Prayer Outsourcing

Apparently joining the rest of the world in outsourcing everything to India, the Catholic church is transfering prayer requests and special masses (done for a certain donation amount) to the priests in India, that both have less work and income than their American counterparts.

I will resist the obvious commentary on this as I think most people should be about to see the several layers of mockery this makes of the relationship between man and God. I would like to point out the irony that I see when compared to many computer-related professions. I mean if your priest can charge you (much like a lawyer or accountant) for his time praying for you… shouldn’t it be reasonable for your techie friend to be compensated the next time he spends two hours fixing your computer?

Thanks Jeremy

3D Virtual Church has created the first ever virtual church in 3D. This 3D church exists with the help of MacroMedia’s shockwave plugin – which you need to visit it. Once there, you are given control a 3D person that can move around, sit down, pray, cross themselves and of course do a hallelujah move. If too many people are there you are given a ghosted out character that can move around and listen but not talk or be seen by anyone else (due to bandwidth resrictions), otherwise you can talk and apparently (i’ve only been a ghost so far) select the avatar of your choice to represent you.

In their first week of being live, there were quite a few abuses of system and so further restrictions were put into place to keep one or two people from ruining it for (or at least distracting) everyone else. They have actual sermons on Sundays but it is open 24/7. When a sermon is not going on you can discuss things with fellow parishioners or practice doing the wave in the pews. While the stuff you can do is somewhat limited… it is still quite cool that they were able to pull off an interactive 3D environment in shockwave.

The Passion Revisited

The Passion is a quite a controversial film so i thought i would weigh in with a few comments. As I mentioned before, I believe the Passion is a good movie, but a few things bothered me. First of all I was sad that when they came to arrest Jesus they negected the part where the guards were knocked to the ground out of fear.

[Jn 18:4] Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” [5] “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) [6] When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. [7] Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” [8] “I told you that I am he,” Jesus answered. “If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” — NIV Continue reading

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Happy Easter

He is risen!

He is risen, INDEED!

Easter is the holiday that sets Christianity apart from other religions. Many religions have had many prophets and holy men… but only one came back. In fact, Jesus offered this as his proof that he was the son of God.

[Jn 2:18] The Jews then said to Him, ?What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?? [19] Jesus answered them, ?Destroy this temple (“He was speaking of the temple of His body.” ver. 22), and in three days I will raise it up.? – NAS

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