Archive for March, 2010

Sunday, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! : Come Get Connected

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The Eco-village documentary is online

You can view it here.  Look for me at around 41 minutes.  Sadly my first appearance on national television involves a number of shots from, umm, well behind.  I guess they wanted Canada to see my good side.

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My friends in Craik are featured in a documentary on the eco-village

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Here are a couple of preview video clips of the Eco Home Adventure show, it will be on CBC news world at 10PM eastern time this Wednesday.  I was helping them out one day they were filming so I’ll be watching for me!

Here is a great shot of their house.

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Canadian government ‘hiding truth about climate change’, report claims

Canada‘s climate researchers are being muzzled, their funding slashed, research stations closed, findings ignored and advice on the critical issue of the century unsought by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, according to a 40-page report by a coalition of 60 non-governmental organisations.

"This government says they take climate change seriously but they do nothing and try to hide the truth about climate change," said Graham Saul, representing Climate Action Network Canada (CAN), which produced the report "Troubling Evidence".

Read the rest.

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Do evangelicals worship the sun?

If I was trying to guess what evangelicals believe by the the graphics they use in multimedia I’d say they worship the sun.  I’ve seen entirely too many pictures of the sun shining through the clouds.

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Responses to criticism

It is hard to be an honest and fair critic.  It is a role I’ve played on my blog and in other situations.  Here are a few of kinds of responses I’ve run in to.

1) Silence – no one responds at all

This one is pretty common.

2) We’ll cover that in a future meeting…that never arrives.

I watched one leader do this pretty much every year.  After 5 years of this you start wonder whether we are ever going to face the issues.

3) You’re a doomer/you think we’re doomed. (or insert another label here like rebel, anti-church, post-modern etc…)

Much like response 6) is attempts to change the channel from the issues at hand.  With this one it makes the one offering the critique the issue.

4) I’ve invested too much in this system to give it up now.

This one is rare and refreshingly honest.  It is far more common from people who have given up on the security an organization or position provided them.

5) I think much of what you say is true, I’m waiting for [insert consequential future program or plan here] to see if that makes a difference.

It really doesn’t matter that similarly shallow changes resulted in very little change in the past.

6) There is no such thing as a perfect church

This response is popular and by itself it is true, but it attempts to change the question rather than answer the original point.  The issue is never whether we can be perfect, but whether we can be better. 

7) We shouldn’t question our leaders, they are very spiritual people who seek after God and want what is best for us all

I’ve only observed this among a select few, thankfully.

8) Paralysis

The issues raised are so big that facing them seems to be to challenging for people to process.

I’ve observed that criticism is acceptable but only to a certain point.  If the issues raised are ones that point to deep systematic problems that cannot be resolved without taking risky steps that threaten people’s security then expect one of the responses above.

Another option one might think would be more common is

9) I think you are wrong, and here is why.

I’d like to hear this one a little more often.

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Water consumption in Edmonton during the gold medal game

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SkypeInCanada

If you use Skype and want a Canadian phone number SkypeInCanada might be an option for you.

No 306 numbers though. :(

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Holy Ghost hokey pokey from the Dark Side of the Moon

My friend Mike Murdoch shared this little video with a short reflection on the dumb things things Christians do.  I’m pretty sure this is Morning Star.

There was just something about the song that I liked. I couldn’t quite place it. As I shared it with Carol, and watched the subsequent recoiling in horror, the whole thing caught a thread in my mind. It sounded very Pink Floydish. Then the lyrics "beg, borrow and steal" came to me and I googled those lyrics and I found it.

 

It might not be relevant but Eclipse is usually combined with a song called Brain Damage which is found right before it in Pink Floyd’s fantastic Album, the Dark Side of the Moon.

The Wiki Gnomes wrote this

"The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success, topping the Billboard 200 for one week. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. It has twice been remastered and re-released, and has been covered by several other acts. It spawned two singles, "Money" and "Us and Them". In addition to its commercial success, The Dark Side of the Moon is one of Pink Floyd’s most popular albums among fans and critics, and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest rock albums of all time.”

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I’m changing the name of my blog

On Dec 22nd 1998 I first registered TheHeresy.com.  Back in those days I was largely dechurched exploring what it truly meant to be a Christian.  I discovered the gospel of grace which seemed so different from the performance based Christianity that had me in its grasp.  So different it seemed like might be considered heresy to those caught in performance based Christianity.  I shared my new discoveries with many of my friends.  One of them was the owner of the local Christian bookstore.  As I would walk in to his store he would greet me with “how goes the heresy these days.”  “TheHeresy” became synonymous with true life in Christ, thus the domain name.  Some people have assumed I’ve been edgy for its own sake.  That really isn’t the case, but I never much cared if the name of the blog was something of an obstacle.

For the last few years that has slowly changed.  I spent some time searching domain names this morning.  I considered

Tebay.ca
LeightonTebay.ca
NeoAnabaptist.ca
NewAnabaptist.ca
LT.organicchurch.ca
LT.SeedLife.ca
GraceWorks.ca
GraceAndPeace.ca

I finally decided on GraceWorks.ca.  It continues in the same vein that inspired the original name and it is a nice little play on words.  Theheresy.com will still work for years but it will just redirect to the new name.

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