In light of the last entry, I found this video of Tremper Longman III, the Old Testament professor out at Westminister Seminary, and his comment of which book has been influential in his life
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Posted in Christian Education, Christian Ministries, JellyTelly, Parenting, Phil Vischer, TV, Veggie Tales, Video, tagged Agnes & Winnefred, Bentley Brothers, biblical illiteracy, Buck Denver, Clive & Ian, disney, Dr. Schniffenhowzen, JellyTelly, nickelodeon, Quacky the Duck, sesame street, Veggie Tales on November 12, 2008 | 2 Comments »
I just received the following email from Phil Vischer about upcoming Christian TV shows on a “mini-network” called JellyTelly. I wasn’t able to hear the sound from the videos but the newsletter suggested the Christians shows are meant to address kids’ biblical illiteracy and compete with secular networks such as Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel.
Honestly, I think if they can pull this off business-wise, it’d be great. When I used to watch some of these shows with my younger cousin, I’d have to qualify every underlying message I felt compelled to bring up. Watching secular television without a developed Christian worldview is a uphill battle. Some common themes I saw on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel included, secular love, dating, romance and marriage, portrayal of maliciousness toward other kids as humor, lying, and disobeying parents. Add secular music, and educating a kid with a biblical worldview is a losing battle. I can’t censor every song she listens to on Disney radio. It’s no wonder she already has a “boyfriend.”
Anyways, I digress. Below is the newsletter and the links:
Dear FFP (friends and fans of Phil!) …
We’ve launched! After three years of work, we just launched JellyTelly – our new kids “mini-network” – at www.JellyTelly.com!
Every day on JellyTelly kids can watch 20 minutes of “mini” TV shows and play online games while learning about the Bible and their faith. Biblical illiteracy is a huge problem in the church, and we think we can help address it in the same way Sesame Street tackled basic literacy back in the 60s and 70s.
Beyond that, by collaborating with other Christian producers we are planting the seed for what could become an alternative to Nickelodeon® and the Disney Channel® – a tiny kids network that can help raise the next generation of Christians while launching the next generation of Christian storytellers. It’s an exciting time – the most fun I’ve had since we launched VeggieTales® out of a spare bedroom way back in 1993!
To hear more about the mission of JellyTelly, watch this video. To see a sample of our programming and meet Buck Denver, Clive & Ian, the Bentley Brothers, Dr. Schniffenhowzen, Agnes & Winnefred, and Quacky the Duck, watch this clip.
We’ve got a great opportunity to launch the next phase of Christian kids media, and you can be a part of it. Check it out at www.JellyTelly.com/!
Want you to know about a video lecture series available online titled, “BUILDING SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY”
This is a series lectured by Dr. Richard Pratt at Reformed Theological Seminary, which is a second series in a bigger series on Theology.
Lessons include: What Is Systematic Theology? , Technical Terms in Systematics, Propositions in Systematics, Doctrines in Systematics.
Should be interesting! They do ask for a slight donation fee.
I was really turned off when I heard Obama’s statement on Television.
Hot Air’s post gives a more probable interpretation of Obama’s quote. Though his support of troops is encouraging, I still find his portrayal of Iraq and the U.S., very much like his quote above- flippant at best, sincere at worst.
Apparently, some veterans disagree with me and support Obama. I, however, remain suspicious.
Posted in Abortion, Free Stuff, NOVA, Video, tagged Abortion, babies, birth, DVD, embryo, fertilization, fetus, meiosis, NOVA, PBS, Podcast, reproduction, Video on February 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
During my “Sex and Gender” class, we watched a PBS NOVA Program called “Life’s Greatest Miracle” on DVD.
PBS.org lets you watch online for free. This video is a sequel to NOVA’s program “The Miracle of Life,” apparently the most popular NOVA program of all time. If your not familiar with NOVA, its a television series specializing in teaching science, offering many other free videos as well as podcasts online.
Nova’s approach aims at teaching but also entertaining the popular audience. Although the opening sentence suggests an anti-religious philosophy, they do offer a quality explanation of science for the layperson and science enthusiast.
If you find it inappropriate, there was a scene of people in bathing suits at the beach introducing the topic of sex, as well as naked babies walking and crawling around in the beginning. I didn’t see the actual birth (since the class ended before we could finish the DVD) but our professor warned there maybe some parts which may cause people to faint (like the actual birth).
I really enjoyed the DVD, the 1 hour video giving a good visual overview of the developing baby from conception till birth. Seeing God’s handiwork gave me a sense of reverential awe. During the video, I was somewhat disheartened that most students probably would never see the video the same way. The students probably didn’t consider the video pro-life but a Christian could use “Life’s Greatest Miracle” in that way.
