Saturday, December 30, 2006
I passed the 3800 km point today, making my goal for 2006. :) Thanks to everyone who's gone riding with me this year and everyone who's shared encouragement on-line or in person.
BTW check out some more pics from my last ride of 2006.
My goal for 2007: 4000 km.
Friday, December 29, 2006
two riders crank to keep commitments with end of year deadlines
they rejoice at the wilderness they otherwise would have avoided
on a day with storm warnings
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Anybody have other special Christmas stories they want to share in the comments?
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sony's MDRNC11AW Noise Cancelling Headphones
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
iPod Nano 8 Gig. My 20 gig iPod died, not going the hard drive route again, but the flash based iPods seem to last.
The Great Giveaway.
Songs For Christmas by Sufjan Stevens. MegaTunes (932 17 Ave. S.W.) should have it.
My Island by Star Flyer 59. (Christian Pub should have it)
Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series, my weakness for bad sci-fi.
The Muppet Show Season Two will have till wait till 2007, it's not out yet.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
When a religion aggressively proselytizes and seeks to transform the world, its most important resource is its images. It is image that transforms the imagination, and it is imagination that engenders a lifestyle. And what globalization does better than anything else is transform the imagination. That is why the entertainment and advertising industries are the first wave of the emerging global consciousness.Quotes from Colossians Remixed's first chapter Placing Ourselves: Globalization and Postmodernity.
What is at stake in globalization is not only the production and consumption of products, but more important the construction of a homogenized global consumerist consciousness. Globalization wants more than your pocketbook, it wants your soul.
In late capitalism we see an almost total comodification of life. And once everything is commodified - including beliefs, worldviews and cultural products - then the imperial hegemony of global capitalism has been established.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
In Alberta Ed Stelmack was the quiet cabinet mister who said he could bring together both corporate (Jim Dinning) and social conservative interests (Ted Morton). Jim Dinning has spent the last 10 years being an Oil Executive and quietly campaigning to be the Ralph's successor. Jim would prevent any further growth of the tiny Alberta Liberals by attracting the right wing of the Alberta Liberals. Ted Morton was on right and would attract those who had departed for the ultra conservative Alberta Alliance party or those where thinking of leaving.
Mr Dion is one of the few (only?) ministers from the Critien era who was able to win over Paul Martin. He defeated a front runner Michael Ignatieff who's spent most of his working life out side Canada and a former NDP Premier of Ontario Bob Rae.
I'm sure that no one will confuse the two winners or their parties, but right now I see a strong familiar resemblance.
Friday, December 01, 2006
I learned this after reading what I feel is one of Pope John Paul II's most profound insights into modern philosophy delivered on Wednesday October 29, 1980. He draws our attention on Nietzsche (who discovered that religion is only about making weakness seem bearable thus preventing the weak from doing anything about it), Marx (who discovered that religion is only about making poverty seem bearable thus preventing the weak from doing anything about it), and Freud (who discovered that religion is only about making sexual dysfunctions seem bearable so that nothing gets done about it) and how Paul Ricoeur describes them as "masters of suspicion".
The Pope then takes a radically different turn than Ricoeur, Nietzsche, Freud, and Marx and redirects us back to the three lusts described in 1 John 2. The lust of the flesh (what we usually mean when we speak of lust), the lust of the eyes (also known as greed, sloth, and gluttony), and the pride of life (also known as anger, pride, and envy). He observes that Nietsche refuses to see in the human heart anything beyond the pride of life. Freud refuses to see in the human heart anything beyond the lust of the flesh. Marx refuses to see in the human heart anything beyond the lust of the eyes.
After sharing such a penetrating insight into the dominant philosophers of the 20th century, one might expect him to denounce the errors of these philosophies. But instead he does much better and challenges us to recognize this unhealthy suspicion in our own evaluations and follow Christ's call to redemption. "Christ's words according to Matthew 5:27-28 do not allow us to stop at the accusation of the human heart and to regard it continually with suspicion".
In other words, while "orthodox" Christians may have rejected the philosophical errors of Nietzsche, Freud, and Marx we must realize we often make the same fundamental error that they do - we place the human heart in a state of continual suspicion in response to our the knowledge of the fall and the manifestation of evil in human action (think back to your childhood and how you received wholesome "advice" from good people, how the advice placed your heart in a state of continual suspicion, and how the "advice" made you die inside). The Pope reminds us that the words of Christ also appeal to the human heart because within the human heart remains an echo of our original dignity (almost total depravity if you will).
