Jan 192014
 

A Theology of Matthew.
Charles Quarles.
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NetGalley had this title available for review from P&R Publishing, one of my favorite publishers. I have not read many commentaries lately and this looked to be an interesting one.

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  • A Theology of Matthew by Charles Quarles

  • Book Info

    A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed As Deliverer, King, and Incarnate Creator
    by Charles Quarles
    Publisher: P & R Publishing
    Published: 11/20/2013
    ISBN-10: 1596381671
    ISBN-13: 978-1596381674
    Started: 01/02/2014
    Finished: 01/29/2014
    Source: NetGalley
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    Who is Jesus? Why should we worship him? This book answers those questions by surveying Matthew’s primary theological themes and how they interconnect with the rest of the Bible. Quarles focuses on Matthew’s portrait of Jesus as the Savior of sinners, the King of God’s people, the founder of a new Israel, and the incarnation of the Creator.

    The Explorations in Biblical Theology series addresses the need for quality literature that attracts believing readers to good theology and builds them up in their faith. Each title in the series combines solid content with accessibility and readability—a valuable addition to the library of any college student, thoughtful lay reader, seminarian, or pastor.


    Author Info
    Charles L. Quarles (BA, University of Mississippi; MDiv and PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) is vice president for Integration of Faith and Learning, dean of the Louisiana College Caskey School of Divinity, and William Peterson Carter Sr. Research Professor of New Testament and Greek, at Louisiana College's Division of Christian Studies.

    Jan 182014
     
    2 of the planned 4 rows of photos

    2 of the planned 4 rows of photos

    I helped my youngest daughter string some twine up on a wall in her room so she could hang photos using miniature clothes pins and decided I wanted to something similar at my office since it will allow me to rotate my photos as I create new favorites and don’t need to worry about matting or framing them. The string and clothes pins seemed a bit too girly so what could I do that would be a bit more rustic or “manly”?

    I realized I had the little magnet balls that could act as ‘pins’ and just needed something on the wall that they could attach to. I went to the home improvement store and looked around and decided on some 3/16″ metal rods. I could use some hooks to attach them to the wall.

    I bought a packet of hooks at 2 rods to see how it looked and would come back for another packet of hooks and 2 more rods if I liked it. I am very happy, so will be stopping in to the home improvement store this weekend to buy a second set of rods and add 1 above and one below the current pair.


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    Jan 182014
     

    Still Foolin' em.
    Billy Crystal.
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    I saw this on the New York Times Best Seller list as #2 when it debuted in September 2013 (behind Si-ology) and having just finished “Princess Bride” (the book) I was reminded how much I enjoyed Miracle Max.

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  • Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal

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    Still Foolin' em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
    by Billy Crystal
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
    Published: 09/10/2013
    ISBN-10: 0805098208
    ISBN-13: 978-0805098204
    Started: 01/09/2014
    Source: Mid-Columbia Library
    Format: Audio CD

    Publisher Synopsis

    Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America’s favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career

    Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he’s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like “Buying the Plot” and “Nodding Off,” Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night LiveWhen Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever “test positive for Maalox”), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (“the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac”), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal’s reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.


    Author Info
    Billy Crystal has starred in dozens of hit films, among them When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, The Princess Bride, and Analyze This. He is the author of the Tony award-winning play 700 Sundays, about his relationship with his late father, which was later adapted into a book. Crystal was a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has hosted the Academy Awards numerous times. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.


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    Jan 182014
     

    Thinking In Numbers.
    Daniel Tammet.

    The young Mikhail’s development proved vertiginous.

      Page: 226 – “Thinking in Numbers” by Daniel Tammet

    ver·tig·i·nous
    adjective – \vər-ˈti-jə-nəs\

    • causing or likely to cause a feeling of dizziness especially because of great height

    From learning chess at 8 to winning the Soviet chess crown at 16, Mikhail Tal was a master chess player and vertiginous is a perfect word to describe his rise.

    I would like to find some ways to use this word in my everyday vocabulary but the closest I come to feeling vertiginous is when I get out of bed too quickly.

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  • Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math by Daniel Tammet
  • From Roman Numerals to Zero and Beyond
  • Vocab: Vertiginous – Causing Dizziness


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    Jan 182014
     

    Party games had been prepared by my mother but, because nobody was there, not even my sister, none of the party games were played, and I unwrapped the newspaper around the pass-the-parcel gift myself, revealing a blue plastic Batman figure. I was sad that nobody had come to my party, but happy that I had a Batman figure, and there was a birthday present waiting to be read, a boxed set of Narnia books, which I took upstairs. I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories.

    I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.

    • Page: 9 – “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

    As an introvert myself I understand. My books are my long-term friends. My shelves full of books bring me comfort and warm memories of good times between their covers.

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    Dec 262013
     

    Santa Amber with Google AutoAwesome Snow

    Santa Amber with Google AutoAwesome Snow

    One of the many photos that my camera took yesterday (I had it set up to automatically take photos during the day) was one of my future daughter-in-law, Amber, in her Santa outfit. Google+ decided to AutoAwesome this photo and add falling snow to the image.


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    Dec 242013
     

    God Rest Ye Merry.
    Douglas Wilson.
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    I bought this book over a year ago, when it was published, to read for Christmas and just ran across it in my TBR Pile (To Be Read). I will not finish it before Christmas but that is fine. Christmas is forever.

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  • God Rest Ye Merry by Douglas Wilson

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    God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything
    by Douglas Wilson
    Publisher: Canon Press
    Published: 11/20/2012
    ISBN-10: 159128127X
    ISBN-13: 978-1591281276
    Started: 12/21/2013
    Finished: 02/04/2014
    Reason: Looked like a good book to read to prepare for Christmas.
    Format: paperback

    Publisher Synopsis

    The repetition of Christmas traditions can appear to dull the powerful nature of the holiday. God Rest Ye Merry is meant to rekindle the Christian’s understanding of Advent on every front, from politics to shopping to uproarious celebration. Pastor Douglas Wilson critiques false reasons for the season (and false objections to it), teaches the importance of Israel in Christmastime history, explains why nativity sets should have Herod’s soldiers (and how Santa Claus once punched a man in the face at a church council), offers the Enlightenment Assumptions Detector test as a guide to understanding Christmas symbolism, and much more. The last section contains a read-aloud meditation and prayer for each day of Advent, making God Rest Ye Merry an excellent tool for cultivating a deep family love of Christmas.


    Author Info
    Douglas Wilson has been pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho for more than thirty years. He is editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine, and author of numerous books including Reforming Marriage, Future Men, and Federal Husband. He blogs regularly at dougwils.com, and, along with his wife Nancy, has three children and lots of grandchildren.


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    Dec 232013
     

    I have been frustrated for a long while that my photo thumbnails do not show up when displayed in Windows Explorer under Windows 7. I have lived with it thinking I had searched for an answer but recently ran across a solution that seemed so simple and I could not remember trying it.

    Windows 7 Displaying icons rather than thumbnails

    Windows 7 Displaying icons rather than thumbnails

    I found out all I had to do was go into windows explorer (where you browse files) and click “Organize” at top of screen then select “Folder and Search Options.” Under the “View” tab (second one up top) look in the advanced settings section. The very first line should be “Always show icons, never thumbnails.” Mine was checked. All I had to do was un-check it and hit “Apply.” Voila. Thumbnails.

    Now to figure out how to get my Canon .CR2 RAW images to show up as thumbnails.


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