Yearly Archives: 2012

Why doesn’t God act to stop mass shootings?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a number of family & friends share on facebook photos, even videos, of joyous family times, putting up their Christmas tree. Christmas, as the song goes “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. That has all changed in a most horrific way for family, friends, front-line responders and the community in general in Connecticut today with the school shooting tragedy. It has impacted not just that community, but individuals communities across America and around the world. One of the burning questions in all of this is where is God ? Why didn’t he act to stop this violence ? Why doesn’t he stop all violence?

In the lead up to Christmas some people have an advent Christmas calendar, where each day you open up a little door to reveal a treat, usually a sweet or chocolate. But for some Advent is much more that this, it’s a Latin term that simply refers to the concept of ‘coming’, and is a time to reflect upon and prepare for the coming of Christ. For some faith traditions it is a time period on the church calendar in which you focus on specific scripture readings, for others faith traditions, it is a little less formal, and maybe not even considered a tradition as such, and may be a time where some choose to reflect on the Christmas story in their personal time with God as they read the scriptures in the lead up to Christmas.

Logos 4 for Android and the Nexus 7

I am very excited! I recently upgraded my phone to the Epic Touch 4g (Samsung Galaxy II) and my tablet to an Asus (Google) Nexus 7, just in time for Notes and Markup support for the Android version of Logos.

I have been using Libronix (Logos 3) on my Netbook in my Precept classes because the number of Markups I have makes Logos 4 too slow on a low end system. I like the Netbook because of the battery life and the size. So the idea I could switch to a tablet (and a bluetooth keyboard) and start using Logos 4 full time is very appealing.

Warning: Markups and Notes are still in Beta. So far at least, you need an active internet connection for these features, and if you use as many Notes and Markups as me, it is kinda slow to pull up everything… I really recommend you turn off Notes under Settings on a phone.

Testing continues….

What I’m reading

It’s been said you can learn a lot about someone by what they read. Perhaps that’s true. Maybe I’m about to bare my soul on the internet. It wouldn’t be the first time.

I remarked some time ago in one of my seminary classes that I have a horrible time reading just one book. It is normal for me to be reading up to a dozen books at any given time. Can that be true? You do the math, this is what I’m reading at the moment. Some are for fun, some are devotional, some are rigorous personal study, others are for outright learning something new. A Few of them (Meldau) represent books I started, never finished and have recently picked back up.