LEGO Ninjago Diorama

Take a speed tour through the world of LEGO Ninjago in this approximately 7′ by 3′ display!  With everything from Ninjago City to the Temple of Airjitzu to Ronin’s Pawn Shop, this collaborative creation by myself and my brother (Robert4168/Garmadon on Flickr) hits up every major Ninjago TV Show location!

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The Bondage of Free Will, Part One

Free will.  If you’re ever looking for a can of worms to open, there’s one for you.  The subject is fraught with confusion, contradictions, and complications.  Do humans have free will?  If so, can their acts be predicted ahead of time?  Could an omniscient God know what a person with free will would do next?  Could an all-powerful God plan what a person with free will would do next?  And on the flip side, if a person has free will, doesn’t that mean that he is responsible for his actions?  If he doesn’t have free will, can he claim freedom from responsibility?

Does free will – the power of choice – mean the same thing as ability – the power of doing?  Is the human will self-determining, or is it determined by the person’s character?

These questions are not irrelevant or unimportant.  Our answers to them will define our ideas of God, of man, of life, and of death.  To be confused on this subject is to be confused about who you are, why you are here, and where you are headed.  Whether you believe that you’re a chance group of atoms, purposeless and without a destiny, or whether you conclude that you’re a human created in the image of God, set on earth for the purpose of glorifying Him and standing before a future of eternal life or eternal death, you had better evaluate both sides and make pretty sure that you’re on the right track!

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October 31st, 1517

It was the last day of October, 500 years ago, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Although written in Latin, and designed for scholarly debate, the theses were soon translated into many different languages and with the recent invention of the printing press, it wasn’t long before all Germany knew about this radical monk’s radical ideas. Western Civilization and the world would never be the same.

Check out a picture of the full MOC after the break!

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3 Keys for LEGO Walls

Not too long ago we looked a tips for building yourself a LEGO wall, with a focus on outside walls.  Today, we’ll consider 3 important keys for building the perfect interior wall for all your minifigures’ inside needs!

(If you’re interested in looking at any of the below MOCs more in depth, just follow the picture link to my Flickr where in most cases plenty of alternate views are available!)

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Language: An Ancient Puzzle for Modern Man

Where did human language come from?  To be clear, we are using the word language in the sense of the human ability to speak, not a particular language such as English or Spanish, German or Latin.  Obviously, the origin of language is outside the scope of repeatable, observable scientific experimentation.  But by studying current languages, one can see the puzzle pieces scattered across the board, waiting to be put together.  Of course, there are a lot of missing pieces.  Human language is very complex, and much more complicated than the gruntings of animals.  How did language –  how could language – begin?

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