Isaiah 53:5

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

So many years prior, Isaiah had the revelation of what was to come. Jesus fulfilled these revelations in his life as he became the sacrificial lamb, dying once for all– for all who will believe. From this we can be healed of the crisis sin puts us in.

This bit of scripture matters still because Christ died not just for those people back then, but for everyone throughout time that will receive this gift of redemption.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.

So many times I try to fix problems or figure things out when I should be still and listen for God’s wisdom to come into mind.

I don’t believe this verse advocates just sitting around and waiting for something to happen, but rather as we judge a situation/idea/opportunity/… we should not make sense of it merely from our understanding. We should use God’s wisdom in His word as the ruler (consider both meaning or ruler… ruler = someone with authority, ruler = measuring stick… but the latter is apropos).  Taking this idea a step further, as we pray, surround ourselves with Godly counsel, and consume God’s wisdom from his Word, we can better fulfill the calling of this verse.

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Ultimate UX Forgives

Mikhael Loo

My coworker Mikhael Loo revamped a presentation that he had given at our monthly meeting.  He went all out and created a memorable theme involving a monk to explain the way a User Interface/User Experience can be forgiving. The metaphor is the garden vs. the WORD?cage The main point is that if you make application so that anything that a user may mess up can easily be undone, then you do not have to lock them down so much. As was brought out in discussion, the unfortunate reality of many business cases is that rigid rules are necessary in some cases. The conclusion is that when possible, make it easy for user to undo a mistake and give users as much privilege as you can which simplifies testing the application and makes a more level playing field for all users.


Real World Single Page Apps: A Knockout Case Study

Cory House

Info: @housecor –

Q – follows spec for promises (jQuery promises is fine, but doesn’t follow spec)
_ (underscore) for Linq-esque library.
breeze / amplifyJS for routing
BrowserStack / for multi-browser testing
track.js – rollbar (Error logging, rollbar can work with Script Mapping so JS files can be minified)
AMD – async module definition pattern (confine scopes and dynamically pull in modules — require.js)

Cory gave an overview of the particular technology stack he and his shop used to build a Single Page Application. Above is a list of components with some alternatives in that stack. To contrast, he also showed the AngularJS stack which  simplifies things greatly by incorporating the whole stack into AngularJS.


JavaScript Design Patterns


Patterns are a recognizable way to do something
iife – (function(){ /*do something*/})();//call immediately
trick – (function($){ $.whatever(); })(jQuery);
chaining – var ib = new Something(); ib.blah().yah();
extend – inheritance vs. composition – composition easier to understand.
revealing module pattern – return signature.
DOM Object Bridge – wrap gets for DOM objects, making single query for it

Escaping Callbacks: Using Promises in JavaScript

Kevin Griffin
allows chaining
Use Q or something similar

Kevin gave a run down of how to use promises. Promises give structure to callbacks allowing for cleaner, more readable, chained code.

Becoming an Outlier: Reprogramming the Developer Mind

Cory House

Key Note
The power of Habit
“The maker’s schedule” – Most valuable assett = uninterrupted time
Rescue time
manicure stream
Microsoft Enterprise Architecture for the Enterprise
Head-first Design Patterns
Focus on things you can change
Perception is reality – how people see you, as far as they know, that is it
Teach yourself better than anyone else

The keynote was quite insightful. Many of the insight have hit home as I’ve read through 48 Day to the Work You Love and others. Basically, what’s your passion and how do you leverage that passion?

Romans 9:17-29

Romans 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25 As indeed he says in Hosea,

“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”

27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29 And as Isaiah predicted,

“If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring,
we would have been like Sodom
and become like Gomorrah.”

Why would God harden someone’s heart? Ultimately it is for His glory. It is hard to fathom from a “God is loving & good perspective” (and He is indeed, by the way) that God would use some for dishonor and others for honor. I guess the perspective that makes this hard is that in which we believe that we actually deserve His mercy and favor. As the pastor put it, the situation is not that we are going toward God and He is only allowing certain ones access, but rather that we are running from God and He is saving us in spite of ourselves. When we consider that we start out as lumps of clay (gooey, nasty dirt), who are we to question Him who molds us.

Isaiah 55:For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

Still, even with the perspective of being clay, it is hard to understand how God works and that is okay. When I consider being the clay, I am reminded of the song “Bring the Rain” which speaks to how sometimes God uses trials in even his vessels of honor for his glory. And from that I am reminded again of Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there’ll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that’s what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain (Mercy Me, Bring the Rain)

Verse links:

Romans 9:11-13

11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

As I (and many at church) contemplate and struggle with the concept of election by God, there are several facets to this. As the pastor pointed out, a lot of our consternation with this and God’s sovereignty is perspective. He pointed out that we often feel like we choose God, and from a certain perspective (ours) this is true. Also, we feel like we deserve the salvation He has to offer. We don’t, and in so many ways, we run from God. It is Him who grabs us up and saves us from our running from Him, from His point of view. So, we balance God’s sovereignty with our free will, and now my mind gets boggled.

