Archive for June, 2005
Posted by LT in on June 30, 2005
I’d like to see some more ideas on how to deal with the spiralling costs of health care but there are some good stuff in here. I’m almost tempted to work for a political party that might win in Saskatchewan.
The CFL is back and the Bombers get rocked! It really is too bad I missed this game. I can always watch Winnipeg lose on Labour Day!
“Dad, how do I talk to girls?”
I was at a wedding over the weekend. At the reception this cute little 9 year old started showing some interest in my future son. Like most males he really wasn’t picking up on the signals. She wanted to dance and he was petrified. Eager to see where this would go I bribed the boy to go dance and he did. By the end of the night the boys attitude about girls had changed sharply for the positive.
There was one moment in particular that made me laugh so hard I fell down. The girl came and said “I want to talk to you” he looked back at us and shrugged and complied with the request. It was the shrug, the I am normally able to think but this girl is talking to me and my brain is barely capable of walking let alone make a decision so I’m just going to go along with it because I’m really not capable of anything else. The I have no idea what is going on but something deep inside me is compelling me shrug.
Afterwards he asked me “How do I talked to girls.” My response: “I’m 31 years old and really have no good advice for you. Girls are like aliens. They don’t think like us and they are terribly hard to figure out. There are a few things you can remember. Be yourself. You may not be able to figure out the best response to a given situation but you’ll just make it worse if you fake anything. There is a rule that does modify this principle. Don’t freak her out. You may really really like her and you are riding high on your feelings but you have to maintain some control and not get carried away. Don’t let your emotions take over, keep some perspective on things. My third rule is one I learned with much grief. Girls are their own people and they can make their own decisions. When you love them they matter to you a lot but you cannot and should not try to control them. Sometimes they are going to decide to do things that hurt your feelings and break your heart and there just isn’t much you can do about that. The easiest thing to do is just accept it and move on.
Posted by LT in on June 26, 2005
I think these Kiwi’s are right
“The future of the Church in the west doesn’t lie in the Emerging Church Movement.” I believe there are aspects of the ECM that will provide the elbow room for reformation and revitalization. I don’t think we are much further ahead than those we criticize. Most of what is visibly happening isn’t even financially self-supporting. I’m discouraged in some ways because so many people are so sure of themselves and yet there is an overall absence of tangible fruit.
For the longest time I’ve concluded that the to main areas that needed reformation were the gospel message and the motivation of leaders. The gospel message has become a sales pitch high on tangible results for the buyer, low on the cost of following Chist. Motivation relates to spiritual power. I’m convinced that walking in spiritual power requires humility because God doesn’t put much trust people who would use His blessing and spiritual power to build their own rank, status or prestige.
This is one of the reasons why I like simple churches that function almost under the radar. There is little status or prestige to be gained leading a group of 10 people.
I’m starting to research another key issue: control. It is a big project and it may end up being more like a small book than a blog post. I’m discovering more and more things I want to understand but don’t.
Another key issue with EC is this aversion to the bible. It seems in some ways people want to distance themselves from the dogmatism of fundamentalism and I can understand that. The pendulum as swung too far. There isn’t an “emerging” author out there that holds a candle to the depth and strength of scripture. We really need to end our non-sexual crushes on our favourite authors and learn how to read the scriptures. There will be no strength or depth to our reformation until people are brought to maturity in their faith.
Posted by LT in on June 24, 2005
|The bright side is Canadians like Americans more than most of the rest of the world. The downside is that it Canadians like America only slightly more than repressive Communist China. I see the French and the Dutch really like the Germans. I guess they were able to get over WWII. The Poles are funny. They like the US the most and like most other nations in Europe a lot less than the others. Perhaps they haven’t got over WWII. It appears the Americans like nobody but themselves. The Germans like themselves less than the French and the French like the Germans more than themsleves.|
Check out the rest of the PEW Global Attitudes report. You’ll find that Tsuanmi relief did a lot for what Indonesians think of the US, that Canadians think they are the most loved people in the world and that the Indian people are America’s biggest fans!
Posted by LT in on June 20, 2005
Quakers support same sex marriage
Here is something from their statement.
The Bill respects the diverse needs of faith communities, some of which wish to perform same-sex marriages and some of which wish to be able to refuse such marriages. It is not the role of parliament to decide which religious position to endorese
I think this is the strongest argument in favour of permitting same-sex marriage. What right does the government have to tell the Anglicans, the United Church or the Quakers which ceremonies they can or cannot perform?
Posted by LT in on June 19, 2005
My first fathers day treated like a father
Carols boys (David and Matthew) started calling me dad 30 seconds after their mother accept my marriage proposal. They wanted to call me dad for sometime before that but I wouldn’t let them. I’m pretty excited about Fathers day because I now I have another day of the year where I can get special treatment. My birthday falls on Dec 25th so I’ve had to be quite content with getting the bulk of my yearly gifts in one shot.
There was something about Fathers day that is so much more of a gift. On Friday, Matthew’s preschool had a Fathers day party. It lasted a mere 40 minutes. The kids sang a couple of songs and we played some games. It was really special for me because I remember what it was like to go through these events on Mothers day. For most of my younger days I was raised solely by my father and Mothers Day really sucked.
Matthew never really knew his dad as he had died when he was really young. This was going to be his first real Father’s day event and he had someone he could honestly call dad. Matthew was soooo excited to see me when I showed up. I was really touched.
Posted by LT in on June 18, 2005
I’m not really one of those Wesleyans
I think that little quiz needs a few more questions like:
- Adult baptism is the primary outward sign that signifies our entrance to the body of Christ
- The bible best interpreted as a community
- An essential element of Christ’s teachings is an ethic of peace, love, and nonviolent resistance
- The government is not part of Christ’s kingdom
- All members of the body of Christ are ministers
- The heart of Christianity is to follow Jesus in discipleship
- We live in obedience to the outer word (bible) and the inner word (Spirit)
- The church should be made up of adult believers who chose to join
- Christ’s teaching are central and supercedes those of the Old Testament
If those questions were on the list I’d be 100% Anabaptist! Well maybe 95%. Anabaptist theology on church and state is little too black and white for me. I think it had something to do with being hunted down and killed by the state which was integrated with the church. Things are a little different with pluralistic democracies. I don’t hold much faith in the government’s ability to redeem society but I cannot say I know where Christ’s influence or reign is or isn’t on this earth.
Posted by LT in on June 17, 2005
|You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God’s grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.