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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner: Thoughts on the Parable of the Great Banquet

This morning we approach the parable of the Great Banquet.  This is a continuation of the same event that we studied last week.  To refresh your memory, it is the sabbath and Jesus has been invited to the home of a ruler of the Pharisees.  While there, he starts off with what is to them is a scandalous action: recall that he heals a man and then challenges them on whether or not such a healing is among the works that should be counted as a violation of God’s sabbath (as opposed to their customs).  Then, after exposing their hypocrisy, he proceeds to instruct them in true humility.

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How to Build a Kendal Extra Wide Dresser: Drawer Slides

Adding the drawer slides to the Kendal Extra Wide Dresser is a bit tedious, so I thought it warranted a post on it’s own.  It’s not particularly hard, but in my opinion it’s better to add the slides after assembling the frame so you can make any minor adjustments that are necessary.  But doing that does involve contorting yourself so you can measure, hold the slides in place and screw them in.  It would be really helpful if you have 3 hands for this step! Continue reading

How to Play Something Beautiful by NEEDTOBREATHE on Guitar

I’ve been learning to play one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands, Something Beautiful by NEEDTOBREATHE.  I recently saw them in concert in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and they are awesome live.  So many great songs and a great guitar sound!  After scouring the internet for some music and good tutorials, this is one of the best and I’ve tried to write it up as best as I can.  You can also download a print version that I created here (this is in Word so you can modify it as you see fit). Continue reading

Creating a “Flicker On” Effect in After Effects

I’m going to compile this and several other posts into a series I’m calling “How I Went from Knowing Nothing About Adobe Premiere and After Effects to Producing a Client Video in 2 Weeks.”  How’s that for a short, catchy title?  Since this effect was the last item I did in the video, I’m going to lead off with this one (and reorganize later!).  If you prefer this as a video tutorial, just scroll down to the very bottom of the post. Continue reading

Here’s a Mashup of Interesting Things I Ran Across Last Week

Artist Mark Dorf has some of the more interesting art I’ve run across recently.  Not sure I like it, but I really do appreciate it.

I’ve been looking for tutorials or tips on painting surf for a project I want to do, which is a painting of this shot I took in Destin, FL.

I’m always fascinated by tips on becoming more persuasive because I’m so not.

Made steak recently on my new cast iron skillet.  I’ve always been a “griller”, but I’m experimenting with pan searing using tips from Alton Brown and Bobby Flay.

This post by Seth Godin reminds me of Ecclesiastes 7:15-16 if I really think about it.

Fantastic tutorial on drawing a female eye.

Down here in the deep south, I’ve actually met some people like this.

Sounds like someone’s cracked the Facebook advertising code.  This reminds me of what we would’ve liked Homeskoolie to become, but we would’ve had to make our own shirts!

Years later, I’m still using my own tutorial on Photoshop’s Vanishing Point to remember how to use it!

A Representative Should Be With You Shortly

Today I had to call the technical support team for a company that I work with regularly and I noticed a subtle change in the phone prompt.

Where it used to say, “Your call is very important to us. Please stay on the line. All of customer service representatives are currently handling other calls. Someone will be with you shortly,” it now says, “…Someone should be with you shortly.”

I find some twisted humor in that.

Another Portrait Sketch

I haven’t posted this sketch until now since I did it as a Christmas present for my sister.  But now, I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore.  Picture taken at Harper’s 3rd birthday party.  Figures that the one I liked best was the one picture where my lighting was terrible.  I think my flash probably didn’t go off.  But this is one of those pictures that I think just captures Harper’s personality!

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