Leaders of the Temple
called Peter and John, "and charged them not to speak or
teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered
them, 'Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to
you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot but speak
of what we have seen and heard.'"
My apologies about the eleven-day gap since my last entry. I have
been in new-technology mode, always a time sink, and too much has
been happening to keep track of it all.
I had been
sold a used flip-style mobile phone here a month or so back for £5,
thinking my need for a phone will be minimal, but using it was so
complicated that I almost never used it and people were not getting
through. So I started wanting a new smart phone and by last weekend
I had talked myself into taking the plunge.
Kevinmy son the Google engineerassured me that the best
new smart phone is the Samsung Galaxy S4, so I started shopping that
seem to be one of the few things more economically priced here than
in the States. The wireless provider, "3" (yes, that's the
name of the company), was advertising Galaxy S4s for a two-year contract
that includes 500 call minues monthly, unlimited texting and, the
deal-breaker, unlimited data with tethering allowed. "Unlimited
data" means you can use the phone to connect with the Internet
without limits, for email, browsing-researching, and, in my case,
uploading web pages, photographs, and videos to the Nanty Glo site,
YouTube, and Google+. Free tethering, when I signed up for it in San
Jose with Sprint well over two years ago, meant I could plug a cable
to my phone and into my tablet computer and use the phone's wireless
as the computer's Internet connection. That worked satisfactorily,
but being able to use the phone as a mobile hotspot would have been
even better, but Sprint wanted an additional $30 a month to let me
use that feature, which I was too frugal to add. But with "3,"
doing it via the hotspot is allowed with no extra charge, and the
best thing of all, the monthly contract costs £37, considerably
less than Sprint's monthly charge contract price of $81 (£37
is $56.33 at today's exchange rate) on my previous smart phone.
So on Saturday
evening I signed the contract and took delivery on my new smart phone.
It has a 14-megapixel camera (the highest HD camera on any phone now
on sale, I believe), and it is so smart it will pause a video you're
watching when you move your eyes off the screen for a minute to attend
to a distraction. It can also automatically scroll text up according
to the movement of your eyes on the screen. I figured that as the
main competition to the top-selling iPhones, despite these features
and considering Samsung gets the operating system from Google free,
it would be priced at £299 to £399. But when I finally
gave in to my curiosity and looked up the noncontract price, I was
astounded to learn that it is priced at £529! Though £37
a month seems reasonable, if I drop it and break it, I may have to
Part of my
technology frustration (apart from the time spent in considering making
such an important commitment) is that such high definition videos
take considerably longer to edit and assemble into publishable videos
than the older videos did.
the > on the video above to play it. After the video launches,
you can double-click the screen to enlarge it to full-screen. If your
browser cannot open the video in Windows Media format, you can try
it on YouTube, here.
video to come from the new toy is an approximately nine-and-a-half
minute pastiche of clips taken at a Sunday afternoon ministry I have
been supporting in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast. Each week participants
in various cross-community ministries come together on the dock on
which the Titanic was manufactured and launched in 1912, to pray for
each other, the evangelization of the city, and the peace of the communities
that have so often fallen into violence. Church of Ireland minister
Chris Bennett, the pastor of the "dock church"a cafe
in the new condominium community on the dock that ministers through
conversation, prayer, and friendship to residents of the community,
students in the community college that has its campus there, and an
endless stream of tourists wanting to see where the most famous ocean
liner in history beganled the small group this Sunday, commenting
on the sites, using his iPhone and a portable speaker to share a podcast
Bible study, and lead prayers at several points. The video ends with
a few seconds showing a group of tourists cruising past the cafe on
Segway scooters, a sight I found cool in an eerily futuristic way.
I hope to increase my support of this ministry with a weekly block
of volunteer time at the cafe as soon as I can arrange it.
the video I say that there seems to be no charge for the museum tours.
I was wrong in that assumption.
To those who are in Christ, sharing the Good News is not an option
but an essential, a necessity of life. What God has given us is too
good to not share. Jesus charged us to go to all people and share
the news that makes all things new with all people everywhere, and
we must not be dissuaded by any who try to hinder that calling.
§ § §
my mission to Northern Ireland in your prayers, especially for my
second talk this Sunday on C.S. Lewis and his impact on the world
through his Christian writing.
You can read
my overview of this undertaking here.
My residence/postal address is 227 Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern
Ireland BT14 7DY, UK. NEW Mobile: 44 7455 980890.
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go out and buy some more tunnel.
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