Mar 19 2014

Hacking Attacks On Church Computers

Category: Uncategorizedadmin @ 12:28 am

Recently the church computers were attacked by a virus or worm, and email replies were not sent out.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

v9redirectvirusIt appears that the V9 redirect virus was the culprit, and wreaked havoc on the browsers.

We want to stress to our congregation the importance of protecting your computer from viruses and malware, especially if you use the computer quite a bit and do a lot of transactions and banking online.

We suggest Norton 360.  It appears that for some reason Norton 360 was deactivated for those computers that got infected, and sadly the attack could not be stopped by the software.  The computers where Norton 360 was still active were not infected.

The PC Dojo is one of our favorite blogs where we get our most up to date tech news and other stuff.  It’s a great source of information about utility software as well.  For example, we were wondering if SpeedyPC Pro was safe, and the site had an entire rundown of the software, what it does, and that it was safe and recommended.

Anyway, ensure that you keep your personal information safe and secure.  We strongly suggest that you look into getting antivirus software if you don’t have it yet.

Jan 09 2013

Learning Languages – Tips And Tricks

Category: Uncategorizedadmin @ 12:19 am

Going on missions to other countries sometimes requires the use and practice of another language.  To make staying abroad easier, and to better connect with locals, we strongly suggest becoming familiar with the native language where you will be staying.  Whether it is Spanish, Russian, or Arabic, we believe that even rudimentary knowledge of the language goes a long way in making the people feel as though you are trying to be part of their culture.

We have looked at many of the different language learning software programs out there and have determined that Rocket Languages is probably your best bang for your buck.  The thing is that the learning styles of both programs are quite different from each other.  You should definitely take a look into the Rocket Languages vs Rosetta Stone article in order to see just what the differences are.

Basically Rosetta Stone employs a “learn as a baby would” mentality that attempts to give the user the experience of full immersion.  Some users might really like this, while others might become frustrated.  I personally did not like the approach to learning that they took.

The Rocket Languages series is much more traditional in terms of learning a new language.  There are English explanations throughout and they guide you through various cultural specifics such as formal vs informal greetings, etc.

The thing that you have to remember is that you don’t have to be a grammar Nazi to communicate with people in their native tongue.  As long as you can understand and be understood, most people will be extremely excited that you are speaking their language.

Oct 08 2012

Updating Our Views On Reproductive Rights

Category: Thoughtsadmin @ 9:27 pm

Religion plays a huge role in our view of reproduction and human rights.  This is a huge deal for many people, and one that has inspired a ton of debate over the years.

Human reproduction can never be treated simply as an objective technical subject. No religion and no ethical system has ever been undifferent to the issues involved in reproduction. The recent expansion of the needs for and the means of fertility regulation has inevitably raised a new most of fundamental moral and ethical concerns.

Moral and ethical issues are never static. Some issues fade away while others continue to evolve. When the family planning movement started through volunteer non-governmental efforts, the ethical debate revolved around the principle itself. It was a question of whether mankind “should’ attempt to plan or alter its fertility in contradiction to nature or “God’s Will’.

Much of this debate is history now. It has become widely recognised and affirmed that humans, as rational beings, should be able to plan their own fertility, as indeed they plan other aspects of their life. Two areas related to this principle, however, remain unresolved. One is the stand of the Roman Catholic Church, where it is upheld that the outcome of sexual intercourse should be left to God’s will and that the only acceptable means of fertility regulation is abstinence, which may be adjusted to the fertile period of a woman’s reproductive cycle. The other area is abortion, which continues to be an emotionally charged topic. Still debated is the right to life of the fetus versus the right of the woman to have control over her body and to refuse to carry to term a pregnancy she does not want.

After the issue of “should’ began to fade away and family planning became a subject for international concern, the ethical debate moved to question the “why’. Concern and suspicion focused on whether efforts to reduce births were being imposed in place of efforts to accelerate socioeconomic development or, worse, whether these efforts might be “genocide’ in disguise, aiming to eliminate or keep down members of certain ethnic groups, countries, religions or the world’s poor. Again, this debate has in time lost much of its heat. But concern is still legitimately expressed when the family planning effort or assistance is not a part of a total welfare and development package, or when family planning services run ahead of or are given preferential treatment over other basic health care services.

~Fathalla, M.F. “The ethics of family planning.” World Health (1984)

I do believe that religion needs to be aware of the fact that not everybody can afford to have more children, nor can this world support an ever growing population – which would occur out of control should people never use birth control.  I believe the rise against birth control is rooted in a shameful feeling towards sexuality.