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I Invented Twitter in 1990


Most people think Twitter began in 2006, but a form of it existed in my grade 7 classroom long before that.  I didn't call it Twitter, I called it "Notion Notes." Early in my career, I was a grade seven teacher.  Besides having fun learning all that Science and English, we also did fun...

Why Poland?


When we told people that we were going to Poland for our holiday this summer, they invariably asked, "Poland? Why Poland?" The main reason we wanted to go to Poland, I suppose, was because it's in Europe. My wife, Dani, and I love Europe. We love European history and culture,...

Why, in Africa, take-out is more expensive than eat-in.


In Africa, Take-Out is more expensive than Eating-In. Well, at least it is Yaoundé, Cameroon. My wife and I had just picked up some Take-Out Sushi. We were discussing if the tipping percentage should be different for Take-Out than for Eating-In. She then recalled that she always paid more for...

A Case for Infant Baptism (2)


I want to move from the scriptural support for the practice of infant baptism to some that is worldview related.  Mixed with these are some personal, perhaps even sentimental, considerations as to why I remain a paedobaptist. Believer baptism puts the offer of God's promises with the acceptance of same; infant baptism separates the offer...

The Case For Infant Baptism (1)


Lately, I've been having a lot conversations about baptism. Some of these have been with credobaptists who wonder about the scriptural justification for infant baptism. Some with those who were baptized as infants, but now attend a church that adheres to believer baptism, and are required to be re-baptized in...

I Love Audio Books


This past year I've been listening to audio books. I like listening to audio when I climb up my local mountain. I looked into Audible Books, but at $14.95USD it was too expensive. They did offer a free book if you gave them a try. Being a cheap Dutchman, I...

A God Shaped Hole?


I admit that I wince every time I hear this phrase, but there is something here to think about it. Everybody asks big questions at some time or another. Questions like "Who am I?" "Why am I here?" "Why is there suffering and death?" "Why bother?" Asking big questions is...

Humans are Amphibians


Humans beings are, as C. S. Lewis says, amphibians, "half spirit and half animal. As spirits [we] belong to the eternal world, but as animals [we] inhabit time." Lewis suggests that human beings experience two realities--one linked to the physical world and the other to the spiritual. Luigi Giussani (The...

A Case For an Explicit Liturgy


When I was in about grade 4, I was bored in church. There was a long sermon and long prayers and a whole bunch of singing and some recitation that held little meaning to me. It just kept on going and going, on and on. I remember thinking that if...

Two Kinds of Language


I have this theory that English is two languages. Maybe all languages are two languages, but I don't really know any language but English.  I came across a passage in Patrick Rothfuss' novel that got me thinking that English can be used in two distinct ways.  If we are reading something that the...