So not only do we have a critique on the ideas of Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud. Not only do we have a parallel with the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life. Not only do we have a reminder of the good that remains in all of us. We also have a beautiful answer to Saint Teresa of Avila's prayer "From sour-faced saints, Good Lord deliver us!"
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Koi submerges you in art, the walls were covered with photography by a local photographer, the background music was world beat influenced ambient jazz (for lack of a better term) and the food was a master piece. Fore example we had amazing Yam wedges, and I don't like Yams as a rule. I'd try to describe the rest of the menu, but you really need to read it, try it for yourself.
BTW they also have free WiFi :)
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
2,000 years after a resurrection we never witnessed, facing a future that seems more or less insoluble. We’re not deluded into believing we can return to the idealized modernism of the ’50s. And still we’re not yet willing to throw in the towel and succumb to nihilistic despair. We still hope beyond hope. We groan. We struggle. And we cry out—not defiantly into the void and not to some man-diluted, manufactured god who can’t satisfy. We cry out to the God we hope is actually here.From 2,305 Words On "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Curt Cloninger in the Nov 2006 issue of Paste.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Anyway, I'm so thankful, and so gracious. I'm gracious that my brother Jeb is concerned about the hemisphere as well.Here's wishing all my American friends a Gracious Thanks Giving!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
My wife bought me a house.
I'm very happy, It's like I want to invite everyone on earth to the house warming.
We'll be packing over the next few weeks and a few days before Christmas we'll be in our new digs.
Dave, Kevin, Leighton, anybody reading this, colour yourselves invited!
Monday, November 20, 2006
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
1st Peter 2:1-3.
While working through this passage at Xalt last night, I hit me for the first time that babies of course crave breast milk and that there was no other substitute at the time. Leaving us with the image of Suckling at the Breasts of the Lord. Now there are strong male images in the passage as well, so that leads me to the heretical thought that the image of God encompasses both Male and Female.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
After work I needed to fill up, after filling up the Element wouldn't start, having issues with the car battery. Had to call AMA.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Scripture shows clearly that God cares not only what we do but why we do it, that we believe and what/who we belive in.
Mt 23:23 - Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Notice the phrase "These you ought to have done" and that justice and mercy and faith were also matters of the law.
Mt 23:25 - Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. (26) Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Notice the word "also". Yes we can be overzelous for the letter of the law (I think that's why Jesus warned us to beware the leaven of the Pharisees) but that doesnt diminish the law
The Pharisees had the outward appearance of orthodoxy but inwardly they ignored the word of God.
Isa 29:13 - Therefore the Lord said: "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
Is it important what we believe? Just do a word search on "believe" in the new testament. (there are 16 references in John's gospel alone)
Is it important that this belief changes how we behave and how we think? Joh 3:3 - Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (3:7) Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
On the up side, I saw around 200 Canadian geese flying overhead yesterday. I also saw a deer in Fish Creek Park.
In paragraph 24 of Pope Benedict's Encyclical God is Love, the Pope emphasizes the importance of charity (generosity) in the Christian faith by directing our attention to Julian the Apostate (the Emperor who officially renounced the Christian faith in favor of paganism - this surely counts as unorthodox). The Pope notes that Julian had his pagan priests perform works of public service for the very purpose of competing against and bringing about the demise of the Christian faith. To be blunt, he left the Church and led people out of the church. How could being orthodox without being generous be worse than that?
When we realize the essential nature of the practice charity, we must also admit that for champions of orthodoxy to fail to practice charity is to lead people out of the Church without leaving the Church ourselves. For an enemy of the Church (like Julian the Apostate) to lead people out of the Church is to be expected. But for someone inside the Church to lead people out of the Church constitutes something more than becoming an enemy - it is becoming a traitor. Let us therefore thank God for the mercy he offers to everyone, especially traitors like ourselves.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Nevertheless the story below was so unexpected and beautiful to me that I wanted to share it:
Friday, November 03, 2006
Clearly, it would be presumptuous for us to expect you to enjoy our music without having heard it. Thus, please help yourself to full-length, high-quality versions of our songs in the popular MP3 audio format. Provided courtesy of the band and Barsuk Records.The mp3s are good but the video for Fire Island is the Long Winters at their best.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The next remark caught me totally off guard: "I should kick your ass :)". Before I could blurt out "see the violence inherent in the system" (which in my case would have taken about an hour), she switches the subject in the interests of keeping this happy and polite.
