“Not all truthful statements must be free from restriction…” – Supreme Court of Canada

Let’s hope that “speaking the truth in love” remains to be free…

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Freedom+expression+absolute/8101020/story.html

“The fallacy lies in thinking that appeals to authority constitute reasons for interpreting texts a certain way; but in fact, unless that authority’s reasons are given, the only thing that such appeals establish is that the writer is under the influence of the relevant authority!”

D.A. Carson – “Exegetical Fallacies”

I’ll add another post. :-)

Perhaps in June or July…

We do not believe God has accommodated himself and his word to (as evangelical feminists see it) sinful patriarchalism, so that the “truth” of God’s word must be separated from the “sin” of patriarchy. According to this view, the biblical message is no longer sufficient but has been corrupted by a fallen aspect of the ancient biblical language and culture…

Because the Bible is God’s own chosen self-revelation, we must take seriously the language God chose to use to communicate to us what he is like. This revelation, by God’s choice, includes all the masculine God-language of the Bible, and therefore it cannot be dismissed as merely the by-product of a patriarchal cultural. To dismiss the masculine language for God in the Bible is to dismiss how God has spoken of himself, and this is a serious matter…

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Well, it’s been four months since I’ve had time to write anything much. I have a little bit of time today, since I have the day off, but I’ll still be busy. I wish that I had some more time to write, but most of the time that I would have had available is now being taken up with writing minutes and such, since I took on the task of being the clerk to council at our church. It’s not too difficult of a position, but it does take away from some of your time – especially if you are the type of person who is picky on details as I tend to be, and not so much a natural writer.

On other fronts, my daughter Niamh is in Jr. Kindergarten now. She goes twice a week and is enjoying it. William is in Grade 1 now, and he seems to like it as well. He doesn’t seem to mind going every day of the week, and he seems to be flourishing this year. We bought him a bunch of “Bob Books” and he really enjoys reading them, so his reading skills are rapidly improving. He also pays much better attention when we do devotions at supper time and can usually repeat most of the details of the Bible stories that we read.

Alana just had her birthday yesterday, so I bought her “Corner Gas: Season 004″, and went out to get her ice cream from the Marble Slab Creamery. On Sunday we will celebrate her birthday with my parents, brothers and sisters in law after church.

Anyway, I should probably get to writing the minutes of last Tuesday’s meeting, as well as notes on the home visit on Monday…

Since we’ve been looking at air conditioning lately…

Watts = BTU / EER
Amps = Watts / Volts
Volts = Watts / Amps

The Voltage will normally be 230 if the Watts are higher than 1000 (generally units higher than 10000 BTU), otherwise 110. For amperage calculations, the rated value seems to use either 100 or 110 Volts for 110 Volt units and 225 Volts for 230 Volt units.

To calculate the cost of running, calculate the total kW h and multiply by the rate.
For example:

6 hours/day * 30 days * 950 Watts = 171,000 W h = 171 kW h
171 kW h * 0.10 $/kW h = $17.10

(BTU = British Thermal Units)
(EER = Energy Efficiency Ratio)

… Trust me on this — you really do not need to read through those academic research papers. Here is a summary: The ‘scholarly consensus’ is that children and parental happiness just do not go together. According to the data, parents are less happy than non-parents, parents of infants and toddlers are especially not happy, single parents are less happy than married parents, and mothers are less happy than fathers. Except, that is, when it comes to single fathers, who are the most unhappy of all…

Christians must see children as gifts from God, not as projects. We should see marriage and parenthood as a stewardship and privilege, not as a mere lifestyle choice. We must resist the cultural seductions and raise children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and understand family life as a crucible for holiness, not an experiment in happiness…

And when it comes to happiness, we must aim for something higher. Christians are called to joy and satisfaction in Christ, and to find joy in the duties and privileges of this earthly life. Every parent will know moments of honest unhappiness, but the Christian parent settles for nothing less than joy…

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