Personally, I resolve this boggling of the mind, whether theologically correct or not, I don’t know, through my thinking that God is indeed powerful and affects change as He wills, but He also chooses to let us make up our own mind and let thinks happen as we will. Ultimately, he is in control in His choosing to yield because He is omniscient and already knows the end of the matter, but we just because he knows the end doesn’t mean He has us by the strings each moment, but rather that He wants us to love Him and worship Him freely and by His merit.

Another thought on these verses is that Jacob and Esau were chosen before they had merit. God can use us in spite of ourselves and our merits. He doesn’t ask for the brightest and best, but rather he asks for obedience. And many times he uses us in spite of our disobedience.

Wow! What deep concepts we have when we think about the complexity of our relationship with God and His relationship with all of creation.

Managing Money

I was reading about how the borrower is slave to the lender in Proverbs 22:7. It makes me thankful to be debt free.  When you are in debt, the loaner has such power over you, and it stinks. I hear stories of people stuck in a house or it is going into foreclosure and it saddens me that they did not grasp this idea for them self prior to getting where they are.  Godly wisdom is Tue best wisdom, though it is not always so easy to apply. In the end it pays great dividends, though.

Thanksgiving 2012

I am so very thankful for my family. Just a bit over 3 years ago, I did not even know Cassie. Today we just celebrated Gracie’s first birthday.

I met Cassie on September 12, 2009 at the Regal Cinema in West Town Mall. She was sitting on a bench, probably texting when I saw her across the atrium. We first ‘met’ on a couple weeks prior. After contemplating for about a week or so, she finally decided it was okay to give me her phone number. I believe it was the first time that we spoke that I asked her out, and then we planned via email.

After dating for about 6 months (very nice months) Cassie started pointing out the song with the lyric “If you like it then you should’ve put a ring on it”. I had been considering proposing at some point in the near future, though our idea of when was a bit different. Also, I was still contemplating the idea of asking such a life-significant question. Cassie and I had some differences that at the time felt hard to reconcile.

I did overcome my fear (obviously) and after the “WinterJam” concert on March 6, 2010 I leaned over and said “I’ve got something to ask you…Will you marry me”? It was not super-duper romantic, but she did say yes.  It was the beginning of a grand journey. About 6 months later, she walked the isle and 2 years and some change later, we’re still in love.

So, I thank God for my family and the blessedness of these past 3 years. These have been some of the best years of my life.

Daddyhood, month 8

Gracie is such a wonderful baby. I enjoy so much watching her grow, she is growing so fast. It amazes me to see how fast she learns something that is truly new to her.  When I go to learn something, I can so easily throw it on the back-burner, but not so with Gracie.  Gracie works and works at whatever it is that she is learning.  With certain things (crawling) she does get frustrated and tires of it for a time, but in general, she keeps trying till she gets it.

We just started her 9th month and she is learning to crawl.  She has the strength and mechanics, now if she can just put them together.  She has started saying word-sounds like ‘ba ba ba ba ba’, ‘ma ma ma ma’, and ‘da da da da’.  When she wants mommy, she starts up the ma ma ma ma, though I don’t thing she directly correlates it just yet. She has started being okay with others holding her. Mamaw (my mother) and aunt Amy are able to spend some one on one time with her, though she hardly ever lets papaw hold her.  Grand momma and Grand daddy have been closer to her, so she’s never had much problem going to them. My folks are accustomed to being the close grandparents as they were with my niece and nephew, so it is a little hard for them. But, as Gracie gets older, she’ll understand better who they are.

At church, we have started (trying) leaving Gracie in the nursery.  The first couple times, she did not really know what was up, and she was okay for half the service at a time.  Now that she is more aware, she will not have it at all.  There is a great lady in the nursery who is willing to work with her.  She took her for a  walk and let her cry it out somewhat a couple weeks ago. Gracie pitched a pretty good fit that day, but she is okay. Many say the way over that hill is to let her cry it out, which in the context of someone comforting her, I think is probably okay. We are still struggling when is she old enough to just cry until she can comfort herself. At times we have to let her cry and it just has to be okay, for sure, but we do not want to let her cry out of neglect on our  part.

Parenting makes us privileged spectators, challenged stewards, and frazzled managers of God’s wonderful creation.

Daddiehood, week 14

Being a daddy is a wonderful challenge.  Gracie has not been wanting much to do with me lately.  She is so close to her mom that she is not comfortable, particularly in the evenings, with anyone else. I understand that it is just a phase, but it is difficult at times.  The real difficulty is that Cassie wants a break, but it is very unpleasant for me to give her one.