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July 31, 2013

Work your own way in one of RVA’s creative spaces – RVANews

Filed under: Entrepreneur — dannywahlquist @ 7:25 pm

Gangplank RVA is part of a national organization that got its start in Chandler, Arizona. With three locations in Arizona, one in Canada and one here in Richmond, Gangplank is a registered nonprofit that uses “pay it forward” ideology to support their dream.

“We’re really a collaborative workspace, where there are no dues, nobody pays you a dollar to be there, and how you actually pay back is to pay it forward,” said executive director of Gangplank RVA Mike Vizdos.

Gangplank RVA founders Mike Vizdos and Mark Deutsch

With no memberships and free infrastructure, anyone can use the space for their business but is asked to actively participate when someone else asks for help. About 40 – 50 people a week drift through Gangplank RVA’s doors and participate in weekly meetups. But part of what makes Gangplank RVA different is the extra focus on mentoring that is lacking in most coworking environments, says Mark Deutsch, a Gangplank RVA co-founder.

“My primary focus was: can we do a better job not providing information to businesses but really holding their hand in the process of starting and driving it?” Deutsch said.

Since Gangplank is a nonprofit, it relies on sponsors and municipalities to support their concept and donate space. Local professional painting company 89paint currently hosts the organization in their space above 2930 W. Broad Street. But Gangplank RVA is looking for a more permanent home.

“There are people that are looking for free infrastructures, those people who want to get out of the coffee shop, there are people who want to network and business building and then there are community builders,” Vizdosaid. “Putting all three of these kinds of personas into our ecosystem really makes a powerful place for all three groups. When all three groups can work together thats when really good things happen, and that’s what’s appealing to people.”

Whether you prefer to work at home, at a coffee shop, in a collaborative workspace, or in a cubicle, there are an abundance of spaces around the city for creative working. And although it might not be traditional, these creative, collaborative workspaces may be the alternative trend that defines the world of business for the years to come.

via Work your own way in one of RVA’s creative spaces – RVANews.

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July 25, 2013

Chapter 8 Familiarity from Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

Filed under: Uncategorized — dannywahlquist @ 4:26 pm

Some of my favorite quotes from Chapter 8 Familiarity from Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

“Awe of God should lift me out of my darkest moments of discouragement and be the source of my most exuberant celebrations.”

“Children’s ministry must have as its goal to ignite in young children a life-shaping awe of God.”

“recognize the coldness in the heart of so many men to the things of God and confront and stimulate men with their identity as those created to live and lead out of a humble zeal for God’s glory rather than their own.”

“There is a war going on between the awe of God and all of the awe-inspiring things that are around you that God created.”

“The glories of being right, successful, in control, esteemed, and secure often become more influential in the way that ministry is done than the awesome realities of the presence, sovereignty, power, and love of God.”

“It’s hard to bring the gospel to people I am looking down my nose at or neither like nor respect.”

“It is the awesome glory of God’s existence, character, plan, presence, promises, and grace that gives me reason to work hard and not give up, no matter whether we are in a “good” season or one that is stormy.”

July 19, 2013

Some favorite quotes from Chapter 6&7 of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

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Some favorite quotes from Chapter 6&7 of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

Chapter 6 The Missing Community

teaching enables you to see life God’s way. … Admonishing is helping you to see yourself God’s way. …

There is not a day when every member of the body of Christ does not need to be taught, helped to identify those remaining artifacts of an ungospelized worldview. There is also not a day when we don’t need to be admonished, confronted with the fact that we still look into the world’s carnival mirrors and carry around distorted opinions of who we are.

the local church is tempted to just want to move beyond the ministry of this man and replace him with someone they can once again respect and follow. So the church gets rid of its problem and moves beyond its leadership crisis, but the pastor and his family are the casualty.

Know this: if your eyes ever see or your ears ever hear the sin, weakness, or failure of your pastor, it should never be viewed as a hassle or an interruption; it is always grace. God loves that man and will expose his needs to you so that you can be part of his instrumentality of change and growth.

Chapter 7 War Zones

You begin to look to ministry for identity, security, hope, well-being, meaning, and purpose. These are things you will only ever find vertically. They are already yours in Christ.

The gospel is the only thing that can free a pastor from the guilt, shame, and drivenness of the hide (“never let your weakness show”) and seek (asking ministry to do what Christ has already done) lifestyle that makes ministry burdensome to so many pastors.

Consider these questions: The absence of what causes us to want to give up and quit? The pursuit of what leads us to feeling overburdened and overwhelmed? The fear of what makes us tentative and timid rather than courageous and hopeful? The craving for what makes us burn the candle at both ends until we have little left? The “need” for what robs ministry of its beauty and joy? The desire for what sets up tensions between ministry and family?

the biggest protection against the kingdom of self is not a set of self-reformative defensive strategies. It’s a heart that’s so blown away by the right-here, right-now glories of the grace of Jesus Christ that we’re not easily seduced by the lesser temporary glories of that claustrophobic kingdom of one, the kingdom of self.

Growth in influence must not be confused with growth in grace.

Rather than resting in the person and work of the Messiah, I begin to load the burden of the individual and collective growth of God’s people onto my own shoulders.

July 15, 2013

Why mobile web apps are slow | Sealed Abstract

Filed under: Software — dannywahlquist @ 7:47 am

This is a really long article

So here’s what you should remember:

Javascript is too slow for mobile app use in 2013 (e.g., for photo editing etc.).

It’s slower than native code by about 5

It’s comparable to IE8

It’s slower than x86 C/C++ by about 50

It’s slower than server-side Java/Ruby/Python/C# by a factor of about 10 if your program fits in 35MB, and it degrades exponentially from there

The most viable path for it to get faster is by pushing the hardware to desktop-level performance.  This might be viable long-term, but it’s looking like a pretty long wait.

