Today, I posted a video to my YouTube Channel imploring Christians to stand in opposition to Trump even if you choose to vote for him as the “lesser of two evils.” Here is the full transcript of my video. Good Morning Church! In today’s video, I’m calling on Christians to give up on Donald Trump. […]continue reading Please, Church, Reject Trump (Transcript)
Before I talk about the issues with 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, I want to give a brief bit of information on the overall reliability of the text of the Bible. One of the fundamental truths about the text of the Bible is that we don’t have a 100% complete copy of the original text. However, a […]continue reading On the Textual Reliability of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
Apparently, something like 200,000 people in the USA believe the Earth is flat. I’m personally quite bothered by this, but rather than rant on and on about Flat Earth theory, I decided I would just simply put down here absolute definitive methods for how a person who is skeptical of all scientific authorities can prove […]continue reading Flat/Round Earth Experiments
Ubuntu doesn’t provide the latest ffmpeg or include the modules I use all the time, so I wrote a little script to automatically compile and install my own version: #!/bin/sh # https://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/CompilationGuide/Ubuntu # SERVER COMPILATION SKIPS ffplay AND A X11 DEPENDENCIES echo ‘THIS SCRIPT USES SUDO, SO IT MIGHT ASK FOR YOUR PASSWORD’ sudo apt-get […]continue reading ffmpeg compilation script for Ubuntu
After doing some research into how to develop a WordPress site in a “staging” area behind the scenes before going public, I have finally stumbled upon an elegant and simple solution: Using a plugin like simply-static, convert all wordpress-generated data to static html files. Tell nginx to try those files first (unless there is a logged-in […]continue reading WordPress Development Behind the Scenes
My church office received an email today that called me out for what was printed in the local newspaper reporting on my involvement in the City Council meeting last Monday. A woman named Kathy wrote this: Dear Pastor Mikels, Reading the newspaper Tuesday morning, I felt quite sad to read about your objections to our community protecting […]continue reading Is it Discrimination to Discriminate against Discriminators?
Last night, the Lafayette City Council met to consider putting an amendment into the Lafayette Human Relations Ordinance. Some time ago, the city codified a “Human Relations Ordinance” to fight against discrimination in our town. It created a Human Relations Commission tasked with the job of investigating cases of discrimination in our city and offering […]continue reading My Statement to the Lafayette City Council on Gender Identity
I have an android phone running on the Cricket Wireless network. I followed all their recommended settings, but I still had a major problem. The phone would not send or receive MMS messages when I was connected to Wi-Fi. Well, my solution was found on reddit, but I will just give you the quick summary […]continue reading Solving MMS Problems on Cricket Wireless
The views expressed in this video are not my own, but the scientific research is fascinating nonetheless. The video is not explicit, but it is not appropriate for children unless you use it as a teaching tool. As a pastor, I hear the stories all the time. One more guy is hooked on Internet […]continue reading PG-13: Benefits of Eliminating Pornography
Today, during my lunch, I watched a very interesting TED presentation from Nick Bostrom regarding machine intelligence and the difficult questions surrounding it. What I didn’t realize at the time was that Bostrom is a Philosopher more than an engineer. As a result, his talk ended up being about the ethical questions brought on by the […]continue reading The Ethics of Superintelligence
I use GNU Screen for everything I do in Linux… perhaps you do too, but perhaps you are annoyed that every time you log in to a terminal session on your Linux machine, you have to go through the one extra step of reconnecting to your screen session or checking to see if one is […]continue reading Bash // Create or Attach to Screen Session on Login
Distraction free writing is all the rage these days, and I’m a huge proponent of the movement because I am very prone to distraction. Why right now, I should be doing something else, but I got distracted with this! Anyway, one of my essential tools for a distraction free environment is a totally black desktop […]continue reading Hide Desktop for Distraction Free Writing
Last week, Ashley Smith issued the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to the LCC Staff, and this Sunday, Billy, Beth, Kevin and I are going to get doused. You will want to be there at around 10:20am to see it happen. However, I also want to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts about the Ice […]continue reading I’m Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge this Week
This past week, I tried an experiment. I posted a couple images to my Facebook timeline that I thought had the potential to become somewhat viral. That is, I thought these images would be shared around Facebook, and I wanted to see how widely they would go. Well, my little experiment took me in a […]continue reading A Different Question about Gender Differences
Why do church people do . . . ? There are a lot of things that church people do that are different from the way the rest of the world lives: Church people go to a church gathering nearly every Sunday while most people in the world rarely do anything “every week” except for weekly obligations […]continue reading Why are church people so strange?