Friday, May 11, 2007

Post 192

Post 192 will be my last one on Blogger. I have moved over to WordPress, as I have been told it's easier to use. We'll see how it goes. Click below to go to the new one

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Another year...

The annual moves for the Army in Canada and Bermuda are out today and I'm happy to say that Elliot Lake will be our home for at least another year, which will be year 7 for us here.

If you are interested in the moves click here.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A Llama Eats A Giraffe (And Vice Versa)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Theological Worldview...revisited.

I was looking through my archives for an old post when I came across the following quiz that I did about a year ago. I did it again to see what has changed, if anything. There were a few differences, but I wasn't surprised by the results (see last year's results here).

You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.



Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


Neo orthodox


Modern Liberal




Classical Liberal


Reformed Evangelical


Roman Catholic




What's your theological worldview?
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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Freedom Writers

Make sure that you see this movie. One person can make a difference.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Celebrity lookalikes?

Don't see it myself...

Monday, April 16, 2007

No Soup For You!

I was given season 7 of Seinfeld as a birthday gift last week. Today I watched one of the best episodes ever from that season, 'The Soup Nazi'. It's classic. Here's a couple of tasters:

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

One of those moments...

Quite often in our church we have a sharing time during our Worship Service. This morning, just as I was closing ours off, I asked if anyone else had anything to share before we moved on. Cameron, our soon to be 6 years old son, who has autism, put his hand up indicating he wanted to say something.

This is not new and he usually says thanks for something or shares something that he has enjoyed recently. Today I figured that he might like to say something about missing his mom, who is in Toronto for the weekend, or he could want to say something about his old teacher, who is returning to teach him tomorrow after being off for maternity leave. Boy, was I wrong. Here's what he shared:

"Jesus died on a cross, then he lived again, and now he's here."

After taking a little while to compose myself we were able to move on with the service. It was one of those precious moments that will stay with me forever.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Catching Up

A comment I received from Steve the other day got me thinking that I'm fairly inconsitent with my posting here, so the following is just a catch-up of random things that have been going on recently:

The future of the SA

It seems to me that the SA (at least in the Western world) is dying on its feet, although there are some exceptions to this. Many of the systemic problems in the Army are ignored or reacted to when things have gone too far. About 10 years ago, at a series of lectures at the CFOT in Toronto, Don Posterski gave the warning that the one thing that could cripple the Army as it entered the 21st Century would be the outdated system of hierarchy that it follows.

At a recent officers' prayer fellowship in Sudbury discussion at lunchtime got around to the latest article in the Officer magazine by the General. In this article he basically said that the question of the sacraments would not be reopened during his tenure and that it would be up to TCs and DCs to make sure that officers in their jurisdiction followed the Army line in this. I await my call. Anyway, during the discussion an officer of over 20 years stated that he didn't like the way the 'new breed of officer' were trying to change the Army in the way that they were. Ironically, many of those seeking change are older officers and/or generational Salvationists concerned for the future of the Army. Presumably my colleague is happy at the mediocrity of the Army in our Division and elsewhere.

I had high hopes for the rumoured changes within our Territory, but when they were announced it was quite the disappointment as they were nowhere near as radical as they needed to be. Word is that the man at the top balked at the whole package and offered permission if the plan was shrinked and called a trial. The fact that one person can have that power still baffles me. Gotta love that hierarchy!

For over a year now we have been trying to be proactive in our location, but have continually banged our heads against the brick walls of red tape. We are no further ahead now than we were this time last year and have just been asked to start the whole process over again. Gotta love that system!

Anyway enough of that stuff for now (for a good read on the future of the church in general click here).


I spent a few days last week fundraising for an upcoming missions trip to Bulgaria. In exactly one months time I leave for Bulgaria for a two week mission with my friend and local pastor, Jeff Harris. We will be spending most of our time in Samokov and a few days in Sofia and Kurdzhali. In Samokov a lot of our work will be in an orphanage there and at a gypsy church, as well as partnering with some local churches. We fly out on 14 May with Alitalia to Sofia, via Milan and return the same way on 30 May. I'm looking forward to the challenge and change.


With the weather being so lousy lately, I have been watching quite a few movies, both old and new. Some of these, in no particular order, are as follows:

'Babel' - enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Interesting how the connections were made, showing that in some aspects we do live in a small world.
'The Departed' - not for the faint-hearted. I can see why it won the Oscar.
'300' - good guy movie. Short on philosophy, long on action.
'The Deer Hunter' - one of my all-time favourites. Picked up the DVD recently, which is why I watched it again.
'Stranger Than Fiction' - quite funny. Different type of role for Will Ferrell.
'Children of Men' - must see movie. Very thought-provoking. Very different from the book, which is also a good read.
'Little Miss Sunshine' - funny, crude and unpredictable.
'Flags of Our Fathers' - not what I thought it would be, which made it a lot better than I expected. I want to see the other one now.
'Bowling For Columbine' - had seen it before, but bought the DVD and watched it again. Michael Moore is great; Charlton Heston is soooo scary.


We were asked out for brunch after church on Easter Sunday. It turned out to be more than brunch and better than church. We were asked to our friends', Jeff and Ginny, house along with a number of their other friends. There were about 20 of us there, including children. They do 'church' in their house for their family every Sunday, but wanted to share with some of their friends for Easter. The food was good and the fellowship was excellent. I'd love to be a part of more of this informal type of gathering and it is the kind of thing we had been hoping to move towards with our church.


What can be said about the Leafs that hasn't been said already? The Raptors are the team to watch just now. The Jays are off to a great start. Rangers should be a force to reckon with next year, as Walter and Ally will get to start off the season.


Pamela is in Toronto this weekend for a course and will be back tomorrow. She hits the big 4-0 in a couple of months time. Emily and Cameron are doing fine and continue to be lots of fun. Everyone in Scotland seem to be doing okay.

Well, that's probably enough catching up for now.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Songs of Renewal

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