Friday, October 31, 2008

Why doesn't Microsoft Word support unicode???

OK, so all you PC users are looking at me strange. I'm talking about Office 2008. But I hope this post turns up in other searches on Word and unicode because I want Microsoft to receive the bad PR.

My complaint is that Word for mac can't handle Right to Left text. Astounding. The operating system supports it. OpenOffice can do it. So why would such a fundamental feature be missing? Is the computer simply not appropriate for semitic and arabic users??

Ok, enough ranting.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Great quote on Form Criticism

For the biblical scholars out there, here's a great quote on form criticism.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

No Power in the Hour?

Albert Mohler describes tensions between Robert Schuller and his son. I'd love to read more somewhere. The striking quote is Robert (Snr) saying, "I was called to start a mission, not a church," which means, "You don't try to preach [...] what is sin and what isn't sin. A mission is a place where you ask nonbelievers to come and find faith and hope and feel love." It's a fascinating distinction (compared to being a church). But where does he get that from? Can't be the Bible that I know.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Wisely spending money

After a great sermon on Ecclesiastes 5 and 6 at church yesterday, this post has some very practical tips for saving money that really agree with the wisdom of Ecclesiastes. As the article begins,

Live a comfortable life, not a wasteful one. Do not spend to impress others. Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects. Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you. Always live well below your means.

Or as Ecclesiastes says,

5:10 Whoever loves money never has money enough;
 whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
 This too is meaningless.
13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun:
 wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner,
14 or wealth lost through some misfortune,
 so that when he has a son
 there is nothing left for him.
6:9 Better what the eye sees
 than the roving of the appetite.
 This too is meaningless,
 a chasing after the wind.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Long lost quote on heaven

A number of years ago I read J Oswald Sanders' Heaven better by far and I remember being struck by one quote in particular. I've finally found it again. It was a song by Johnson Oatman. I remember being astounded to think that humans would have something to sing of that the angels wouldn't know.

There is singing up in heaven
Such as we have never known,
Where the angels sing the praises
of the Lamb upon his throne;
Their sweet harps are always clear.
O, that we might be more like them
While we serve the Master here.
Holy, holy is what the angels sing,
And I expect to help them make
The courts of heaven ring;
But when I sing redemption's story,
They will fold their wings,
For angels never felt the joy
That our salvation brings.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Understanding how styles apply

Most people hate Styles in Word, yet they are incredibly powerful when used right. Microsoft Office's Word Team Blog has this article on how styles are applied so you can get a better idea of the hierarchy of styles.

Monday, October 20, 2008

What happens when people become commodities

I hadn't heard about this story, but apparently it's been widely publicised. A baby was "commissioned" by a Japanese couple wanting a child but before she was born the couple divorced. That's a tragedy common enough. But now the child is not recognised in either country. What's going on their? Why is it so hard for societies to welcome people? I'm sure the child is loved by the nurse that cares for her.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Criticism of the Victorian charter of rights

OK, so here's a test case. Is using the charter of rights an entirely appropriate critique of the current Victorian abortion law, or as Janet Albrechtson puts it

the weapon of first resort for those opposed to laws duly enacted by the elected representatives of the Victorian people[?]

Apparently it's fine to protect people's rights, provided the majority of people want it.

Whatever your views about abortion, there is a much larger issue at stake. Since its introduction in 2006, this is the first – but it will by no means be the last time - that the Charter of Rights will be used by litigants who ask unelected judges to overturn the democratic decisions of Victorians.

Isn't the whole point to preserve essential rights of all individuals against potential neglect (or malicious harm) by will of the majority? Or have I misunderstood?

I should point out Janet does not support the law as it stands.

While I’m firmly in the camp that regards the new Victorian abortion laws as abhorrent because they legalise the killing of a baby that could survive outside the mother’s womb, the Victorian Charter is nearly as bad. It kills democracy.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Worrying times ahead

I just can't understand our society. At one moment paranoid about paedophilia, the next promoting the sort of sexualisation described in this SMH article. Why does every sexual experience have to become a matter of public consumption? Should some of the fantasies described in the article be applauded, or a cause for loving concern that sex has been derailed from its value in the relationships of men and women who wish to raise children together and, as a family, work toward good purposes for the world?

Am I misunderstanding something?

UPDATE: Here's one person's experience of that "fantasy" lifestyle explored by the above article.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Subordinationism debate

Anyone know where I can find out more of what was said at this debate?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Helpful post

Paul Grimmond has a really helpful post that just reminds us to give thanks for the work God does and to live that way more often.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Church publicity at its heart

This article from Church Marketing Sucks is just really sensible (though I hate the marketing speak). If you want to start a church, don't think big events are the way to go. What's important is people and so we've simply got to spend more time getting to know people. The minister at our church at the moment is having lunch periodically with many of the guys. It's great for pastoral contact, but I now realise it's a great way to meet new people. Must remember this in the future...