Recently, I went on a 55 mile bike ride and had lots of time to think. Passing through these small towns, I could see signs for First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Methodist Church, etc. As I saw these signs, I thought of the saying from Jesus,
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
So, I was thinking it certainly would be refreshing if one day a church named itself Last Baptist Church, or Last Methodist Church.
I do know that in the liturgy of my church we sometimes all confess that we are the chief of sinners (the last), but I know for me, sometimes I don’t believe it. Sometimes I think of worse people–Hitler, Assad, the ex-wife. I know I shouldn’t do that, but the fact is that I do it.
The chief of the Cherokee Nation has chimed in with his denunciation of U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his comments about Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry. I live in Oklahoma (where Ms. Warren was born) and I can tell you that Ms. Warren looks like a lot of people I know in Oklahoma who are of Native American ancestry. I know of a Cherokee woman at work who looks like Ms. Warren and I know of a Cherokee woman at my parish who also could qualify as Ms. Warren’s cousin–at least in the looks department. There are lots of folks floating around in Oklahoma of Native American descent that don’t look like Hollywood “Redskins”. Since Ms. Warren is from Oklahoma, I don’t doubt that she does have some grandmother or grandfather in her lineage who was Native American. The actor Tommy Lee Jones claims to be part Cherokee, and I definitely can see more of it in him than in Ms. Warren, but I think many people would don’t know what real Native Americans look like would say Mr. Jones is caucasian.
Accused President Obama’s health care law of funneling money away from Medicare “at the expense of the elderly.” In fact, Medicare’s chief actuary says the law “substantially improves” the system’s finances, and Ryan himself has embraced the same savings.
Accused Obama of doing “exactly nothing” about recommendations of a bipartisan deficit commission — which Ryan himself helped scuttle.
Claimed the American people were “cut out” of stimulus spending. Actually, more than a quarter of all stimulus dollars went for tax relief for workers.
Faulted Obama for failing to deliver a 2008 campaign promise to keep a Wisconsin plant open. It closed less than a month before Obama took office.
Blamed Obama for the loss of a AAA credit rating for the U.S. Actually, Standard & Poor’s blamed the downgrade on the uncompromising stands of both Republicans and Democrats.
The University of Oklahoma is No. 1 among all public universities in the number of freshman National Merit Scholars enrolled and among the top ten of all public and private universities.OU is home to over 700 currently enrolled National Merit Scholars.
…not the sauce or the building material, but the software company. It seems as if I spend more time updating their software than actually using it.
What really stunk about Adobe’s upgrade system is the multiple nags I would get. I would get some nag about whether it was ok to run the updated updater, then another nag to run the updated installer that the updater ran. It should have been just a one click process.
I finally got smart with my latest box and refused to install it at all. I’m using Chrome, so Chrome handles Flash and PDF content. For all I know they may be using Adobe under the hood, but I don’t get the annoying nags anymore to upgrade. Once in a while I use IE and navigate to some Flash content, and then I’m SOL, but that’s the price I’m willing to pay. If I need to display PDF off the hard drive, I installed SumatraPDF. If you don’t want to do that, you can always start Chrome and use the URL: “file:///c:/” as a starting point to navigate to where you want.