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Larry Short
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I'm having an unusually stressful week ... and the Holy Spirit really has blessed me through listening to this song (several times) on the car radio! Thank you!

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It's also really interesting that Snopes doesn't have a word about any of this. (Not even worth their time, perhaps?)

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Here's a possible question for your NUD question of the day: We know that the rotation of the earth creates centrifugal force which must (to some extent) counteract gravity in its action upon objects with mass on the surface of the earth (like you and I) ... right?

If this is true, do we "weigh" less while standing on either the north or south pole of the planet, since there can be no centrifugal force acting upon us there? And if not, why not?

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Tommy, I'm going to challenge your assumption that the large number of translations (and paraphrases) out there creates mass confusion. To the contrary, I believe these good efforts create clarity around the Word of God.

I pastor a group of young adults and we frequently use multiple versions when we meet for our weekly chapter and verse study. We dig into a passage and read it in different versions. These generally support one another. If there is disagreement over wording, we dig into the passage even deeper and try to figure out why. Several times we have consulted the original languages and the commentaries about these disagreements, and have always come away enlightened. We also frequently read (devotionally) a passage in a beautiful paraphrase like The Message, as a part of the process of hearing God speak to us through His Word. (We recognize, of course, the unique properties of a paraphrase as opposed to a translation, and adjust our thinking and expectations accordingly.)

What would create confusion, in my mind, would be if we were limited to a single version (such as the King James) which did not speak to contemporary hearers in a contemporary dialect they understand. Nowadays the "thees" and "thous" of 1611 aren't necessarily as meaningful and relevant to the culture of 2014 America.

Don't get me wrong -- we will mix in the King James frequently to get another perspective on the wording of a passage. But it's well known that the King James is often not as technically accurate to the original language as some of the others. (For instance, the NASB is considered to be more technically accurate, but the NIV is probably a little clearer in its wording to contemporary hearers. We use both, and also the ESV, which seems to present a good balance between NASB and NIV, and several others.)

I'm concerned about people who put limits on the power of the Word of God by saying, "Don't use that version, only use this version." Frankly, the Word of God transcends the specific version used. As we are assured, God's Word is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword in its ability to discern thoughts and intents of the heart. The Holy Spirit uses various good versions and efforts (as long as they stay as true as possible to the original language and intent of Scripture) to reveal His truth to our hearts.

My assumption, of course, is that the translators/creators of various versions and paraphrases intend to stay as true as possible to the Word as it was originally written. There are of course some versions written by the cults which change God's Word intentionally to fit their own twisted agendas, and these of course should be avoided.

May God bless you and reveal His truth to you as you study.

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This is what World Vision is all about! Pleased to announce that I've joined the corporate social media team there and will be sharing a lot of our cool content from this stream.
 
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Ah, here we go. Sorry to burst everyone's bubble. This is quoting http://www.hoax-slayer.com/nasa-distress-call-another-galaxy-hoax.shtml:

"The claims in the message are fanciful nonsense. The report is not derived from a NASA press release as claimed. NASA has made no announcement about the supposed message.  Versions of the fake story have been circulating since at least 2011. And, if a message did come from beyond the Andromeda galaxy, it would take much, much longer than 80,000 years to reach Earth."

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OK, the Andromeda Galaxy (from whence the "distress call" supposedly originated) is more than 2 and one-half MILLION light years away. That means the message in question originated WAYYYY before we had any ideas about how wonderful the Weekly World News was.

That probably also means that whoever sent it is getting really tired waiting for us to rescue them.

However, the good news is that our galaxy and Andromeda are on a collision course. In a couple of billion more years it should only be a short hop between our two planets.

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Thank you, Ana, this was exactly what I needed to know.

I manage three Twitter accounts ... one for my church (a small one), one for my team at work (a large one for my job at a large nonprofit), and my personal one (medium-sized).

Did they warn you before they shut you down? Recently I opened up my personal account to discover they had shut it down, at least there was a warning message across the top requiring me to agree to their "rules" before they would lift the ban. I read the rules, and felt I was already in agreement with them, so I clicked the button and they (slowly, it took about two days) restored my personal account.

I was confused as to why they had done this, so I tweeted at Twitter support. And received no response.

The main effect of all this was to make me nervous about using my personal account. I do manually follow a lot of people, then use JustUnfollow (usually a few weeks later) to unfollow those who don't follow me back. So I backed off on this a bit, but you can't really back off too much or as you know your numbers will get all out of whack. (I follow 8,800+ and am followed by 9,100+.) But I only follow like-minded Tweeters and don't do any commercial usage.

I don't cross-post. What I do do (and never thought about it until I read your column) is retweet between the accounts. I RT on my personal account many of the tweets on my professional account (just because they're interesting and instructive), and on rare occasions I RT something on my professional account that I've posted on my personal account.

So, now I'm wondering if that's the reason they might have warned me. (It would sure be nice if they would tell you!)

It would be a medium-sized disaster if they shut down my personal account, and a huge disaster if they shut down my work account. So I guess I'll stop the retweeting. It really is a shame though.
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I choose not to use twitter etc...and stick with what works
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One of the messages in this video really bothers me. It seems to be saying that when cycling is really respected, we should be free not to wear helmets.

When I see people cycling without helmets, I want to yell at them and ask them why they are so stupid. I am an avid cyclist and helmets have saved my life at least twice.

It doesn't matter if you're in a protected bike lane safe from cars, I still wouldn't go 10 feet without one.

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Larry is the co-author of three published books on church planting and compassion ministry, and serves as a new media strategist and "web guru" for the Media Relations Division at World Vision U.S., headquartered in Federal Way, Washington. He graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Biola University in La Mirada, CA in 1981, and is enrolled in the MBA program (nonprofit management emphasis) at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. Larry has worked with World Vision for more than 18 years. Previously he was a small business owner and a freelance writer. He won the Best Personality Feature of the year award from the Evangelical Press Association in 1981, and several other awards for his work in Christian magazines. Larry is coauthor (with Dr. Bob Logan) of Beyond Church Growth and Mobilizing for Compassion (published by Fleming Revell / Baker Book House), and Churches Planting Churches (a workbook published by ChurchSmart Resources). He is also a wannabe science fiction and historical fantasy novelist, and acoustic worship leader. Larry and his wife Darlene serve as young adult pastors at Elim Evangelical Free Church in Puyallup, Washington.
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Have survived numerous serious crashes or near-crashes on planes, trains, automobiles, bicycles ... and as a pedestrian! Warning, keep at least 50 feet away.
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