Christ at the Checkpoint 2012

The conference Christ at the Checkpoint 2012 was successfully held in Bethlehem last month. I was delighted that some Messianic Jews and their supporters accepted the sincere invitation by the Palestinian Christians, their brothers and sisters in Christ, to participate in the event. These two parties traditionally hold two very different views on the theology of the Holy Land. This is not to say that their differences had been settled but, for a minimum, a dialogue had been started.

Besides, and perhaps more importantly, more and more Christians realize that there are God’s children on both sides of the wall and, to say the least, the difficult situations and problems a mere theology can create. The Christian faith, while being spiritual, doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and we should always strive to bring a positive and practical effect on the people and environment around us, not the other way around.

One can only hope and pray that it’s only the beginning, and us who claim to be followers of Christ will continue to work diligently for the ministry of reconciliation.

Tibet

A photo of a Tibetan Child. A candlelight vigil was held in Tsim Sha Tsui on 10-Mar to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising.

When I was in Amman, Jordan, a Japanese student once asked me, “What do you think about the situation in Tibet?”

I was totally dumbfounded.

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From Drupal to WordPress

Thank you, Drupal.

While you are, in my opinions, a better designed and more proper CMS (Content Management System), taking care of you is perhaps taking a little bit too much time and effort for my ramblings. Moreover, since my favourite coat—box_cleanslate, doesn’t fit onto your latest body (D7), at last I decided to adopt WordPress instead.

I could have kept dating your last incarnation (D6) indefinitely, but sooner or later one will be forced to get with the times, as there will be no doctor to take care of you when you’re sick.

This blog entry and the discussion that follows sum up rather nicely the differences between you and WordPress, and the considerations one should take when deciding which to use.

By the way, to save the time and effort migrating the old content into the new system, I just used wget and turned the old domain into a static website.

2017-Apr-04: The old content is no longer hosted, though still available in the Wayback Machine.

Scavengers

They turn the needy from the pathway,
and the poor of the land hide themselves together.
Like wild donkeys in the desert
they go out to their labor,
seeking diligently for food;
the wasteland provides food for them
and for their children.
– Job 24:4-5

Scavengers (14 photos)