Set the record straight

My name is Jay Ray and I tend to like Apple products.  There was a time when I swore by them… that was a long time ago.

Recently, there have been quite a few items in the Apple universe that people have wanted my thoughts and comments on. Asking, most of the time, in a snide attitude of Apple did something wrong! Haha!” I do not take these issues personally because, as I have said in previous posts, I could care less.  I want to set the record straight though.  These are my thoughts on the iPhone 4 reception issues.

Apple made a difficult design decision and may have screwed up in the process.  It happens.  If you are not an engineer, shove it, because you don’t understand.  You may well understand the problem at hand, but you have no idea the background of how and why the decision was made in the first place.  Media outlets are not where you should get your information if you care about objectivity because in most cases, they do blow things way out of proportion.

In the meantime, I will not be purchasing an iPhone 4.  

Wait for shocked gasps  

I dislike AT&T too much to deal with reception issues (the network-based ones, not the hardware-based ones).  Right now, I have an original iPhone, but I have jailbroken and unlocked it to continue my use of the T-Mobile network, which in my opinion has superior customer service and pricing.  Now the real shocker: I am planning to switch to Android at my next update cycle (January).

So to set the record straight, it has been a long time since I liked Apple enough to be called a fanboy or to expect infallibility on their part.  What I try to still defend on their behalf is the subjectivity of the media toward them and the fact that they are not infallible.  They make mistakes and that is OK.  Microsoft made a mistake and yet does everyone still use Windows?  Yes.  Apple may have made a mistake and yet will the iPhone continue to be a coveted item in the world?  You decide because that is all you are getting out of me.

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The Challenges of 2020

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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.