The Hacker’s Diet

About a month ago, I read a book entitled, “The Hacker’s Diet”. The book has been free online for many years and I had begun reading it many times. This time I read the whole thing.

Since finishing it, I have been implementing it in my routine (which doesn’t take long, by the way). I am using the online tool to record my daily weights and after about 3 weeks the readout on how many calories too much I am eating began to get meaningful. 

I’ve lost about 13 pounds the first month.

You can learn more and get the book online at the website https://www.fourmilab.ch

Once there, just click on Diet and nutrition on the left side. The online tool is there, too. A good companion app for your iPhone is called True Weight.

Even if you don’t implement it, the book is a good read and interesting concept.

The Death of Death

One day there will be one last funeral. And it will not be a sad one either. Everyone will be having a party. 

This will be the funeral of death, when death itself will die.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”  John 11:25

Who Am I, Why Am I Here

Those old enough to remember Ross Perot’s presidential campaign remember his Vice Presidential pick opened a debate with “Who am I? Why am I here?”

Do you sometimes wonder why you are here? I do.

There are several reasons for this in my case.

At work I am a cog in a huge wheel in a multi-national country that is so large it fits the Tommy Lee Jones comment in the fugitive: “that company is a monster!”

As well, I seem to make no difference in the lives of others, mainly because my job consumes so much of my time that I have very little left over to spend outside work pursuing any relationships. My wife is in the same boat by the way.

Most my time is spent sleeping, walking on a treadmill, working, eating and then sleeping again. When I finish at work I am sometimes so beat up that I haven’t the energy to do much of anything. Blogging here is a miracle actually when you consider my time and energy demands.

So I have often prayed out loud, “God either take me home, or give me something with some meaning to do while I am here!”

Here’s what I’ve discovered after the jump

If you’ve made a mistake, you don’t need to argue for your own righteousness. The Gospel frees you from having to bear the burden of defending yourself. Christ took the stand in the courtroom and declared you innocent!

Paul Tripp

Throw Caution to the Wind

Understanding the Gospel, especially God’s grace, provides several benefits. Knowing that you are loved no matter what if you belong to Him, knowing that though He might discipline you, He will never be punitively angry at you (He already did that to His Son at the cross) is indeed is a deep well to drink from for all of us who live in a performance oriented world.

I was contemplating these benefits and thought I would list a few, after the jump.

Taking Part in Public Debates

Recently a friend of mine who is a pastor has been under “attack” by some theologians in the Reformed camp (of which I am a part). These theologians have been very vocal in their criticism. One in particular posted a blog post with a bunch of snide and silly questions (basically insults) and when called on it, wrote another blog post defending himself.

Those against my friend appear to be very angry. I don’t know if they are or aren’t but it appears so from the outside looking in. If this isn’t bad enough, Reformed people already have a bum rap for being arrogant and angry. This is not helping our cause.

If you understand God’s grace and His Sovereignty as these men say they do, then you don’t need to be right, and you don’t need to in control. The need to be right drives many of us to much sin.

I am not going to get into any more details here but I wanted to make an observation.