Not Academic; Please Run and Panic

Sun ExplosionSometimes I just get amused at news stories. The one in the New York Times was obviously written by a journalist who doesn’t understand the words he’s using. The article, Earth Might Survive Sun’s Explosion, begins –

What happens to planets when their stars age and die?

That’s not an academic question. About five billion years from now, astronomers say, the Sun will run out of hydrogen fuel and swell temporarily more than 100 times in diameter into a so-called red giant, swallowing Mercury and Venus and dooming life on Earth, but perhaps not Earth itself.

It’s not an academic question? It’s not scholarly, hypothetical, speculative, or conjectural? Shall I take decisive, immediate action? And if so, what? Is there something I can do to prevent it? Some sort of legislative maneuver, or a particular brand of sun block?

Actually, I’m trying to figure out if I care. If the sun swells and burns up all life on earth, there’s a good chance I’ll be dead. I’m still a young man, a spritely 46, but I’m not sure I’ll make it to 5,000,000,046 years old. And if I’m dead and burned to a crisp, should I care if the Earth survives as a glowing hunk of rock?

This is not an academic question, after all. I think I should run in circles and panic. If not now, then at least by the time I turn 4 billion.

Living With Leukemia

Amy chronicled her battle with leukemia, and showed how to fight the battle with a warm, loving, patient, Christian heart. We will all go to be with our Lord someday; Amy’s day was yesterday. You can read her entire battle from Amy’s first post

I wholly believe my journey through leukemia began from the foundations of the earth. The Lord has had this fully written in His plan for my life. Though we will never know the exact moment a single cell of my DNA acquired a problem, the doctors feel my body has been under attack for months. As I look back, I see the many ways God has been preparing us for this — He has truly gone before, and for that I must be grateful.

through the struggle

With that on my mind I’ve been trying to focus on the Cross instead of wallowing in self-pity. And believe me, I have my moments. I’ve been struggling especially with my nursing staff lately. I talked to the doctor about it yesterday morning and just about threw something when once again I was assigned the troublesome nurse that night. For the third night in a row. So I fought self again last night, got in the shower, and found out my hair is definitely falling out. So I cried. Again. And felt sorry for myself, again. And then I made myself start to sing praises. I told Brandon sometimes when I start singing I don’t feel like it at all. But somewhere along the way my worship becomes genuine, and God draws near, or feels near, I know He is always near regardless of my emotions. I started thinking about the Cross, and how much my Savior suffered for me. And how He has gone before me in even what I view to be my most ultimate suffering. I had pain from a bone marrow biopsy, He had nails driven into His hands and feet. I am losing my hair — painlessly, yet His was torn from his head by those who mocked Him. How can I complain about these momentary trials, when He has suffered so for me? I fell asleep pondering these things.

to the last from her husband Brandon,

As someone else said on another blog when their dear one passed away, I never knew one could be at so much peace and have such a broken heart at the same time.

when Amy went to see our Creator.

I can’t begin to offer her family the right words of comfort, but I can help share Amy’s story. I think she would have liked that.

Living with Leukemia

*via Rocks in My Dryer

Engineering Quiz Answers

1. What planet is the only planet that rotates clockwise? Venus

2. Approximately how many bricks were used to build the Empire State Building? 10 million

3. What is the brightest man-made place that can be seen from space? Las Vegas, Nevada

4. Which dam holds the largest volume of water? Sycrude Tailings Dam, Canada

5. Isotopes of the same element all have the same..? Atomic Number

6. Which tunnel is the longest? Seikan Tunnel, Japan

7. How long would it take for someone on Earth to realize the sun had stopped shining? 8 min

8. What is the correct composition of gases in the atmosphere? 78% N2, 21% O2, 1%Ar, 0.04% CO2

9. What make of car broke the record for driving the equivalent of 4 times around the world non stop? Mercedes

10. Approximately what percentage of worldwide oil reserves does the Middle East have? 66%

11. If you traveled at a constant speed of 30 miles per hour, how many days would it take you to reach the center of the earth from the equator? 5.5

12. What is the maximum power you could achieve from a wind turbine that has a blade radius of 7 meters in a wind velocity of 5 m/s? 9620 W

Engineering Quiz

Ok, so I’m an engineer. See if you know the answers to the following. I’ll post the answers in a couple of days.

1. What planet is the only planet that rotates clockwise?

2. Approximately how many bricks were used to build the Empire State Building?

3. What is the brightest man-made place that can be seen from space?

4. Which dam holds the largest volume of water?

5. Isotopes of the same element all have the same..?

6. Which tunnel is the longest?

7. How long would it take for someone on Earth to realize the sun had stopped shining?

8. What is the correct composition of gases in the atmosphere?

9. What make of car broke the record for driving the equivalent of 4 times around the world non stop?

10. Approximately what percentage of worldwide oil reserves does the Middle East have?

11. If you traveled at a constant speed of 30 miles per hour, how many days would it take you to reach the center of the earth from the equator?

