I am the senior pastor at Grand St Church in Albany, New York.
Posted 7/19/12 at 10:30 AM | Peter Mattice
I’m classically trained. I mean the real classics: Atari, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, and the NES. Games like Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Summer Olympics, Mario Bros, Contra, Double Dragon and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out shaped my childhood. This was the inspiration behind my interest in technology, and I owe a large part of my career success to a lifetime interest in wanting to know how electronics work to those early linear focused video games of the 80s and 90s. I know I’m not alone on this, there are thousands of us that can still tell you what Up Up, Down Down, B, A, Select, Start does and just as many of us that knows there’s no such character as Sheng Long in Street Fighter 2 because we spent hours trying to unlock him.
But gamers like us are being left in the dust. Excuse the rhyme, it’s unintentional… but the point is made, In an effort to make games more like blockbuster movies, the entire industry has been broken down into genres, and the most profitable genres, such as First Person Shooters fill the shelves of our local video games store. I mean how many Call of Duty, Rainbow Six type games can there be? FULL POST
Posted 7/16/12 at 10:20 AM | Peter Mattice
Answer: Scientology is a difficult religion to summarize. Scientology has gained popularity due to some Hollywood celebrities who have embraced it. Scientology was founded in 1953 by fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, just four years after he made the statement, “I'd like to start a religion—that's where the money is.” That is where he found wealth, also—Hubbard became a multi-millionaire.
Scientology teaches that mankind is an immortal being (called a Thetan) not originally from this planet, and that man is trapped by matter, energy, space, and time (MEST). Salvation for a scientologist comes through a process called ”auditing,” whereby ”engrams” (basically, memories of past pain and unconsciousness that create energy blockage) are removed. Auditing is a lengthy process and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When all engrams are finally removed, the Thetan can once again control MEST instead of being controlled by it. Until salvation, each Thetan is constantly reincarnated. FULL POST
Posted 7/11/12 at 10:46 AM | Peter Mattice
Directv lost 25 channels when they couldn’t reach a agreement with Viacom. They say (directv) they didn’t want to pass the cost of what via com wanted to for their channels to the customers. Did they really ever ask the customers if they wouldn’t mid a small increase to keep the channels on the air?
No they didn’t they put up phone number to call directv to stop the channels from going dark but never even bothered to ask their customers if they would accept a small rate increase?
Now the channels have gone dark and you have to think what is directv is going to do to keep its customers.
In truth no matter the outcome we the consumer lose either we have a rate increase to keep the channels or we lose most of what we all watch.
Here is a list of stations affected by the blackout .
Nickelodeon/ Nick at Nite
The Movie Channel
Sundance Channel (joint venture with Robert Redford and Universal Studios)
SET Pay-Per-View (sporting and entertainment events)
How many of these stations do you watch if you have DirecTV ? FULL POST
Posted 7/2/12 at 10:45 AM | Peter Mattice
We spend July 4th with cookouts and parties and fireworks but have we have really forgotten the meaning of the holiday?
We fought repression from England to become a free country and some 200 years later we are still oppressed by our own government.
Do we really understand what this Independence Day means to people?
I like Bill Pullman's meaning of Independence Day from the movie id4
"Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist and should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on, we're going to survive.' Today we celebrate our independence day!"
President Thomas Whitmore
July 4th, 1996
Posted 6/27/12 at 10:52 AM | Peter Mattice
Well look how far we have come. We use the internet for everything and I mean everything.
Just like writing this blog. We used to write handwritten letters or use a type writer. Now we use a computer.
We used to have records. Then we went to CD. Now we have mp3s . We used to play cassettes in Walkman’s. Now we have iPod, iPhone, mp3 players and Android phone. We worry about security on Facebook with geo tagging. Which was putting locations on pictures? But we will give our exact location on Four Square.
Video stores were killed by DVDs then by Netflix. Why goout and rent a movie when you can just pull it up on your computer? You can find love on the internet. Dating has become superficial. No need to go out and find a boyfriend/girlfriend. You can just log into the many websites and they will find you a perfect match.
Now even the post office is taking a hit. We used to write letters to each other, handwritten letters. Now we write email or text. If the net where shut down in this country, this country would be shut down. We bank online, we pay our bills online, watch movies, play games, do business. FULL POST
Posted 6/20/12 at 10:42 AM | Peter Mattice
I am so sick and tired of hearing about that 911 was an inside job. Whether it was or not 3,000 innocent people died that day. I went to twitter to post that I was coming to pay my respects at ground zero. And I get some flake that just has to tell me that 911 was a false flag and an inside job. What does that have to do with the 3,000 lost on that day?
