Various and Sundry

Here’s a random assortment of things that, by themselves, aren’t significant enough for their own blog entry: Abi seems to be cutting some teeth. This is way earlier than Benjamin did, but the symptoms are definitely there. Sunday her cheeks were rosy red all day, and she’s had a temperature pretty much non-stop since then….

What's the plural of pilgramage?

About 10 years ago now, Nicole and I went on our first road trip together. We were 18, and couldn’t believe that my parent’s would let the two of us go alone, in their car, all the way to Cleveland! Of course, they knew who we were going to visit, and that there would be…

jonandnic dot com Downgrade

jonandnic dot com is just finishing up a move to a much cheaper, but slightly less capable home. While Westhost offered fantastic service for advanced functionality, its over-kill for the lowered ambitions of the site. Instead of $40 every 3 months, we’ll be paying $12 a year to LRE Hosting. While we finish up the…

Hacking Time Machine

This past week I was the unfortunate victim of hard drive failure on my 1stgen Macbook Pro. After looking through my local NAS and finding that my most recent backup was done in April, I kicked myself a little bit. I have everything available to me to do regular backups, but like most people I…

Kid News

So I figured I’d give you all a little break from the ranting and update you on how the kids are doing… We took Benjamin for an initial visit with a Tyke Talk speech path on Friday. He’s a “late talker” — which apparently isn’t all that uncommon for boys. He has about 30 words…

Seen and not Heard: Some Clarifications

I think I should probably limit the scope of what it is I’ve been pondering lately. What it boils down to for me is understanding our individual responsibility to Matthew 28:19. As I’ve said a couple times before, its apparent to me that individual Christians have, in general, relinquished their individual responsibilities to what they…

Seen and not heard

So I debated long and hard about whether or not to write this post, or relate this story. I wanted to use it as a logical next step in our (yours and my) on-going conversation about effective Christianity, but Matthew would seem to suggest that it would be best to keep my mouth shut. I…

Boycotting Tim Horton's

If you know me, you understand the severity of this sacrifice. Tim Horton’s corporate policies put protection of their brand above their communities. A call from their head office confirmed that they won’t even allow restaurants to give empty coffee cups to an organized effort to feed homeless people. So, I won’t be giving them…

Effective Christian Leadership outside our Churches

Last week I wrote two posts about some problems I’ve observed. One was about neo-conservatism in U.S. politics, one was about Christians in general. Some people liked one post a lot more than they liked the other, which is curious to me, because I felt I was writing about the same thing: a general self-righteous…