New theme, WordPress 2.3

Site was down for a couple of days when I tried to upgrade to WordPress 2.3. First problem that I encountered was my former theme not compatible with 2.3. I was forced to leave K2 (which I love, btw) and settle for a simpler theme courtesy of copyblogger. Having said that, I think I love this new theme. Easy to read posts, straight forward sidebar features, neat header.

Still working on the side bar features. Change is scary, remember?

Life 2.0 interviewed

Guitarchic, one of the few bloggers I follow religiously, sent these interview questions — because I asked for it. :D

So, here goes.

1. It says in your site’s tagline, “Jesus, Family, Technology, Ministry, in that order”. Why this order?

I want my relationship with Jesus to be the center, the first thing, the main thing, everything in my life. That’s very basic yet I consider it as the most important decision that I have to make everyday. My relationship with Joy, my wife and Johann, my son comes in next. I have to make sure they are on top of the priority list, they both should have quality as well as quantity time from me. Technology, or my work, comes in next, noticeably below “Family” because I believe that nothing including my work should mess up with my family.

And lastly, somebody asked me this: Why is “ministry the last in your priority list? I mean, doesn’t serving God deserves more attention than anything else?” Of course, it does. But what kind of “minister” will I become if I have a messed up marriage, a kid with an absentee dad or a bad employer? I have to make sure that I have a dynamic relationship with God, a growing relationship with my wife and son, and a good example to my employees before i can really serve God. I think this is one of the problems that most pastors are facing. So, I’d like to make it a point to have things in proper perspective.

2. You’ve been pastoring Grace Place for a while now. Say, if this ministry calls you to leave the comforts of your corporate job and go full-time, will you do it? Explain why you WON’T.

I can go full time in the future if that’s where God is leading me. At the moment though, it seems that God is allowing me to work AND serve at Grace Place at the same time. Being an entrepreneur allows me to work and earn for my family and at the same time serve the church with a little more flexibility than any typical bi-vocational pastors. Right now, I have control over my time — how and where to spend it. Being in this status at this point in my life, I can see God’s finger print all over the place.

3. If you are to share the gospel using programming and web applications language, how?

Grace (or God’s offer of salvation) is like a freeware Operating System under GPL (General Public License) — Linux for instance. It is given free of charge, you don’t deserve it because, unless you are a geeky geek, you don’t have any part in the programming of that OS. But you can only benefit from it if you download and install it your PC. It is also freely distributable. If you like the software, you can tell your friends about it too so they can also download it themselves. Others may reject it in favor of the pricey and buggy Windows. Nonetheless, others will respond favorably as they repent from using Windows and make a U-turn and install GPL-based OS’es, say Ubuntu.

Oh, by the way, if you’re using a Mac, you’re already in heaven. :D

4. If God blesses you with a baby girl, what are you going to name her? And why?

“Aesia”. That’s what Joy told me months ago. I really have no preference right now. But it has to start with “A” this time. :D

5. Give me 5 reasons why information technology is more appealing than your previous career, accounting.
1. IT is dynamic, accounting is stagnant.
2. IT will get you excited, or bored, nonetheless you’ll have something to expect. Accounting is a routine.
3. With IT, you’ll get to work 3 am if you want. In accounting, it’s definitely 8 to 5 — because your boss works 8 to 5.
4. Using theological terms, IT has “grace” — if you missed the mark, you can just edit the codes and “go on with life”. Accounting is “legalistic”.
5. Lastly, IT is not accounting, so that makes it more appealing. Period. :D

I can also interview you! Here are the rules:

1. Leave me a comment saying “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.