Daily Archives: June 11, 2008

The Secret Source

“Work out your own salvation . . . for it is God who works in you .” —Philippians 2:12-13

The above might seem like a contradiction. Are we doing the work or is it God? But this another one of the paradoxes that exist in the Christian faith. I cannot explain it, but I know it is true. 

Check out this devotional meditation written by Oswald Chambers.


Monte Rocks!

If you ever want to see incredible fret work, you have to go see Monte Montgomery live in concert. I saw him last weekend at The State Theater in Falls Church, VA. He did almost unimaginable things with an acoustic guitar.

It is always a joy to see a super talent perform live. Why don’t guys like that ever hit it big? He is a good singer and song writer too. I don’t get it how talentless clowns climb to the top of the charts.

Anyway, you too can become a Montiac by visiting www.montemontgomery.com.

Why I Bought a Used Prius

Concerned about high gas prices and the need to conservere resources, I bought a used Prius last week. I couldn’t afford a new one. According to a recent Wired article, buying a used car is better for the environment than a new one any way.

It made sense for a number of reasons. First, gas prices seem to be heading north for the foreseeable future. I wouldn’t be surprised if we are talking about $6-7 gas prices per gallon in a year or two. Right now it costs about $9 per gallon for petrol in the UK. Could price like that be in our future?

From a financial stand point, it doesn’t always make sense to buy a hybrid if you still owe a lot on a loan or can’t sell your existing car. That wasn’t a problem for me. I owned my old car and can sell it for about half of the price I paid for the hybrid. See this article to find out more about the economics of trading in your current vehicle to save money on gas. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25051729

Second, I don’t like to waste stuff. As a Christian, I believe we need to be careful to conserve resources when possible. I don’t think we have to go back to the stone age. But we should do what we can to conserve resources and have as minimal of an impact on the environment as possible.

Third, I was getting a new -to-me car, which is always fun. After a while, I kind of get tired driving the same thing. Fourth, I did a lot of research and decided that the Prius is the most economical/highest gas saver 4-passanger sedan on the market. It will likely stay that way for at least a few years. And since I don’t have the money to buy a new car, it is years before any of the emerging technologies will be available as used cars.

The only catch is that my car only has three years or 13,000 under the battery warranty. If the battery goes before 120,000, I may have made a bad decision. But we will see.