Abby in Costume

Abby in Costume
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I realized I haven't posted any pictures of the girls - here is Abby before the fall fun festival at Bellevue.

Isabella in Costume

Isabella in Costume
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Here's Isabella right before we went in to the fun festival...isn't she cute?


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

My Spiritual Father Goes Home

This morning, Dr. Adrian Rogers walked into glory. Dr. Rogers was my first pastor. I never had the opportunity to share this with him, but he is ultimately the man who led me to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I experienced false conversion as a child, was never baptized, and never experienced the true change of heart that comes from the new birth. Shortly after our marriage, my wife and I joined Bellevue Baptist Church, where I was then baptized. I realized that I knew very little about the foundations of my faith, so when I learned that Dr. Rogers taught a course on Wednesday nights called "Back to the Basics: What Every Christian Ought to Know," I quickly signed up. It was the second or third week of the class when Dr. Rogers spoke on the subject, "How to Be Saved and Know It." During this class Dr. Rogers revealed that as a young man he had struggled with doubting his salvation.

Quoting from this message, Adrian Rogers said, "One night I looked up into the heavens and said, 'God, I've got to have assurance. I don't know if I'm lost and the Holy Spirit has me under conviction, or I'm saved and the devil is trying to get me to doubt my salvation. But one thing I know: You said if I would believe on You, You would save me. So, Lord, right now, I trust You to save me.'"

I went home that evening and prayed that very prayer, and the rest is spiritual history. Though I didn't become instantly perfect (and I'm still quite far away from perfection), I finally experienced that change of heart and life that comes from salvation. I've since been baptized again (to get it in the right order), as after the self-examination commanded by 2 Corinthians 13:5 I realized that that night was when I was truly saved. So, to Heaven I send a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Adrian Rogers, and I look forward to seeing him again one day.

Besides him leading me to Christ, if that wasn't enough, I've learned a great deal from Dr. Rogers about what it means to be a man of God and a great husband and father. He's taught me from the pulpit, from books, and from personal example. He truly was, and still is, a good and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

For more information about the passing of Dr. Rogers, visit

Ruby on Rails Dev Framework on Track for Growth

It appears that Ruby on Rails is changing the WORLD of software development - I wasn't aware of just how much influence it was having in the world of other languages. Here Marc Fleury (JBoss CEO) says that it had a huge influence on Seam - JBoss's venture into the Java web framework space. And then the list of RoR clones: Biscuit (PHP), Grails (Java), Monorail (.NET), Turbo Gears (Python), Cake PHP, Subway (Python), Catalyst (Perl).....All I can say is that the RoR guys must have done something right!

Ruby on Rails Dev Framework on Track for Growth

NBC2 News Online - The mystery of the eye

This is pretty wild....the number 2 appears in the eye of Hurricane Wilma. They insist that the image and video were not fact you can barely see it at this NOAA link as well:

NBC2 News Online - The mystery of the eye

IT Observer - A Glimpse at the Future of Programming Languages: O'Reilly Releases "Beyond Java"

The Ruby on Rails hype continues - Bruce Tate considers the possibility that it may be "the next big thing," as well as letting us know that "It's time to start paying attention again. It's time to look at the horizon, beyond Java." I've been thinking about this issue a lot lately - I mean, even 10 years ago none of us could have predicted that we'd be using Java as much and in the way we are now. It was a C/C++ world. Now we don't know what we'd do without Java - or do we. Scripting languages seem to have the momentum right now - even in the Javaspace (see Groovy). Ruby on Rails, as much as I've seen of it, is EXTREMELY impressive. If we can repeatedly solve the BIG problems in a scalable, maintainable way with these languages, plus we get the added benefits of dynamic typing, etc., why wouldn't we transition? I'm excited to check this book out, and also excited to be in the web development space right now. Who knows - 10 years from now we might be looking at "Beyond Rails."

IT Observer - A Glimpse at the Future of Programming Languages: O'Reilly Releases "Beyond Java"

Spurgeon - Morning and Evening

Spurgeon's evening devotional for today packs a punch. I can't get over the last few sentences:

O professor, too little separated from sinners, you know not what you lose by your conformity to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength, and makes you creep where you ought to run. Then, for your own comfort's sake, and for the sake of your growth in grace, if you be a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and distinct one.

