Thursday, May 05, 2005

My new blog home, with a few termites

For a number of reasons I have moved Short Attention Span to my own domain:


It still has a few bugs but it is now operative and my new posts are going there. One major bug is that I'm having trouble importing my posts from here at Blogger, although in theory it's doable. I do think that in time the blog will be better as a result. The theme is way cool.

So if you are one of those kind enough to have me on your blogroll, please change the URL and bookmark me. And thanks!

BTW, I have also resurrected my defunct Web site, which you can see here. It too has a few bugs of a minor nature. I'm toying with the idea of a forum but I'm not sure about the time commitment.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

More bias from Google?

WorldNetDaily: Google censoring conservative ads?

Google's AdWords program places text ads in the right-hand margin of search result pages that relate to the words a user types in. So, a search for "Tom DeLay" elicits ads for mostly anti-DeLay sites.

Upon seeing one of those ads, decided to place an ad using the same words but just swapping Pelosi's name for DeLay. The ad read: "Truth about Nancy Pelosi: Learn about Pelosi's many scandals and help us clean up the House!"

Said "That's all we did – we took the liberal ad and changed the words to make it a conservative ad."

...Mike Mayzel, a spokesman for Google, says both the anti-Pelosi ad and the anti-DeLay ad are gone.

"Both ads were taken down," he told WND.

Is Google going to be the next media outlet to alienate half the country by promoting ideology while protesting its neutrality? I hope not.

Blogger is getting slow again...

Aw, shucks!

It seems that yours truly has been awarded the top prize at the Evangelical Outpost's recent Blog Symposium. This is a great honor, given the quality of many of the entries. Even more exiting than my award is seeing the number of intelligent, thinking evangelical bloggers out there, challenging people to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strenth.

My thanks to Joe Carter and the other judges, and to those of you who motivate me by dropping by.

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

What do you have that you did not receive? 1 Corinthians 4:7

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Happy to be a day late & a dollar short

I had been writing a book on the origins issue. The thesis was that discussion of origins had been hijacked by extremists on both sides who distort both science and Christianity in promoting their ideologies, and that Christians could help repair the damage by disregarding the dogmatic pronouncements of theologically unbalanced, demagogic, sectarian creationist leaders and instead return to a serious examination of what the Bible actually says. Much harm is being done to the cause of Christ by those who now now assert that a novel doctrine with roots in Seventh-Day Adventism --young earth creationism and a global flood-- are the clear teaching of the Bible and campaign for them as a test of orthodoxy and fellowship.

Today I began reading Hugh Ross's new book, A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy. In the first few chapters, Ross makes the same point I wanted to make, and probably more effectively too. So now I have half a book that is suddenly redundant. Maybe I'll put it online, on the site I plan to set up and relocate the blog to.

So much for my second career as an author. Still, I'm very glad that someone of Ross's stature is saying what I think needs to be said. May his book be widely read and his warnings taken seriously.

Requiem for a servant

Bill was born in West Texas during the Depression, third of eight kids in a poor family. After the tenth grade he was forced to leave school in order to provide for the family. By his early twenties, married with two children, he was also supporting his paraplegic mother and had his two youngest brothers living with him.

Bill was raised in the cultural religion of the Bible Belt, but in his early thirties he experienced the reality of the risen Christ, which changed the course of his life. By the time he and Lorain had their sixth and last child, they were serving as missionaries on a Native American reservation. Today the mission is led my a man whom they discipled as a young boy. A year after leaving the mission to accept a pastoral position, Bill was forced to make a choice between his pastoral duties and providing for his family. Scriptural mandate and personal habit on the same side, he chose family and resigned his position. He and Lorain then worked for many years in a food processing plant, providing their children with the start in life that had been denied to them. Retirement brought them a time of family gatherings, road trips, puttering in the garden and garage, and declining health.

Bill was an avid student of the Bible and, in his own way, a systematic theologian. He remained a preacher-at-large, evangelizing those he came in contact with and discussing the Bible with those who were interested. He defied stereotypes: in some ways arch-conservative yet embracing the ethos of the Jesus People. He lived modestly, as though the world to come is more of a reality than this one, even while placing great importance on the practical needs of others. He, like the rest of us, had his faults, but he continued to look with confidence to the cross of Christ. He had a twinkle in his eye that suggested there was always a punch line, and his roaring laughter was infectious.

As he lay dying, he wanted his family to be happy for him, confident that it was not "Goodbye" but "See you later."

See you later, Bill.

The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-12

Monday, May 02, 2005

Kingdom of Heaven Bowdlerized?

Someone is claiming insider information that the new Ridley Scott movie Kingdom of Heaven has been heavily edited to make Christian Crusaders the bad guys and Muslims the good guys, under pressure from Muslim groups including death threats.

Now after all the disinformation that preceded the release of Passion of the Christ I'm hesitant to believe this before seeing the movie. In fact, as great as Gladiator was I hope that the claims are false. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.)

Why I no longer use Google News


The dominant search engine on the Internet is getting ready to begin ranking news searches by "quality rather than simply by their date and relevance to search times," giving preference to big news agencies such as CNN, BBC and AP.

For a while now, "quality" journalism has been a leftist code word for "discredited, unpopular, left-leaning news sources that we like", in contradistinction to the much more popular Fox News or WorldNetDaily which hardly ever turn up on Google News despite their much greater popularity.

Given that Blogger is owned by Google also, I wonder whether it's time to move my blog to my own domain. I wouldn't want Blogger to get any slower for me by allocating greater bandwidth to quality blogs.

"Freedom of the press belongs to him who owns one."

Blast from the past, still relevant

In the 80s I used to enjoy the music of Resurrection Band, or Rez. Hard rock and thought-provoking lyrics about being a follower of Christ in the real world. It was a nice surprise to see that Rez front man Glenn Kaiser is now blogging.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Telegraph: biased journals

For a while now I have suspected that the journals Science and Nature were biased when it came to origins. Now the Telegraph accuses them of blatant ideological bias when it comes to global warming. Read the whole thing.