12. What is the maximum power you could achieve from a wind turbine that has a blade radius of 7 meters in a wind velocity of 5 m/s?

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Ave Maria

It’s good to see somebody putting their money and their life where their faith is. I learned something about Dominos Pizza today: The founder, Tom Monaghan, is a faithful Catholic. He’s used his fortune to found the town of Ave Maria, Florida. What makes Ave Maria so special is that it’s designed for Christians. Tom’s purpose is to get as many people to Heaven as he can. Ave Maria has Catholic schools and Catholic university and 11,000 homes. You can get complete information from the Ave Maria homepage.
Ave Maria

Some aren’t happy about it. The ACLU is already eyeballing the town, according to the ABC story, and AthiestParents.org (who knew there was such an organization?) has terrible things to say about it.

It’s designed to be utopia on earth for the fervent Catholics. God bless Tom Monoghan for his vision.

Christian Carnival CLXXVIII

Christian Carnival 178 is up at … Chasing the Wind! I have the honor of hosting this week’s carnival, affectionately known as Christian Carnival 178, 2^89th, hexadecimal B2, or binary 10110010. Whew, and I think there were almost that many entries.
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They’re presented here in roughly the order submitted; if you’re a blog author and you don’t see you entry, I’ll be happy to modify the list below. I had to exclude 1 entry from this week’s Carnival; while “positive” in nature, it didn’t represent a Christian viewpoint. And I excluded two humanistic, scientific anti-Christian blogs for obvious reasons.
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if you’re a visitor and curious about Carnival entries, click on a few and read this week’s best Christian blogging.

Blog Against Theophobes

Ah. A lightbulb goes off. I read several posts this Easter weekend about the dangers of forming a theocracy. The Houston Chronicle linked to one at Feet to the Fire:

The banwitdth devoted to the dangers of Church to State is enormous. Being righteous lefties that analysis comes easy to us. As a lefty who is also believer, I also see the other side of that equation and the dangers run in both directions.

I thought this would be interesting. (P.S. to the author of “Feet to the Fire” if you follow a trackback here – run your post through a spell checker) A lot of the post I agree with, but then there’s a hard left turn at the end –

So, what am I saying in this blog against theocracy? I am saying that when we resist the improper influence of clergy and church in secular affairs, we are saving some arrogant and benighted men (usually), and their followers, from themselves. The kingdom they seek cannot be legislated , cannot be built on the bodies of “unbelievers”. That way lies not heaven on earth, but hell.

This has first the supposition that “righteous righties” actually want a theocracy. We are called to be good citizens of our society, and along with that is a responsibility to resist those laws that oppose God. I can’t imagine a more intense “hell on earth” than to live in a society with *no* Christian influence. Murder is ok, sure. Sleep with your neighbor’s wife, see if I care. Nah, not my kind of society.

But I passed on participating; I thought it was just an outlier post. But then I read another, and then another… what the heck? A whole bunch of lefties suddenly start preaching against forming a theocracy?

Ah. It was an organized blogswarm against theocracy. I’ll make another note that the lefties do not want to lose the 2008 election to Christians so they’re going to do their best to supporting Christianity at the same time they oppose any Christian influence.

Evangelical Outpost has a reasoned response to the blogswarm –

The theophobes, however, are a bit unique in that they embrace an infantile brand of libertarian socialism.* Like other leftists, they tend to advocate for collectivist government solutions. But their support ends when government interferes with their “rights” to do as they please. This is why they hate–and hate is not too strong a word–people who refuse to keep their religious beliefs in the closet. Christians, in particular, are considered a group that is always trying to impose their bourgeois standard of morality on society despite how it makes some people feel.

There’s no doubt about it – Christianity makes people uncomfortable because God’s law is perfection that is a light on our darkness. It convicts us of our sin. That makes us feel guilty and helps lead us to the way, the truth, and the life. But lefties don’t like that sort of judgement, and they prefer to see only the God of love. But the God is also Righteous Judgement, and that’s the part lefties don’t like. In other words, I believe they often worship an incomplete God.

This is why it is impossible to take these people seriously. Their crack-pot conspiracy theories rarely bear any resemblance to reality. Do they seriously think that a country with a thriving abortion industry, a pornified pop culture, and where even speaking ill of homosexuality is considered déclassé is in danger of becoming a theocracy?

I recommend reading the entire Evangelical Outpost article. And don’t forget that the lefties will be practicing their technique all the way to the 2008 election to split the Christian vote.