iPad, Anything More Than a Big iPod?

•January 31, 2010 • 1 Comment

The iPad, something of wonder according to Steve Jobs, but is it really? Here are my initial thoughts on it. First, it runs on the same OS as the iPhone and iPod Touch. It has all the same functions as an iPhone, minus the phone part. It does have a couple things going for it though. It has a special version of iWork that was made just for the iPad, so you can make documents, spreadsheets, and powerpoints. It also has the iBookshelf which adds the ebook reading feature somewhat similar to Amazon’s Kindle and B&N’s Nook though the books are generally $5 more than Amazon. Apple claims that the iPad is the link between the iPhone and the MacBook but it’s not really better than the iPhone. Yeah, it has a big screen which would be nice for movies and it plays music but the MacBook does all these things and more and it’s only slightly bigger. The iPad will come in a 3G version so you can the internet with you everywhere on a much bigger screen than the iPhone but the only problem is the iPad doesn’t have flash so many sites won’t work properly. The iPad doesn’t even have a webcam which would be great for Skype convos. As is I don’t think it’s worth the starting price of $499 for the 16GB wi-fi only version. Where I think it will shine is as a glorified ebook reader. Until they add a lot of updates such as an actual OS I don’t think it’s worth it.

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Old Man Winter Visits Greenville

•January 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So, funny thing, Greenville got a bit of ice and snow a couple days ago and the city literally shut down. I don’t know what it is with southern people and snow, they’re just scared of it, and when I say “scared”, I mean scared to DEATH. We were under campus arrest at BJU for an entire Saturday. From what I heard, the roads were actually fine but all the southerners were still way too scared to venture forth from their homes.

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•January 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

2010, I never thought this day would come, but it finally has. I have a few New Year’s resolutions though I want them to be more than that. I want to make a few life changing decisions that I will keep for the rest of my life. Like eating healthier for example, and exercising regularly. I know those are pretty standard as far as New Year’s resolutions go but those two are just a small part of my Chet 2.0 plan, the new me that starts now.

I have high expectations for this year and am very much looking forward to it!

Bring on 2010!

The Genocide of Our Generation

•December 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Abortion. It is rarely talked about and most people just try to ignore it. For some they believe that the baby inside the womb is not really a baby until born; for others, they know it’s a baby but they still think it’s the mother’s decision whether or not to keep it because it’s in her body.

Life begins at conception, not later on in the pregnancy as some people think. If the baby is killed at any point after conception it is murder. Abort73 exists to educate people on abortion and to hopefully prevent abortions through education. Below is an article written by Mike Spielman who is the founder of Abort73.com. It is called The Biblical Mandate to Do Something About Abortion.

ADDRESSING THE SILENCE

If you read the Bible from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, you will come across more than 14,000 different words, but you will never come across the word abortion. Scripture says exactly nothing on the subject, and yet here you are, reading A Biblical Mandate to Do Something About Abortion. Is that presumptuous? Is it possible to articulate a biblical mandate about something that the Bible never even mentions? I would argue that it is both possible and necessary. If Scripture did deal with abortion directly, we wouldn’t have to wrestle through what the biblical response should be. Since it doesn’t, we do. We must take all that the Bible does tell us, so that we can faithfully apply it to all that it doesn’t. Continue reading ‘The Genocide of Our Generation’

The Rebelution

•December 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Alex and Brett Haris are the most widely read teen writers on the net. They have started a movement called The Rebelution and have also written a book called Do Hard Things. They hold conferences every year and influence many teens for the cause of rebelling against an ungodly culture. I think what these two young men are doing is very important for our generation. Below is an explanation of the movement taken from www.therebelution.com.

The official definition of the ‘rebelution’ is “a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture.” When you look around today, in terms of godly character and practical competence, our culture does not expect much of us young people. We are not only expected to do very little that is wise or good, but we’re expected to do the opposite. Our media-saturated youth culture is constantly reinforcing lower and lower standards and expectations. Continue reading ‘The Rebelution’

Coffee and Crema

•December 12, 2009 • 1 Comment

Recently my friend Chris took me to this new coffee shop called Coffee and Crema. I instantly fell in love with their rich coffee and beautiful atmosphere. Coffee and Crema has two locations in Greenville, SC. One is located in Haywood mall right outside Belk and the other is down S. Pleasantberg in the shopping center with Fresh Market. The shops are privately owned and operated which contributes to their overall awesomeness because they don’t have to report to some corporate entity.

Coffee and Crema is relatively new and they are part of the continued growth of Greenville and also Greenville’s propensity for small beautiful shops and restaurants.

The Gospel, written by Mars Hill Church

•December 11, 2009 • 1 Comment

What is the Gospel? The word gospel simply means “good news.” The central message of the Bible is the gospel, or good news, about the person and work of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, Paul provides the most succinct summary of the gospel: the man Jesus is also God, or Christ, and died on a cross in our place, paying the penalty for our sins; three days later He rose to conquer sin and death and give the gift of salvation to all who believe in Him alone for eternal life.

The great reformer Martin Luther rightly said that, as sinners, we are prone to pursue a relationship with God in one of two ways. The first is religion/spirituality and the second is the gospel. The two are antithetical in every way.

Religion says that if we obey God He will love us. The gospel says that it is because God has loved us through Jesus that we can obey.

Religion says that the world is filled with good people and bad people. The gospel says that the world is filled with bad people who are either repentant or unrepentant.

Religion says that you should trust in what you do as a good moral person. The gospel says that you should trust in the perfectly sinless life of Jesus because He alone is the only good and truly moral person who will ever live.

The goal of religion is to get from God such things as health, wealth, insight, power, and control. The goal of the gospel is not the gifts God gives, but rather God as the gift given to us by grace.

Religion is about what I have to do. The gospel is about what I get to do. Religion sees hardship in life as punishment from God. The gospel sees hardship in life as sanctifying affliction that reminds us of Jesus’ sufferings and is used by God in love to make us more like Jesus. Religion is about me. The gospel is about Jesus.

Religion leads to an uncertainty about my standing before God because I never know if I have done enough to please God. The gospel leads to a certainty about my standing before God because of the finished work of Jesus on my behalf on the cross.

Religion ends in either pride (because I think I am better than other people) or despair (because I continually fall short of God’s commands). The gospel ends in humble and confident joy because of the power of Jesus at work for me, in me, through me, and sometimes in spite of me.