This leaves me with a few questions: Why does it feel like the conversation started out in a self-centered and irresponsible fashion but got "aborted" before it got inconvenient? If I had been spotted at a gay-pride rally and someone said even jokingly that they should kick my ass, how long before HR would take swift and drastic action?
Friday, October 27, 2006
Jay: 'Where are my variables?'
me: 'Oh no, Jay's lost his variables!'
Jay: 'No if I lost my variables I would be a constant annoyance'
First off, the parking lot has a "family section" (mini-vans technically aren't required but that's all I see there). Wherever you park, you are a few steps from the sidewalk and can reach the entrance without crossing the road. Once you step in there is an enclosed play spot to sign in/drop off kids (minimum and maximum height restrictions apply). they give the kids name tags and they give you a beeper.
Next comes a cafeteria which sells pancake and egg breakfast for $1 (3 strips of bacon is another $1) including juice. The eating area includes a TV showing Disney movies and little chairs/tables designed for kids too small to go to the play area. To top it off the family washroom has complimentary diapers.
The shopping carts are a fantastic toy in themselves. The wheels swivel so freely that you can move the cart sideways. It glides so well that if you shove it right it can do a 360. The kid seems to enjoy it. And yes, the aisles are wide enough for that sort of thing.
Such a change from the Churches where the building comittee actually buys things which make my life more difficult (e.g. breakable or dangerous). If they got a preacher in on Sundays, it might pose the greatest temptation to leave my church that I have faced...
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Rick Bass, a very good writer, is another Montana neighbor of mine. Besides being an excellent writer, Bass is a fervent environmentalist. Environmentalists care deeply about this creation, which is a good thing, but a lot of them are also pretty mean-spirited, angry, even violent—verbally if not physically. Bass is small of stature, elf-like, energetic, and laughing, it seems, most of the time. There's not a polemical bone in his body. He hosts parties for the loggers and the miners, working for common ground, developing a language of courtesy and understanding.
Bass wrote an essay recently that I consider required reading for anyone who cares about the contemplative life, immersed as we are in this impatient, shortcut addictive culture. He writes that when confronted with a complex and difficult task, he used to imagine himself laying down one brick after another, brick by brick by brick, to eventually accomplish his aims. But he's recently changed his metaphor from bricks to glaciers. A glacier is the most powerful force the world has ever seen. Literally nothing can stop a glacier.
A glacier is formed by the falling of snow that collects over a period of time. As the snow deepens, the weight compresses, ice forms, then more snow, then more ice, year after year— and nothing happens. Nothing happens until that glacier is 64-feet thick. Then it starts to move and nothing can stop it.
Bass notes that one theory about the origin of glaciers is that they are "the result of a wobble, a hitch, in the earth's rotation. . . . Glaciers get built or not built, simply, miraculously, because the earth is canting a single one-trillionth of a degree in this direction for a long period of time, rather than in that direction." And then this comment: "When I am alone in the woods, and the struggle seems insignificant or futile, or when I am in a public meeting and am being kicked all over the place, I tell myself that little things matter—and I believe that they do. I believe that even if your heart leans just a few degrees to the left or the right of center, that with enough resolve, which can substitute for mass, and enough time, a wobble will one day begin, and the ice will begin to form, where for a long time previous there might have been none. Keep it up for a lifetime or two or three, and then one day—it must—the ice will begin to slide" (The Roadless Yaak, Lyons Press).
Transparent Lives by Eugen Peterson.
This story also appears in Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places by Peterson.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
For those who don't know Jordon is an emergent guru, A-List blogger and moisture farmer from
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Isaiah 58:6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
58:7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Matthew 25:40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
25:41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
25:43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
25:44 "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
25:45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
25:46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
Hard words but we all need to practice comapassion and hospitality
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
... But think of all the girls at school who like you and say you’re really nice
But I’m just being nice because I WANT them to like me. It isn’t how I really feel. Really I’m just selfish. But you Tohru are a nice person.
Well maybe I’m just being nice because I want you to like me. Maybe I’m the one being selfish.
You couldn’t be even if you wanted to.
Well I don’t know about that. Mom said anyone can be selfish sometimes.
