Sunday, August 18, 2019

Aerial view NYC

Aerial view New York City, 2019: Pinterest
Aerial view New York City: Professor Howdy

I was in Manhattan, the Bronx and Newark, New Jersey, for about half a week in 2002. Highlights:

• Viewing the old East Coast, concrete buildings.
• Touring the top of the Empire State Building.
• At the Empire State Building: Meeting two 'Jersey Shore?' young ladies from New Jersey via Christian Cafe, that could not wait to leave, stating that my friend Documentary Man was (paraphrased) 'weird'. I doubt they loved me either (we were too intellectual and too Christian).
• Touring the Hudson River and seeing the Statue of Liberty via Ellis Island.
• The Manhattan bus tour, including seeing the United Nations Building and Madison Square Garden.
• Attending a Christian church in Manhattan on a Sunday.
• Having French food at a Manhattan restaurant.
• Seeing 'Ground Zero'; this was a sombre and sad highlight.
• Seeing Documentary Man, a direct decedent of Oliver Cromwell asked if he 'spoke English' by a Manhattan, Burger King employee.
• Viewing and somewhat taking part in a religious debate, outside of a McDonald's, fueled by Documentary Man and a Manhattan, Hare Krishna.
• Ironically, years later, Documentary Man's Facebook profile photos look sort of Hare Krishna (ish). He still looks sharp and 'professory'.
• Viewing the Arizona Diamondbacks @ New York Yankees at the Bronx and the former Yankee Stadium.
• Being told by a Yankee Stadium employee to take my sunglasses off and read the sign that there was no cases or bags allowed. Informing him, I was new there and from Canada; he directed me to a storage facility across the street. So, my case was fine just across the street? $$$
• Being villainized by a Manhattan taxicab driver for not tipping high enough...(Documentary Man).
• Central Park was okay, but I have been to more impressive parks in Canada and the United Kingdom. The United States and Europe, too.

• A regret for me is not focusing on and visiting New York book stores at the time. Now, I order some books from a Manhattan book store. Perhaps purchasing books I could have bought for less money 17 years ago. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb (Beethoven).

Friday, August 16, 2019


1. Thankfully, all my financial, student debts have long been covered.

2. My debts (and sins) are also forgiven by God through the atoning and resurrection (to everlasting life) work of Jesus Christ, applied to believers...

Example from Hebrews 9: New American Standard Bible

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things [k]to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect [l]tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; 12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, [m]having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the [n]cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through [o]the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse [p]your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where a [q]covenant is, there must of necessity [r]be the death of the one who made it.

17 For a [s]covenant is valid only when [t]men are dead, [u]for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. 18 Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the [v]tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. 22 And according to the [w]Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Down the Nile River

Dennis the Menace

Years ago, after church in Vancouver, visiting a missionary couple and friend's house for board games, I tried to satirically inform their second little girl and genius toddler, that I was big, ugly and dumb as I was still in school (Wales, UK, PhD) at my age. She denied what I stated, countering (paraphrased), Daddy is the same age as you and still in seminary. Mommy smiled. Payton was (and is I am sure, as they moved back to Tennessee) sharp.


Contact the British Museum instead.

Note: I reason there is enough legitimate manuscript and historical evidence for both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament (and related academic evidences), that these kinds of fictional claims are not required for a proof of a reasonable biblical worldview, noting that this example is satirical, of course.

Sadly, there is also, of course, the temptation for some to attempt to make money through religion scams and frauds.

Even with my belief in the gospel and interest in religious studies at a very young age, I also have had a serious skepticism in regard to aspects of religion, simultaneously.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Monday Bullets: Surprise vinyl siding

• I have to admit I am enjoying DAZN, which is online, much more, as of this last weekend, streaming from their wesbite and then connecting DAZN online to one of my televisions, at a time, through HDMI 2, Input.

• At first, I used Google Chrome for DAZN, my default browser which works well with Google/Blogger websites. However, Google Chrome was very 'jerky' with streaming. I very briefly chatted online with a DAZN technician that suggested I update Google Chrome, but there was nothing to update. I tried Microsoft Edge (also already updated) and it runs DAZN near perfectly. The picture is generally as clear as from television alone, in my opinion.

• This is $20 Canadian a month, well-spent...more so now.

•  Proverbs 12: 10 English Standard Version

Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

This noted from a sermon at church, this last Sunday morning...

•  In basic agreement with the sermon from a guest pastor, animal and plant life should be respected and treated well within God's creation. This is reasonable, even as admittedly within the Earth's ecology, as an aspect, some animals and plants are used for human food and for the production of human food and drink.

•  The pastor noted that recently, (paraphrased) some critics have even complained that plant life is often mistreated when consumed by human beings for food. So, another source of food, not animal or plant, needs to be sought by humanity, claim some critics.

•  But, biblically and theologically, the ecology, was created for God, and food and drink for humanity was intended. The ecology should not be abused by humanity though, but of course in the fallen realm we presently exist in (Genesis 3, Romans), it often is...

• Human love and concern for God's creation should be consistent. It often is not from people of various worldviews.

• Biblical Christians should love others in the Church (Gospel of John 13, 15, John), and should love one's neighbour as self (Matthew 22, Mark 12,  Luke 10), in other words, all of humanity.

•  It is my view that a consistent worldview, human love and care, should include conceived human beings as in the zygote, embryo, and fetus. I am reasonably certain holding to this theologically and philosophically, as this is the initial human development; even without knowing exactly when the human soul/spirit exists. It is quite possibly and reasonably at conception.

•  Even if not, as biblically human beings are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1: 26-27) the unborn should be treated as fully human.

•  From a secular perspective, human beings are the most advanced beings, on Earth, in regard to civilization; termination on demand of the unborn, is not ethically and morally a reasonable premise.

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