Read Spurgeon's Evening for Oct 14. - The O'Reilly Factor - Talking Points - The ACLU Exposed

Bill O'Reilly slams the ACLU for being what it is - not a defender of Constitutional rights, but a militant organization fighting for its own radical, secular, progressive agenda. BO states:

"The ACLU simply wants a different country, a nation where conduct it approves of, public sexual displays, child molestation literature is allowed. But the ACLU wants to inhibit conduct it disagrees with, like protesting the border and celebrating the birth of Jesus. That's what's going on."

Read more at - The O'Reilly Factor - Talking Points - The ACLU Exposed. What Is Ruby on Rails

What Is Ruby on Rails by Curt Hibbs -- Ruby on Rails is an impressive web development framework that will soon reach version 1.0. While there's a lot of buzz, it can sometimes be difficult to discern the steak beneath the sizzle. Curt Hibbs walks through the features and pieces of Ruby on Rails to show how it fits together and where its big benefits come from.

I read this article this morning and I have to say it makes me even more impressed with Rails. I think it has the potential to be a BIG player in the web application development space - if not to replace Java, PHP, etc., with Ruby as many developers' platform of choice, it will definitely challenge the existing framework developers for Java, etc., to scale even bigger heights when it comes to features and ease of development.

Apache iBATIS

One technology that I picked up on in the last session of the Java In Action conference was Apache iBATIS. It is a really cool framework that maps SQL queries to Java objects. It provides the capability to do really AWESOME things with dynamic SQL, and eliminates the N+1 query problem. I've been playing with it on a project the last couple of days and I'm VERY satisfied with what I've seen so far. It has the potential to really help us out in some application hot spots and places w/ a great deal of dynamic SQL. You should definitely take a peek.

Supernatural Regeneration

I am about halfway through reading an interview with Ravi Zacharias in the Fall 2005 issue of Just Thinking from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. The interview was conducted by Major John Carter of the Salvation Army, and concerned Leadership and Calling. I was extremely taken by a quote by RZ in the interview which I'll reproduce below:

I really think that today, as Christian apologists, that the biggest challenge to the faith is not an intellectual question. In fact, I have not heard an intellectual question to the faith that has disturbed me. I am more convinced than ever of the message of the Gospel. But the biggest challenge to the Christian faith is this: If the message that we have lays claim to a supernatural regeneration, then why is it that we do not see that regeneration more often? No other religion claims a supernatural regeneration. They may claim ethics and morality. Hinduism does. But we are the only ones who claim a new birth. Born of the Holy Spirit, our hungers have changed, our disciplines have changed, our behavior has changed. If it is a supernaturally engendered thing, why do we not see it more often? And if that is true of the common person in conversion, how much more true it must be of ones in leadership. So I believe character is essential, and without that, you cannot serve.

To me this really gets to the heart of the matter - how can I or anyone else claim that Jesus Christ has made a difference in my life, that I have been supernaturally changed, if I continue to go on living as I did before I was "converted?" And what's more, how can I position myself as a teacher of God's Word if I don't do the things that Christ has taught us to do - I'm expecting my students to do them, why don't I? It's a matter of being a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. As Christians we all need to check ourselves - are we truly in the faith? And if so, are we daily placing ourselves on the altar of living sacrifice, daily making the decision to leave our desires behind and follow the will of Christ? I'm so thankful for RZ's statement, as it really touched me at a point at which I needed to be touched.

Ruby on Rails

I've spent quite a bit of time playing with this Ruby on Rails thing. It's amazing that I was able to build such a nice basic CRUD app w/ only 57 lines of code. Now, I know this app didn't do much - just manage an Online Cookbook (i.e. the Rolling on Rails tutorial). I'm going to go through "Four Days on Rails" next since it purports to be a tutorial with a "Real App." I'm excited about maybe using Ruby for rapid prototyping for our enterprise-class Java apps...maybe even for production apps. Who knows...Ruby may replace Java? :-)

Post #1

This is my first post to this blog. I've just returned to work after spending the last week at's Java in Action conference in Orlando, FL. Got to take the family with me and spend a day at Magic Kingdom. A good trip, and learned a lot of new technologies.