When we’re born all we know how to do is want. We want food, we want attention. It’s just instinct I guess… but kindness,..
We aren’t born with it. It grows inside us like our bodies do…
(Tohru’s mom in flashback)
Not everyone has kindness but I think everyone has the potential. Sometimes it’s hard. You’ll find someone who doesn’t seem to have it but if you look really hard you’ll find it.
That’s why I always try to find the good in people. So I can see all the different shapes of kindness and sometimes that’s all it takes for someone to find the goodness in themselves.
Ok, ok, I’m a big sucker for this stuff.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I always have to be aware when it comes to writing and when it comes to music, you don’t just come and say, ‘I want to put this in the song.’ It naturally evolves, and it’s naturally a part of what’s going on. … Anger is an energy source for me, especially lyrically when I’m presented with something I consider utter madness. … My writing is a constant response to doublethink.
Thom Yorke, Dancing In the Dark.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
The aim of the person of faith is not to be as comfortable as possible but to live as deeply and thouroghly as possible - to deal with the reality of life, create beauty, discover truth, act out of love.Eugene H. Peterson, Run With the Horses, Letter to the Exiles.
I wish got more of the perspective on faith from the Christian sub culutre. For instance how we see our gathering times, do we see them as spiritual pick me ups, all postitve and glowing. Or do we see them as times that will comfort, confront , love , scare and dumbfound us with the great and terible beauty that is creation and the Creator?
Friday, September 22, 2006
Reminds me of the "Touched By an Angel" censorship e-mail... only that one was apparently a hoax.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Rudy as instigatorOddly we didn't talk about Peter Case, P.O.D. or U2.
Web design, or lack there of at IdeaJoy.
Rachel of Cred8Design
Agile Software Development
Ruby on Rails
abundance thinking vs zero sum game thinking
taking the out the thorn in the Lion's paw
short feedback loops
the spiritual connection between Blacks and Hispanics
Rex Murphy, cause he was there.
RCMP, yes they're still mounted police when in cruisers and how few of them there are in Banff
incarnational blogging vs focused blogging
Bibles that Rudy's been involved with
the time gap between the resurrection and Peter's restoration
The rejection of Christ, or why Christ rejected a few people vs why we do
Cold Canadians and Starbucks Coffee
Peterson, doubt and the Great Commission
My Loving each other as the way to save the world rant
A Heretic's Guide to Eternity by Spencer Burke
Making Students cry
Scott McNight and Jesus Creed
The history of South Meadows
criticism learning from it and ignoring it
special effects in Jesus movies
Growing up Baptist
PBS cartoons on the American Revolution
weather and acclimatization
LA Public Transit
Cell Phone Cameras
Thanks guys, it was great.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Rudy's coming to us on Wed. We're meeting at the Compass dinning room
in the Calgary Airport Delta at 8:30 am. If you're interested in joining
us please drop me an email.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
If you're interested in tagging along I have space in the Element for 3 more, or you could drive up and meet us. Drop me a line and we'll arrange details.
BTW I'm in Regina till Sunday night, so don't be offended if my response times are bit longer than normal.
Updated: Banff is out, breakfast is in.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
4This is the Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel's God, toI don't know why I hadn't really noticed it before. This passage is famous for the lines about how God has plans to prosper us. It's good news indeed. But it's not the news the people in the story were longing for. They wanted to go home. They didn't want to stay and settle down. You'd think it was obvious, but I missed it.
