Apple may sell iPod and iPhone with unlimited music

Posted: March 19th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Apple is in negotiations with music labels in an effort to bundle an “unlimited download” option with its iPod and iPhone. For either a one time fee for the life of the device, or a monthly subscription, owners of the “i” devices will have unlimited download access to the iTunes store (or at least the labels that agree to the terms).

I love this idea and would definitely purchase the service as an add-on to my iPod. Heck, if I had to buy a new one just to get this, I would. I hope they try to get access to the audio books as well, since I’m a big fan.

More information can be found in the article Apple mulls unlimited music bundle found at FT.com.


My marriage is better than average, is yours?

Posted: March 16th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

This past Thursday, March 13 2007, Bethany and I celebrated our ninth year of marriage! It was a beautiful, cold March day when we were married. Bethany had just turned 18, and I was barely 21. Many people I am sure uttered the words, “They’re too young. They’ll never make it.” Ha! I laugh in your faces! Not only are we still married, we’re happy and LOVING it!

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report in 2005 stating that the average first-time marriage lasts 8 years. According to that statistic, we are BETTER THAN AVERAGE! I could have told you that, but it’s nice to back it up with some facts.9th Anniversary

It’s been a great nine years, even though the first was quite rough. We have four children ages 6, 4, 2, 1, and number five due in September.

I love ‘em, I love ‘em, I love ‘em.

The study I linked to has some interesting stuff in it. 76% of first time marriages between 1955-1959 lasted 20 years or longer, while marriages from 1975-1979 only had 58% last at least that long. Also, forget the “Seven year itch,” more first-time marriages end in year two (1 in 12 in year two as opposed to 1 in 20 in year seven).

So, to encourage all you you married people, if we can do it, anyone can. And it’s not about you, it’s about both of you.  As for words to live by, I can only speak from the husband perspective.  The Bible says to love your wife as Christ loves the church (Eph. 5:25). He laid down His life for us, so give your life for her.  He had no complaints, even though He knew it would be tough, and He still gave his life knowing He might never receive anything in return, so quit your complaining and help her out once in awhile.  Also, 1 Corinthians 13 is a great place to learn about love as well.

Peace and God bless,

- chris mooney


Review: God is Dead

Posted: March 10th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Book Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

I like to read a lot of different types of books, and if you know me at all, I like things a bit controversial. When I heard an interview with Ronald Currie Jr, the author of God is Dead, on the Penguin publisher’s podcast, I had to get a copy of the book. Instead of receiving the hardcover I thought I had purchased, I instead received a soft cover ARC. Oh, well.

The premise of God is Dead is that God comes to earth as a Dinka woman and dies when an African village is attacked. When the world finds out, well you can guess a few things that might happen. Preachers turn to drunks, many people just go nuts with nothing left to believe in or live for. The absence of a deity leaves a void and people begin to worship their kids, and others go off the Darwinian “survival of the fittest” deep-end.

God is Dead held my attention quite well and I will have to say that Ron is very talented in description. Since I didn’t receive the Hardcover edition for the eBay store I cannot comment on flow or editing, since they might have changed in the final edition. Something I found intriguing was that several chapters were written in the first person, from different characters. Also, Ron’s political persuasions are littered throughout, and while his thoughts are his own, and this is a work of fiction, Gen. Colin Powell would probably not care for the first chapter or two.

Being a believer in Jesus Christ as Messiah, I was not sure how I would react to a book where God died in it. In the end I came upon an interesting conclusion that surprised me. Life without God, like this book, does not resolve. Without God, there is no hope, no joy, and point to this life other than living, multiplying, and dying.

I give God is Dead three stars out of five.

Peace,

- mooney


My friend, I stand in judgment now, and feel that you’re to blame somehow . . .

Posted: March 5th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Since my “Are you a lying, thieving, alduterous blashpemer?” post, I have been thinking a lot about personal evangelism.  I ran across this poem a while back and thought I would share it with you.

 

My Friend by D.J. Higgins

 

My friend, I stand in judgment now

And feel that you’re to blame somehow

While on this earth I walked with you day by day

And never did you point the way

You knew the Lord in truth and glory

But never did you tell the story

My knowledge then was very dim

You could have led me safe to him

Though we lived together here on earth

You never told me of your second birth

And now I stand this day condemned

Because you failed to mention him

You taught me many things, that’s true

I called you friend and trusted you

But now I learned, now it’s too late

You could have kept me from this fate

We walked by day and talked by night

And yet you showed me not the light

You let me live, love and die

And all the while you knew I’d never live on high

Yes, I called you friend in life

And trusted you in joy and strife

Yet in coming to this end

I see you really weren’t my friend

 

How many of your friends and family know that you are a Christian? Do you love them enough to tell them Why you live life the way you do? Why you believe?

Jesus said, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38).

Peace,

- chris mooney


Please don’t send China “our gospel”

Posted: March 2nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I heard an ad on the radio the other day that bothered me, and I can’t get it out of my my mind.  Maybe writing it out will be good therapy for me.  Maybe I’m off base a little on it, but it irritates me none the less.

The ad was more a fund raising promo.   The radio station was raising funds to build a church in China.  Now, at first, this sounded like a great idea to me.   Their culture seems to me to be less financially able to support a large church building project, so why not send a few bucks their way to help them out, right?   I guess I’m not very educated on what the government of China allows as far as open Christian worship, but apparently they don’t have a problem with the church this group is trying to put up.

The radio host threw some numbers out like “10,000 people come to know Christ EVERY DAY in  China, won’t you help provide a place of worship for them?”

Give me a break!  If they are truly having that many converts every day, why mess it up by sending them “our gospel”?   Obviously they are doing something right.  Last I heard, the church in China was underground and under severe persecution.  Sounds a lot like the New Testament church to me.

Why send them “our gospel” of big churches with big budgets?  It doesn’t appear to me to be very affective in our culture.  Something deep inside me screams, “Don’t do it! Don’t ruin what they have by injecting them with what we have. We should be learning from them!”

I’m not blasting people with big, beautiful churches; after all, many of the temples were extravagant places of worship.  Just let’s not be so eager to say we can improve on what they are doing.  Let’s not try to make them like us.  Instead encourage them in their race to be like Jesus, even if they way they get there looks a little different than how we are.

Peace and God bless,

- chris mooney