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The future of Song Of Swan

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Hi there,

Yet another courtesy update to prevent the folks at WordPress from deleting my account due to inactivity. But first, some highlights:

  • 2012 – Married! (To my wife: Love oo oo)
  • 2013 – Portland, the City of Roses
  • 2014 – The beginning of a career in Logistics

To be honest, in case you haven’t noticed the absence of posts as of late, I am at a loss of words; when I originally started this blog, my intent was that this place would serve as a sanctuary of my deepest thoughts concerning my faith, that of the Son of God who loved and gave Himself up for me (Gal. 2:20). So my question to you, readers, if there are still any out there:

What shall I do? (Acts 22:10)

What would you like to see? Sound off in the comments below!

(Disclaimer: if you see an advertisement below, please disregard this, as it is not part of the post. Thanks!)

Still Alive

Dear faithful readers,

This is a courtesy update to my blog Song of Swan (SoSw) to let you all know that I’m alive and well.

I’ve fallen busy with various things lately. For one, I am taking two classes (Differential Equations and Organic Chemistry I).

It is my earnest expectation that this site will continue to function as a portal of many portions of Christ, and hopefully sooner rather than later, overflow with the good matter. (Psa. 45:1)

Till we meet again,
-SoSw

Christians on Campus

“Christians on campus”.

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear these words?
Could I be referring to that group who show up on campus every now and then, holding up large, audacious signs that say things like “Repent, SINNER, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near!”?

Not quite. How about these words:

“Christian students”.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Oh, it’s that group who does funny stuff. ‘Funny weird‘, not ‘funny haha‘. The bad kind of ‘funny’. I don’t know, I read something bad about it on the Internet.

Whatever your preconceived notions may be, I speak now as a volunteer on a college campus for a club called “Christian Students”. Why is it called that? Because the club is composed of students who are Christian. Go figure.

(More after the jump.)

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Christ and … the Social Network?

Don’t get me wrong. Christ can certainly be found through many members of Facebook, Twitter, the recently started Google+, and other social networks. He can also be found on many blogging sites, such as my own, using the blogger’s keyboard like the “pen of a ready writer” (Psa. 45:1). It’s no question that you are here on this page, reading my post, for your very presence here is already proof that you are connected to the Internet. So the question I’m asking today is:

Is Christ Himself found on a social network?

(More after the break.)
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Basic Habits before Marriage for Brothers

Preface:

This list is mainly meant for brothers, but sisters are welcome to share this.

This is a list of healthy habits that I have noticed in everyday life that brothers may want to pick up to ease his transition into married life. This is by no means a comprehensive list, nor are the items listed in any particular order of importance, these are simply points I picked up from personal experience. Though in your preparation for becoming a splendid brother, the importance of developing healthy habits in the Lord cannot be stressed enough. Comments/suggestions welcome! 🙂

Outline after the break!
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Chinese green onion pancake gone horribly wrong

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Salutations, connoisseurs of Asian cuisine. After being inspired recently, here is my first attempt at a Chinese green onion pancake, a.k.a. 蔥油餅, a delightful treat I’ve enjoyed since youth. The end result, unfortunately, is a culinary car wreck. :’-( The tear that issues from my eyes is not only stimulated from the gas emitted by the dicing of scallions, but also from the bitter smell of defeat. My single moment of happiness was the laugh to myself as I watched it cook.

Post-mortem: I ate them anyway; it wasn’t that bad, actually. Notes to take away: I definitely need to learn about measurements in the future. 300 g of flour is NOT 10 oz of a measuring cup.

Hard Lesson #1 learned.

Welcome to Song of Swan!

Hey!

Welcome to Song of Swan, a blog maintained by a brother.

This blog is inspired by many other well-established blogs, as well as my personal desire for an outlet for the ministering of Christ as well as the publication of anything else that is not old. It is my earnest hope that, like Mary in the Gospels, I will choose the better part (Luke 10:42), and publish the things of life. Only time will tell.

It was a little difficult to come up with a name for this blog, and the name may change if I come up with something else. Many who know who I really am will understand part of the name, but one of the books was impressed upon me in the training was the Song of Songs. Though, seeing as this is my first ever post on the WordPress blogging site, it will hopefully take many hours, posts, & genuine experiences of His mercy and grace before I arrive at anything close to a Swan Song. I’m not entirely clear myself what the phrase “swan song” really means, but I am using the “one magnificent final effort” definition, you know, like a magnum opus.

… Also, despite the title, this is not a music composition blog… Not yet, anyway. I still require a decent mic before I feel confident in sharing such things. 🙂