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July Update – Writing, Broadcasting, and Water Breaks

August 5, 2013
Full moon over summer thunderstorm - taken from our yard in July.

Full moon over summer thunderstorm – taken from our yard in July.

Here’s what transpired in July, at a professional and personal level.

Professional:
– Completed the July edition of Forcing Change magazine in… July! Although I didn’t get it posted until the end of the month…

– Started broadcasting Forcing Change Radio (FCR)! This is a once-a-week net-based radio show that’s broadcast through the Worldview Weekend Radio network, and is embedded in the Forcing Change website. Each show is up for 14 days, then archived in the members-only area of Forcing Change. The July FCR focus was on the theme of transhumanism.

– Was a guest on different radio broadcasts: TruthTalk, On the Wall Radio, Worldview Weekend, VFTB, The Laurie Roth Show (guest hosted by Pat Wood), and the Janet Mefferd Show.

– Spent a morning at Valley View Bible Camp giving two lectures on the importance of a Christian worldview, comparing and contrasting other worldviews, to the students in the camp’s Leadership Development Program.

– It was a very busy month answering questions and responding to people’s requests on many levels. Occasionally the requests are overwhelming in terms of the time and energy required to respond properly, but I’m glad to help out where I can.

Personal:

– July was spent in Manitoba – and mostly at home – which was nice as our summer’s are short but intense, so it was good to be here during our brief season.

– We were fortunate to visit with friends, spend time in the bush having camp fires and wiener roasts, and enjoying our extended summer sunsets.

– My wife and son worked most of July as maintenance personnel at a local hospital and senior citizens home. Austin, our daughter, volunteered for a week as a wrangler’s assistant at a Bible camp.

– As a family we volunteered to help with our church’s Vacation Bible School program, a week of evenings singing, teaching Bible lessons, playing games, and helping with crafts. Approximately 100 children from our community participated.

– Our water pressure system blew apart, breaking pipes, and causing our water pump to kick into high gear as it started pumping the 1800 gallons of water from the cistern (in our basement) into our basement utility room. Thankfully I was home when it happened and managed to turn everything off before the water flooded into my office and library (located in the basement too). Two days without water wasn’t fun as I repaired and replaced pressure tanks, water lines, valves and switches… the joys of renting an older farm home. šŸ™‚

Books Read:

– James Bradley, The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War (Little, Brown and Company, 2009). An interesting and sobering study on the role of racism and empire building during the era of Theodore Roosevelt’s administration – and how the decisions made by Teddy and Taft negatively impacted the Asian landscape, and led to long-term and devastating unintended consequences. At times I found Bradley’s arguments to be too broad in it’s general theme, nevertheless, there was much to glean from this book, including the problem of justifying imperial actions through a religious construct.

– Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney, Threat Vector (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012). I hadn’t read Clancy’s fiction in a long while, so it was fun to jump into this book – even if it was predictably predictable.

– Louis L’Amour, The Strong Shall Live (Bantam, 1980). A collection of short stories about the trials and challenges of the West. Louis L’Amour was arguably one of the best story tellers of his day.

– Richard Halliburton, The Occident (Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1937). Halliburton is my favorite travel writer. His writing style is simple and straight forward, but his crazy self-caused adventures are anything but. The Occident is a very general survey of natural, historic, and contemporary wonders that he had the opportunity to visit – with enough glimpses into these exotic places and adventures to impel the reader forward.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2013 12:50 pm

    And what do you attribute your water problems to? Here in Mt, one of the 2 Smart Grid demo designated areas, we had the same problem and learning of others with same or similar problems. We even had a major fire involving smart grid power line poles. Did high surges have anything to do with it? Poor installations? Some had problems with their computers getting fried, Dish connections. Coincidences ?.

    • August 7, 2013 12:00 pm

      Clair, we live in a very rural area and are still on the analog system for our power – no smart grid here. And as we don’t have municipal or county water services, I have to haul in every gallon and hold it in a basement cistern. That means the house we’re renting has its own water pressure system – which is now old. What happened was that the bladder in the air tank ruptured, filling the tank with 5 gallons of water. The added weight of the water then snapped the copper fittings, and the problems just snowballed from there. I’m just glad I was home, or that would have been the end of Forcing Change as my library and office would have been completely flooded.

      • August 7, 2013 4:18 pm

        So do I. But we’re on our own well so we don’t have to haul in water. Apparently you do have electricity/ Self generated? If not, analog or not …as long as you’re dependent on outside power….believe what you want…

  2. Nicola Evans permalink
    August 5, 2013 8:02 pm

    Glad you got your water problem fixed. Bronwyn sure enjoyed your talk at Valley View – thank you.

    • August 7, 2013 12:01 pm

      Thanks, Nicola. I’m glad Bronwyn was able to attend LDP this year. Looking forward to getting together with you and your family sometime before the summer ends!

  3. August 28, 2013 11:29 am

    This weekend on The Christian Worldview, Justin Peters, an evangelist who had personal experience within the HWP movement as a result of his cerebral palsy, will join us to explain who are the key leaders and how much of their doctrine contradicts biblical teaching. Also, Justin will tell us how biblical Christians can unwittingly take on HWP beliefs in their own worldview.

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