Too many people are all concerned with whether 911 was an inside job. We forget about the people.
The first responders who died trying to rescue people, the families of the victims who are the only ones who really deserve answers. And the people who died that day just because they went to work.
I know the country wants to know the truth behind 911 and was it terrorism or an inside job. Was it Osama bin Laden or George Bush? But let’s not forgot the good things that came out of that tragic day . Like the cross that was melted together from 2 separate pieces of steel that should not have been together in any way.
The people who were rescued from the burning buildings, ordinary people who up till that time barely talked to each other were helping each other to get down smoke filled hallways. FULL POST
Posted 6/14/12 at 11:05 AM | Peter Mattice
Thinking of buying a computer? Usually when people buy a computer, their first thought is to buy a desktop. After all, desktop computers have been around for decades and people are used to sitting at a computer desk and using their computer. However laptops (also called notebooks) are now more popular than ever. So should you choose a laptop over a desktop computer? Here is 5 reasons why I think you should.
1. Laptops are more mobile.
This is fairly obvious, but think for a minute just what all you can do with your computer if it is a laptop. You can take your computer in the car, you can take your computer on vacation with you, you can even go outside and surf the net in the warm sunshine! Ten years ago, this wasn't really practical. However, nowadays Wi-Fi is everywhere. You can even find Wi-Fi in places like McDonalds and Starbucks. Don't get some work done on your computer at that boring desk, do it at Starbucks!
2. Laptops match up with a GREAT display.
Despite being smaller, laptops often have a great looking display. Many people assume that if they get a laptop, they are settling for less when it comes to the monitor. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, many laptops are now sold with a wide-screen 17 inch LCD monitor. FULL POST
Posted 6/13/12 at 11:31 AM | Peter Mattice
I guess that is a question that nobody can answer. People can only speculate, you can put all kinds of terms to describe it. But nobody can give a direct answer.
In the news lately all you hear is people going on shooting rampages killing innocent people who have nothing to do with anything but just going on with the lives.
Ex-boyfriends killing their girlfriends. Instead of killing them why not just move on? Is your life so bad that you deprive people of their lives?
Is that the answer now in this country if the world doesn’t go right for you then you just kill those who don’t agree with you? This country is turning into a war zone. We talk about civil war in other countries. Well we have a civil war going in this country everyday although not on the grand scale like a Syria.
Do you feel like God being able to choose who lives and dies? And it’s not just adults being killed. Small children and being killed in the cross fire. The U.S. gets involved in other countries problems and yet our country is going to hell fast. FULL POST
Posted 6/12/12 at 10:45 AM | Peter Mattice
Father's Day poses as just the perfect occasion to express feelings of gratitude and thankfulness to every dad in the world. Though the day is celebrated with utmost fervor and enthusiasm in the present times, things were not the same. Father's Day celebration had a modest beginning. The history of Father's Day dates back to 1909, in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a Mother's Day sermon, at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church. The lecture inspired her to have a special day dedicated to her father, William Jackson Smart, who had brought her up and her siblings, single-handedly, after their mother died.
Sonora could realize the greatness of her father and wanted to let him know how deeply she was touched by his sacrifices, courage, selflessness and love. To pay a tribute to her great dad, Sonora held the first Father's Day celebration on 19th of June 1910, on the birthday of her father. She was the first to solicit the idea of having an official Father's Day observance. However, unlike Mother's Day, which was readily accepted, Father's Day was received with mockery and hilarity. Though the day was gaining attention, it was mostly for the wrong reasons. Jokes, satire, parody and derision were all that the day was commemorated for. FULL POST
Posted 6/11/12 at 11:16 AM | Peter Mattice
Over at First Things, Jared Wilson posts a passionate call by Ray Ortlund Jr. for a recovery of the Gospel in modern America. It’s a needful call I utterly support.
Yet despite the clarion nature of Ortlund’s words, a fundamental problem exists that we Christians in America have been entirely unable to overcome.
I don’t believe that American Evangelicals don’t know what the Gospel is. I admit that no one person seems to grasp the entirety of the Gospel and its implications, but most people who self-label as Christians get the Gospel to some point.
But the messes we’ve made of living out the Gospel in a redemptive way, those many tangents that Ortlund describes so well that distract us from the real Gospel, are what they are because of a fundamental problem with America and American Christians.
The following quote from Kierkegaard captures the problem in a nutshell:
The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? FULL POST