Dear Random Recipients,
You may notice something new about this issue. That's right--the e-mail address! I have
made a SPECIAL e-mail account for Randomness! In other words, even though I already have 19 other e-mail addresses, 17 of
which come to the same inbox, we have number 20. Except this e-mail address IS Hotmail, unlike the others, which are another.com,
so it has its own totally separate inbox and stuff--just for Randomness! Cool, eh?
I am flattered by some of the
positive things people have to say. I thank everyone who has commented for commenting, and I thank everyone who has complimented
for the compliments. And I welcome any criticisms, some of which I have received over the past 38 issues. But I'd like to
take this moment to make a reminder. I've known people who make this reminder and basically use it to throw compliments back
at people. I am not like that. I just like to focus. The focus is this: We must not lose sight of God. He is the source of
all goodness. Anything good that I do, though my ability has done it, ultimately comes from God. Without him, I am nothing.
So, thank you very much for the compliments--they help remind me that something real IS going on here over the internet and
help me see that I am not labouring for nothing and that I am not unskilled. But as you praise me, do not forget to praise
Before I go any further, I have something to say. We have some new recipients (yay!), so I think it's
time to talk about Randomness. Randomness is actually my own unintentional brainchild. It began with a few simple sendings
of thoughts. I sent out to my Christian, Creationist friends some e-mail conversations I'd had with a theistic evolutionist.
I sent to all my friends some cool websites. I sent to all my friends some ideas. Eventually, I began to wonder if all my
friends actually WANTED my random sendings, so I sent out a request for anyone who wished to subscribe to Random Thoughts.
Originally, it was called Random Thoughts, and I called it a newsletter. By Issue 2, it was Randomness. Before Year 1 had
drawn to a close, it was a thoughtletter. In this thoughtletter, I had no idea what I was going to say. In the end, there
have been, in general, 2 unifying forces in Randomness. It is just the random ideas in my mind. It is usually about issues
I face as a Christian or about Jesus and Christianity at some level. As well, we added a monthly department: "Random
Poems". Once a month I send out a random poem. In a few short words, there is Randomness.
I guess this issue
is more of a newsletter than a thoughtletter. Oh well. I guess it would be too regular of me to be consistent--inconsistency
is at the heart of randomness, is it not?