Other Reading

Another book I just finished is called The Search. It is a history of search on the internet. While at first that may not sound like that exciting of a subject, I found the book to be very interesting.

It tells the story of Google and how they have come to dominate the search field. He explains why internet search works and also why it doesn’t. He speculates about the future of search and how it will consume our lives.

Google set out to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible.” They’re getting closer. It may overtake our lives soon as all our decisions will be entered into a vast search database so that search will become automatic.

Some of it was fascinating and some of it was a bit scary. I also found my new favorite search engine A9.com. It learns by your search history and will improve your search results the more you use it. If you go ahead and click the link, I’d guess that A9 already knows your name.

Spooky. Get used to it!

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9/11 Jesus

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Mary Jane La Vache, whose mother was killed in the World Trade Center attacks, admires a statue of Jesus holding the World Trade Center towers in his hands that she commissioned in memory of nine St. Ephrem’s parishoners who died in the attacks.

Free At Last

The book that inspired my 6 part series on the “victorious life” was Tony Evans’ Free At Last. Just finished it last night. It wasn’t a bad book, had lots of good things to say. Perhaps he confuses a believer’s freedom and liberty with unstoppable victory though.

All in all, his main point–that we have liberty in Christ because of His grace and all-sufficient work–was well done.

I did, however, also have a hesitation about his understanding of the old nature–it’s a factory that turns out sin but the factory has been closed but the sin is still running around in the body. That’s why it is important to save people as kids so they don’t sin as much. Hmm. Not sure on that one.

Anyway, it was a fine book.

Truth And Freedom

“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” –Oprah Winfrey

Clarence Darrow

“The pursuit of truth shall set you free – even if you never catch up with it” –Clarence Darrow
Gloria Steinem

“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” –Gloria Steinem


“For all the talk of “lies,” the truth will set the president free.” –Deroy Murdock

James A. Garfield

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” –James Garfield

John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Has anyone ever used this verse in context?

Verse 36 tells you what the “truth” is that Jesus is speaking about,

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

The truth that sets people free is Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

He’s not talking about the pursuit of truth, the truth of WMD’s, the truth of reality, or the truth of false fear.

There’s only one truth that sets free: Jesus Christ.

Playing Possum

A church youth leader who dragged a dead possum behind his car has avoided a possible jail term for what a magistrate described as extraordinarily antisocial behaviour.

“I’m at a loss to understand what process of logic would make any reasoning person, whether a teenager or an adult, to think that it was somehow humorous … to tie a dead animal to a car and then drive around with it in front of others,” [the magistrate] said.

Well, you’re not dealing with a reasoning person, you’re dealing with a youth leader in a church. And, come on, it is kind of funny.

The Bad Shepherd

A 63-year old pastor has been indicted on charges of sexual assault of a 22-year old woman. She claims that the pastor raped her during an exorcism.

“Owens said she had a sex spirit and lesbian demon inside her that he needed to cast out.”

“Afterward, Owens, a self-proclaimed prophet, ordered her to wash her face in the name of Jesus and to read Psalm 105:15, which says to do no harm to prophets, the woman told police.”

Should have sent this guy to Hitler.

Takes One To Know One

“Of course the Devil exists and he can not only possess a single person but also groups and entire populations.”

“I am convinced that the Nazis were all possessed. All you have to do is think about what Hitler – and Stalin did. Almost certainly they were possessed by the Devil.” So says Father Gabriele Amorth who is Pope Benedict XVI’s ‘caster out of demons.’

I wonder if that is his official title? How cool would that be? “So Gabe, what do you do for a living?”

“Well, currently, I’m serving as the pope’s caster out of demons.”

“Wow, impressive. What kind of bennies do you get with that?”

Anyway, Devil made him do it. Apparently the pope of the time tried to do a long-distance exorcism on Hitler but it didn’t take.

According to Gabe, “One of the key requirements for an exorcism is to be present in front of the possessed person and that person also has to be consenting and willing. Therefore trying to carry out an exorcism on someone who is not present, or consenting and willing would prove very difficult.”

Hey, he would know, he’s the pope’s caster out of demons.