Archive for April, 2006
Posted by LT in on April 30, 2006
Just hit the ball
Dash has an interesting post on the “bad” of the emerging church. While I don’t find much to disagree I’d like to add a point.
Fear over tackling some issues
Unwilling to critique post-modern culture
The “modern” church might be overly obsessed with numbers and dollars but the EC is way too concerned with looking smart, creative or cool. There is a big problem with this because the gospel is foolishness to the modern and post-modern mind. Despite this the gospel is to be proclaimed. If we ever re-brand Christianity so it there is no leap of faith in to the seemingly absurd we will have emptied the gospel message of its power. We can deconstruct church and theology forever and sit content because we think we are the vanguard of the church. In the end we are fooling ourselves because we’ve been tricked in to thinking we are something special because we read more books and have more creative gatherings while we still aren’t making any real difference.
We are willing to look down at the establishment when on most measures that count we really aren’t doing much better.
A friend of mine recently told me that my blog seems less post-modern than it used to be. I think that remark is true. I think I hit a point where I realized I’m never going to figure it all out. I should just go with what I know in faith. Any belief system, ideology or theology can be deconstructed in to some kind of fuzzy paralysis.
I also recognize that I should be willing to be look stupid or crazy or confused just because I believe in Jesus.
I think one of the major weaknesses in my walk is this desire to look intelligent or cutting edge. The more I’ve tried to be cutting edge the more I’ve realized that most ministry that makes a real difference isn’t flashy at all. Most Sundays I spend an hour or two hanging out with my oldest son reading through the bible together. He absolutely loves it and so do I. I’ve seen real progress. I’ve begun to wonder whether the easiest and most productive change the church could make is parent’s properly investing in their children. It is an interesting revelation to me. Making a change in this area is easy; spend time with son, open bible, read together, talk about it, pray.
I’m thinking through a golf analogy related to faith. Hitting a golf ball is simple but the mechanics of your swing are complex. One has to:
Stand an appropriate distance from the ball
Aim in the right direction
Correct for wind, hazards and hills
Tee the ball up correctly
Use the right club for the shot
Use a full length or shortened swing
Grip the club the correct way
Don’t let the club slip in your hands during the swing
Don’t let your feet slip
Bend your knees appropriately
The club must hit the ball evenly or you will slice or hook (ball veers to the side)
If your wrists move the club too fast or slow you will slice or hook
If you look up you will top the ball sending it along the grass
Don’t be too tense or too loose
One can be so worried about all these things that it has a paralyzing effect. In the end you just have to go up and hit the ball. You can only correct one thing at a time. It takes a lot of practice.
I think that is where I’m at these days. I just want to go up and hit the ball. If I worry too much about my swing I’ll just screw things up.
Posted by LT in on April 29, 2006
Matthew: Yes, Jesus loves Oilers
This morning my 6 year old son was singing this song.
Yes, Jesus loves Oilers,
Yes, Jesus loves Oilers
Yes, Jesus loves Oilers
The bible tells me so.
Do you think maybe I’m reaping what I’ve sown for the last 20 years as an obnoxious irritating Calgary Flame fan?
Posted by LT in on April 27, 2006
Farm Corp announces new plant
One of the companies I work for just announced a big new project for Saskatchewan. Farm Corp has a minority interest in a debranning plant and biorefinery being built by International Debranning Inc. Debranning is a process by which different parts of a grain kernel are separated and used for different purposes. This plant will be producing stuff like energy bars, meal replacement bars and other stuff to be used in the nutraceutical industry. Farm Corp will be procurring all the grain for the plant as well handling some of handling some of the transportation logistics. It is a really big deal for a company that is honestly trying to help farmers.
Posted by LT in on April 20, 2006
To Quinn or not to Quinn
I’ve got one friend who is doing the happy dance because Quinn has been terminated by the leafs and another who thinks it is a bad idea. I think I side with Scotty. Quinn had all the advantages of a big budget for a lot of years. That explains the success. Even when they were winning they would often sleep for 2 periods and do something miraculous in the third. Quinn never developed the youth in the system and had a bad habit of backing some real lame ducks (Reichel, Renberg, Berg, Antropov). He also had this really annoying habit of juggling the lines. I have no idea how chemistry could ever develop. The only time the Leafs had consistency and chemistry is when they were riddled with injuries and 1/3 of the team had flown in from the farm. I think a good coach will bring out disciplined consistent play. The Leafs just haven’t had that.
