Archive for August, 2007
I was so irritated by a particular political flyer from the NDP I made an entire new website! Anybody wanna help me with it?
Posted by LT in on August 28, 2007
It looks like the NDP are as desperate to hold on to power as Hitler was to keep Stalingrad. An attack ad aired on TV accusing the Saskatchewan Party of wanting to sell off our beloved government owned corporations. As the letters fade off you can definitely see what is remaining. Now it is very possible that they used a general animation effect for the fading letters and that is just the way it turned out. Convenient though…isn’t it? Here I thought it was in the Internet was for porn!
You know, politics in Saskatchewan kind of depresses me. We have the knights of monetary madness blowing spending records and running deficits during an economic boom. Next up we have a potential government in wanting hoping that if they don’t say anything they can ride our collective disaffection for the NDP in to office. I just wandered over to the SaskParty website to look for some sign of policy. I can read Brad Wall’s vision to rebuild Saskatchewans released in 2004. Guys, umm the attack ads have been launched it might be time to release some policy that reflects the latter half of the decade.
It is kinda sad that the Sask Party really could get owned right out of the gate. While the SaskParty can blather on all they want about how Saskatchewanians won’t fall for these scare tactics again they are allowing this election to be hinged on who they are and not on the NDP’s dismal record on health care, the environment or government spending. I still think the Saskparty will win this thing but I don’t think they can just coast to victory.
It wasn’t that long ago when I posted about the emerging church conversation waning. Recently Phil and Dan have decided to shut down one of the best emerging church blogs out there. Whenever I talk about the benefits of blogging I mention the trip I took to Australia over 2 years ago to visit a great many EC bloggers. Phil and Dan were my gracious hosts. They also hosted msn chats where I was able to connect with all sorts of people all over the globe.I’m considering the future of Theheresy.com. It hasn’t always been a blog and may morph in to something different. I’ve been putting my writing efforts in to new website dedicated to all my research on energy conservation, renewable energy and home renovation. I am somewhat inspired by a few people who have managed to derive an income from their online offerings. I’ve never felt comfortable doing that with a faith website. I’m currently working on a website that is centered on renewable energy, energy conservation, global warming and peak oil.
Regardless I think theheresy.com will make it to its 10 year anniversary in 2008!
Just go do it
For almost a year Mark Trew and I have been working through a proposal for a house church network. We’ve been fairly warmly received by the conventional church leaders we have talked to. We’ve made strong efforts to link ourselves up to form a healthy relationship with our denomination.
The most common feedback we have heard is: “just go do it, you don’t need to wait for us say you can.”
I think we will.
Posted by LT in on August 14, 2007
This why I find the global warming skeptics hard to trust
Recently a Canadian found an error in the way NASA calculated the average mean temperature for the United States after 2000. When the error was discovered they updated their information. What it meant is that the years after 2000 were reported to be 0.1 to 0.15 degrees warming than they actually were.
The skeptics, including Ezra Levant and Lorne Gunter
Posted by LT in on August 12, 2007
Posted by LT in on August 11, 2007
Patrick Leahy on the US and Mahar Arar
Posted by LT in on August 9, 2007
It is just me and the kids, all the kids
My wife is in Toronto for a conference so I am holding down the fort with an 11 year old, a 7 year old and an infant. I am brave enough to leave the house for short periods of time while Lynae is sleeping. So far the routine hasn’t been bad. I don’t get as much done as I normally would but I haven’t been unproductive. I wouldn’t want to be in this situation for too long though.
Most of the routine with Lynae I’m familar with. The only event that betrayed my ignorance was the search for the little brushes to clean out the bottles.
My wife knew this kind of routine all so well when her first hubby died suddenly. The way she was able to hold things together for so long was truly amazing.
Posted by LT in on August 7, 2007
Why sermons are like nitrogen
There are some who believe that we should figure out and replicate the New Testament model as if there is a divine model for doing church. I’m not one of those people. I think the church should hold to central core values and principles but be flexible in various areas so it is relevant in its context. However that doesn’t mean that the apostles don’t have anything to tell us about how we do church today.
These days I find lots of people saying that one way of “doing” church is just as valid as another. You can be a house church or a mega church, do whatever works. Much of evangelicalism and in particular the church pragmatists have become ecclesial relativists.
Unlike some house church advocates I’m not a New Testament purist. There are a great many things about the New Testament church that we can discard. We don’t all need widows lists, men can have long hair and women don’t need to wear hats. However there are some central themes that we can’t discard. I’m afraid that we have neglected them.
One huge theme is Paul’s metaphor of the body. Based on 1Cor 12-3 the church should function as a body. Each individual:
a) is given equal concern and indispensable
b) is empowered by the Spirit through a varied impartation of gifts
c) is functioning as a minister to others
d) sincerely loves others
I’m not proof texting as this concept of church is found through out the New Testament across more than one author. If we sat down with this concept of church and thought through how we might facilitate this in our day would we come up with what we have today?
The standard evangelical approach to church gatherings is to emphasize biblical teaching or among the more charismatic the balance has swung to “worship”. Unfortunately these things are over emphasized to the detriment other essential elements. Lots of teaching without real fellowship or a shared mission is like a car with lots of gas but no spark plugs.
The point I try to make about sermons is that they are like nitrogen in lawn fertilizer. I might broaden “sermon” to involve any kind of proclamation to a group of people but you probably get my point. Nitrogen is an essential element in fertilizer but if you use too much in the wrong proportions it will kill your lawn. I’m no more opposed to sermons in church than I am to nitrogen in fertilizer.
The church today is like a homeowner with a bunch of dead grass that keeps pouring nitrogen on it expecting it to grow. We keep filling peoples minds with knowledge assuming that growth will come but we see just the opposite.
Maybe, just maybe we need to back off on some of central assumptions on things and rethink our strategy. You can’t make a lawn grow just like you can’t make people grow. But there are sure fire ways you can kill the process. I don’t think it is wise to rest content with the lack of visible life transformation in the church because growth is God’s job. If most of the church is dead it probably isn’t because God isn’t doing his part. We have to consider that we may just be aborting the growth process.