christianity, Online Living

Christian Carnival CCXLV

Welcome to the Christian Carnival, CCXLV, which a handy Roman numeral converter tells me means 245!  Wow, I should learn Roman some day.

Before I get right to the posts, I want to thank you all for the honor of hosting the Christian Carnival here at my little site.  I’ve participated, off and on (mostly off), in the Carnival since 2004, but this is my first time hosting.  So, today I’m very pleased to present the following submissions, in no particular order:

And that wraps it up for this week!  Some great reads.  Unfortunately, a crazy week at work prevented me from submitting my own post this week, and also weighed in on the time it would take to properly categorize the postings.  Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your Christian Carnival!

christianity, Church, witnessing

Unprofitable Blogging

Last week I posed the challenge to witness to one person for every blog post.  I happen to know that at least 10 Christian bloggers visited my site, and chose not to respond to that challenge, choosing instead to mindlessly prattle on with their unprofitable theologies and divisive doctrinal debates.

Perhaps some non-evangelicals would dismiss it as the church leader told William Carey: “Young man, when God wants to save the heathen, He will do it without your help or mine.”

Listen… you may not like that Jesus commissioned us to go out and preach to all the world, God knows there are lots of things in the Bible I wish I could just rip right off the page and pretend like it didn’t exist (love your enemies?!), but you can’t ignore it.  Sitting at home, feeling so spiritual because the other unprofitable “servants” of God think you’re very intelligent is self-delusional.   I present you with a video, and a testimony.  God help me be as profitable in life as this man:


Oh. Hi.

This is a temp page, while I’m getting set up, but welcome to the new and future home of  Lots of exciting news on the horizon, and I can’t wait to get working on it!


All Grown Up: Installing WordPress

Back in years gone by, when I had a respectable amount of traffic, and instigated more than a few squabbles in the blogosphere, (Before InTheAgora ruined 3 separately good blogs), I had a big-boy web server, with for-reals blogging software installed.  A marriage, 2 children, and a lapsed contract later . . . I moved to blogger to get started blogging again.  It was easy, and free . . . and ugly.  But I’ve never been a huge fan.

As a do-it-yourselfer, I like to try new things just for the experience, so several months ago, I undertook the laborious task of setting up my own LAMP server, using Ubuntu.  For the tales of this undertaking, my old temporary blog (pre-blogger, post webhost…confusing I know) tells more about that.  It was easier than I expected, but I really enjoyed learning about the setup and configuration of servers.

With that setup, I’ve never taken the next leap to actually getting a blog setup.  So, last night, I finally bit the bullet, revived my home-grown server, and installed WordPress.  This, unlike the original setup of the server, was actually a bit more difficult than I expected.  Nevertheless, it went quickly.

First of all, WordPress has great documentation.  This helped tremendously, as the instructions for setting up your databases and DB users was outlined in detail for whatever tool you used (phpmyadmin, cpanel, terminal, etc).  It was geared toward people paying for hosting, obviously, as only masochistic crack-tards like me actually attempt to setup their own server.  Right off the bat, I ran into a few problems.

First, by default, Ubuntu has root disabled.  While in the process of trying to find a quick and easy way to move my wordpress files into my web folder, I discovered a new command: gksudo.  During my test of the server, and playing with some php editing, I would create my page in bluefish, then open the terminal, and sudo mv the file to /var/www.  That was fine for single files, but moving every file in wordpress was not something I wanted to do.  Enter gksudo:  Simply hit Alt-F2, type “gksudo nautilus” (in the standard gnome installation, you KDE people would probably use gksudo konqueror), and hit enter.  Up pops the nautilus file explorer, but with root privileges!  Next step…copy and paste, just like any other folder.

After copying the contents of WordPress (I don’t want my blog in a subfolder) to the /var/www directory, it was time to initiate the installation…BUT WAIT!  We have to setup a database for WordPress, and a user!

I had long ago forgotten how to access MySQL via the terminal.  This was something I did just to learn about the commands, which come in handy when coding php to access your database, but I couldn’t even remember how to get into MySQL, and couldn’t seem to make it work (mysql -u root -p ***** gave me a database not found error).  Luckily, I installed phpmyadmin.  This made it relatively simple, however I apparently have an older version installed, so the process was slightly different from the instructions.  It was straightforward enough: create database named “blog.”  Create user named “wordpress” then give wordpress all permissions on “blog.”

Time to install…right?  That’s what I thought…I pointed my browser to http://localhost/wp-admin/install.php and … aaaaaannnddd … error.  Wonderful.  In WordPress’s instructions, they direct you further down the page to find specific instructions for your database tool, but fail to instruct you to go back up the page to find the next step.  It was a frustrating few minutes as I read “Troubleshooting” until it said, “If none of these solutions work, go back up to step 2 and 3 and repeat them.”  WHAT?!  There’s a step 3?!


Back to Step 3:  Change the wp-config-sample file to wp-config.  Then edit it with your database name, username, and password.  There are some other fancy options you can configure, but I left those alone, and it seemd to go fine.

Now…back to install.  It works this time, and I name my blog (The Limitless…I need a new name…but then I’d have to get a new domain…and that’s just too much to think about), it gives me the admin password, which is a confusing string of random characters which I promptly change to something more memorable.  I create a new account for me, and then call myself done!

Over the weekend, I hope to forward my ip to that computer (a task that I’ve been quite confused about) and see if I can access my site over the interwebs!

. . . I am such a geek.