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- My allergies have left me feeling worse than ever today. I awoke at 3:00 AM unable to breathe and hence unable to sleep. So I went to the office at 4:00 this morning and have been fatigued all day.
- I spent most of the day today glued to the telephone, participating by long distance in a board meeting located in Bradenton, Florida. I would have much preferred to be there in person, but I'm glad not to be on the road on a day when I feel so lousy.
- I broke down and bought an iPod yesterday. So in the background of everything else I'm doing today, I've started ripping my copious CD collection and uploading it to the iPod (mostly Classical disks).
The iPod is wonderfully designed, with no moving parts, a minimum of buttons and cables, a totally intuitive system (the "user's manual" is a single folded sheet of paper with less info than the liner notes in a typical CD. The software works brilliantly. I'm going to love it. I already do.
The best immediate benefit for me is the ability to subscribe to John Piper's podcast. "Desiring God Radio" wasn't on any radio outlet I could easily listen to (and I don't normally like to use my computer as a listening device, because if I'm using the computer at all, all I want is background music, and I don't want even that to slow down or get in the way of whatever I am doing). But with the iPod, I can get the feed for each day's broadcast automatically delivered when I plug it in the morning, and I can listen anytime at my leisure.
Today's message from Piper is the middle lecture of a three-part series on Athanasius, the hero of the Arian conflict in the fourth century. Piper's observations are brilliant and priceless. He says it's not enough to profess love for the Person of Christ; we must fight for true propositions about Him as well. He demonstrates why extrabiblical language is sometimes vital in the defense of biblical truth. He shows a lot of parallels between the methodology Arius employed in peddling his heresy and the way people with questionable orthodoxy today are maneuvering to try to commandeer the mainstream of the evangelical movement. In all, it's one of the best historical studies I've ever heard Piper deliver. You can listen to the whole three-day series at Oneplace.com.
- I've taken more Benadryl. Several people advised me that Claritin-D would be effective without the drowsiness. I tried it. It did not cause drowsiness, but it also had no perceptible effect on the allergy symptoms
If the Benadryl wears off tomorrow and I get home at a reasonable time, I'll pick up where we left off on the issue of modern prophecy. In the meantime, go easy on me. I don't have time, energy, or mental focus enough to answer antagonistic comments.