Posted in Current Affairs, Current News, Iraq, Military, Video, tagged Appropriations Committee, bridge fund, budget, C-SPAN, CSPAN, David Obey, House of Representatives, John Murtha, MRAP on November 21, 2007 | Leave a Comment »
Representatives David Obey and John Murtha talk about the current funding of the Military budget, mainly defending their supplemental 50 billion dollar “bridge fund” with the following conditions:
- Troops be fully trained and fully equipped before deploying
- All U.S. employees (especially the CIA) must abide by the Army Field Manual, specifically forbidding torture.
- Administration must provide a plan to end military involvement in Iraq in 14 months
They defend that they already sent 500 billion in the regular defense budget. And additionally provided 16 billion dollars in MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected).
Posted in Current Affairs, Current News, Dating, News, Parenting, Romance, Video, tagged Josh Evans, Love, Megan Meier, MySpace, Online Dating, Parenting, Romance, suicide, Today Show on November 19, 2007 | 6 Comments »
A 13 year-old hung herself, October 16, 2006, after being harassed online from a failed MySpace romance. Megan Meier, struggling with attention deficit disorder, depression, and a weight problem, fell in love with a fictional MySpace character, Josh Evans. After about six weeks, the fictional Josh Evans started a “campaign of vilification and online name-calling that ended when Megan took her own life.” “Megan’s parents said Megan received a message from him on Oct. 15 of last year, essentially saying he didn’t want to be her friend anymore, that he had heard she wasn’t nice to her friends.” Megan told her mother that “electronic bulletins were being posted about her, saying things like ‘Megan Meier is a slut. Megan Meier is fat.’”
Josh Evans was created by Megan’s friend’s neighborhood parents, after Megan and a friend had a “falling out.” The friend’s mother, created and used the fictional character to see if Megan was talking about her daughter behind their backs. A total of three people, Megan’s friend, the friend’s mother, and a friend of the friend, monitored and communicated using the fictitious account.
The Meiers blame the parents for their daughter’s death. They were interviewed on the Today Show a year after the suicide in order to “continue for justice for Megan because we knew what they did. Although the case is still open, investigators told the Meiers, “that while the hoax was cruel, it was not criminal.” The Meiers hope to press criminal charges under a federal law passed in January 2006 that prohibits online harassment.
Of importance is that the parents closely monitored their daughter’s online activities, and were still unable to prevent her death. The parents had the password to the account, preventing her from signing on without them. “[They] had to be in the room” when she was online. The parents were also aware of the relationship, and warned Megan to “not get too excited,” and her mom warned Megan daily about the online relationship. The parents have since, gotten a divorce.
What could have prevented this sad story? The parents had closely monitored and talked to their child about her internet activities and she still was not protected. Ultimately, I don’t think this could’ve been prevented without dealing with the issue of sin. One of the most dangerous aspects of any relationship, online or in real life is the potential for idolatry, worshiping creation rather than the creator. Love, can be twisted from it’s original origin in God and lead to depression and ultimately suicide. Josh Evan became the over-riding authority Megan desired to please rather than God or her parents. Although the article suggests that close monitoring and dialogue with a child will help prevent such a tragedy from happening again, a child must be taught by their parents how to seek God’s pleasure before all others. Sin is the true problem, and the solution is in Christ.
Source: MSNBC’s Today Show
Posted in Boot Camp, Devotion, Humor, Marine Corp, Military, Video, YouTube, tagged Boot Camp, DI, drill instructor, ephesians 4, flashback, herd, Iraq, iraqi, jumping jacks, killing machine, robot, sniper, survival, unity in christ on November 10, 2007 | 1 Comment »
I’ve read one-liners like:
- “Why we can’t leave yet…”
- “The Iraqi’s are ready to assume control!!!!!!!!”
- “At this rate, we’re never leaving Iraq”
[All titles were from youtube clips]
Disconcerting as the video as it is, even more disconcerting is the fact that to some, it only verifies their conviction that we’ve lost the war. Though as you will see below there’s a parallel in principle of coordinating exercise and coordinating combat, I find the real humor is if someone actually used this video as premise of their argument (I doubt it but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was at least one- there’s alway one.)
But really the first thing I thought of though when I watched this video was boot camp. I flashbacked to the numerous times DI’s were yelling at us for not doing things in sync during PT. I thought to myself, “Now I know why they got so mad at us,” because we look stupid, and it’s good training.
Although some might think about the zombie-like robot-stupid killing-machine mentality of the military, I really think there’s two benfits to doing jumping jacks in sync.
First point is that coordinated exercises is another oppurtunity to become one. In combat, being in sync and coordinated is key. If you can’t even do coordinated jumping jacks with ten people, what about a platoon? What about a company? If 10 people can’t do the same thing at the same time, why expect the same 10 to do different things, in a coordinated way, at the same time?