all the exiles I've taken from Jerusalem to Babylon:
5"Build houses and make yourselves at home. "Put in gardens and eat what grows in that country. 6"Marry and have children. Encourage yourchildren to marry and have children so that you'll thrive in that country and not waste away. 7"Make yourselves at home there and work for the country's welfare. "Pray for Babylon's well-being. If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you." 8-9Yes. Believe it or not, this is the Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel's God: "Don't let all those so-called preachers and know-it-alls who are all over the place there take you in with their lies. Don't pay any attention to the fantasies they keep coming up with to please you. They're a bunch of liars preaching liesÂ?and claiming I sent them! I never sent them, believe me." God's Decree! 10-11This is God's Word on the subject: "As soon as Babylon's seventy years are up and not a day before, I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out, plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12"When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. 13-14"When you come looking for me, you'll find me. "Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." God's Decree. "I'll turn things around for you. I'll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you" God's Decree! I'll bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
AM770 CHQR - A traffic nightmare for motorists in southwest Calgary began Wednesday night. Northbound 14th Street had to be shut down Heritage Drive and 75th Avenue, after a tractor trailer unit crashed into the pedestrian bridge in that area at about 9:15pm Wednesday. Director of Roads for the City of Calgary, Mac Logan, says the bridge suffered major structural damage, and may have to be torn down. He says engineers will try to determine the best way to fix the bridge, but he adds it will be closed to pedestrians for several months.Elbow drive is the next north/south road way east of 14th Street so it was getting a ton of extra traffic this morning. I was able to use the side walk for those blocks and passed cars that were just sitting there or moving 15 km/h for a few seconds at a time.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
When it came to evangelism there was Campus Crusade for Christ, when it came to helping the poor there was mustard seed and Salvation Army, when it came to discipleship there was IVCF, when it came to fidelity in marriage there was promise keepers, when it came to fighting to allow the public to use the word "Christmas" at the end of December the Protestants were front and center. Protestants brought about the end of slavery in England and the end of burning widows in India.
This got explained to me a few months ago. Belonging to the Church that Christ founded is like having a Ferrari to drive in. Belonging to another one is like having a Pinto. And so to continue that analogy, the people driving the Ferraris are being beat on the racetrack by people driving the Pintos. You gotta admire the drivers.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
OK so it's hero in the totaly no risk to the hero sense of the word. Still it felt nice.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
RJF: Who is the primary audience for this book?As seen on Ian's Messy Desk.
EP: Richard, as you know, I've written a lot of books for pastors trying to communicate this same message.
They've been well received, and people have given them the dignity of reading them. I can't complain.
But to tell you the truth, and I don't know if you're going to want to put this in your publication . . .
RJF: We'll make sure our readers see it.
EP: I've kind of given up on pastors, so I've deliberately not used any references to pastors or other leaders in this book. I have written this book for the lay person. They're in the forefront of what's going on in our churches, in our world, and I think if spiritual theology has a chance to make an impact in the Church, it's going to come mainly through the laity.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
From my inbox:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - AUGUST 17, 2006
MXPX with guests
SEPTEMBER 11 at MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary AB
doors 7 pm - all ages - general admission
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Fruits Basket, A story of redemptive grace.
(Wiki has a link here)
Sometimes I just fall in love with an anime…
Fruits Basket is the story of a young girl who, in spite of great tragedy in her own life, maintains an extraordinarily positive outlook. Not only that but when she meets a family beset by a strange curse she responds with kindness and love even when they treat her badly. Her love begins to change the entire clan and they begin to treat others with kindness.
Yup, I’m a sucker for a story in which love conquers all.
plays guitar a lot like me too.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
We know we aren't supposed to be "worldly" but do we just settle for promoting the worldly ideas of forty years ago over the worldly ideas of today? We also know we aren't supposed to be bound by the mere "traditions of man" but do we just settle for promoting the traditions of forty years ago over the traditions of one hundred years ago?
I heard of a generation of Christians which forbade dancing to rock music (it was current) and alcohol, allowed square dancing (it was a bit old), didn't insist that all people baptized as infants be re-baptized (that was even older). Then came the another (containing me) generation which allowed dancing to rock music and drinking alcohol (it was now a bit old), didn't promote homosexual lifestyles (it was new), and left square dancing behind as a like a bad memory.
Or take the generation of Christians that resisted modernist demands that the Christian faith provide scientific evidence for its faith claims (modernism was new). Then came the generation (containing me) that met the modernist demands for scientific evidence (modernism was a bit old), rejected the post-modernist relativism (post-modernism was new), and criticized the previous generation for running away from the challenges of modernism (pre-modernism was old). And now, are things very different?
I read of a new generation which answers the challenges of post-modernism (which is now a bit old) and criticizes the previous generation for clinging to modernism (which is now old). And so the pattern continues of being about forty years behind the world. We're not worldly because we're not current. We're not into the traditions of man because we reject stuff from a hundred years ago.
And in my case maybe I'm two steps behind rather than one step behind like the other Christians.
I wasn’t ready.
