The Ultimate American Roadtrip

I’ll be honest, I’m linking this article just so I can remember for the next time I have enough money to do something crazy like this. The article is How to Really Drive Across the U.S. Hitting Major Landmarks and it manages to hit every continental US state and nearly every major landmark you’d want to hit like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, and a host of others. I plan to use it as a basis for my roatrip, should I ever have the spare cash to do that. :) Here’s a map route and a list of the destinations…

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How to Help ISIS Persecuted Christians (#Charity365)

The latest atrocities by the Muslim group, ISIS, includes a video of the shooting or beheading deaths of thirty Ethiopian Christians. In previous posts, Charity 360 and Charity 365, I laid out my experience in charitable giving. In the latter post I talked about expanding to include more global and humanitarian groups. If you don’t know how to help here’s a few organizations to support that are helping persecuted Christians in general or are in the Syria/Iraq area directly affected by ISIS…

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Jewish Passover and Good Friday

Jewish Passover falls on Good Friday this year. Passover remembers the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt during which God told the people to kill a “lamb without blemish” and paint their doorposts with the blood. God said “when I see the blood, I will pass over you and no plague will befall you to destroy you“. If they did this they were saved from the plague of the death of the firstborn. Every year the Jewish people would sacrifice again for the sins of the people. More than a thousand years later, God’s Son came down to earth as the man Jesus Christ, “a lamb without blemish or spot“, and He died a final death, a final sacrifice for our sins, and rose again in “victory over sin and death.” This Good Friday remembers the day Jesus, God’s firstborn, was not spared and was sacrificed for your sins so that when Jesus’ blood covers your sins God can say again “when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Selah. Today, “if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts,” for “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.#TheShepherdIsTheLamb #SoliDeoGloria

How to find Church Guitar Chords Online

Update 2015-04-11: Added some tip sections about preferred chord layout and alternate version cautions.

How to find Church Guitar Chords Online

For the past half year I’ve been part of a small church where most of our music comes from the hymnal. They’re very, very nice people, though, and are happy to have myself and another man playing guitar in the front pews. We really enjoy it but it takes some effort to work with the piano players and their music so that we can find guitar chords to play from. This took me down the path of finding guitar chords for hymns and worship songs online. Here’s my tips for finding them…

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How to fix WordPress Twenty Eleven Featured Image

I like the Twenty Eleven theme and I still haven’t upgraded it. Luckily, some people are keeping it up to date and compatible with the latest WordPress in 2015! But there was one bug that bothered me for a long time and that was featured images were broken. These are the big header images at the top of posts (for example, the big image at the top of this post, or the grid of cars image at the top of one of my other posts). These image are just broken and will not display your custom featured image in the stock Twenty Eleven. So here’s how I fixed it…

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#Charity365

You can’t give more than 100% but many giving even 1% can accomplish much, much more.

Five years ago I wrote about the struggle to begin giving charitably. My original concerns included questions such as “What charities would I give to?“, and “How do I donate in a personally satisfying and sustainable way?” It’s amazing to see where I am now compared to then and the relatively small, very gentle, very spread apart steps it has taken to this point in my giving. A lot has changed, and I think improved, in my giving and in my thinking about giving, but one thing is still at the core: Satisfaction, sustainability, and scalability. I’ll explain all that below.

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Sanctus Valentinus: Behind the Verse

Oh, Saint, to your name, thereof,
My question is this, what is love?

On a warm summer’s day, sunshine beaming down on country fields, and in the vibrant spring of my life, many, many years ago now, I once spoke these fateful words to a certain girl I liked very much: I don’t know what love is. What precipitated this sad half-truth was a silly conversation, strewn with longing undertones and yearning unsaids. Half-truth, I call it, and still do, even from the moment the words slipped from my mouth. I knew I could love, I believed I had been doing it for some time, but with such an abstract term, complicated by our overuse, I still wondered at, and was haunted by, the question: What is love?

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Nim’s Vintersaga

Join Nim, this Christmas Eve, in his snowy, wintry tale, as he sweeps you away to a world of gremlin hooligans, giants slumbering, wolves slavering, and one little girl whose faith in good remains. Enjoy as Ola Schubert takes you to another place, a magical place, whimsically crafted and beautifully orchestrated, in Nim’s Vintersaga.

How to Install MS TrueType Fonts on CentOS 5

I found the original post on how to do this over here at MS TrueType Fonts on CentOS 5 but just in case you’re intimidated by the rpm building commands I’ve decided to post the final RPM which is an easy install on CentOS 5 and you’re ready to go. Here’s the original excerpt from that post:

Microsoft TrueType fonts are used by most websites so it’s often useful to install them under Linux. No doubt due to licensing restrictions, there is no RPM to install them directly under CentOS, but it’s not that complicated [following] these instructions…

Instead of manually building an RPM, however, I’ve provided the RPM for download here.

  1. Download msttcorefonts-2.0-1.noarch.rpm
  2. Install RPM: rpm -ivh msttcorefonts-2.0-1.noarch.rpm
  3. Link up TrueType fonts for some apps: ln -s /usr/share/fonts/msttcorefonts/ /usr/share/fonts/default/TrueType

Done! Now, close and reopen any applications you may have open. If they can use the new font, like Firefox, and they’re not hard-wiring any specific fonts yet then they should start using the new fonts. For example, lots of websites using MS core fonts and Firefox will start using them if they’re available. There are so many graphics glitches than come down to pixel-width issues of the other fonts because you’re not using the MS core fonts.

Good luck and enjoy!

C.S. Lewis is Cleverer Than You Think

My good friend, Jamie, liked a Relevant Magazine article today titled C.S. Lewis’ 3 Most Controversial Beliefs. Both of us are a big fans of Lewis and it piqued my interest as much as Jamie’s, I’m sure. Some of the “controversies” noted would surely either convince his admirers that some of these claims are actually attributable to Lewis and are biblically acceptable or may shake the faith of Lewis’ more die-hard fans, such as myself, and wonder about the foundations of Lewis’ personal faith. Having read a lot first-hand from Lewis, and second-hand of the man, I nearly immediately recognized these claims were probably not what they were really claiming.

You see, the thing about really clever men and women, like Lewis, is that they’re clever enough to know when they’re beat, even when they are miserably unhappy such as on the amusing-for-us occasion of Lewis’ conversion. It is this trait of Lewis, and all truly clever men and women, that propels, or drags, an individual from one intellectual peak to the next. Such is the case with Lewis and these purported controversies.

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