Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Joined a Bible Study

One thing that was missing from my life ever since I graduated from SFU was that intimate time where I could get together on a weekly basis with a close group of friends and dive into the Bible with them. I was part of a club called Campus for Christ (back then, Campus Crusade for Christ). It was great. We'd discuss Biblical teaching, everyday applications, and hardcore theology. And then I graduated.

My church is small, and there aren't that many people my age there. So it's hard to have a small group environment similar to what I experienced at SFU. Well, some friends from MSI have been bugging me to join BSF for a while now, and I finally relented to attend a session.

I was very much not interested in attending BSF, because it seemed very much like a Christian singles bar kind of thing. Co-ed classes, and you had to be single. If you're not single, then there are separate men's and women's classes. But it sounded like it would be full of people who were more interested in finding a mate than those who actually wanted to know God better. That thought really turned me off. If people are going to a Bible study, conference, whatever, the primary purpose shouldn't be the meat market. The primary purpose should be growth in your relationship with Jesus Christ. That's why I don't think I'd ever attend a Bible college, given how many people seem to go to find a marriage partner, hence the moniker bridal college. If I ever really did want some sort of "official" education, some sort of seminary would probably be better.

I was very impressed by BSF, mainly because of what they expect from people. There's daily homework for individual Bible study. If you're late for your discussion group (which happens before mass lecture), they ask that you do not go into your group, lest you disrupt their discussion; instead, you are to wait in the general chamber for the week's lecture. As well, if you are absent for three weeks in a row, they will assume that you've quit, and will remove you from the class. If you want to be reinstated, you have to go through an application process. Same if you are habitually tardy or show some other sign of little commitment.

I like that. So the people who will be involved in the study truly will want to be there. In theory. Some guys told me later that there is some grace, and they aren't really that strict for some things. The men's group is supposed to be much stricter. However, it's still very interesting that the mindset is there. I signed up for September, which is when the next session starts. Each session is eight months long, and this coming one will focus on Matthew.

Yay. It will be good to be in a small group setting again, among people my own age. :)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Why does my blog exist?

Microsoft announced Silverlight, and their demos caused a lot of buzz on the web. I just wanted to throw up a quick thought about this, so what did I do? I posted a link on Facebook.

What?? If I'm going to throw up commentary about something, should I not be blogging? Instead, I posted my comments on Facebook.


So why did I do it? Well, what's the purpose of this blog for? Basically, it's a personal blog where I just write about things now and then that are on my mind, and let people see what goes on in there. It's mostly for friends to read, whichever of them may be interested.

But if it's just a personal blog for friends to read, then what's the point of having it? Most of my friends are now on Facebook anyway, and Facebook does a fantastic job of alerting my friends whenever I post new content.

I think I just realized today that Facebook is more useful to me than my blog for this kind of stuff. Should I even bother keeping this blog? I guess I will, it's still nicer to import the Atom feed (or was Blogger RSS, I can't remember) into Facebook anyway, rather than restrict notes to just Facebook. But things like sharing videos, comments about things I find on the web, etc... I don't think those will be appearing on this blog anymore.

Here's what I wrote in Facebook, sharing this link about Silverlight:
Silverlight seems to have generated a ton of discussion on the web, and it does seem amazing. If it's anywhere as fast and clean as the reports make out, it would be an amazing weapon in Microsoft's arsenal in the fight for the web. For rich web apps, we now have what options... Flash, Ajax. In the near future, Adobe Apollo is supposed to take it to the next level. Microsoft Silverlight is supposed to surpass all of them?

I dunno, Silverlight sounds a little too utopiaish. It'd be great if it were all true. The downside would be that if Silverlight takes off and dominates, Microsoft could own the web. But I really can't see Silverlight being that successful, when there are so many other compelling options out there. Is it really that compelling?
I really wish I was an investor in Facebook.... :(