Church was interesting this Sunday. We had the choir singing, a presentation by a missionary just back from Mongolia, and a sermon that looked at Romans 1 and asked "What is Truth?"
"What is Truth?" A famous question that's at the heart of our lives. How do know if a thing is right or wrong? Do we know know what our fundamental beliefs are based on?
The first basis is experience - we know our parents love us because they show it. The simple scientific tests can be proved because they work.
But it becomes more complex as we move into issues of morality and mortality. How can we be sure we're doing the right thing?
The debates nowadays about Intelligent Design are about what is true. The first chapter of Romans addresses this in a straightforward manner, but the question then arises to what extent do we rely on the Bible for answers to questions about our world and beyond.
This is not a new dilemma. Martin Luther involved himself in the debate five centuries ago at the first beginnings of the Reformation.
He realised that Christendom had drifted away from the truth; the traditions and opinions of the church and its leaders were given equal weight with the word of God. But only through the Bible can we understand the mind of the God who created our physical universe.
Today the attitude of many is that Biblical teachings are valuable inside the church and the family but not in the wider community or the world.
Shouldn't God be central to everything we do -- to how we conduct business, educate our children or study the world. The ID debate basically asks "Is there a God?" Biblical Christians believe that there is a Creator, that the views of secular experts do not have priority over His word.
The challenge of the Reformation was to make the Bible central to everything in life. Centuries later that is still a problem we are wrestling with.
I see the BBC7 website is running some Father Brown half-hour mysteries. Andrew Sachs plays the clerical sleuth and sounds very convincing in the role.
G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown has always been one of my favourite detectives but for some reason his adventures haven't been seen much in recent years. It must be nearly a generation since there was a television or movie adaptation.
The books are still freely available, both in print and on-line, so maybe the radio series will inspire some new readers.
A year ago, relatively few people had heard of Photobucket.com. While the upstart Web site is still far from a household name, it has emerged as the most popular online photo destination in recent months, drawing more visitors than established sites from companies like Eastman Kodak Co. and Yahoo Inc.
Photobucket.com Inc., started by a photo buff who wanted a better way to share images with his friends, has seen traffic surge tenfold in the past year. In August, it had 12.2 million unique visitors, compared with 9.6 million at Yahoo Photos and 5.9 million at Kodak EasyShare Gallery, according to research firm Nielsen/NetRatings
---- Wall Street Journal
Tomorrow is the start of November, so I expect to be pretty busy for the next four weeks. November is NaNoWriMo month, you see.
That's National Novel Writing Month, a "fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly."
Maybe I should get up early tomorrow. Tuesday is usually a busy day for me and I'm not sure how easy it will be to fit in 1700 words.
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