David Westerfield

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David Phillips Final Sermon He Never Got to Deliver on Anxiety and Suffering

Originally posted at blog.myspace.com on Friday, February 17, 2006, archived here http://old.westerfunk.net/archives/personal/Dave%20Sermon%20Notes/

I. INTRODUCTION

A. Read Philippians 4:4-7

B. ILLUS. Chaplaincy. Summer 2002. I was assigned to the reception station at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. I was counseling teenagers just about to step into Basic Training. The ones who stopped by my office were stressed and anxious about girlfriends they left behind, mean drill sergeants, the radical culture change, etc. and I did my best to soothe their worries and give them hope. One afternoon, halfway through my assignment, the Deputy Assistant Installation Chaplain and my Brigade Chaplain (my boss) entered my office. They told me that the Red Cross just informed them that my dad had had a massive coronary and was being care-flighted to a hospital 100 miles away and that my mom was in a car trailing them. I was to be released immediately to fly home and take care of family business. The counselor had now become the counselee.

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Dallas Snowstorm, 1956

My Aunt Christina recently posted a couple of pictures of her and my mom in 1956 during one of their big snowstorms in Dallas. Always fun seeing new pictures from their past.

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Migrating a Host-Named Site Collection (HNSC)

Since I had to piece together how to accomplish the migration of a host-named site collection (HNSC) I had already setup in SharePoint 2013, from one farm to another, I figured I would outline exactly how to do it. In my case, I needed the HNSC to be in its own content database, I’m targeting a particular web app with the HNSC as opposed to using a wildcard web app to handle the hostnames, and all of this is assuming you have your rights setup to be able to carry out all of this; SQL, SharePoint farm account and otherwise. With that said…

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Using Postfix SASL Authentication with Google 2-step Verification On

For future reference. This came in very handy after I turned on Google 2-step verification. Originally found here: http://passion4high-tech.blogspot.com/2013/03/postfix-sasl-authentication-failed-with.html

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If you configure your Google account for extra security to use the 2-step verification, then some applications which work outside the browser might not be compatible with 2-step verification and cannot ask for verification codes.

Postfix which was installed and configured to send out emails won’t work anymore, and you might notice error messages in the /var/log/mail.log file.

Something like:

SASL authentication failed; server smtp.gmail.com said: Application-specific password required.

The solution below should fix this issue:

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Redirecting Only The Root URL Within NGINX

For some reason I found this rule to be difficult but finally got it to work thanks to the internets. This is the only rule that worked within the NGINX configuration to get only the root URL to redirect to (in my case) a non-SSL location. Here’s the section:

server {
  (..)
  location / {
    rewrite ^(/)$ http://www.domain.com/ permanent;
  }
}

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9336261/nginx-rewrite-only-when-root-domain

Optimal NGINX SSL Settings

Recently I embarked on finding the optimal NGINX SSL security settings and stumbled across this post: https://raymii.org/s/tutorials/Strong_SSL_Security_On_nginx.html

For a number of reasons, it recommends disabling SSLv3 (as a result of its insecurity), settings AES256 as the standard cipher to utilize and a couple of other things that can prevent attacks. Good stuff to tighten up security on an NGINX SSL implementation.

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Rick Warren’s Chameleon-ism Redux

It was my hope for some time, after having been critical of Rick Warren after the Purpose Driven Life and number of other public statements, that maybe he was making a turn from his doctrinal chameleon-ism and becoming more publically convicted of core protestant doctrinal distinctives. I based that on John Piper’s interview.

But maybe he is becoming convicted in another sense. In the ecumenical sense.

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Zimzum of Whuh? Quote from Bell Sounds Too Familiar

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/12/02/what-ever-happened-rob-bell-pastor-questioned-gates-hell/

Rob Bell, speaking of his newfound “church” expression sounds way too familiar, as in it sounds like much of the language of the younger evangelical ecclesiological experiments of the present.

“Now resettled near Los Angeles, the couple no longer belongs to a traditional church. ‘We have a little tribe of friends,’ Bell said. ‘We have a group that we are journeying with. There’s no building. We’re churching all the time. It’s more of a verb for us.'”

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Antinomianism Ironically Produces Legalism

The antinomian, in an attempt to overthrow the law of God for lawlessness, finds himself, of necessity, creating his own basis for morality. The void will not go unfilled. The end result is legalism, that is, the establishment of his own laws that he attempts to enforce on others. The ironic thing about lawlessness is that it actually produces the worst kind of law: legalism. Whereas antinomianism and legalism are normally pitted against each other as two ditches on either side of the road (which in fact they are in many respects), the deeper reality is that they are extremely complimentary and inextricably tied together, one giving rise to the other. Antinomianism ironically produces legalism and many times the worst forms.

AT&T Gigapower in West Fort Worth, TX

Update 8/3/2015:

The speed has now been bumped up to 300 mbps up/down; so fast now, I need a new internal router/firewall :)

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After events that occurred with AT&T on the technical and customer service sides back when I first moved into my new house, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with changing over, once again, to new service. However, after all of the frustration and mind-boggling breakdowns in order processing and account bungling from a few months ago, this has been worth the wait.

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