Archive for December 24, 2008

Life is full of surprises

Posted: December 24, 2008 by datechguy in local stuff
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Tell me have you ever had a phone call from your wife out of the blue stating that the house has to be organized because 16 total strangers from thousands of miles away are coming for Christmas Dinner when you were only going to have the 4 of your family before?

Until 30 minutes ago neither had I.

Blogging will be non-existent for the rest of the day.

Merry Christmas to all, and please excuse me I have some cleaning to do.

Preble’s Boys Review

Posted: December 24, 2008 by datechguy in amazon reviews
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My review of Fletcher Pratt’s masterpiece Preble’s Boys long out of print but now available again in paperback is up at Amazon here.

Trust me on this one, buy it.

The Line Upon a Wind. Review

Posted: December 24, 2008 by datechguy in amazon reviews
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My review of Noel Mostert’s The Line Upon a Wind is now up at Amazon here.

I have always found the subject of fighting sail incredibly interesting, and despite the best efforts of this book I still do.

Saddleback Whitewashing

Posted: December 24, 2008 by datechguy in catholic, opinion/news
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Can someone explain the wisdom of this:

Oddly enough, the FAQ page at the Saddleback Church that contained their policy statements on dinosaurs, evolution, and homosexuality (among other subjects) has suddenly been wiped clean: Saddleback Church: Small Group Information.

As a Catholic my belief set doesn’t match Pastor Warren’s but c’mon. You either believe what you preach or you don’t. The bible is rather clear that being attacked is part of the job description to wit:

“Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father. Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’ Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me and whoever does not take up his cross 15 and follow after me is not worthy of me.

This passage from Matthew 10:32-38 is very clear, take the hits and the jibes, stand up and be counted. No waffling allowed.