Random Question

I have been trying to do some extra research in my free time to learn about the differences between:
Covenant theology vs. dispensational theology
And then:
The different types of dispensational theology:
premillennial, progressive, traditional, etc

I was wondering if anyone had a simple, easy, or straight-forward resource about any of these topics or if they simply have an explanation that they just want to share with me! That would be great!
I have not had enough time to delve too much into this research, so for now I just would like a starting point.

Thanks
Alex

Brand yourself…

…have we taken competition too far in America?

A lot of advice I have heard recently upon graduating from Ohio University is that we all need to specialize in our own little categories. In other words if we are going to be successful we have to be an expert in something that is unique and no one else is an expert on that category except us.

It is no longer about having the best product, that is a given, but it is not enough. In order to become great in today’s market, today’s America/today’s workplace, you have to have something new, fresh, special. Something awesome that no one else has. You have to be different and unique.

In my opinion this is not great news to hear….

We have become so competitive and so customer oriented that we are unbalanced as a nation, I am only speculating….but speculate here with me. With so much stock and hope in branding yourself to be unique and specialized, we are forgetting about tried and try important values and jobs that have made America so successful in the past.

Sure everyone wants to be happy with their job. But job security is probably a little more important than getting that dream job! Think about it. America’s unemployment recently has been increasing. People are losing jobs right and left. We do not have time to create this cool, fictional job, that is perfect for you – when we are all suffering in this drained economy.

And besides thing about the effects if everyone had their own specialized company, everyone was their own brand….There would be way too many choices for customers. I know customers typically like choice, but then think about Walmart. Customers also like having it all in ONE place, convenience…

So which is it? I do not know. I have a lot of unconnected thought here. It is not fully developed. It is random, I am sorry.

NASCAR

I do not know if I have told you but I love Nascar. It is a great sport.
My Favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt. After he passed away I began rooting for Junior. He is overrated but I still think he is a decent driver. It really excited me when he joined Hendrix. Although this year Hendrix has NOT been the winning team. I think Gordon is taking so getting use to in these “Cars of the Future.”
You really have to let loose and slide around the track a little, like Kyle Bush. Which is different than the old Winston Cup cars.

My family has a Sunday tradition. We watch and always hae watched the cars go around the track on the big screen. Sometimes we talk, sometimes we eat, sometimes we sleep, and a lot of times we are intensely participating with the race. No matter what the tv is tuned to the race. It is fun.
And also my brother has got me addicted to Nascar 2003 for Gamecube. So now we race on the weekdays too!

Apple Shuffle

I never thought it would be a worthwhile investment to purchase an Ipod Shuffle, so I have NEVER bought one…
but I won a shuffle recently and I love it already!

1. It is small and works way better for exercising than my big old 30 Ipod Classic gigger!
2. It is so small and light, it is easy to hide and perfect for taking anywhere!

I am not sure how long the battery life is but so far it is not too bad. And the only other thing I miss is the ability to look at a screen and see what song is playing.

ear update

Thanks everyone
who remembered my ear surgery and was praying for me.
The operation went well. I was knocked out and that was great.
My ear still hurts, is healing and recovering.
Nothing unusual. All is well.

Thanks
Alex

me and my sedimentary lifestyle

I have some bad habits that I am frustrated about, but apparently not enough to do anything about…
1. I spend WAY too much time online. I have found some timers the BEST thing to do for better productively and my well-being is to close the computer – GET AWAY!!!
2. Lack of exercise. If I am not or pleasure then I am “having fun” visiting blogs, sites, etc online, or I playing video games and sometimes playing guitar. This is pretty sedimentary and not a lot of energy is used in my daily average life.
3. I distract myself WAY too easily. I like to blog instead of do school work. I like to play video games, play guitar, read other blogs, go eat food…anything to distract myself intentionally and therefore I get behind in my school work. popurls.com is a good distraction from reading or school
Recently i have been playing a lot of Nascar 2002 for Gamecube as well.
And atakoo.com – I won an I pod Shuffle for answering questions on there

Hezekiah’s sons?

Today I was reading Zephaniah and some commentary on it.
The first verse got me asking a question:
1The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

I think that both Zephaniah and Josiah are related.
Zephaniah is the son of Cushi, who is the son of Gedaliah, who is the son of Amariah, who is the son of Hezekiah.
And Joshia is the son of Amon, who is the son of Mannaseh, who is the son of Hezekiah.

Mt. 1:10: Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah

So basically Zephaniah and Josiah were cousins!

anti-intellectualism in the church

In the book, Love Your God With All Your Mind, J.P. Moreland writes that the growing anti-intellectualism in the church has resulted in the marginalization of Christianity in society and the emergence of the most secular culture the world has ever seen. The real problem for us shows up when tough times hit and our house-of-cards belief system tumbles down because we’re used to “putting our hands together” but not our heads.

Some theories why this is happening:

Christians are reading less, in general. Busy doing life. More time on internet. More time pursuing selfish ambitions.

One of the main reasons. Christians are reading less Bible! Without the Bible, Christians are not loving God with all their mind. They are not able to be ready at any moment to give a defense in what they believe.

The average reading level in America and the church is general is going down.

What do you think?

To be young again



I went for a bike ride the other day and in the sub-division I live there are a lot of kids. I see them outside having fun with no other cares in life. I remember being young. I wanted to be young again. To be innocent again. To be naive. To NOT care about anything. To exercise outside all day as a day job. To want to be outside and NOT have any commitments keeping me away from where I wanted to be. Those were the days…