brett’s morning blend (02feb12)

Today’s (pre-morning blend) Headlines:

  • Harrison family still waiting for Harper Mae.  Christie has appointment with the doctor today.
  • Brett struggles to accomplish anything in the 90+ degree temperatures (98+% humidity) of Dar es Salaam.  Wishes air conditioning were more accessible / affordable in the house the Harrison family rented.*
  • New study shows people addicted to coffee (and the caffeine contained within) continue to drink the stuff no matter how hot their surroundings.  Good news for all coffee lovers going to hell.
  • Morning blend makes its return as a weekly feature at aliens and strangers.

Hierarchy of Beards

As one acutely interested in beards (though mine was promptly shaved upon arrival in Dar), I found this poster most helpful.  I’ve added at least three facial hair goals to my list of things to accomplish before death.  My natural beard growth produces a “Wandering Jim.”  Yours?

The Day Dublin Dr. Pepper Died

Greg Kendall-Ball’s photo essay of a very sad day.  I’m glad I was blessed to have once driven through the town of Dublin, Texas, stopping for a short time to enjoy a cane-sugar sweetened Dr. Pepper from a glass bottle.

Some Really Bad Similes (56 of them, to be exact)

  • “Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.”
  • “The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.”
  • “The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.”
  • “He was as bald as one of the Three Stooges, either Curly or Larry, you know, the one who goes woo woo woo.”

The 20 Most Memorable Wes Anderson Characters

Dignan’s got to be my favorite.  Royal Tenenbaum is a distant second.

Substituting “Allah” for “Father”

Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL are using the word Allah in Bible translations for Arabic peoples.  Guardian replaces Father, and Representative replaces Son.  The Great Commission’s baptism is now done in the name of “Allah, his Messiah, and his Holy Spirit.”  I’d love to get the other side of this story, and I don’t really want to comment on it right now.  Just found it interesting.

* There are small air conditioners in the bedrooms, for use while sleeping — just not in the kitchen and living areas.  And electricity is too expensive to run all day long.

Update (15:45pm, 02Feb, TZ time)

A friend of mine who works with SIL sent me some information.  From the Wycliffe Facebook page:

 Wycliffe is not omitting or removing the familial terms, translated in English as “Son of God” or “Father,” from any Scripture translation. Erroneous information and rumors on the internet have recently raised questions concerning this issue.

Wycliffe remains committed to the same objectives we’ve held sacred for 80 years: accurate and clear translation of Scripture. Wycliffe never has and never will be involved in a translation which does not translate these terms. The eternal deity of Jesus Christ and the understanding of Jesus’ relationship with God the Father must be preserved in every translation. 

Wycliffe personnel are committed to working alongside language communities and other partners to translate God’s Word with great care from the original languages of Scripture into the languages of the world’s people so that all may know the redeeming love and glory of God–Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

And some further reading on the subject:



Filed under morning blend, updates from geita

11 responses to “brett’s morning blend (02feb12)

  1. Jess

    How much is air conditioning to run in the rest of the house?

    • a/c runs us somewhere around 4000 shillings per 8-hour period, per unit. that’s about USD $2.50 per 8-hour period. there are three of these room-size units in the house — one in each bedroom. they’re made to cool just one room, though, and because of the design of the house i think it’d be really difficult to cool the main living room area (the temperature of the ceiling stays way above 100 degrees at all times). so, even if we ran all three units all the time, i doubt it would really keep the room cool without freezing the units up. and it’d cost $22.50 a day, which would get really expensive really fast. that’s why we rented a house instead of staying in a hotel (to save money, i mean) — well, that and to be able to cook our own meals (which saves us more money). so we’ll make due; though i probably shouldn’t complain.

  2. I would very much like to hear the other side of this translation story. To do this in Arabic especially strikes me as odd because Arabic Christians have been worshiping “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” (these words in Arabic) for well over a millenium.

    But I have a lot of respect for SIL and Frontiers and would like to know more. If these books are being presented as Holy Scripture, that’s one thing. But if they’re being presented as “stories from the Bible,” then I’m ready to admit a great deal more leeway.

  3. You should see Jason’s beard. It is a lot like the guy in the top middle of that chart. Except it is reddish brown. His heroes are the gold miners in Alaska (there is a TV show dedicated to them).

    His next Ironman is in Idaho in June, and Big Jane is probably gonna get to go. That is not related to the beard at all except I’m pretty sure it will be gone by then.

    And one unfortunate thing about coffee…when the little one showed up, the appetite for coffee left. It makes me sad. I don’t want any, but I miss wanting some.

    Yikes to the temps! I am praying for y’all and the delivery of Harper Mae!

    • 1. a tv show dedicated just to jason’s heroes. awesome. a lot of pull he’s got in hollywood, i tell you.
      2. i’m happy to hear you calling yourself “big jane” already.
      3. i’m sorry about coffee appetite. plus that means your baby’s always going to be tired and grumpy.

      • I don’t think any baby of mine will be tired and grumpy all the time. I drink tea. And eat ice cream. So I think we are good.

        P.S. My family started calling me Big Jane when I asked for weights one Christmas. Jason sometimes calls me Big Mean Jane, but I am not mean…often. 😉

  4. Daniel

    I think i could pull off the Hoke-Troika, but I’m afraid I’m closer to the Douche.

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