“My argument can only be taken so far though. Obviously a group of construction workers would be coordinated in making a parking lot, but would less coordinated doing surgery. It takes practice. But at the same time, the more a group of people become one, the more quickly the group learns to adapt and overcome different tasks. As my heavy-hat, former SSgt Hernandez said, “The platoon just clicks.” That’s the essence of boot camp. Learning that the key to succeeding and surviving involves everyone- you’re weak people, you’re slow people, you’re strong people, you’re fast people– the point is they’re all you’re people. It’s very much like how the Christian body succeeds and grows:
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
Success then is in the unity of the different parts, and in that unity the group will be able to overcome all.
My second point is of course survival. In a school of fish, in a herd of caribou, the one that decides to run in a different direction, or stick out in any way is the one that gets killed. Why make the job of a sniper easier? Don’t stick out by looking different.
Reiteraing what I said earlier, though it’s a useful tool for training, jumping jacks certainly is not a reliable measurement of how the war is going.
Laugh at the video, but don’t laugh too hard. Seriously.
I am always wary of the media in how they portray stories. I will provide some thought on points the investigation portrays.
The investigative report suggested the banning of Dragon Skin was because some of the procurement officers now work for the companies of the Interceptor vests. Although possible, another equally valid reason (albeit politically incorrect) is the recent 167 million dollar contract. That’s 167 million dollars of tax dollars lost, not including the funds required to purchase the new Dragon Skin armor. Although Congress or the taxpayers might be willing to make such a sacrifice in the military budget -allocating additional dollars to purchase Dragon Skin- the Army would never give up the 167 million dollars of armor without promise for more money replacing them with Dragon Skin.
The idea that the ban took place in March, before the Dragon Skin testing in May also is misleading. In the Marine Corp, a ban was placed on any synthetic shirts outside of camps with the same, “safety of use message.” Especially where body armor is concerned, forcing troops to use the tested Interceptor Vest is better than the allowing untested Dragon Skin. If the Army had any interest in my opinion, I would make such a ban provisional, until Dragon Skin was tested independently of any preconceived answers considering the financial or procurement bias. Desired objectivity might even justify why the Army reportedly didn’t allow the Mechanical Engineer -and Dragon Skin proponent- to the Dragon Skin testing. However, the news special said the Army didn’t give a reason.
I digress. The Army didn’t use such a reason, and according to the Brigadier General Mark Brown’s response to the interview with Lisa Myers, “13 of 48″ Dragon Skin tested suffered full penetration in a variety of testing conditions. Thus, they are not claiming it’s because of money, but because of legitimate testing (see Brigadier General’s press release).
I can’t answer if the US Army or Pentagon banned Dragon Skin due to corruption. A more realistic answer is perhaps the Army testing may have purposely produced negative test results (see Pinnacle Armor’s account of testing); the Army testers creating certain testing conditions to produce unfavorable results.
Such questionable testing occurred when the Army tested the AR-15 in Alaska without telling Stoner -with improperly assembled rifles!
Despite this, I’m still on the fence on who to believe, the US Army or Pinnacle Armor? Although I don’t doubt the testing by the media and numerous demonstrations by Pinnacle Armor, I believe Pinnacle Armor and the media have not addressed the accusation of failure at different temperatures (-60, 120, and 140 degrees Fahrenheit). Such a failure makes all the difference, I wouldn’t use the armor in combat knowing the adhesive might fail- regardless of how awesome it is at normal room temperature (however, see ballistic test with Dragon Skin in 170 degrees Fahrenheit). On the other hand, does the Army standards, specify testing armor at multiple temperatures? Or did the Army decide to do so because they wanted to produce instances of Dragon Skin failing like the M16 testing in Alaska? If indeed the Army was not using the test standards as an article from Defense Review states, it discredits many of the soldier’s trustworthiness (see Pinnacle Armor’s response to SOUM for particular instances of vagueness on the verge of lies).
More youtube videos:
PBS Newshour Debate (note the difference between what Col. Maginnis says about the lack of ballistic testing and Defense Review’s findings on ballistic testing)
For more details following this issue see:
Food for thought from http://www.americanvision.org/articlearchive2007/06-14-07.asp
We’re fooling ourselves if we think that passively watching a colorful box of lights for hours every night doesn’t have an effect. Advertisers are just one group that bets big money that it does. When over half of the nation is mindlessly staring at a lighted piece of glass for hours on end each night, how can we be surprised when they start believing what they are watching and hearing?
Thought that was interesting…
Dr. Bruce Ware (Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the speaker for the Spring Resurgence Conference.
The conference provides both video and audio lectures. Q&A follows after each lecture. Lecture notes are also available. Scroll down of each page for the download.