The language itself doesn’t seem to be getting faster these days, and people who are working on it are saying that with the current language and APIs, it will never be as fast as native code

Garbage collection is exponentially bad in a memory-constrained environment.  It is way, way worse than it is in desktop-class or server-class environments.

Every competent mobile developer, whether they use a GCed environment or not, spends a great deal of time thinking about the memory performance of the target device

JavaScript, as it currently exists, is fundamentally opposed to even allowing developers to think about the memory performance of the target device

If they did change their minds and allowed developers to think about memory, experience suggests this is a technically hard problem.

asm.js show some promise, but even if they win you will be using C/C++ or similar “backwards” language as a frontend, rather than something dynamic like JavaScript

via Why mobile web apps are slow | Sealed Abstract.

July 13, 2013

Chapter 5 Joints and Ligaments of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

Filed under: Uncategorized — dannywahlquist @ 7:05 am

Some favorite quotes from Chapter 5 Joints and Ligaments of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

Does it seem right and healthy that in many churches the functional reality is that no one gets less of the ministry of the body of Christ than the pastor does?

he was convinced that everyone else in the body of Christ could confess sin, but he could not and must not.

How is it that in many situations we have come to expect that the one leading the body of Christ can do well spiritually while getting less of the ministry of the body of Christ than everyone he has been called to lead?

July 11, 2013

Jul 11: Indonesia, Sulawesi | Operation World

Filed under: christian — dannywahlquist @ 5:55 am

The fledgling democratic government faces a daunting task. Its first years were marked by powerlessness in the face of extremist demands from strident Islamists and manipulation by the powerful former regime and military. Positive signs see moderation and democracy taking root and displacing the old culture of extremism, corruption, cronyism and nepotism. There is a long way to go, however, to see political, economic and social renewal. Pray that the president, vice-president and the People’s Consultative Assembly may be courageous, decisive and fair in bringing betterment to the whole nation.

Sulawesi

Challenge for Prayer

Less-reached peoples are many, but there are small Christian minorities in most of the larger groups. Pray specifically for:

a) The Bugis (5m) and related Makassar (2.1m) of South Sulawesi, with colonies all around the coast. Trading is their major occupation. By Indonesian standards, Islam is more orthodox among them. There are a few thousand Christians among these groups, the Makassar being one of the few significant orthodox Muslim groups responding in any numbers to the gospel.

b) The Muslim Gorontalo (more than 1m), a cluster of five Muslim-animist peoples scattered around the north, and the Bungku-Bajau cluster in the southeast. There are some small churches indigenous to these peoples, but response is slow and many areas remain untouched.

via Jul 11: Indonesia, Sulawesi | Operation World.

Chapter 4 of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

Filed under: Uncategorized — dannywahlquist @ 5:52 am

Some favorite quotes from Chapter 4 More Than Knowledge and Skill of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

“once he matched their profile of knowledge, experience, and skill, it was hard for the committee to listen to or hear anything that would get in the way of offering him a call.”

“They knew the vitae of the man, but they did not know his heart.”

“The pastor must be enthralled by, in awe of—can I say it: in love with—his Redeemer so that everything he thinks, desires, chooses, decides, says, and does is propelled by love for Christ and the security of rest in the love of Christ.”

“It’s only when your identity is firmly rooted in Christ that you are free from seeking to get your identity out of your ministry.”

July 10, 2013

Pray Today – July 10: Kalimantan, Indonesia | Operation World

Filed under: christian — dannywahlquist @ 5:52 am

Indonesia’s vast diversity is both its strength and its peril. With 17,500 islands strewn across nearly 10 million sq km of ocean, 33 provinces, 722 languages, even more ethnic groups, myriad religious expressions and deeply divided political agendas, holding this nation together is a monumental task. Pray for political strength for the maturing democracy to stay balanced between national unity and regional identity. Pray also for the government to act with righteousness in honouring all peoples and communities; Indonesia’s history, especially recently, is characterized by discrimination, exploitation and favouritism.

Kalimantan

Leadership training is a definite need as the Church grows, but illiteracy, poverty, geographic isolation and lack of indigenous Scriptures have all slowed development. There are a number of Bible schools. Pray for churches to mature and have a vision for outreach; pray also for expressions of Christian faith to be culturally resonant and appropriate.

via Pray Today – July 10: Kalimantan, Indonesia | Operation World.

July 9, 2013

Pray Today – July 9: East Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara Timor), Indonesia | Operation World

Filed under: christian — dannywahlquist @ 8:30 pm

Sumba, an island long known for its animism and resistance to the gospel, saw a movement of the Spirit in the late 1980s, with Protestants doubling from 75,000 to 160,000 in five years. Pray that this movement may impact all seven language groups on the island; nearly one-third are still animists while many Christians, both Reformed and Catholic, are nominal.

via Pray Today – July 9: East Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara Timor), Indonesia | Operation World.

July 2, 2013

Chapter 3 Big Theological Brains and Heart Disease of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

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Some favorite quotes from Chapter 3 Big Theological Brains and Heart Disease of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

Fortunately, I am married to a wise and patient woman who helped me get my bearings and stood with me

My eyes began to open to the dangers inherent in academizing our faith.

Bad things happen when maturity is more defined by knowing than it is by being. Danger is afloat when you come to love the ideas more than the God whom they represent and the people they are meant to free.

they aren’t called just to teach theology to their people but also to do theology with their people.

future ministry will never be shaped by his knowledge and skill alone but also, inevitably, by the condition of his heart.

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