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Hebrews 6:4-6 and Losing One’s Salvation

Filed under: Ministry — at 11:40 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2008

A couple of weeks ago when I was helping with a prison Bible study, one of the inmates asked me to explain Hebrews 6:4-6 (It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.”). This is a passage that confuses many people. In talking with him, I discovered that his main question was whether one can lose one’s salvation.

I didn’t have any Bible texts to give him off the top of my head, so I promised to bring the texts the following week. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control prevented me from returning the following week, and I knew I was also going to have to miss the week after, as well. So I decided to write a response that could be mailed to him if the powers that be would permit it. I’ve posted that response on my website. You can read it here.

BadgeEntry Is Here

Filed under: Ministry, Other, PHP, Applications — Scott Severance at 3:05 pm on Monday, August 27, 2007

The churches in my area recently held a camp meeting, and my brother was in charge of one of the kids’ groups. He asked me to design an attendance system that involved badges with the kids’ photos and a barcode on them. They would scan those badges to gain entry into the “top secret lab” and us staff would have an automatic, accurate attendance system. (From comments I heard after the event, this system also helped give our program an additional “quality polish” as the badges turned out well.)

The system that emerged is called BadgeEntry. After successfully using it for our event, I’ve decided to release it to the public.

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Easily Insert Footnotes or Other Comments into Your Website

Filed under: Web Development, Javascript, CSS — Scott Severance at 4:59 pm on Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Here’s a method to easily insert footnotes into a website using Javascript. It degrades nicely when Javascript and/or CSS are not available for whatever reason (RSS springs to mind).

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Photos from Washington, DC

Filed under: Photos, Travel — Scott Severance at 11:42 pm on Monday, March 13, 2006

US Capitol Dome

While I was looking through some photos in Picasa, I realized that I hadn’t posted pictures from my trip to Maryland for my brother’s wedding in September 2005. The only ones that turned out OK were taken in Washington, DC (not at the wedding). I’ve posted a gallery on my website ».

Switching from Blogger to WordPress

Filed under: Blogging — Scott Severance at 11:02 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2006

I’m glad to finally be using a better blogging platform than Blogger. However, it would be nice if WordPress’s import tool would leave the HTML of my posts alone. (Read on …)

Sermon Illustration Library

Filed under: Ministry, Other, Web Development — Scott Severance at 12:29 am on Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I’m announcing a new website that I’ve made. The Sermon Illustration Library (RSS Feed) is a community-driven illustration source. This means that the more people participate, the better it will become. Of course, it is completely free.

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Time Calculator 2

Filed under: Web Development, Javascript, Applications — Scott Severance at 3:37 pm on Sunday, January 8, 2006

After meaning to do so for a very long time, I’ve finally updated my time calculator. The result is Time Calculator 2. It has a completely new, intuitive, user interface, as well as a new, better back end.

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Show IDs in HTML Documents

Filed under: Web Development, Javascript — Scott Severance at 2:36 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2005

I’ve written a Javascript bookmark that allows the user to find HTML elements with a given ID. This is handy for debugging HTML code. I’ve tested it in Firefox 1.0.4, but it should work in any Firefox/Mozilla version or any recent version of other browsers that allow Javascript bookmarks. This script doesn’t work in Internet Explorer.

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Singing in Chains

Filed under: Ministry, Sermons — Scott Severance at 3:28 pm on Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Sometimes it’s tough to trust God when things aren’t going well. Here’s the outline to a sermon I preached recently that dealt with this issue.

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The Wilderness Café

Filed under: Ministry, Sermons — Scott Severance at 6:54 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2005

Here’s the sermon that I preached yesterday at the nursing home (although I abbreviated it). I’ve already preached the full version in my churches.

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