Abba isn't Daddy

Should Christians speak to God as "Daddy," or think of God as their "Daddy God" as some people suggest? Background The New Testament was written in Greek, but Jesus and his disciples most likely spoke Aramaic as their main language. (Aramaic is a Semitic language closely related to Hebrew.) There are a few places in the New Testament where Aramaic words are found transliterated into Greek, alongside a Greek translation of the word.

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It doesn't matter if David Bain was guilty

A great deal of energy is being spent by the government, the justice system, and various commentators on the guilt or innocence of David Bain. (He spent many years in prison for murders, but has since been acquitted.) An example is the opinion piece in the Herald by C K Stead (Opinion: Why judge was wrong on Bain - Politics - NZ Herald News). Some people continue to think David Bain is guilty, but it is evident that at least one jury, and a number of highly qualified legal practitioners, think there is not enough evidence to prove his guilt (and a substantial number of people believe him to be completely innocent).

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Rotate backup disks with SuperDuper

My network storage computer is an old Mac mini. Everything on it is replaceable via downloads, but I still prefer having a physical backup. Because it's an old machine, Time Machine on it doesn't support rotation of external drives (as Mountain Lion does). So I'm using SuperDuper instead. To get SuperDuper to support drive rotation, you need to follow these instructions: NSCoriolisBlog » Blog Archive » Rotate backup disks with SuperDuper.

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Why don't people use their Android devices?

Here's something which I've been curious about for a while now. Why don't people use their Android devices? Android has a huge market share advantage in terms of devices shipped. But Apple's iOS devices are what people actually use. I've only got iOS devices, so I have some idea why I use my iOS devices heaps. (They work, and they are beautifully designed so it's generally a pleasant experience.) But are Android devices really so rubbish?

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A few things I learnt

Here are a few of the things I learned about while studying theology. My wife I knew Mim was wonderful before studying theology, but now I know it even more. It has been great to spend more time at home than was possible in my old job, but she has still borne by far the greater part of the workload at home. Mim has consistently encouraged me in my study and Christian devotion all the way through the course.

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Misunderstanding infanticide

Recently, the British Journal of Medical Ethics published a paper which quickly achieved notoriety (via the Catholic Herald), but most commentators have misunderstood what the paper is proposing. It is not a new argument for infanticide. The argument for infanticide to relieve a child’s suffering has already been made, notably by Peter Singer in 1985. Indeed, infanticide is already practiced regularly in the Netherlands under the Groningen protocol. The authors argue that infanticide is justified to relieve parents or society of the burden of caring for a child, even in situations where the child’s suffering is not a consideration.

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Taming the internet

Facebook, Twitter, and news websites can be a dreadful drag on productivity. The temptation is always there to see if someone has posted something somewhere. Checking websites kills productivity because you interrupt what you are doing, and requires you to try and remember if the site has changed since you last looked five minutes ago. Most of the time there's nothing new, but it can still easily take a minute or two to check a few sites.

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In consequence, for Luther the way to the reform of society lies not in the reform of institutions but rather in the moral reform of man. If men followed their callings in a Christian manner, society would function properly.

—Cargill Thomson, The political thought of Martin Luther, p. 6.

Present Lord

Like all the Matthean discourses, the Sermon on the Mount is more than simply part of Matthew’s narrative thread; it is also a direct address to his readers. In this way it is in agreement with Matthean Christology, for the historical Jesus, whose story Matthew relates, is at the same time the present Lord, speaking to the community in its own present time. —Luz, Theology of the Gospel of Matthew, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995) p.

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The authenticity of Jesus' teaching

The assumption that tradition was created to meet needs and answer questions faced by the early Christian communities is seen to be in need of major qualification. After all, there were many issues that vexed the early church, to which Jesus offered no word of clarification. These include spiritual gifts, church officers, various doctrines, and, more importantly, teaching that speaks to the Gentile problem. If dominical tradition was freely created, as many form and redaction critics once assumed, then why did not teachings attributed to Jesus arise that might have resolved some of these controversial issues?

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