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Credo & Religio

It’s really a bit of oddity to find a modern intellectual animosity against credo, or more commonly called doctrine in traditional Christianity. There is no real good reason for its animosity other than an irrational fear, or hatred for it. It’s a response of pathos than that of logos. Here is why. If credo defines the what of belief, and provides a map, and religio provides a relational context of the belief. Those raising the ire against are more often emphasizing the experiential while they themselves have not experienced it. They are also often not very social, so they’re in a constant longing for a deeper relationship. They have fallen into the trap of believing themselves to have grasped the mysteries, or lost the sense of mystery themselves, so there is no mystery to behold, nor the reverence. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s just like two romantic lovers who wake up to reality after the marriage to find the other person too human. The loss of wonder leads to the loss of the sense of worth they feel for the content. It’s too familiar to them, and often to their loss, they cross the threshold of illusion of having climbed the summit, when they have in fact fallen down the cliff. A leper does not feel not because there is nothing to feel, but because he has lost the ability to feel. They themselves have become the ossified representation of the credo, and what is manifested is a form of self-hatred to rail against others climbing the edifice of the divine, which is supposed to be the object of our worship, or reverence. The source of it begins with a heart that has ossified to hold anything in reverence, or has become incapable of true worship.

고령자또는 노인에 대한 기준 및 비교

한국과 미국의 비교

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Dash, en dash, and em dash

This is only for Windows. On macOS, you can just use Option+[dash] for en dash and Option+Shift+[dash] for em dash. On Linux, it may differ depending on what IME you use.

NameKey or Alt CodeExample
Dash or hyphendash key on the key boardThis is what-a-ma-call-it.
En dash0150In place of to as in 9–5.
Em dash0151Break up the sentence—if you know what I mean.

French press brewed coffee guide

After using Mr. Coffee brewing machine for a while, I decided to switch to a non-plastic based method for brewing coffee. The reason was simple: I don’t want my family to be drinking byproducts of plastic components (e.g. BPA) in their coffee. One or two day of use shouldn’t affect health, but using it over many years is a different story. So, I took out the old French press, which is all glass and decided to give it a go. Noting the procedure here after a little research, so I don’t forget it. This does make much stronger coffee, so adjust the amount of coffee to suit your needs.

  1. Prepare 60 ~ 65 grams of very coarse ground of coffee (little more than 3/4 cups of coffee), and 1 liter of water.
  2. Pour coffee grind into a clean (and dry) French press.
  3. Pour in the water as soon as it starts to boil into the press and stir thoroughly, but gently, at about 40 seconds.
  4. Close lid and wait 7 minutes.
  5. SLOWLY press down on the press. Do not agitate the coffee beans. They’ve been brewed completely by now, and no need to get the bitter parts into the final product.
  6. Enjoy.

천지창조하신 하나님이 빠진 교회들

하나님은 없다라고 가르치고 있는 세상속에서 교회도 같이 창조주 하나님은 없다라고 합창을 하면서 하나님의 말씀을 가르친다고 행세질만 하니 사람들이 교회를 나오긴 나오는데 예수님께서 보여주시고 가르쳐주신 신앙이 아닌 인본주의적인 사람들이 안전한 공간에서 다른 사람들을 만날 수 있는 공간이라 생각되서 교회에 나오게 된다. 계속해서 위대하신 하나님보다 과학이 더 위대하다고 과학을 찬양하라. 아이들도 진화론에 내포된 무신론주의에 빼앗긴 상황에서 어른들만 구원받으면 너무 불평등한건 아닌가? 더 나가 사람의 선조되신 원숭이님도 예배에 참석하게 해서 말씀을 들어야 하게 하는 것이 新無神論 목사들의 도리가 아닌가?

The famine of introspection

It’s sad to hear some to preach in a way as to totally discredit Christian doctrines, or at least speak in a way that could easily yield to such understanding by theologically untrained ears of congregants. The preacher himself may claim to have reached the top of theology and whatnot, but seems to never have had much appreciation nor treaded through an in-depth understanding of systematic theology due to whatever background, upbringing, or education he was fortunate(?) to have experienced in his own life. Does he understand the consequence of such implied imperative to distance from the very tradition of his own theology on the lives and minds of his own congregation? This is very much in tune with the post-modern Zeitgeist of the day, and yet, paradoxically, the preacher claims to a personalized version of a branch of Biblical theology. The apparent lack of metacognition, an aspect of self-aware on his part, at times, is suffocating at the least, and appalling in the best of times.

Oh, a mere mortal, a human. We’re all too apt at holding multitudes of contradictory ideas. Tolerate, we shall, but do we truly know the cost of such misguided rhetoric, or conviction, or whatever one shall label. In this day and age of illiteracy, and sinking of the Biblical authority in all areas of life, we have the workings of very leaders of the church destroy the edifice of millennia while giving rhetorical service to the Logos of the Divinity. The author of De Doctrina Christiana would be embarrassed to say the least when he hears a line such as, “Doctrine divides,” for an echo of Chamberlainian peace of 1938. Christian doctrine has been the tool not to divide, but as a tool of proclamation of truth against heresy. A Christian unity of faith that isn’t grounded in the truth is a unity against God’s truth. On one hand, you want to turn a deaf for once and maintain a level of comfort for communal peace, while in parallel, a corner of mind rationalizes for the other — what more can you expect from a background of liberal theological education. If I had grown up in his cradle, I may have ended up with a similar theological horizon. A mix of simple, inherited faith on the surface that is familiar to the masses, and yet, a forceful inertia of a critical education. But again, one does have to draw a line when it concerns the word of God. In spite of such understanding, I only ache at the famished landscape, a land without much introspection. A land where everyone tries to claim a type of ownership to something different from the tradition, with no understanding of the tradition that’s been passed down to us by God’s providence. How can one appreciate the beauty when, out of ignorance, we’re prone to throwing out the baby with bathwater?






剣道範士九段 佐藤忠三著

今日、12/25は 佐藤忠三 誕生日。(~1956・明治31年)【範士九段、直心影流、武専教授】「私の一生は、素振りの生涯であった」

Day 2 – Jeffrey Marsten sensei kendo training @ UAZ Rec Center

On enzan no metsuke

Read your opponent from head to toe; know when he/she is coming in

On when to strike

before the strike, after the strike, and when mind stops


45 degree downward strike from above; in reverse, by starting to point at the right side of tare

slide on omote side of the shina over the top of the aite’s shinai, to the tsuba location and then men (nori – ?)

Marsten sensei’s favorite waza is the men hiki kote

Nihon kendo kata – kaeshi men

debana kote


perfect practice makes perfect