Posted by LT in on April 19, 2006
The universe is a computer
Here is an interesting article. Ever since I became a programmer I’ve toyed with the idea that we are all in a massive multiplayer simulation we call the universe.
In genesis it says that God spoke the world in to existence. The only people that speak things in to existence are programmers. When you look at things like DNA it is hard not to conclude that it isn’t program code. How does one explain all the slightly different forms of animals on the evolutionary chain? Reused code! It seems more plausible than random chance to me.
Posted by LT in on April 18, 2006
The spiritual significance of being a father and husband
Being married has given me a chance to test out all my idealistic notions of my single days. On the issue of gender and leadership in the family I’ve flipped and flopped. I started out with a fairly egalitarian view of family leadership which I largely accepted from society. That changed when my own personal bible study lead me to scriptures that seemed to indicate the need for restrictions on the roles of women. Slowly that was moderated as begun to understand God’s grace and stopped viewing the New Testament as some kind of new law. Eventually I adopted a more nuanced view of gender roles by wrestling with the interpretive difficulties of the seemingly plain restrictive texts and their inconsistency with other scriptures. I happily settled back in to a strongly egalitarian camp.
Now that I’m married I’m looking to settle in to a role and so far I’ve found myself taking a protective, nurturing and empowering role in my family. It feels like a masculine role. What does it mean to live in a masculine role? What does it mean to be a man? Despite society’s constant affirmation of the equality of the sexes we still expect men to be “men”. There are qualities that we equate with manhood. If someone was slandering you behind your back and refuses to face you “man to man” we think they are less “manly”. If someone was too afraid to stick up for themselves or face difficult circumstances we might say “c’mon be a man.”
Is there a certain kind of leadership (spiritual or otherwise) associated with being a man? Some Christians believe in strict and absolute gender roles; Men lead and women submit. As I reflect on it this doesn’t seem very manly at all. Why would someone with true leadership qualities need to make a rule to force someone to follow them? The people who normally do such things aren’t leading but controling. It sounds more like insecurity than anything else.
I don’t really buy the point that “absolute patriarchy isn’t our rule it is God’s rule and it says so in Ephesians 5.” Paul wrote to the ephesians that everyone ought to submit to one another and then went on to place emphasis on a few different situations. One can argue that Paul and Peter clearly instructed women to submit to men, but the reverse is also clearly instructed. Husbands ought to submit to their wives.
So what am I really thinking? I’m thinking there is something to being a man in a family. I think it does involve leadership but not the kind that takes away from others. The kind that empowers others.
Posted by LT in on April 17, 2006
Co-founder of Green Peace makes a compelling case for nuclear energy. Whether one believes in global warming or not coal causes pollution and smog. We can switch from coal to nuclear and breathe a lot easier. Other technologies such as wind, geothermal and solar will have their place but none of these can replace coal. The cost of natural gas will only go up and so will our electric bills. Nuclear energy might have seemed expensive in the past but now it is reasonable in comparison to our other options. Power from nuclear plants isn’t going to spike each time there is a hurricane or another war in the middle east. I think the medium term choice is very clear. We have to get over our hang ups with nuclear energy.
Posted by LT in on April 15, 2006
Canucks win race for 9th place!
They started out strong. They were considered stronger contenders for the cup than the 2004 Western Conference Champion Calgary Flames. In the last few weeks they competed strongly with the Oilers. With unparalelled ineptitude they managed out mediocore their Northern Alberta rivals and lock in 9th place.
I have one request of the Canucks. Could you please beat the Avs? I’d much rather see them in 8th place than the Oilers. Why you ask? So the Oilers can play Dallas again!
I leave you with the CBC’s special play off song.
There’s a dream that lives
Deep in every heart
Heros etch their name
Legends leave their mark
And it’s worth the sweat
And it’s worth the pain
Because the chance may never come again
Give it all you’ve got
Take your best shot
The fire burns deep inside
Stand among the giants
For the game belongs
To the swift and the strong
Though the flame burns bright
Lit in a star
This is the spirit of the game
And the legend lives on and on
But the chance may never come again
The chance may never come…again