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Receiving Tithes and Offerings Post-Covid


I've always had a funny feeling about the way that we collect tithes and offerings at church. What happens in most churches (of all denominations that I've attended), is that there is a part of the service where the elder or the pastor gets up and has a short appeal …

Jesus is a Defense Attorney, Not a Prosecuting Attorney


I was listening to Steps to Christ yesterday, and these two paragraphs got me thinking:

Satan led men to conceive of God as a being whose chief attribute is stern justice, one who is a severe judge, a harsh, exacting creditor. He pictured the Creator as a being who is …

Numpy Files


This is part of a series on data storage with Python.

In this post, we'll be covering .npy and .npz files. NumPy is short for "Numerical Python", which is the library for handling arrays in Python.

Let's suppose that we have some dataset which consists of one million random 64-bit …

CSV Files


This is part of a series on data storage with Python.

In this post, we'll be covering .csv files. CSV stands for comma-separated values. If you've ever worked with spreadsheets, you know what these are.

CSV files are ideal for saving data that you may have taken by hand and …

JSON Files


This is part of a series on data storage with Python.

In this post, we'll be covering .json files. JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation. This is the format that a lot of data is passed around on the internet, and is an extremely common way of storing information in …

YAML Files


This is part of a series on data storage with Python.

In this post, we'll be covering .yaml files. YAML stands for "YAML Aint Markup Language", and it's a nice way for humans to read and edit several properties of some thing (e.g., an experiment, a piece of hardware …

Text Files


This is part of a series on data storage with Python.

In this post, we'll be covering plain .txt files. This is the most generic way to store data as it is very easy to edit (using any text editor), but it is also the least structured. Text files are …

Is Being Planted on the Rock Always a Good Thing?


Matthew 7:24-27 tells the story of the wise man that built his house on a rock, and the foolish man that built his house on the sand. The upshot is that the foolish man had no foundation, so when the rains came down, his house was washed away. The …

Judges 19 to 21 — Redemption


In Judges 19, we are introduced to three characters:

  1. A Levite who dwells in the mountains of Ephraim
  2. Benjamite men from the city of Gibeah
  3. A woman from Bethlehem in the tribe of Judah

After reading Judges 19 through 21, one might conclude that God hates women, and that God …

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