Thursday, November 24, 2005
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This Site has moved

Thursday, November 10, 2005
This has officially moved.

I have migrated all the previous posts to my new site.

All past and future posts can now be found at www.brianbowen.com

NOTE:
As of today... November 10, 2005, things over there are still not 100% the way I want them. But I have picked a default theme for now while I work on a new one in my "free time"

 

Technical excuse for not writing

Monday, November 07, 2005
Ok, so I know I haven't written any posts lately. I've been out of town... and I'm headed to Athens tomorrow... PLUS I have been trying to learn CSS style sheets and the php that is in the WordPress themes. By learn I mean cut and paste programming. Basically looking at other templates, seeing how they did something, then cut and pasting it into mine. Then looking it up in on-line tutorials for the other stuff.

I did finally get the header navbar to align like I wanted... BUT then I tried it in IE... rrrrrg

Thats me shaking my head in aggravation. That one part works great in Firefox (the browser I use) and Konqueror if you use KDE (I personally like GNOME better on my linux box) BUT it doesn't look right in IE and I can't really test safari..

Here's the browser share for the last 100 hits:


4545.00%Firefox1.0.7

3030.00%MSIE6.0

1515.00%Firefox1.0.6

55.00%Safari1.2

22.00%MSIE5.23

11.00%MSIE5.5

11.00%Mozilla5.0

so there's the delimia... do I advertise the new site address with a theme that only looks right to 60% of the readers? Well... I'm thinking, not yet... I think I'll give myself some more time to learn CSS.

Ok... so now that I thoroughly bored you to death... I'll sign off.
 

I love my air card

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


This is on of the places I often spend my lunch. Its particularly nice today because there's no bugs, a slight breeze, the crickets are still making noise in the brush and the temperature is just right.

Not only can I sit out here in my soccer chair, which I keep in my truck, but I can get on-line too. And yes, sometimes... getting online really is relaxing even if you do work on computers all day.

I'm using one of the aircards provided through my other job. Its from Verizon and most the time you can get close to broadband speed. It does slow down on occasion. But hey... I'm sitting in a chair, on the edge of the river, drinking my Diet Dr. Pepper and STILL able to post on my blog.

Pretty cool if ya ask me.

oh yeah, if you were wondering... my Dr Pepper cap... said... Please try again... oh well, no free 1 liter today.
 

Testing email updateing

Tuesday, November 01, 2005
I'm testing if I can still use blogger audio blog and have it cross post autpmatically to my new site.... we'll see

 

Moving to WordPress

I'm in the process of migrating my blog to wordpress.
I'll post the new address soon
 

The forming of a message

Friday, October 28, 2005
I was sitting in burger king today finishing up a wedding ceremony I was working on. No, someone wasn't getting married at Burger King, I was writing the ceremony. So anyway...

I have this manual I received when I was ordained. It's this little black preachers book. You know the one with the how-to's of various services and such. Well inside this book I discovered two notes.

I'm not real sure if I was taking notes from something I was listening to, or jotting things down for a message I was preparing. At anyrate here's what they had written on them.

  • What do you have to do to be chosen? Show up!
  • 1 Cor 15:33-34 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.
  • What type of company do you keep?
  • Character is doing what is right, because its right and doing it right
  • "I can almost land this airplane" is like saying "They are kinda saved" Thats called crashing
  • Prov 13:20 He that walks with wise men... but he who walks with fools...
  • 2 Cor 6:14 Unequally yoked
  • Exchange of strenghts for weakness - Covenant of friendship
  • See who people are in a comfortable atmosphere -- around their friends
  • Sin is pleasurable for a season

Ok as I read those again and type them out... I can almost remember... it would have been a little over a year ago, I was listening to a sermon and at the same time beginning to form the one I was working on about Dating relationships.

So there you go, just a glimpse at how a message at times begins to form...


 

Sunday Night Sex at church was great

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Sunday Night Sex was this past Sunday.

Imagine this, you walk into church and you hear 50 Cent singing about a candy shop... What types of things run through your mind? Well, I had a couple people rush up to me and ask... "Ummm is this THAT song?" I was like, well yes, it is. "Ummm ok, I was about to say we should probably turn it off" Then someone else was like "Ohhh I thought someone just stuck a CD from their car in or something." Needless to say, it generated a lot of conversation during the 30 minutes or so we hang out in the lobby.

You see I made a CD with several songs whose main theme was sex. I added some hip hop songs, folk music, 80's music... Different styles different times... but all about sex. It worked great. The whole idea was to get people talking about the songs and listening to what they are selling. Of course when I asked who was uncomfortable listening to those songs in church, almost everyone raised their hands... But you know, most people knew the artist, the song title and the lyrics... So if it makes you uncomfortable in church, what's the difference in your car?

This week was about the lies we are told about sex. The band did a great job as usual (sorry no mp3 of the band this time) but it was one of those services for me where I felt like I left so much out. Or like I left too many things hanging, pointing out an untruth and not providing a truth. I know I know, its pretty common after a service to begin questioning the things you said, but this time... I was hit pretty hard in my own mind. Even though I did have several people wanting to talk after the service, some with questions, some just to say it was great and a couple to say "I can't wait till next week." but still... I was still left feeling like the message was not complete. But that's ok, I don't always wrap things up in a nice tidy package anyway.

All in all, I think the service went very well. People are still talking about it and that to me... is a good thing.

I added a link to the message on the Second Sunday MP3 page or you can download the MP3 directly here.


 

Running away or running to?

Friday, October 21, 2005
So I had a great conversation recently about why do kids do some of the things they do. It was centered around drugs, alcohol and cutting. My friends thoughts where it was a way to escape. To escape the life situations the kids find themselves in. Bad home lives and that sort of thing.

I believe escapeing is only a reaction to a deeper issue. The issue of wanting to belong. I have several thoughts on this, I just don't have time at the moment to organize them in my mind and type things out.

Certainly I believe sometimes they just want to escape the world... but I think the majority of the time... it isn't really running away from something as it is running to something.

There's this built in thing inside all of us. The need for relationships. The need to be loved. The need to.... belong.

I think in the majority of the cases it isn't running away from the junk as much as its running to a place of belonging....

I just don't have the words at the moment to express what I'm thinking. Maybe when I have some more time I'll come back to it.

Any ideas? Comments? anything????