Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Another "grab" shot

Veraguas is pretty mountainous

Hotel Galeria

Part of "Grupo Spiegel", which owns not only a slaughterhouse but also grocery stores, hardware and home improvement stores, a ranchero, and a shopping center next door.

Why the Panama Canal needs to be bigger

Because the lines waiting to enter at Panama City (the Pacific end) are pretty long.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Back to the graphics shop, please

Wal-Mart usually does much better than this. Seen in the Smithfield/Selma, NC, Walmartgatory, over the photography studio:

"Bubbles -n- Giggles Passport Photos While You Wait".

It comes from trying to use the extra square foot of the banner advertising a new baby picture setup. I'm not going to spend any time trying to picture exactly what a "Bubbles -n- Giggles Passport Photo" might look like.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Just what is an inundated Calvinist?

I've never taken the space to explain the title of this weblog, The Inundated Calvinist.  I hit on this name long before blogging was a force, in fact, several years before we had Internet service.  There are several facets to it, so when I set up my Blogger account, I decided to finally use the name. 
The Calvinist label refers to my doctrinal beliefs, which are conservative, evangelical, and thoroughly in line with the tradition of the Reformation. 
The "inundation" refers to a particular expression of that Calvinism;  although raised in the Presbyterian church, after a thorough study of the matter in college I became convinced of the "credobaptist" position, that is, baptism administered only to believers, and that by immersion rather than sprinkling.  An "inundated Calvinist", then, is a tongue-in-cheek name for a Reformed Baptist believer.
Finally, the "inundation" also refers to my general mode of life; between work, family, and several ministries, I find my days are very, very full.  It's not uncommon to sense the water lapping at the gunwhales as I row.  Of course, a well-laden boat tends to ride low in the water, so I'm not sure I'm ready to lighten the ship yet.