Book Review: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Book Review: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

t’s hard to imagine a world before airplanes. Every day we can look up and likely see one ferrying people somewhere. Human flight seems so normal now, yet in McCullough’s book we get to witness the reactions of people to seeing a man fly in something for the first time.

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I Earned My Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. What Does it All Mean?

I Earned My Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. What Does it All Mean?

What I like about BJJ is that it’s very practical. We’ve all seen these Youtube “martial artists” teaching things they’ve either learned from Hollywood or just made up that are in no way realistic. Just looking at their technique you think, “that would never work in real life.” BJJ actually works practically. Obviously nothing is one-hundred percent effective, but its extremely high percentage effectiveness over other marital arts has led to it being coined “the King of Martial Arts”.

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Compelling Reasons for Local Church Membership

Compelling Reasons for Local Church Membership

In my limited experience, people that scoff at the concept of local church membership are either rebellious and non-committal or they are wounded. The former are proud and just think themselves above being voluntarily accountable to anyone. The latter have had bad experiences with pastors and churches who tried to micro-manage their lives using unbiblical authoritarianism, brow-beating, and spiritual abuse all in the name of Hebrews 13:17.

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No, Not All Doubt Is Sinful

No, Not All Doubt Is Sinful

The thinking man however, he also struggles with doubt at times, but he continues acting on the decision of faith. He never lets it become worry. He just continues moving in the direction his initial faith took him. His progress reveals what side of the faith/doubt knife edge he is on- the faith side.

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Baptist Tech News (WARNING: SATIRE)

Baptist Tech News (WARNING: SATIRE)

At a high profile church where the app was being beta tested, the minister told us, “In the old days, we had to crop out the empty ends of the altar in pictures. This new-fangled technology solves it.” We also tried interviewing some church members there but most said they weren’t allowed to talk to the media.

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I'm Not a Puritan, I'm a Computer!

I'm Not a Puritan, I'm a Computer!

these means can apply to protecting ones self not just from fornication but really from any potential sin that stems from a progression initiated by an input. That may be a lot of them! Maybe all of them! That’s almost overwhelming to think about. We just need to be discerning enough to identify the progression back to the inward sin and then guard the associated input(s).

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The Stochastic Gospel?

The Stochastic Gospel?

The word “stochastic” is used in contrast with the word “Deterministic”. Without getting too nerdy, I’ll briefly explain their use from a purely Radiological standpoint, and how they realistically illustrate the proper vs improper setting of spiritual goals.

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Pray Like No One is Looking

Pray Like No One is Looking

When called on to pray publicly, sometimes people will inevitably feel pressure to “knock it out of the park”. Sure, this is often a fleshly, self-imposed pressure. But it should never be a peer pressure. People asked to pray in church should not feel any social obligation to impress with their praying, but rather just pray in humility and sincerity with “clean hands, and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4). And those being led in the public prayer ought to have enough brotherly charity to not care how it came out.

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How to Fish For Striped Sea Bass - Skill Collecting

How to Fish For Striped Sea Bass - Skill Collecting

One guy can throw a $20 surface popper and the guy next to him a $2 clearance swim bait and they both catch fish. The next day, one catches and the other doesn’t. The day after that, neither one catches a thing. Anglers act like they know, but we all just throw something out there and hope for the best. At best, we’re just trying to manage patterns that change too often to be patterns.

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Disclaimers and the Christian Outrage Mob

Disclaimers and the Christian Outrage Mob

…They separate from you, not because you changed what you stand for, but simply because you stopped offering virtue-signaling disclaimers to them. They likely feel guilty that your unwillingness to play the game makes them look juvenile and foolish. Then they get mad at you. Then you become the brunt of their griping with whatever inequitable and uncharitable brethren they can find next.

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Scientifically Testing Salvation Claims (Is it reasonable?)

Scientifically Testing Salvation Claims (Is it reasonable?)

John’s tests give us a means by which we can follow the trail of evidence to a reasonable conclusion with the Obedience test and the Love test, and a perfect conclusion with the truth test. Still, I must be careful to not allow personal biases or personality dislikes to skew the test results. I must be vigilant, careful, and prayerful in how and why I use this Biblical information.

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Skill-Collecting: Make a Cowboy Hat Rack

Skill-Collecting: Make a Cowboy Hat Rack

I’m not a cowboy, nor do I own cowboy hats. However, many guys still wear these things, so here are few ideas if you have some tools and want to make a place to hang your hat… or hats. Or you can buy one, custom made here.

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