Monthly Archives: February 2009
The idea for Technologia kai o Poimentas comes out of my work in supporting ministers and ministries in using technology. I got into this thing we now call “technology” quite by accident in 1969. I was freshly discharged from 4 years service in the U. S. Army, and I needed a job. My father worked at Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and he knew they needed a computer operator. After I learned to operate computers, I wanted to learn how to program them, so I changed my major at Purdue, University. The rest, as they say, is history — my history I guess, which leads to this blog.
I knew the Lord in my youth, but walked away as a young adult. (Where have you heard that before?) The truth is that I wanted nothing to do with God from about 14 until the Lord reeled me back in at 46 yrs. old. That 32 years in the wilderness would have ended in my death, had the Lord not intervened. I knew that as soon as He called me, so I took it all very seriously. After 20 years in software engineering, during the birth of the Information Age no less, and another 9 years in digital graphics, I left the business world and became a pastor. While I was still working in digital graphics, I attended evening classes at Bible college and then at seminary. I finished up seminary while I served as an associate pastor. By the time I turned 52 years old, I had earned a Master in Pastoral Studies, and a Master of Divinity from Azusa Pacific University, and I was ordained as a staff pastor at Horizon Christian Fellowship, in San Diego, California.
Because of my background in digital technology, Horizon asked me [...]
In his devotional, “The Question of Inerrancy,” based on 2 Tim. 3:14-17, Dr. Charles Stanley makes a compelling argument. While there are many critics of the Bible who relish in finding what they see as inconsistencies, their approach is always based on taking the Bible apart and finding fault with the pieces. Stanley says, “This leaves the Christian in the pew fretting over how to distinguish between God’s Word and a scribe’s opinion.” But, the Bible was not given to us as a collection of verses. It was given as a book in two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. They are complete literary units that must be understood in their entire context, and they must be understood together.
I have a wonderful collection of leather bound, printed bibles in all translations, some hundreds of years old. I love them; but I almost never use them. Because I have the Bible in every translation plus the original languages, lexicons, commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances — more reference material than I could ever use, all on the wide screen LCD here on my desktop. So I know and teach about Jesus through the Bible which is brought to me by some very sophisticated technology. Sin – oh yes, that’s here on this screen too. Sometimes obvious, often subtle, intruding in a thousand ways on what should be the private conversation I am having with my Lord. And not just here, but there too! Out there, on the net, on the LCD HDTV, on my Zune, and even on my RAZR. (I don’t have a pod or blackberry; I’m too old.) I need to get a grip. This technology makes everything faster, more dramatic, simpler and more complex all at once.