Live to learn and you will learn to live. Portuguese proverb

Ann-Céline at Google

by Christoph Email

A friend of ours just told us that our daughter Ann-Céline ranks first on I checked it out and found that it actually works on any google.tld (they use the same databases, of course) for the German or French languages.

Dissertation news

by Christoph Email

Just this morning, I received an email which makes it look like doing my Ph.D. with the Vrije Universiteit could actually work out. Two professors (C. van der Laan, Pentecostalism; and W. Stoker, philosophy of religion) looked at it and called it "promising." Now I'm invited to Amsterdam some time during the last week of June and all I have to do is rearrange my schedule to make it work (Wow, that sound easy! :-)).

Regarding the king

by Christoph Email

Politics is a hot issue in Germany right now: Besides the fact that our social welfare system is in dire need of reforms in order to guarantee its continued existence, our chancellor has just puzzled everybody by announcing the advancement of elections to parlament to September 2005. Now, not only are the parties scrambling to find programs to present to the electors, but also the people of Germany are at a loss as to what party could possibly solve the mess we have right now. One thing seems certain, however: The ruling social democrats won't be the ones to form the next government. And I won't be the one to mourn this fact, since I haven't been a great fan of theirs anyway.
In the midst of all of this, I re-read Psalm 72, a passionate prayer for the king and the wish, that it might be granted to him to rule the country with wisdom and efficiency.

1 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son. 2 May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice. 3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. 4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor. 5 Let them fear You while the sun {endures,} And as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, Like showers that water the earth. 7 In his days may the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no more. 8 May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth. [...]

Of course, this is Israel, where it is clear that the position of the king depends on his appointment by God himself. And you would certainly expect God to bless and support such a divinely instituted ruler.
But how about Germany? For the first time, I have been thinking about this psalm in relation to Paul's assertion in Romans 13: all worldy authorities ultimately derrive their position from God. And now I wonder, when was the last time that Christians (myself included) have prayed such a passionate plea for our own government -- even when we fundamentally dislike it?

... and so is the family

by Christoph Email

Look at this beautiful family!

If you're just picking up my blog with a news aggregator, you'll probably have missed all the new links on my site, so here it is for you folks: On May 25, 2005, at 10:36, our family size has increased by 50% as little Ann-Céline Esther was born. Everything else that there's to know about our little treasure, you can find on her web site (Yeah, who said babies can't have one, too?). On a similar note, my wife has started putting up content on her site, too, so here you go.

The network is growing

by Christoph Email

Everybody seems to have discovered blogging now. Maybe it's just because MSN is offering spaces, but just today, I discovered three old friends on the web. Antti Hirviniemi is sharing his family stories in his blog. Esa Hyv�nen has a nice comment on how to read the fourth gospel, and Brad Andersen's blog is -- just as anyone would have expected -- full of profound thoughts, which are going to take me some time to digest.

In the meantime, I'll accept the challenge to start blogging again.

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