I hold somewhere in my head the echo’s of Ephesians 4:14 (Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth.) So whenever I hear about a new movement or a new way of doing things in church I’m sceptical. That’s not all a bad thing but I think I take it too far. It wasn’t Wolfgang’s words on the tape so much as reading through much of his book “Houses that Change the World” that made me change my mind. After Constantine, the church changed forever becoming an official political instrument. The reformation overturned much of the bad doctrine but kept the hierarchical power structures. The historical 1st and 2nd century church was small and simple, meeting in peoples houses not in cathedrals or even “church buildings”. Wolfgang sees a new reformation by returning to this simpler way of doing church. Nothing wrong with that, right? So why do I resist?
Here’s what I think is going on in my mind. An over adherence to Ephesians 4:14 (above) and not paying attention to Mark 7:7-8 (These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. Their worship is a farce, for they replace God's commands with their own man-made teachings.' For you ignore God's specific laws and substitute your own traditions.") The church has developed a whole range of apologetics defending the way of doing church as biblical (which it is) without looking at other ways of doing it that would also be biblical. We have ignored our own history and attempted to cover our mistakes.
I’m still not ready. I’m not ready to give up on church as I know it. Even though I agree that it is not the only biblical model for fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism, and worship. I’m just not ready and that’s a shame because if those five things are the important ones then I have to confess we are not doing any of them very well or in a way which is easily multiplied.
Someday I hope I can leave my cocoon of safe, “politely disconnected” (as Dave calls it) church and allow myself to go where He tells me, when He tells me, and how He tells me.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
LT introduced us to his pasion for the house church movement
We also met his wife and family.
Need to find URLs for the wonderful guys we met this weekend.
We talked, we ate, we listened to music, we drove.
I'll be posting pics soon.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciplesÂ?when they see the love you have for each other.That's the core verse for the call to live in community, the core of why we can't do this on our own as individuals. To understand it fully you need the rest of the Gospel stories, we need to know how Jesus loved thediscipless so we can follow his example. We don't need to look far for a start.
Jesus as quoted in John 13:34-35
John 13 is where Jesus is found washing his disciples' feet just before telling them that he will be going away and gives them his new command. The next thing that happens is this exchange.
Simon Peter asked, "Master, just where are you going?"Mattheww 26 recordes the same prediction, but precedess it with the famed last supper.
Jesus answered, "You can't now follow me where I'm going. You will follow later."
"Master," said Peter, "why can't I follow now? I'll lay down my life for you!"
"Really? You'll lay down your life for me? The truth is that before the rooster crows, you'll deny me three times."
Taken together John 13 andMattheww 26 show Jesus washing his discipless feet, especiallyPeter's, and brining them into communion knowing that Peter would deny him three times by morning.
Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This isn't easy, cause the Church is still made up of Peters like me who will deny even knowing you by morning. Yet knowing that we're called tod love and serve one another as Christ has loved us.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
And yes I got two free tickets to see this movie.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
1 UltraDust - Fold Zandura - Ultra Forever
2 Maybe Tomorrow - Sixpence None The Richer - This Beautiful Mess
3 Altar of Pain - Rez - Innocent Blood
4 Mercy Now - Mary Gauthier - Paste Sampler 14
5 Mathew 25 - Sherri Jongeward - Take Time To Listen Vol. 2
6 Faking Life - Five Iron Frenzy - Upbeats & Beatdowns
7 Superpower - Five Iron Frenzy - Proof That The Youth Are Revolting
8 Guitarras de Amor - P.O.D. - Satellite
9 Peace - The Choir & Friends - At The Foot Of The Cross v1: Clouds, Rain, Fire
10 Ghost Train to Nowhere - Lost Dogs - Gift Horse
11 Against The Grain - The Altar Boys - The Collection
12 Firefly - Over The Rhine - Drunkard's Prayer
13 What Was In That Letter - The Seventy Sevens - More Miserable Than You'll Ever Be
14 Scar - Missy Higgins - Paste Magazine Sampler 20
15 Dr. Jones & The Kings Of Rhythm - Guardian - Miracle Mile
If that's doesn't totally freak you out and you like the idea spending the long weekend with a bunch of geeks talking/praying/ranting about Church, Faith and whatever else comes up we have space in the element for one more.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Strange thing is I flew to work. My average speed was 21.2 km/h the best I've ever done on my ride to work. The wind was calm, so no tail wind pushing me along. I did have yesteday off from biking as Pedalhead was putting on a new drive train. Maybe a day of not riding and new drive train is the key. Whatever the reason it was fun. Just over 50 minutes of ride time to work, previous best this year was 54 Still I hope to get some sleep tonight.
