Good article. Although I know we are more “global” now, I often forget this fact. This article reminds me that I, too often, am America-centric.
For the past 2 years I’ve been working as a Java Developer. We started by using a software design process called XP. Some of the advantages of XP are continuous integration (small changes get integrated into the whole quickly), pair programming (two sets of eyes catch more errors and create better code…or the theory goes) and collaboration.
As I think about this, I wonder if such an approach would work within the church. Often leadership is more about position…power and/or politics than anything else. What would happen, if somehow, the XP model of software development could be modified to work within the church leadership structure.
The internet is an amazing place. Many times, I start out in one place, only to end up in an entirely different place. As I think about that, it amazes me. In some ways, it is kind of like my pilgrimage of faith. When I started out this journey…I had no idea I would be where I’m at right now. Of course, much like the web, my journey wasn’t in a straight line…there have been curves around the way and soon, I’m sure, I will find myself back where I was 😉
Well…last night I was looking at different church resources. Basically, they were “emerging” church resources. Among the resources I found various blogs. One blog pointed me to the next and I ended up on a blog by an Iraqi (as far as I can tell). On his site he was discussing the war and what it was like to live in Baghdad during the war. You can read it yourself at this link.
I still don’t know where I stand on the war. I guess, at some level, I would like war to be stopped at all levels….but then again, understand that things break down. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in Baghdad today. From what I hear, many of the Iraqis want Saddam stopped, however, they really don’t want the US to be the one to do it. Basically, their city is going to be a mess. Eventhough it will eventually be built back up, those things take time. They will be dealing with the repercussions for quite a while.
I do pray that the war ends soon. I pray that the loss of life will be minimal. I also pray that God somehow, someway can use this war to glorify himself and move people toward himself.
There are a couple of projects I am interested/working in right now.
I was looking to see what bible programs were available. I found a pretty good (free) one called e-sword. Of course, there is the Online Bible project also. However, I also stumbled upon the sword project. This is a free open-source project.
Finding this project led me to the JSword project. This is a child project of Sword, but based in Java (which I know). The Bible texts are formated in OSIS. OSIS is an open-source XML initiative. The cool thing about XML, is you can use a Style Sheet (XSLT) to transform the XML into whatever format you want (HTML, PDF, other XML, etc). Of course, if you start with XML as the common format, you can really get rid of many compatablity issues that once existed.
Right now, I’m just discovering some of these things….in some ways I feel like I’ve missed the boat…. I plan on keeping some notes here.
Well…Here it is in February and UMSource is still going strong… Guess I just couldn’t get rid of it 😉
Right now, I’m working to learn Macromedia MX (Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks). I’m doing flash at work, but Dreamweaver/Fireworks in my spare time. Here are my tests. So far I like it….but I need better content 😉