts of our day).

Boot camp is this coming week- I am going to be there for the first night. Whoopee!

Go visit Mulltrain’s Blog to keep up with her stay in Rome.

Signing Off…

18
Jun
06

Harmony Hill Pics.

I can’t believe that has been a month and a half since I last posted.

So many things have happened since then, I think one of the most important things that has happened was my hiring by SMA Architects as an intern for the rest of the summer. I get to start that job on Monday woo hoo.

Harmony Hill ended today, I believe that it was a great year. They often are great but somehow they are all different. Now that it has ended I am sad and in a kind of shock. I also missed those who couldn’t make it this year. The Kitchens family, Andrew, the Rogers boys (I’m sure there are more that I can’t think of now)

I took as many pictures as I could – here are some:

25
Mar
06

Cool Cars

Well I finally found my camera (it had been missing since spring break) and so I now have the priviledge of showing two pictures I am proud of – the first is a little fuzzy I had a hard time getting a good picture but if you have discerning eyes you can see that it is a Dodge Viper.
This car is a little rarer than the Viper – I thought at first it was a Lamborghini Diablo but it is not. It is in fact a Lamborghini Countach Anniversario – manufactured some time between ’88 and ’90 . Pretty Cool eh? Well the coolest part about it is that “they” keep track of cars this rare, according to the registry there are (a minimum of) 8 of these registered in Texas. Most of the 657 (that is all they ever made) of these are in Europe.
Amazingly I saw these both on the same day, Sunday at the beginning of Spring break. I need to thank Mulltrain for rummaging around in the back of my car to get my camera out of my boot so that I could take these pictures. Fun times.




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I want to clarify that there is no political problem that is not really a heart problem with hearts not connected to Christ. Only one Kingdom is really important, and this isn't it.

But just as it's sad to see poorly coded software, a badly built building, or an ugly city, it's even more sad to see a nation being thrown away. As custodians of this earth, we should do better.

-Mark Ritchie