Archive for April, 2007

Buying the war [in Iraq]

Buying the war [in Iraq]


Here is a great documentary on the role of the media in the lead up to the Iraq war.

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The people formerly known as the congregation

The people formerly known as the congregation


Some other projects, Battlefield 2, and food poisoning have kept me from blogging in the last little while. That is why I am late on the scene with my commentary on this rant about church. At one time in my life I may have really resonated with it but nowadays I don’t. The rant does point out some flaws but it assigns responsibility for this to some nebulous group of pastors. I have some good friends who are pastors and none of them sound like the people described in the rant.

The sad reality is leaders give people what they want. Many of those who dare swim against the current find themselves looking for work in a hurry. The people currently known as the congregation want programs and sappy worship music and big churches. Many American christians want high production values and low committment thus megachurches are popular. Many Christians want to be part of the church with the best facilities and largest attendance in town. It makes us feel like we are somehow better. People like worship music that is essentially Reo Speedwagon patched over to Jesus. We like participating in programs because most of us don’t really know how to sacrificially love one another and we aren’t willing to take the time to learn how. Let’s not fool ourselves in to thinking the congregation isn’t just as responsible as anyone else.

The time has come to move beyond blaming “the church” or “the pastors” for our problems. It is easy to rail against a faceless intangible segment of the church. If we actually start identifying the concrete problems in our sphere of influence then we’d be responsible to act on those problems.

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Ignorance and the truth

Ignorance and the truth


It is time for a little bit of a rant. I’ve observed a little too much ignorance from Christians in the last few weeks. The issue is global warming. I’ve run in to a few too many that are convinced that global warming is a myth. It does not alarm me when some people are skeptical. We live in an age where the media hypes one alarmist threat to another.

It is alarming when I see people speaking so definitely about things they have thought so little about. Maybe they watched a documentary on youtube or listened to someone on the radio. They heard what they wanted to hear. Instead of critically analyzing what they hear they immediate adopt what sounds good to them.

One person tried to convince me that global warming was a myth because of the type of winter we had. Even if the winter was abornmally cold, which it wasn’t, one example proves nothing. That would be like saying “a loaf of bread dropped 10 cents, inflation is a myth” or “my grandfather smoked a pack a day until he died of natural causes, smoking doesn’t cause cancer.”

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to look at both sides of an issue. Weigh evidence and question the validity of the points on each side of the argument. What I see is anything but that. Most commonly I see people dismiss an opinion soley on the basis of who is the voice of that opinion. People form opinions without honest reflection or research. This is what bothers me. How can a group of people who say they are about the way, the truth and the life be so bad at figuring out the truth?

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Saskatoon warmer and drier than the dirty thirties

Saskatoon warmer and drier than the dirty thirties


I did a little research to win an argument. I discovered that from 1996-2005 Saskatoon has been warmer and drier than it was in the dust bowl thirties.  Do your own research here.

 

Year Precipitation (mm) Avg Temp (C)
1930 318.6 2.8
1931 348 4.2
1932 312 0.9
1933 340 0.9
1934 326 3.1
1935 488 0.6
1936 297 0.5
1937 290 1.2
1938 475 2.7
1939 424 2.4
Average 361.86 1.93
     
1996 446 -0.5
1997 312 2.6
1998 280 3.6
1999 401 3.4
2000 344 2.1
2001 160 3.7
2002 299 2
2003 233 2.6
2004 402 2.1
2005 523 2.8
Average 340 2.44

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Kipper…they don't pay you enough

Kipper…they don’t pay you enough


If Moss had actually put something in that gaping wide open net tonight he still would have been insignificant next to the power of the Kipper.  Never in the course of Calgary playoff hockey was so much owed by so many to one man.  Without Mikka this series would have been the most spectacular one sided blowout in Flames history.

 

I still disagree with Gil and his fickle ways.  There was sin in the heart of Flamedom but there was one righteous among them!

I’m cheering for a Rangers – Canucks final.  Now that the kiss of death has been applied Vancouver will choke and I’ll have to cheer for the Sharkies!

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Paul and Silas skip town on bail

Paul and Silas skip town on bail


I was reading this today and started giggling when I realized that Paul skipped town immediately after he was bailed out of jail.

Act 17:4  Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large group of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.
Act 17:5  But the Jews became jealous, and gathering together some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace, they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. They attacked Jason’s house, trying to find Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly.
Act 17:6  When they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, screaming, "These people who have stirred up trouble throughout the world have come here too,
Act 17:7  and Jason has welcomed them as guests! They are all acting against Caesar’s decrees, saying there is another king named Jesus!"
Act 17:8  They caused confusion among the crowd and the city officials who heard these things.
Act 17:9  After the city officials had received bail from Jason and the others, they released them.
Act 17:10  The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea at once
, during the night. When they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue.

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The first ones off a sinking ship

The first ones off a sinking ship


Are the Rats!

Gil Dueck has traded in his soul to the Ottawa Senators.

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Out of comission

Out of comission


Thursday night I had my buddy Moose over to watch the hockey game.  For supper I ordered some Pizza and Wings from Pizza73.  That night the digestive distress began.  You know the little jingle in the pepto commercials – nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach diarhea…I became intimately aware of all these conditions.  At first I thought I caught the flu, but when I found out my buddy was going through almost the exact same grief I’m thinking it was the pizza.

I’m still paying for it. 

In the last few weeks I poured most of my writing effort into something for Bethany college.  I poured 5 years of ideas and analysis is in to what became the second longest thing I’ve ever written.

Now that it has warmed up I’m loving my veranda, the recliner I picked up from Kijiji.com and my wifi!  It is a great place to work and blog.

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3 words you don't wanna hear at 3:30 am

3 words you don’t wanna hear at 3:30 am


Mom, I barfed.

What you really don’t want to hear after that.

Wawa, ah, wawhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

 

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I'm going to see the Goracle!

I’m going to see the Goracle!


But I have to go to Regina to do it.  Buy your tickets here.

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