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Back to Work

This Monday will be my first day at my new job. It will have been 8 months since I last worked in a professional environment.  Being unemployed has taught me a few lessons, which I hope to capture in this post.

Job security is an illusion. Nobody is indispensable and most things are outside of your control. Everybody should be looking and preparing for their next job. This could be training, getting certifications, or going back to school. Looking for your next job will show you what is out there and how you need prepare. You may not need a certain certification for your current job, but that does not mean you will not need it to get our next job.

Finding work is difficult. Even though you might be highly skilled, that does not mean the people looking for you are highly skilled. There are a lot of jobs out there, but most people are looking for someone who has already done the job. It was amazing to me that so many people cared more about specific skills that can be learned, then tale…

Speaking about Adam and Even

"As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches (1 Cor. 14:33-34)." Did a pin just drop? This has to be one of the most uncomfortable verses to modern ears in all of the New Testament, but that will not make it go away.

Many people try to argue that first century Corinthian women were crazy, uneducated, and rude. They would interrupt people and slander their husbands publicly, which is why Paul had to rebuke them. It is amazing how many modern women (and men) are so quick to disavow their fore bearers. In any case this verse says nothing of the sort. The main thing we can glean from this verse is that it is a universal command for all of the churches. It is not specific to the church in Corinth. Any arguments regarding specific chaos in the Corinthian church should be dismissed, since it is applicable to all churches everywhere.
"For they are not permitted to speak (1 Cor. 14:34)." The next range of arguments tries to define what…

Miracles

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John Lennox in his winsome way discusses the question of miracles. He discusses David Hume, design, and more more. It is worth your while watching this video if you think miracles are impossible.

Snake Eyes

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD (Prov. 16:33). Looking back on my first interview for a high-tech company, I really should not have been hired. Although I was in Electrical Engineering, I knew nothing about computers. I did not even know how to use Windows Explorer to find files (Go ahead and laugh, it really is funny). Several years later I asked my boss what he was thinking when he hired me, but he didn't remember. It is ironic that I probably would not have hired myself if the roles had been reversed. However, by the end of my time there, I was the manager of Software and Testing for the company.

This situation has always been a reminder to me that it is not my abilities that are solely responsible for my success. There is so much outside of my control:

Being born in Canada to a middle class family.Parents that loved each other and us kids.Brothers and sisters that were good role models.Friends that had purpose in life.A brain that works.et…

Finding Truth

Most people have faith that they are right, but they don't have knowledge that they are right. Looking at three categories of people is helpful to understand this distinction, self-affirmers, extreme fighters, and shallow divers.
Self-affirmers are those people who mainly interact with people of their own persuasion. They don't read books or listen to people who think differently then them, especially if the topic is contrary to what they believe. In this case ignorance is bliss and they intend to stay that way. It is the type of person who tries to give you a book about what they believe, but will not read a book about what you believe. They are sure in their belief because nobody is given a chance to contradict it.
Extreme fighters are those people who take the most extreme position as defining an opposing viewpoint. Straw men and sweeping generalizations are characteristics of extreme fighters, and they don't find it odd that only their perspective cannot easily be dism…

Church Framing

There are beliefs that we take for granted. We absorb them from our parents, friends, and society. They are not analyzed because they are assumed to be true. One of those beliefs is our understanding of church structure. I was recently in a conversation with a "pastor" who said that the church should be lead by "a male in a plurality of elders." The problem with this perspective is that there is no biblical evidence for it. There is nothing to indicate that there is a primary leader of any church, except for Jesus Christ. That same week I was in another conversation with someone and they mentioned that they don't identify overseers at their church. This practice also does not follow the pattern found in Scripture of identifying overseers by their qualifications. Both of these conversations inspired me to look more closely at how a church actually should be organized.

The minimum structure of a church is fairly straightforward, there are overseers (elders), deac…

John Lennox

John Lennox is one of my favourite speakers on the creation of the world. In the video below he outlines his view. It is worthwhile considering his thoughts on this issue.

Godly Desires

It is hard to trust in God when you are trusting in yourself. I had committed to a job in Colorado when I discovered the opportunity was not what I expected. The manager who was supposed to be my boss when I was down there was no longer going. The contract negotiations had fallen through. I decided to ask if it was a possibility for me to stay in Ottawa instead of going to Colorado. They said, yes, but I asked for the rest of the day to think about it before I gave my final decision. During this time I went up to my parents cottage to think and this verse came to mind. Commit  your way to the LORD; trust in him, and He will act (Ps. 37:5).  As I read this verse I began to get frustrated. What does it mean God will act? I am the one who has to make the decision at the end of the day. After all, He is not going to answer for me! These were my true feelings and I even wrote them down at the time. I wasn't mad at God, it just did not make sense to me.

The next day I went into work to …