Acts 4:7 - By what name?

February 18, 2018

And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?

Acts 4:7

I love the fact that the askers of this question have a clear understanding of the correlation between power and names. A miracle had been performed and was making them look bad, so something had to be done. They couldn't deny the miracle, as it took place in front of plenty of witnesses. It also didn't help that the healed man insisted on being excited about it in the middle of the busy temple. They needed to find out how this was done if they were going to figure out what to do about it.

The religious leadership in Jerusalem was still upset about that whole "Jesus thing" and the two disciples of Jesus performing a miracle and then preaching about him in the temple annoyed them greatly. They had the men arrested by the captain of the temple and thrown into captivity overnight. That should cool their enthusiasm for talking about Jesus! The next morning everyone important, and everyone who thought they were important, met at the temple for the show trial. It wasn't going to be a real trial for two reasons, first the Romans currently occupying their land would not allow any death penalty judgments and secondly, there was no way that innocence was going to be permitted to be an outcome. This was the religious leadership of the Jews flexing what authority muscle the Romans still permitted them. Peter and John were going to be dressed down, no doubt about it.

The fly in the ointment was that there was still the matter of the miracle. How did that happen? The priests hadn't performed a miracle in many hundreds of years and now these disciples of Jesus were performing miracles just like he did. The guilty verdict could wait a few more minutes while this was investigated.

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Turbines In The Fields

February 16, 2018

Turbines In The Fields

A classic from 2002. Taken with a 6MP Nikon D70 on a Saturday afternoon in January.

This is from the same photo outing as the picture of Platteville Mound.

A larger version is available

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The View Towards Platteville Mound

February 8, 2018

The View Towards Platteville Mound

A classic from 2002. Taken with a 6MP Nikon D70 on a Saturday afternoon in January. As I recall, my wife and I had decided that the sunshine and unseasonably warm day was too wonderful to resist, so we decided to take a drive.

We ended up in Montfort as I wanted to take pictures of the wind turbine towers that stretch along the highway outside of town. On one of our stops so I could take a few more pictures, I noticed this wonderful view. Not a single tower in frame, but it was just so perfect with the road stretching out towards the Platteville mound on the horizon.

This was one of the occasions that led to me realizing that after taking a picture of what you thought you wanted, that you should look around from the same spot as there are many times when I have found unexpected gems just by looking behind me.

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Cover Song - Silver Machine performed by Kevin Pearson

February 7, 2018

I've been remiss in my duties to bring you samples of the finest cover songs available on YouTube. Today I attempt to make amends by bringing you Silver Machine. I have loved Silver Machine for as long as I can remember and this is an awesome Ukulele rendition by Kevin Pearson.

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Vaguely Functional

January 28, 2018

Yosemite National Park, United States by Christoph Bengtsson Lissalde

Yosemite National Park, United States by Christoph Bengtsson Lissalde

So, I started a blog to talk about functional programming. I called it Vaguely Functional because I'm not intending to be super strict about my definition of a functional language. If you can use the functional paradigm that's going to be all that I ask of the language.

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