I am impressed by Microsoft Search 4.0

I am impressed by Microsoft Search 4.0.
It is very good.
It searches faster than every before AND
it searches deeper than ever before.

Not only does it search titles but it searches content with in files!
Really nice.

The only annoying thing, but it is reasonable is that fact that it slows down the computer at first, when you first install it, because it indexes all the files for faster and better. I like it!

OU and Semester?

Rumor has it that the switch is likely.
I am glad that McDavis waited until at least his first for full years (my entire class) to try to instate this.

It is a bi g switch!

I really enjoyed the 10 week quarter program though it is fast paced and fun with a long winter break!

Another amazing OT passage, Christians today forget!

“He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.”

This is Isaiah 59:17!

Christians forget that and only recall later in Eph. 6 when Paul applies the Warrior aspect of our faith to us personally.

But what is important to remember is that The Lord is a Warrior…I think that we, Christians today, forget this. It is still true tody!

Check out Ex. 15:3, Isa. 42:13

Here is a cool document I found that shows how God, The Divine Warrior applies today and in the New Testament

idolatry consumerism link

Gordon McConville in Exploring the Old Testament V0l. 4: The Prophets in chapter 6 (Hosea)
makes a connection between Idolatry and consumerism.
This is a connection I had not heard before.

In fact McConville even relates consumerism to Baa-worship: “trying to secure the goods of life without receiving them as God’s gift.”

McConville, say: “idolatry is the most serious evil, becuase it makes ‘god’ what is not God. Martin Luther sad: ‘The confidence and faith of the heart alone make both God and an idol.’ “

Here is another interesting angle to the argument from The Simple Pastor and The Gospel Coalition:

“The gospel opens our eyes to the fact that all our wealth (even wealth for which we worked hard) is ultimately an unmerited gift from God. Therefore the person who does not generously give away his or her wealth to others is not merely lacking in compassion, but is unjust. Christ wins our salvation through losing, achieves power through weakness and service, and comes to wealth through giving all away…Indifference to the poor and disadvantaged means there has not been a true grasp of our salvation by sheer grace.”


beautiful feet

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Isa 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Christians can (and do) commonly quote the passage in Romans 10:15 when Paul says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
But what people often forget is that this was a quotation from the OT prophet Isaiah!

Isn’t this spectacular!

A lot of times we miss the quotations of the OT in the NT. And the integration of the meaning of the texts is something awesome to thing about!!

Social justice

I have written blog posts about this previously but
today it seems even more real and more concerning!
I am going to be blogging more about this in the future as well,
the topic:
social justice.
Why has it been so real to me recently?
I have been reading the prophets a lot recently!
It is not just in Amos, although there it is prevalent!
Just read in Isaiah, Micah, Malachi – social justice is a foundational point to all of the prophets and the ideas are not just limited to the prophets!
In fact the prophets were only building on the foundations of the Mosaic and Deuteronomic law!
Which also speaks about fighting for justice!

God is a God of justice, love and compassion.

I will be posting more later to build on this but I wanted to stress the idea in this post that OT stresses the importance of fighing for social justice.

In later posts I will address these questions:

Does the NT also address social justice/issues the same way?
How does this relate to us today in modern world?
Why should you care?
What social justices should we be concerned for/ fighting for?
How does this relate to Dominion theology and what are the concerns (pros and cons?)
How does this relate to our political stance?
Should a conservative and/or liberal Christian work together for social justice?
How does fighting for social justice relate to post-modern society?
How does it relate to the emergin and emergnat churches? Should we be concerned?
Can we take stands for social justice and not loose our foundational, essential theology?

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