Why SOPA/PIPA is the Nuclear Option (aka Overkill)

Today the web as become more politically active than ever. Many sites have self censored themselves to show their opposition to a bill that is currently working its way through congress (SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act) and the senate (PIPA Protecting Intellectual Property Act). Our opposition is not to the need to protect IP, but to…

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Looming Chaos, Eschatology and our Apathy

If the general tone of the news is any indication, humanity could be en route for some major hurt in the coming months. We have a Eurozone which is looking like it will not survive the winter (Financial Times), and the west – through america – has pushed their relationship with nuclear armed Pakistan further…

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Why I believe Occupy Wall Street Matters #OWS

Marking the start of the third month of the Occupy movement’s work in lower Manhattan I feel like I have finally had enough time to process through everything that has been going on to share a few thoughts and one frustration. Let start by saying that I believe this is a thoughtful group of people with important…

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A Rolling Series of New Beginnings

Life is a rolling series of new beginnings that we often fail to acknowledge. It seems that life can be viewed one of two ways, as a series of conclusions, or of beginnings. With the deluge and overlapping story lines of our lives, every day we are rolling through these points. Points that can be viewed either way.…

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How should we participate…

What – if any – way should we be involved in the social movements spurring up around the country? I feel immense change is coming to America (and the Euro-zone) yet struggle to know how to respond/participate… Any  thoughts you could share with me?

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Making Dinner: Parmesan Crusted Chicken

I decided I needed to do something less mentally taxing that programing for an hour or so last night. The choice led me to make some Parmesan Crusted Chicken (via Elise) since we had everything here we needed. It turned out really good and was a nice break for me. I might have added a…

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Why I’m not an Apple Fanboy…

With the looming keynote tomorrow where the new Apple CEO will have a phone related announcement (either a 4s or 5 from the chatter) I thought it fitting to briefly articulate why I’m not a fanboy. Master of the Upsell This is really the core of my issue with apple. Yes they are the most…

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Remembering Mike Prins

It has been almost 8 weeks since my dad passed away and with the ALS walk coming up this Saturday I wanted to make sure that we had the audio from the Celebration of Life service available online. Video Slide Show (no audio):   Eulogies John Prins: Brother (5 minutes) [audio:http://paulprins.net/files/2011/09/Eulogy-John.mp3|titles=John Prins Eulogy] Ryan Prins:…

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Related Pages Code Snippet for WordPress

I’m currently working on getting the documentation together for our API (with Fresh Vine) and I needed a bit of code to place in the sidebar that would display any resources from the same family. Within WordPress I have the pages all nicely nested. So there is a top-level page with a slug ‘api’ (page…

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Photo: Tug-o-War Time!

Every now and then one needs a break from the tedious day-to-day. On this particular day I decided to watch riveting tug of war match anchored by an Elephant, and a donkey. While the elephants team is loosing in this particular photo, they ended up winning. All animals were harmed shortly after this photo was taken….

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If the Resurrection is a sneak peak…. #WhatRapture

In my opinion many Christians who affirm the Rapture fail to take into account the simple reality that Jesus was already transformed before he was ever taken up into the sky. The leaving the disciples and ascending into the sky seemed to be a requirement for; the interim period we are now in (between the resurrection and the consummation of history) and…

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Photo: Print from Paris

Last January Jordan and I spent a week in the city of lights for our 4 year anniversary. For those of you who don’t know, we feel called to move to (in my case, back to) France to plant a church. We had been thinking Paris but Jordan had never been before, so after all…

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The new American Economy….

[M]any people in the U.S. and around the world lack the education and skills required to participate in the great new companies coming out of the software revolution. This is a tragedy since every company I work with is absolutely starved for talent… This problem is even worse than it looks because many workers in…

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My Dad: My Eulogy

Update: Here is the audio of my eulogy [audio:http://paulprins.net/files/2011/09/Eulogy-Paul.mp3|titles=Paul Prins Eulogy] I have a lot of great memories with my dad. Great trips all over the world, more good meals then I can remember, and at the end of the day a man who was there for me. When my brothers and I were little…

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My Dad: Sharing about Faith and ALS

Back on November 7th (2010) my dad got the opportunity to share with his faith community at Eden Prairie Presbyterian Church where he was at with his ALS diagnosis and his faith. At this point he had just begun to use his wheel chair. This 13 minute conversation took place 266 days before he past away from complications…

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The truth is that there is Truth…

‎”The truth is that there is Truth, but not for us, only for God. This is the appropriation or recontextualizing of the hermeneutics of finitude I propose.” Merold Westphal I really need to get into his work once my schedule lightens up more.

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What makes something Great?

Yesterday morning I found myself thinking about greatness and faith. I have come across individuals who hold that something done with Christ is automatically great. It isn’t that I would discount the importance of living a life with the Spirit, and honoring God with our times and talents. It is that I have issue with…

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Thoughts on the Rapture… that never was

In light of the fact that it is May 21th and no-one has been raptured and we are still here, I thought it appropriate to share a few thoughts on this whole rapture idea that people have fallen in love with. ‎Right down to the present day, this new apocalyptic is spread in the United…

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Into Post-Modernity – Thoughts?

Reading a book by Dr. Alice P Mathews (Preaching that Speaks to Women) and felt this quote was approprate and helpful (slightly adapted to make it readable without needed to read the whole chapter). A Modern knower can be a liberal or a conservative but cannot be a radical because the systems that taught them…

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