Which Way?

When a man puts a belt on, which way does he put it on? Does he take the free end (opposite the buckle) and put it through the belt loop on the left side of the zipper or the right side (since right and left can be confusing…imagine wearing said pair of pants). How do you do it?

I take my belt and put the free end through the left hand loop.

Google Talk instead of ICQ

I just wanted to let you know that I have started using Google Talk instead of ICQ. I had some issues using Gaim with ICQ (I wanted to use it because of the encryption plugin) so I decided to switch. Add talkwithmatt@gmail.com to your list and you’ll get me. One request….use a client that encrypts stuff (I use GAIM/Pidgin and the encryption plugin).

This is good

The guy suing a dry cleaners for $54mil lost.

A judge ruled Monday that no pair of pants is worth $54 million, rejecting a lawsuit that took a dry cleaner’s promise of “Satisfaction Guaranteed” to its most litigious extreme.

Roy L. Pearson became a worldwide symbol of legal abuse by seeking jackpot justice from a simple complaint—that a neighborhood dry cleaners lost the pants from a new suit and tried to give him a pair that were not his.

His claim, reduced from $67 million, was based on a strict interpretation of the city’s consumer protection law—which imposes fines of $1,500 per violation, per day—as well as damages for inconvenience, mental anguish and attorney’s fees for representing himself.

But District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff ruled that the owners of Custom Cleaners did not violate the consumer protection law by failing to live up to Pearson’s expectations of the “Satisfaction Guaranteed” sign once displayed in the store window.

“A reasonable consumer would not interpret ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ to mean that a merchant is required to satisfy a customer’s unreasonable demands,” the judge wrote.

This is interesting

I couldn’t figure out whether or not to put this under church or politics…it ended up under politics.

The Houston Chronicle has an article about Southern Baptists, immigration, and amnesty.

The Hispanic Baptist Convention, an arm of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, plans to unveil at its convention in Austin today a national program to aid immigrants with obtaining citizenship, legal residency and other immigration problems.

Through the program Immigrant Services and Aid Center, the Baptist General Convention of Texas will join with Buckner International, a Christian social welfare organization, to offer accredited training and other resources to churches around the country to assist immigrants.

The program won’t be exclusive to Baptist congregations.

“We can’t wait until everything is figured out by the government,” Paynter said.

The decision to start the program, already under way in Texas, was made after the Baptist General Convention of Texas approved a resolution acknowledging documented and undocumented immigrants are members of Baptist congregations. The convention is made up of about 5,700 congregations with about 2.2 million members.

In the same resolution, congregations affirmed the view of the Hispanic Baptist Convention that encouraged in its own resolution a few months earlier “the adoption of new legislation that unshackles the immigrant.”

I don’t quite know what to think of this. I am conservative. I am christian. I think I have a moral obligation to help those less fortunate. However, that doesn’t mean they need free access to the US. I don’t support amnesty. I’m simply for enforcement of laws currently on the books….if we find someone here illegally, follow the laws that Congress has passed and the President has signed into law. In most cases, I think this would mean simply deporting them (yes, everyone we find). Pretty easy solution, don’t you think?

Arg! These Liberals!

Are making it very difficult to witness. Now, when I witness to a Mulsmim friend, what do I tell him when he asks about this person? What does that make someone think whose first exposure to Christianity is someone like this?

I then have to explain how that person really isn’t a Christian…they don’t believe any of the Bible (obviously). They don’t stand up for it. I don’t understand why they continue having this veneer of “somethingness”

Don’t believe me, go read this article come back, and tell me what you think.

Can one be Christian and Muslim?

I was reading the news a few days ago when I came across this article about this “priest” who claims to be both a Christian and a Muslim. I did a double take. The answer to me is fairly obvious….you cannot be both. Yes, Muslims believe Jesus was born of a virgin, did miracles, and lived a perfect life. BUT they do not/can not/will not put Him equal with Allah. A, very basic, point of Christianity is that there is One God who revealed Himself to humanity in three different ways. Therefore, Jesus is God while being all man.

I was reading Dr. Mohler’s blog when I saw he dealt with this issue. I think he lays it out straight:

Rev. Redding wants to claim to be both a faithful Christian and a faithful Muslim. The problem with this is immediately clear to anyone who understands the most basic teachings of Christianity and Islam.

Christianity stands or falls on doctrines such as the Trinity and the deity of Christ. The heart of the Christian understanding of Jesus Christ is that He is the only begotten Son of the Father, fully human and fully divine. Christianity also points to Jesus death on the cross as the means of our salvation and to Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead as the Father’s vindication of the Son and the promise of the resurrection of believers yet to come.

Islam acknowledges Jesus as a historical figure and a great prophet, affirms the virgin birth, and points to a future role of Christ in judgment. Nevertheless, Islam explicitly denies that Jesus Christ is in any way begotten of the Father, that He died on the cross, and that He was raised from the dead.

These are merely the most obvious foundational contradictions between Christianity and Islam. Furthermore, these most obvious contradictions are affirmed by all major Christian denominations and both historic branches of Islam.

That doesn’t deter Rev. Redding one bit. “At the most basic level, I understand the two religions to be compatible. That’s all I need,” she says. The important point here is that “the most basic level” to which she points is a figment of her own fertile and heretical imagination.

I think this is a bad idea

I was surfing the ‘net today when I came across this article. Basically, Wade is saying he thinks messengers should be able to “vote” electronically at the SBC. I think it is a bad idea.

No, I don’t think it is bad because more people will get involved. I don’t think it is bad because of what the outcome may be. I think it is a bad idea for technology reasons (the same reasons I don’t like electronic voting machines and conducting public elections online). What happens if some hacker hacks the system? How will we know? How will we ensure that fraud doesn’t happen? The second reason is one of capacity: what happens the first year when 40,000 people try to vote for president and the system crashes? How will those votes be tallied? It happens (a classic example is the Victoria’s Secret fashion show online where demand was about 15bazillion times higher than anyone thought to plan for–they only planned for tripple or quadruple capactity–and everything went to pot).