Last year I promised to blog when I broke 21 km/h average speed to work. Will let you know when I hit 22.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
ALLELON Radio has lectures from Dallas Willard and NT Wright as well. Thanks Jordon.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
On Monday, 2006 July 17, Council will consider a Notice of Motion that I've brought forward together with Aldermen Hawkesworth, Burrows, King, Farrell, and Ceci to amend Calgary's current Smoking Bylaw 00M92 to make all public places smoke free by January 1, 2007. In order for this to happen, we will require the majority of Council to agree, that is, we require two more votes.
I encourage you to share this email with your friends and colleagues and have them contact their Alderman asking that they vote yes. I've posted the Notice of Motion on my website, www.aldermandiane.ca; click on 'Priorities', then 'Smoking'. I've also posted an on-line poll that I encourage you and yours to participate in as I would like to share the results with Council on Monday.
Again, I would like to thank you for all of your support in this very important public health issue.
Alderman, Ward 13
What she doesn't say is this would move a Smoke Free Calgary one year closer, from 2008 to 2007. I'm all for that.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Depressing, pessimistic, noticing problems, anticipating catastrophe, cautious to a comical extreme (except I'm not sure he's more extreme than I am). Apparently, this character was based on CS Lewis' gardener (I suspected Puddleglum had to be based on a real person because not even Lewis could make this stuff up).
We've all seen characters like this in other fictional works but only as the butt of jokes and exemplars of incompetence to be disregarded in the interests of saving the day. Lewis must be a man of profound insight and kindness to see in his gardener (who must have sorely tried his patience at times) elements of heroic virtue.
(Warning - Spoilers ahead)
Suspicious of going to Castle Harfant for the Autumn Feast, his mistake is in letting the children have their way (usually, when people ignore prudent advice in books they stumble across something that was needed to begin or complete the quest). When they receive the Final Sign, his fearless obedience to Aslan shines through. When fighting the Enchantments of the Emerald Witch, it is Puddleglum's dutiful commitment to the ideals of Narnia which saves the day.
It is nice to know that despite the annoying characteristics we have, the Puddleglums and wet blankets of this world have a place in the Narnian Hall of Fame. I don't think I've ever read another book (except perhaps the book of Timothy) in which a character that I identified with got to be the hero.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
We can’t worship God without recognizing our woundedness. We have a worship revolution going on in the U.S., but we’re not worshiping. There is no woundedness in it. True worship celebrates God’s worth, and without experiencing woundedness, you don’t know his worth. You don’t have that experience of God’s presence over God’s provision. You experience his worth in the wilderness, not in the picnic grounds. “Amazing Grace” says, “I once was lost, but now am found.” Without that acknowledgment of loss, what do you have to worship him for, unless you’re just worshiping feeling good? Lament is the lost language of worship.
Michael Card - CT Article. As seen on Bene Diction Blogs On.
Friday, July 07, 2006
My wife and I have a tradition at movies to make a prediction before the screen goes dark on how many commercials and previews they will show before the movie.
We were both WAY off.
Nearly 1/2 an hour of commercials and previews before a 154 min movie.
I mean REALLY! Don't we go to the movies to get away from commercials?
Was the movie good? Yes it was a worthy addition to the Superman franchise. They seemed to go out of their way to find actors who looked like Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder.
Testing of Popular Toilet Models
A Cooperative Canadian and American Project
We found the report very helpful in finding a dual flush toilet. We're redoing the floors, so the toilets had to be taken out, so we figured this was a good time to go green and go low flow. Wanted to go dual flush as that saves the maximum amount of water. Thing is I'd heard that some work well and others was more water by requiring 10 flushes to do that Job. We went with a Toto Aqua rated at 800 in the report and so far so good.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Comedy is all that’s left for us now in the West because tragedy demands conscience, regret, repentance and things like that. We don’t have that any more. We have ‘Kill ’em and let God sort ’em out.’ That’s nothing but raw comedy. One of the things I’ve learned from working in the theater is that events would take place that some people would laugh at and some people would gasp at. Some people would be horrified at the same thing that other people found amusing. It made me realize that there really isn’t a line between comedy and tragedy. Both things are happening at once in life at the same moment. Tragedy depends on whether or not you feel like there’s some redemption to be had from the moment. If you feel that, it’s tragedy. If you don’t, you perceive it as comedy.
