garrett ad nauseum

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Read on if you're not convinced.

It is not death to die. We’ll see you at the riverside soon, Tim.

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This is awesome!

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During lunch, Amanda said, “Guess what Gretta was asking Nadia today at church?” I was prepared to be embarrassed, imagining all the shocking things that could have come out of my daughter’s mouth. Amanda’s information was more surprising than anything I imagined. “She asked her, ‘What is our only hope in life and death?’ and then told her the answer: ‘We are not our own, but we belong to God.’” Whew!

You see, for the past two weeks, we’ve been working through the New City Catechism as a family. You can find more info at where it is described as “A joint adult and children’s catechism consisting of 52 questions and answers adapted by Timothy Keller and Sam Shammas from the Reformation catechisms.”

It’s great to see some initial results from reviewing these historic theological questions and answers with Amanda and the kids. We haven’t been particularly structured with reviewing the questions, but I’ve tried to ask each of my older kids that week’s question at least once a day, usually reviewing last week’s question at the same time. I’m not quite sure what we’ll do further down the road once we have a score of questions to review, but I’m glad to be figuring it out as we go along.

I also have to figure out how to keep Gretta from being a theological show-off.

Assumptions Kids Make

  • Gretta: What are you eating?
  • Me: Peanuts.
  • Gretta: I don't want any.
  • Me: Um... that's good.
Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.
— The Duchess in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Accordance and Olive Tree Interview

Here’s a podcast of two brief interviews during SBL 2011 with representatives from Accordance and Olive Tree. These are two of the premier Bible softwares available for both Mac OS and iOS.

What’s encouraging about the interviews is that though Brady is a biblical scholar teaching at PSU, he agrees with my sentiment, that though Accordance is clearly the more powerful program when it comes to exegesis and searching, Olive Tree is a much more comfortable interface for reading, whether in English or ancient languages.

You know what? I’m sad that I’m about to grow up.
— Gretta

Spring is awesome. Especially in the middle of Winter.


  • Gretta: What did you do at work last night?
  • Me: I was helping some really sick people get better.
  • Gretta: Like Jesus?!? That's so funny!
…Zephaniah was inspired to receive, understand, and then express the divine word without tarnishing its divine reality and truth.
— The Minor Prophets, ed. Thomas Edward McComiskey
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