Yeah, I know.  I’m way behind on my posts and promised posts.  WHO CARES I’M LEAVING FOR FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!  YIPPEEYIOCAYAYEEHAW!!!!  SUNSHINE STATE, HERE I COME!!!


P.S. For those from Iowa, (or Nebraska, for that matter) go look up “beach” in the dictionary, familiarize yourself with the term, because when I get back I may have a lot to say about it.  =)


P.P.S. Thanks SOOOOOOOO much, Lisa and the rest of the Glenn family!  I had an absolute blast out there.  More fun than I’ve had in years.  You guys rock! 


Peace, folks!  Talk to ya when I get back! 


~J

Thanks Naomi, for the prompt to post about my ongoing mental Calvinism/Armenianism debate.  Here’s a small excerpt from today’s thoughts on the issue.  


I was just holding up the freewillers side today with a friend of mine out here in bloody Iowa.  The whole huge issue brings into question the nature of God, which results in an unhappy choice.  God becomes either weak or evil, depending on which position you embrace.  If, from a reformed position, you believe that God is all knowing and all powerful, and predetermines human existence according to divine purpose, then God is necessarily responsible for evil.  If I control the circumstances that lead my neighbor to fall into harm, and allow him to fall into that harm by my action or inaction, I am accomplice to crime.  In like manner, a God that foreknew, could have stopped, and finally allowed the evil, misery, and pain, in this world is accomplice to it in terms of even our finite view of morality.  Such is inconsistent with the nature of God as expressed in scripture.  However, if you take the free will position, you are faced with a new set of problems.  If human choices can be preknown, and manipulated by changing circumstance, then they cannot be considered choices of a “free will”  If God knows what we will choose in given circumstances, for good or evil, and allows those circumstances to occur by His power, then he has made the choice for us, even though we might fool ourselves into thinking that we chose it.  Thus, to absolve God of the responsibility for the evil choices of man, the freewiller must in a sense limit either the omniscience or the omnipotence of God.  God must in some way be “surprised” by the decisions of His creation, and like in a game of chess, must find a way to work around our free will to accomplish his purpose.  Neither of these portraits accurately represents the God of the Bible, an unlimited and perfect God who nonetheless limits himself and on occation “repents him” of things He had planned.  So Calvinists and Armenians, choose whether you will serve the weak God or the evil God.  I will serve the God who refuses categorization, who is all and in all, and the fullness of whom was made manifest in Jesus Christ.  “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” ~Col. 2:9 


More to come later.  Blessings to all!


~J   

Oh this is gooooooood….  Naomi, eat your heart out. =D


 


 


SOUTHERN STATES PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXAM

We are sick and tired of hearing about how dumb people in the South are.

We challenge any so-called smart Yankee to take this exam administered by
the “Southern States Professional Engineer Licensing Department”:

1. Calculate the smallest limb diameter on a persimmon tree that will
support a 10-pound possum.

2. Which of these cars will rust out the quickest when placed on blocks in
your front yard?
A ’65 Ford Fairlane, a ’69 Chevrolet, a ’67 Chevelle, or a ’64 Pontiac GTO.

3. If your uncle builds a still that operates at a capacity of 20 gallons
of shine produced per hour, how many car radiators are required to condense
the product?

4. A woodcutter has a chain saw that operates at 2700 RPM. The density of
the pine trees in the plot to be harvested is 470 per acre. The plot is
2.3 acres in size. The average tree diameter is 14 inches. How many
Budweisers
will be drunk before the trees are cut down?

5. If every old refrigerator in the state vented a charge of R-12
simultaneously, what would be the percentage decrease in the ozone layer?

6. A front porch is constructed of 2 x 8 pine on 24-inch centers with a
field rock foundation. The span is 8 feet and the porch length is 16 feet.
The porch floor is 1-inch rough sawn pine. When the porch collapses, how
many hound dogs will be killed?

7. A man owns a Tennessee house and 3.7 acres of land in a hollow with an
average slope of 15%. The man has five children. Can each of his grown
children put a mobile home on the man’s land and still have enough
property for their electric appliances to sit out front?

8. A 2-ton truck is overloaded and proceeding 9000 yards down a steep
slope on a secondary road at 45 MPH. The brakes fail. Given average traffic
conditions on secondary roads, what is the probability that it will strike
a vehicle with a muffler?

9. A coal mine operates in a NFPA Class 1, Division 2 Hazardous Area. The
mine employs 120 miners per shift. A gas warning is issued at the
beginning of the 3rd shift. How many cartons of unfiltered Camels will be
smoked
during the shift?

10. At a reduction in the gene pool variability rate of 7.5% per
generation, how long will it take a town that has been bypassed by the
Interstate to
breed a country-western singer?