Archive for December, 2003

Being sure of the truth

Being sure of the truth
I have to confessing an Emerging Church sin.  I listened to Mark Driscoll’s talk at Soularize and I liked it.  Yep.  The guy who doesn’t allow women to lead.  The guy who has a strong antagonism towards anything labeled postmodern.  The guy who, during the talk I was listening to, almost beat the crap out of some guy who believed in universal salvation.  The guy who thinks most contemporary worship songs are homoerotic.

Why would I listen to such a guy?

It’s because he believes in something.  He believes in something so strongly he doesn’t care what I think about it.  I don’t share his theology and I think he has made some debatable issues black and white but that isn’t that uncommon.  I just thought it was freaking refreshing to listen to someone who actually believes in what he says.

We’ve all suffered from the absurd reductionism of modernity.  We were presented with world view full of black and white, good and evil, and that worldview was hollow and shallow.  It didn’t seem to fit and it certainly didn’t live up to expectations.   

In our reaction to this has the pendulum swung to far?  We have books on the myth of certainty.  How long before we see the “Myth of uncertainty”?  Jesus didn’t die for something he wasn’t sure of.  Paul didn’t endure all manner of suffering for something he didn’t know in his heart.  If the followers of the way were so sure that they followed the truth shouldn’t we, as followers of the way, be just as sure?

I am a Christian because God revealed the Truth to me.  I follow Him because I’d much rather follow something that is greater than my own selfish agenda.

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The Political Impact of Blogs

The Political Impact of Blogs

“There’s no question in my mind that political bloggers are a major new development,” says Ellen Miller, a longtime political activist and Washington lobbyist who reads blogs. “It takes the media out of the hands of the corporate world and puts it into the hands of guys with computers.”

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I'm going to TO!

I’m going to TO!
WestJet has a sweet seat sale so I’m going off to visit Darryl Dash and any other bloggers in the golden horseshoe that would like to hang out!  I arrive in TO on Thursday Feb 12 and leave Tuesday Feb 17.

It’s to bad there won’t be any real hockey to watch in the ACC, the Flames are in Minnesota!

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A few changes on the blog roll

A few changes on the blog roll
I added in Anapapist (he wrote the magic word: Anabaptist) and Jeremy Klaszus (a left wing journalist from Calgary – who would have figured?).  I pulled Darren because 3/4′s of the time I can’t bring up his site anyway.  I like keeping my blogroll pretty fluid and I also like to link up to new bloggers I think are worth checking out.

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Ephesians

Ephesians (Net Bible)
1:17
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him, 1:18 —since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened—so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 1:19 and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength. 1:20 This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms 1:21 far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 1:22 And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and he gave him to the church as head over all things.

We talk and talk and talk. Deconstruction, rethinking, reimagining.  Maybe we need more spiritual wisdom, more revelation, a growing knowledge of him.  Maybe we need the eyes of our heart enlightened.  Maybe we need to know the hope of his calling, the wealth of his inheritance and the incomparable greatness of his power toward us.  Perhaps the church is weak because we have disconnected from our source of hope, wisdom, knowledge and power.

If Paul were here today I wonder what he would say.

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Video Blog

Video Blog
I figured out how to get my video software to export to a downloadable format.  So I’ll probably get in to some video blogging.  This first video contains some derogatory remarks about Prince Albert.  They are intended to be taken humourously even if they are true. :) 

The next video on the list is Scotty D and my roomate Jason playing a little hockey on the X-Box.

You’ll need Windows Media Player to view them.

 

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Kids in Iraq believe in Santa Claus

Kids in Iraq believe in Santa Claus
“Kids in Iraq also believe in Santa Claus, but people here call him ‘Baba Noel’ which means, “Father Noel”. I asked the children what he looked like and they generally agreed that he was fat, cheerful, decked in red and had white hair. (Their impertinent 11-year-old explains that he’s fat because of the dates, cheerful because of the alcohol and wears red because he’s a communist!)”

From Baghdad Burning

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Anonymous Commenters

Anonymous Commenters
Anonymous commenters really frustrate me.  These are the people that will comment on a blog post and will not leave any information about themselves.  No web address, no email address, or their real name.  There are a few reasons why this practice bothers me.

Hinders understanding
Communicating on the Internet has some significant downsides.  It is very easy to give people the wrong impression about what you are trying to communicate.  It’s also very easy to be misunderstood.  However the more we know about each other the better able we are to understand.  When people comment anonymously it makes understanding that much more difficult.

No accountability
I put my name behind everything I write so people can call me on it.  Everyone should be able to read what I write so they can understand me and judge what I say.  There is such a thing as righteous judgment (John 7:24).  The body should have every opportunity to figure out if I am an idiot or not.  They should also be able to call me on it if I am idiot.  Anonymity makes this impossible.  

It often reveals a lack of courage
Some people are brave enough to make all manner of accusations against someone but they aren’t willing to suffer any consequences for their actions.  They don’t want to put their name behind their words because someone might make unfair remarks about them.  This fear is not unfounded.  People on the Internet can be jerks and say all manner of nasty things.  However no one said standing up for truth would be easy and painless.

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I must be feeling better

I must be feeling better
As blogging has become integrated with my lifestyle I have observed that what is going on here reflects how I am doing in general.  In the last week I’ve engaged in a good debate with someone.  I’ve had someone accuse me of making defensive and self-righteous comments.  I’ve got double digit comments on my posts.  It looks like I’m back to my old self. 

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Network Church 2

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