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Written by Alan Fahrner   
Sunday, 17 October 2010 00:00

(October 4 & 16, 2010 for October 17, 2010)

There is a period of time, just after the cabin door is closed on an airplane, where you aren't allowed to have any electronics on. Additionally, I don't seem to be the only air traveler with the tradition of not reading until actually airborne (although it's not because I would get airsick like a friendly row-mate I recently had).

So, short of an active conversation with a fellow voyager, I'm stuck with just my thoughts for at least 10 minutes before each flight.

Which can lead to strange, fearful results. :-)

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 23:55
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"Seating All Rows, All Passengers" PDF Print Email
Written by Alan Fahrner   
Saturday, 09 October 2010 13:10

(October 1, 2010 for October 10, 2010)

This afternoon when I was looking past the bustling crowd at Denver International Airport (that I needed to navigate through to see monitors that would reveal what gate my next flight was at) it reminded me...

How much I really enjoy busy airports, but especially...

How great it is to watch arriving passengers be greeted by their loved-ones just outside security.

Now-and-then I also get the exultation of being reunited with family at the airport...and you can imagine how having a bouncy, ever-smiling, curly-haired boy adds to the experience. But there is a uniquely different positive sense I receive from looking over and seeing a young couple bolt across the baggage claim and jump into each other's arms; mom and dad greeting a homesick child after she returns from her first semester of college; or grandparents encountering their infant grandchild for the first time. "Joy" doesn't seem emphatic enough for some of the emotions people feel at reunion.

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Proper Care and Handling of a Not-So-Holy Book PDF Print Email
Written by Alan Fahrner   
Sunday, 19 September 2010 14:38

As a nation last weekend should have been a time to remember those lost on September 11, 2001 (including many who gave their lives to save others)...but instead we were stuck in a worldwide game of "will he or won’t he" with a handlebar-mustached pastor of a small congregation in Florida. Although he posted plenty of other thoughts that might cause offense, the international incident all started with a single tweet: "9/11/2010 Int Burn a Koran Day."1

Before it was over (and he decided not to burn a Qur'an), many (but not all) Muslims around the globe were freaking–and politicians and bureaucrats stateside, right up through the President himself, were apoplectic. It became the consummate case of how to get a call from the Defense Secretary in 140 characters or less. (And, of course, even though this minister relented from torching a "holy" book...others quickly filled in the vacuum to try to obtain the spotlight he relinquished.)

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What's in a Name? PDF Print Email
Written by Alan Fahrner   
Sunday, 29 August 2010 00:00

Christians (and many non-Christians) are familiar with God’s third commandment–we are not to take the Lord’s name in vain. The full (albeit short) text of that prohibition is actually quite emphatic:

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain" (Exodus 20:7 and Deuteronomy 5:11, ESV).

There is no "get out of jail free" card with that one–so it behooves us to pay attention to it and, more importantly understand what the injunction actually means. Does it only pertain to using "God," "Jesus Christ," etcetera as exclamations? If we keep ourselves in check when we hit our thumb with a hammer, are we all set?

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Last Updated on Sunday, 29 August 2010 20:48
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When Words Are Few PDF Print Email
Written by Alan Fahrner   
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 00:00

Considering how fortunate my wife Michelle and I have been, we did not deserve the tremendous additional blessing that came in the form of a little guy with the world’s cutest blond curls and magical blue eyes. As the type who "defines" a name, anyone who has met Augie will forever connect that moniker with the frequently grinning, always affectionate, and oft-bouncy boy of few words...

And, speaking of "few words," having a speech-delayed child has allowed me to appreciate the value of the scarce intelligible utterances that escape his mouth–especially when they are proactive expressions of his thoughts or feelings instead of sounds he is repeating. You can imagine the effect this conversation had on my wife a few months back (as her little munchkin lounged on the opposite end of the couch):

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Last Updated on Sunday, 29 August 2010 20:43
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Speaking the Truth in Love in 140 Characters or Less PDF Print Email
Written by Alan Fahrner   
Sunday, 15 August 2010 12:06

There are so many social outlets on the Internet that it is impossible to keep track of them (and there are myriad Christians would be best to avoid). However, it is impossible for the "called out" to follow the Great Commission and ignore a service like Facebook with "more than 500 million active users," especially since "50% of [their] active users log on to Facebook in any given day."1 Another up-and-coming social network is Twitter, whose traffic more than doubled this past year and had "more than 92 million unique visitors...in June 2010."2

Whereas Facebook has many built-in features...Twitter’s claim-to-fame is simplicity and brevity–you only post your thoughts in plain text and anything you say must fit within 140 characters. (Having said that, there are plenty of ways to point to longer articles, images, videos, etcetera within the space constraints.) Although you can use shortcuts with various levels of crypticness (e.g. BTW, gr8, LOL) and leave out letters when your followers are likely to understand regardless (e.g. "2 pastors serving in churches of under 300 ppl: Dont envy th mega-churches. B thankful that we actually know th ppl we r called 2 minister 2" – an actual tweet by @sjcamp), it’s hard to say a lot within 140 characters...especially since punctuation and spaces also subtract from that limit.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 29 August 2010 20:41
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Closer Than You Were PDF Print Email
Written by Alan Fahrner   
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 00:00

Last week, as I was unloading my Cube to start my day at my office in the Antrim Mill building, a car pulled up in front of mine. Just as I was about to go in the front door of the edifice, the driver rolled down his window and asked a question. Between the distance and the traffic on 202 I couldn’t hear him...so I headed down to his vehicle.

He was looking for directions to The Common Man Restaurant in Bennington. Although I ate there once, I wasn’t positive about the route–so I described how to get to the center of Bennington by turning left at the mill, and let him know that at least there he’d be close enough to get final instructions for reaching his goal (if needed, he could drop by the country store in town). Satisfied, he was on his way.

When it comes to conversations of import, my short one with that gentleman does not rate high, but for some reason a couple days later I reflected on it and realized that I could have told him:

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Last Updated on Sunday, 08 August 2010 16:50
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