Submission

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Ephesians 5:21-24

I’d say this passage ranks up there as one of the most misunderstood and abused passages in the entire New Testament, if not the whole Bible. It’s been used far too often as a license for abuse and misogyny and all because submission is so misunderstood.

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Free Will?

How can God be all-knowing and mankind still have free will? This is a question that has been asked practically from the dawn of Christianity. Some will deny that we truly have free will in the long run, that we are predestined to our fates and that any apparent free will we have is merely an illusion. But, if this is the case, why would God bother to create mankind in the first place? And more importantly, why send Christ as the atoning sacrifice for mankind, if our fates have been determined in advance?

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Home at Last

It’s so nice to be finally home again. As nice as the weather was in Arizona through December, it’s good to be back in my own house and bed. The drive back from Phoenix to Boston was uneventful, with good weather along the way. I averaged roughly 600 miles a day and made the trip in 4 days. I could have done it in 3 or even 2 days, but I decided there was no good reason to push myself like that.

A couple of observations: 1) A soft top jeep is very LOUD on the highway, particularly when the crosswinds are up, 2) turning the stereo up doesn’t really solve the problem and 3) it’s expensive to drive cross-country when the vehicle only averages 15 mpg. It definitely would have cost less to fly out, but then I couldn’t have gone four-wheeling and I would potentially have had to rent a vehicle while there, negating the cost savings.

Geminid Meteor Shower

I took my nephew out late last night to see the Geminid meteor shower. We drove out north of Phoenix to the west side of Lake Pleasant where the hills block out much of the Phoenix sky glow. In retrospect, it would have been better to go out past Apache Junction or to the Four Peaks area, as the Geminids came in mostly from the east. In any case, we were out from about 11:00 pm to 12:30 am or so. The count wasn’t as high as I’d hoped, but we did count about 30 meteors in the hour and a half we were out, including two or three that were quite spectacular. I wasn’t able to figure out how to take a good long exposure picture with the camera, so didn’t get any pictures. It was fun and not nearly as cold as I had feared it would be, even with the top down on the jeep.

Snow!

Yes, it’s that time of year in New England again, we got our first snowfall today:

First Snow Fall 2004
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Of course, it will probably all be gone in a few days, as the weather’s supposed to warm up over the next week.

Jeeps and Trees

Sometimes, when you’re out in the Jeep and playing around, you don’t always pay quite close enough attention to where you’re going.

Up a tree

Looks impressive doesn’t it? And I don’t think I could ever manage to do it on purpose. I was just climbing the hill, looking down at a rock on the driver’s side when everybody starts yelling “Stop! Stop!”. So I stop and look up and I’m three feet up the tree. Of course, I have to stay there for the next five minutes while everybody gets their cameras out to take pictures.

Oh, and please note, this happened on private property, with the land owner’s permission (well, maybe not to climb trees, but to cut trails), not on public land.