The Unexamined Life

The unexamined life is not worth living– Socrates.

I have resolved that I will take some time each day to reflect on the day.
Furthermore, I will journal my thoughts. My hope is that this will help me to engage life and not just watch it go by, pay attention to what’s going on.


Here are some pictures of the family during a busy, but fun day.

Quote about Modeling

Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.

(George Box)

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According to a recent article from Christian Computing® Magazine, church websites are important in connecting the people with a local church body. When asked, “How important was the website in a person’s decision to attend the church” 77% of people who have attended the church under three  months said it was important.

According to the results of the report, church websites are influential in determining whether or not a potential visitor will ever set foot in a church. I did not find information about the survey sample size, population, or other background information. But, I can testify that this has been my experience in the last several years.

In reviewing a church website, I examine two critical elements:

  1. Content of the site. I attempt to gain a sense from what is presented, who and what the church is about– what ministry is the church engaged in, what does the church value, is it trying to reach the local and global community?
  2. Quality of the site. Once again, I attempt to gain a sense about the church not only from what they say, but by how it’s communicated.

In the end, each time the church I ended up joining were churches I visited as a result of someone I knew personally.  Each of us, individually, are the best advertisements of the church.

What has been your experience? To what extent, if any, does a church website influence your decision of whether to visit/ not visit?

World Poverty

A few days ago my wife www.dawncornelius.wordpress.com shared some hard, convicting stats with our church about world poverty.

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  • At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day
  • More than 660 million people without sanitation live on less than $2 a day, and more than 385 million on less than $1 a day.
  • Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
  • Almost two in three people lacking access to clean water survive on less than $2 a day, with one in three living on less than $1 a day.
  • Some 1.8 million child deaths each year as a result of diarrhea
  • Number of children in the world  = 2.2 billion
  • Number in poverty  = 1 billion (every second child)
  • 15 million children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS (similar to the total children population in Germany or United Kingdom)
  • 1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity:

Luke 12:13-21 tells the story of the rich man who planned to tear down his barn so that he could build a bigger one to store all his bounty.  Jesus said that that night God told the rich man that he would die.  “That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.

What will the Church in the U.S. do?  Will we build bigger church buildings or spend ourselves in loving our neighbors?  What will I do personally?  I hope that these become more than just some stats to me.

How Do we Love God?

From Matthew 25:31-46 I read the following:

  • feed the hungry
  • give the thirsty something to drink
  • share your home with a stranger
  • clothe the naked
  • care for the sick
  • visit those in prison

We love God by loving those in need.