- T Bone Burnet June/July 2006 Issue of Paste.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Then the glory of Yahweh appeared to all the Israelites, and Yahweh said to Moses, 'How much longer will these people treat me with contempt? How much longer will they refuse to trust me? I shall strike them with a pestilence and destroy them!'Numbers 14:10-12. I was reading the story in the Brick Testament, a standard research tool I know. I was struck that just a few panels/verses before the Israelites were muttering
All the Israelites muttered at Moses and Aaron, and the whole community said to them, 'If only we had died in Egypt, or even in this desert!' Why has Yahweh brought us to this country for us to perish by the sword and our wives and children to be seized as booty?'In this context God's response make much more sense. The Israelites were saying it would be better to die than have to face the giants who occupied the promised land. God's response is along the lines, of 'yeah I can arrange that.'
Friday, June 30, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Been ridding Brodie since 1997 but they don't make 20.5 inch frames any more and I'm looking for something bigger. Was thinking about a custom frame, but that will take a while. In the meantime I'm getting a Scott 21" Reflex 20 frame via Pedalhead Edmonton. And yeah they need to update their web site.
June has been a near write off for ridding: rain, hail, a broken shift cable, rim cut tire, two bike computers one died the other lost and one dead frame. sigh.
Friday, June 23, 2006
as seen on Thunderstuck and Pitchfork.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Backlash can backfire and create solidarity.
I wasn't much of a Bishop Henry fan until the Catholic School Board objected to his opposition to using casino and bingo for revenue. One of the Trustees motioned to comply with Bishop Henry's request and he got suspended and is prohibited from running for election again. After years of patiently waiting, Bishop Henry is supposedly going to blacklist schools that continue to raise money with bingo and casino - and he is certainly going to face an uproar over this (I've already heard the complaints on the radio about depriving children of a rich educational experiences).
All I can say is: Go, Henry, Go!
(I were Don Cherry, I'd say he'll win this one in seven seals)
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
The odds were against them, the last time a team came back from being down 3-1 in the final it was the Leafs in 1942. Whenever you're talking about the Leafs and the Stanley cup you know you're talking about something that just doesn't happen any more.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
In the third and final chapter Peterson tells the story of how the Message came to be. He brings in discoveries in archeology that showed that Tyndale, not the King James had it right. Most of the Scriptures were written in the language of the plow boy not of the high court. In the final chapter Peterson is back to doing what he does best, telling stories and making connections. Worth the read, just don't make this your first Peterson book.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Mosquito: Behind the Scenes Preview is a comedic parody of Joss Whedon's sadly short-lived "Firefly" television show. Clips and interviews with the cast and crew accentuate this humorous sneak peak at another up and coming, yet doomed to failure, science fiction/western series.
Based on the DVD featurette "Here's How it Was," this short was filmed and produced by a crew in and around Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, between May 9th and June 15th, 2005.
Very funny, a must see for any FireFly fan. Download. As seen on Wired News.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
I do find the culture fascinating, for instance in 2004 the Flames made it to the Stanley Cup and people in Edmonton were genuinely rooting for their arch rivals. It's 2006 and the Oilers are in the final two and most Calgarians are trying to ignore the few Oilers fans here. What gives? In 2004 it had been ten years since a Canadian Team had made the Stanley Cup finals, the Oilers didn't even make the 2004 playoffs. Edmonton has won Lord Stanley's Cup five times.
In 2006 Flames fans thought their team had a good shot at winning their second cup. The Flames were favorites going into the playoffs, expectations were high. Those dreams were killed by the Ducks, a team Edmonton later beat in five games. This brings back many bitter memories for Flames fans. It's just like the old days when Edmonton won those five cups. If the Oilers win it will widen the gap between the two teams, that's a much harder pill for fans here to swallow than for Oilers fans to see Calgary get one cup closer to Edmonton.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
I had some fun yesterday taking pics of me ridding through some water on the trail in Fish Creek. Click on the pic for a better view.
Monday, May 29, 2006
The imposibility of evaluatiom, at least self-evaluation, releases us into a great freedom as we read these Holy Scriptures and struggle toenjoy and receive them. We will not try too hard. We will not set outselves perfectionist goals. We won't take over. We won't inist on themeasured progress. We won't compete. Having read and meditated and prayed and continuing to read and meditate and pray, we will step backand bless, love and obey, and breathe "let it be to me according to your word." Relax and receive.Eat This Book, page 116.