Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Friday, May 12, 2017

Two Places To Easily Sell Your Soul

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36)

Antonio Garcia Martinez knows the culture of Silicon Valley well. He left Wall Street and sold his own startup to Twitter before joining Facebook's advertising team. He was later fired. In his new book, "Chaos Monkeys," he provides an unvarnished account of his time in Silicon Valley, including the stop-at-nothing lifestyle at Facebook. As he says, "Have a mad vision, and you're a kook. Get a crowd to believe in it as well, and you're a leader"

Silicon Valley and Wall Street have something in common. They are both places where many, many people sell their souls to gain what they foolishly thought was meaningful in life. (I would also add Washington DC as the four highest-earning counties in the United States, as measured by median incomes, are all near D.C. according to the Census Bureau. Money and power are lures for many there. See here.) The culture consistently markets the fool's gold of money, power, and fame as the end-all for life. "Attain them at all cost" is the message that bombards everyone from the earliest age. 

Unfortunately - far too late - the vast majority realize with horror that they were looking in the wrong place for the wrong thing ...

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