Calvin's Institutes, Piety's Wisdom, Theology

Reading Through Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion

By Camilo on April 1, 2015 0 Comments

Many Christians over the years have attempted to read through John Calvin’s huge Institutes of the Christian Religion, not all successfully. It’s a daunting task but scores of learned men have benefited from the journey. I will blog about this journey using J. Mark Beach’s study guide, Piety’s Wisdom, to spur my thoughts and writing … Continue Reading

Aviation, Germanwings

Lufthansa Knew About Lubitz’ Depression

By Camilo on April 1, 2015 0 Comments

When Andreas Lubitz left training in 2009 for treatment, he disclosed to Lufthansa that it was for “previous episode of severe depression.” Lufthansa probably had no right to discontinue his training at that point, according to their hiring process, because Lubitz had by then obtained medical clearance to fly.

Aviation, Germanwings

Germanwings: What It Wasn’t

By Camilo on March 31, 2015 0 Comments

In the wake of the mass murder/suicide Andreas Lubitz committed when he crashed Germanwings flight 9525 into the Alps last week, we’ve tried to find the reason. The airplane and his training as a pilot have been ruled out. Inquiries into Lubitz’ character and motivation are ongoing. We know he was not a Muslim terrorist, … Continue Reading

Aviation, Germanwings

Was Germanwings Copilot a Ticking Timebomb?

By Camilo on March 28, 2015 0 Comments

Andreas Lubitz’ ex-girlfriend provided some retrospective warnings about his mental state. She probably dismissed his statements that he would do things “that would change the system,” and  that “everyone will then know my name and remember me,” as delusional. This isn’t hard to connect to his actions to crash the Airbus. Still, we should wait … Continue Reading

Sycamore Presbyterian Church Friday Men's Bible Study

Psalm 130 Study

By Camilo on March 27, 2015 0 Comments

Sycamore Presbyterian Church Friday Men’s Bible Study Psalm 130 (see notes) Question 1. Verses 1-2 (a) What is the psalmist’s condition? (What kind of situation does the metaphor “the depths” evoke?) (b) What do verses 1-2 show us is the appropriate response to “the depths”? 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O … Continue Reading

Aviation, Germanwings

Germanwings just got very ugly

By Camilo on March 26, 2015 0 Comments

A French prosecutor has accused the First Officer, Andreas Lubitz, of deliberately crashing Germanwings 9525 into the Alps. After the aircraft reached cruise altitude, the Captain left the cockpit. Germanwings apparently does not require two people to be in the cockpit during the absence of one pilot, so the First Officer was able to use … Continue Reading

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Updates on Germanwings 9525

By Camilo on March 25, 2015 0 Comments

Wall Street Journal: the pilots didn’t speak to air traffic control much during the descent – if it was an emergency descent for depressurization, they were probably talking to each other, making sure they were managing the descent. Good video there too. @AviationSafety tweets the vertical profile. It’s consistent with a controlled, albeit steep descent … Continue Reading

Aviation, Germanwings

Germanwings A320 Down

By Camilo on March 24, 2015 0 Comments

CNN opens the speculation cavalcade with this video on Germanwings flight 9525. Curiously, the airplane descended with a constant speed and angle (assuming the graphic depicting vertical profile is accurate). Commentator Chad Myers, a meteorologist, is right to conclude that it was not an uncontrolled descent. This brings to mind the possibility of controlled flight … Continue Reading