Today before Tuesday evening fellowship began, I ran some errands, which included purchasing a new micro-SD card for my cell phone. I visited B&H, a photography/video/audio retailer, which has a well-known and reliable Web site from which I've previously ordered. Going into their physical store, however, was a completely different, mind-blowing experience. It is the mothership of all things related to photography. Every major brand is represented in this enormous mecca of an electronics emporium, and all the merchandise is lined up in rows upon rows of displays where the customer can actually touch and examine the goods. Even more amazing is their efficient delivery system that provides quick service to the hundreds of consumers who descend on the store. You get a ticket for whatever items you're interested in purchasing, bring it downstairs to the register to pay, then pick up your merchandise, which is delivered to the exit by a complex system of conveyor belts. It's truly a magnificent feat of engineering and business process. I can't wait to go when I actually have money to buy something cool.
Fellowship was wonderful today. A record eight people showed up, doubling the usual size of the group.We watched a video of Tim Keller preaching on the parable of the prodigal son, then had discussion on the difference between religion and the gospel. In a nutshell, religion says, "I obey, therefore I'm accepted," but the gospel says, "I'm accepted, therefore I obey." Which mindset do you follow?
|The B&H Photo-Video mother ship. This place is the ultimate mecca of all things photography.|
|Two mother ships side-by-side: B&H and the New Yorker.|
|A truly American institution.|
|A closer look at the fog-shrouded tower of the Empire State Building while walking to Tuesday night fellowship.|
|Lady Liberty watches over New York pedestrians from a souvenir shop.|
|The lovely Bryant Park by night.|
|The pink granite Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain, dedicated in 1912, in Bryant Park. It was the city’s first public memorial dedicated to a woman.|