What Happened 6018 Years Ago Tonight?

“In the beginning, God created heaven and earth, which beginning of time, according to this chronology, occurred at the beginning of the night which preceded the 23rd of October in the year 710 of the Julian period.”

In the right margin of the page, Ussher computes the date in “Christian” time as 4004 B.C.

Get the scoop here: The Annals of the World.

I understand he was a meticulous documenter of his calculations…

Do I personally believe God began Creation 6018 years ago tonight? Continue reading

Are You Sloppy With the Facts?

Facts do not flex and will not stretch. Not for your preferences or your convenience. Not for your interpretation, your slant, or your opinion.

If you “adjust” facts with any of those, you no longer have facts.

If you want facts to remain facts, you have to stick to the facts.

No corrupt communication
Don’t say anything corrupted!

I get very exercised when people present their interpretations, surmisings, and opinions as facts. So the following really clicked for me:

Facts first, then opinions. With God, facts and opinion are one and the same. There’s no slippage between the two in His marvelous, omniscient mind.

But with us mortals, there’s a whole spectrum ranging from what the Bible tells us is true, to what we think may or may not be the case, to what we know we don’t know. There’s nothing wrong with speculations along the middle of that spectrum. But things get dangerous when folks can no longer discern which category they’re thinking in—when they start treating facts and opinions as if they were interchangeable. If we want people to pay attention to our opinions, we should start by being careful with our facts. If you’re sloppy with your facts, why should anybody trust your opinions?

Four pre-election cautions

Sloppy with the facts — that’s just such a great way to put it.

So is this: “treating facts and opinions as if they were interchangeable.”

And I am so blessed at this realization: in the mind of God there is no slippage between facts and opinion. That is so amazing!

When anyone reports to me what happened or what was said, I want him to be faithful to the facts. I want to trust the accuracy of his report. I hate mistrusting others.

For myself, I hereby renew my commitment to truth, accuracy, and faithfulness. I throw my lot with the One who is the way, the truth, and the life. I reject the ways of the deceiver and father of lies whose seduction of Eve went so “well.”

Oregon Coast: Helicopter Rescue

My OregonLive RSS feed showed a dramatic helicopter rescue story. I like helicopters and Depoe Bay, so I clicked.

I looked at the photo and thought, “That rock sure looks like one I’ve climbed various times over the decades. That’s got to be at Fogarty Creek!”

Fogarty Creek (Oregon Coast) Helicopter Rescue

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Are You a Transit Point for Wealth?

“I am a transit point for wealth,
not a destination.”
Mark Roth
Give an account of your stewardship!
“Give an account of thy stewardship” (Luke 16:2).

Quote background: Serving Without Expecting Reward

God Makes It Clear: Stephen Hawking Is a Fool

Mr. Hawking said about something or other, “if there were a God. Which there isn’t.”

“The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.”
(Psalm 14:1)

I can admire or mock Mr. Hawking’s brash ignorance and unbelieving foolishness, but the big question for me is whether I live in daily acknowledgement of God’s existence. Continue reading

Juli’s Grandpa’s Favorite Homemade Yogurt

July and me in 2003
Juli and her grandpa in 2003

I think even I could make this yogurt… :shock:

  1. Half gallon milk in a covered crockpot on low for 2.5 hours.
  2. Turn off cooking machine and let it all sit (still covered) for 3 hours.
  3. Whisk in 1 cup of plain yogurt. (Uncover first, of course.)
  4. Recover (as in, put the lid back on the crockpot) and then wrap the whole thing in a large towel and leave thusly for 8 hours.
  5. Done.

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Do You Pressure Your Friends?

“If you make your friends do things to please you,
you are loving your own reflection through them.”
-Pete Martens

If you start feeling like I’m conditioning our friendship on your 100% compliance with my wishes, please let me know.

In fact, let me know if such conditioning reaches even 20%.

I don’t want to be that kind of friend. Continue reading