Anytime I think about adoption, I think about my spiritual adoption, about how Jesus went to infinitely grater lengths to adopt me to the family of God. What a privilege it is in a smaller way, in a human way, live out some of the truth of the Gospel…The nurse showed us that even on his little tag that his identity was “Baby Boy”—he didn’t belong to anybody, he didn’t have a name. But in the very instant where the nurse looked at us and said, “So what’s his name,” and we both said together “His name is Jacob”—in that very moment, instantaneously, he belonged to us, he had a name, and he was known.
Most Americans still prefer a real-live preacher to a video sermon, according to a survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
About a third (35 percent) say they will only visit churches with a live sermon.
Three in 10 say a video sermon won’t keep them from a church, but they still prefer live peaching. The same number say live or video sermons are fine.
Less than one percent prefer to watch a video sermon.
“I don’t think anyone gets up on a Sunday morning saying, ‘Boy, I’d really like to watch a video sermon,’ ” said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research and author of Multi-Site Churches: Guidance for the Movement’s Next Generation. “But the fact that many churches utilize video sermons means other factors such as relationships, preaching approach, music, relevance, and location can be more important.”
Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster…
Read the rest of the observations made here.
I must say that I quite like TED and have seen (and even posted here on the blog) some rather inspiring, interesting, and stimulating talks.
This is an incredible video:
I attempted to create a person in order to emulate the aging process. The idea was that something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself.
This is how quickly life can end:
A horrific car accident in Pinetown, South Africa, has claimed the lives of 22 people and injured up to 80 people. However, there are conflicting reports on the death toll, with other media stating that up to 27 people perished in the crash.
The incident happened on Thursday night when a speeding truck crashed into a car and four minibus taxis that were driving through a green light.
The driver of the truck has been identified as a 23-year-old Swaziland national. He has been arrested Friday and faces charges of culpable homicide and reckless driving.
PN Makhaye, an official of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate, said that the license of the truck had expired on August 31. The owner of the truck has been identified, but unlike passenger vehicles, truck owners do not have the 21-day grace period for expired licenses, she said.
The site of the accident was visited by acting President Jeff Radebe, who said, “Our message from government is that we should leave no stone unturned in ensuring those who are guilty of causing such pain must be dealt with, with the full might of the law.”
Ten people remain in critical condition, 7 in serious condition, and 14 have suffered minor cuts.
The footage of the deadly accident shows the speeding truck crashing into the car and two taxis. Officials believe that the breaks of the truck failed as it barged into the cars. The truck reportedly contained goods from the Taiwanese Evergreen shipping company.
Officials believe that the truck driver attempted to avoid paying toll fees to keep it for themselves, as such is the case with many drivers.
“They are trying not to pay toll fees and therefore use that money for personal reasons. We suspect that is what happened in this case,” said KwaZulu-Natal transport MECT Willies Mchunu.
Here is video footage of the horrific crash (WARNING: Strong scenes shown):