It was on this day in 1969 that Steve Crocker, a recent graduate from UCLA, began a publication of papers called Request for Comment or RFQ circulated among those in a new field called computer science. The first paper dealt with how computers in one university might be connected over a telephone line to communicate with computers in another university. Six months later, the letter L and then the letter O were sent from a computer in UCLA to a computer at Stanford University. When they tried to send a third letter their systems crashed.
But from those beginnings, the Internet developed and so April 7 is regarded as its symbolic birthday. Now, here I am connecting with you over a system that we have come to take for granted. Sometimes we long for simpler days, but we certainly would not be able to do the many wonderful things we are able to do if it were not for technology.
I always find it fascinating how things develop, and so for the next three Sundays I will be preaching a series of sermons I am calling “Peter’s Progress.” The Apostle Peter is one of the most fascinating characters in the Bible and as you study his life you will see an amazing transformation from a bumbling fisherman to the leader of Christ’s Church. We will focus on three stories beginning this week with John 21:1-22, the story of the Risen Christ appearing to Peter and the others on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. My sermon title is “More Than These.” The Chancel Choir will be singing this week at the first service. I hope you will be able to join us for what I hope will be an interesting sermon series. In the meantime—
Stay in One Peace,