Archive for September, 2005

I need your help forming a sermon

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Next Sunday is Thanksgiving.

I’ve chosen the passage in Psalm 107 to preach on.  You can find the passage through    I’d love to have your comments, stories, thoughts as I go through preparation.

Here is a possible outline:

–  Declaration – (1)

–  Who should be thankful (2-32)

    • –  helpless and homeless (2-9)
    • –  despairing and despising (10-16)
    • –  sick and sinful (17-22)
    • –  discouraged and defeated (27-32)

The last part of the Psalm (33-43) is interesting.  I can talk about how God loves us physically, spiritually, emotionally and provides justice for us.  I’m not sure I need to do the whole thing – I try to limit myself to 30 minutes.


Brothers Four – the way we were

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Handsome and dapper!  Or is that retro and out-of-date!

The four Baker brothers back in our younger days.  When the 70’s were the 70’s and not a fake 2000’s imitation.  I’m on the far side – the good looking one!

The second oldest just died of cancer (October 1st would have been his 51st birthday, he’s the one next to me).  The third oldest is into construction and, along with his wife, is raising his son on Vancouver Island (he’s the far left).  The one left, the youngest, is just finishing doctoral work in Toronto!

Some days are just that way!

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

 I woke up today and headed off to a pancake breakfast.  A
volunteer  appreciation breakfast.  Except I’m trying to stay
away from sausages.

Then got together with some other church pastors/administrators from
town.  Put on coffee that was thick – they seemed to like it.

Then home for lunch – mow the lawn, take down old Christmas tree lights
and  clean the garage out so we can get the car in during the
winter.   Talk to a few neighbours – meet some new ones.

Now I’m at the church working on a sermon.  Peggy just dropped by
with cookies for one of the church programs.  She graciously let
me help myself.  Voortman’s be praised!

And now with ginger peach tea in hand and a Voortman’s cookie at my
side, I’m riding into the sunset finishing off the last draft of my
Sunday sermon.

That’s life!!

Gold and Booty

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

10 Billion US dollars!

All in 600 barrels.  On Crusoe Island(s). 

One could become rich being a treasure hunter!

My bias is showing!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

I love it!  My brother’s latest article has been published in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly! 

“Paul and the salvation of Isreal:  Paul’s ministry, the motif of jealousy, and Isreal’s yes.”  The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol 67, Num.3, p. 469-484.  Murray Baker is a Th.D. candidate at Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology. 

Shameless advertizing!  You bet!!! 


Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

I want to . . . , have to. . . , love to . . . write.  So, I struggle to make sure I’m readable.

Having just begun a blog I’m asking how I’m doing already! 

I remember reading Randall Friesen’s blog.  A while  back he asked the why of writing a blog.  And how do you get people to read your blog.  And who are you really targeting.  I go to his blog everyday – maybe he’s figured some of that out!

Thanks to those who have given feedback.  I’ve gone back and rewritten a few blogs.  I think they are better. 

And in the future, I hope you keep coming back!

Theology 1

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Theology is always fun for me.

Not that it is not important.  But it is good to work over in your mind.

So I hope these articles will be helpful

Wisdom, media, culture and the CBC

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

You find the greatest quips and qotes in the wierdest places.  I thought I would check out what was happening in CBC radio/TV negotiations.  In a section on bargaining context I found the best summary of what is currently happening to our media.

A few quotes:

The web is the ultimate channel surfing environment

Five years ago, reality television barely existed; three years ago, reality was becoming the dominant commercial network format and, today, reality seems to be disappearing in favour of more narrative driven forms.

Television usage and viewing decisions [are] the property of the viewer, not the programmer.

In Toronto and Vancouver, over half of citizens report English as their second language. 

Mentoring in measure

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Mentoring is big in the business world.   The need for moral tutelage, administrative savvy, and what we call “wisdom” is evident. 

Not that mentoring wasn’t going on.  When you put white paper up against a snowflake, you can miss all the snowflakes.  But when you put black paper up against a snowflake, you soon see how few (or how many) are swirling around.

When you find a hole, you try to plug it as fast as you can.  The immediate reaction was to flood the market with information, seminars and “how to” gurus.  But what is the measure of a mentoring situation?

Time is required.  Perhaps as short as three years?  Jesus didn’t have his mentorees for any longer.  Perhaps as long as a lifetime?  Elijah and Elisha had time together – until Elijah died.

Trust is required.  When the credit that has built in a relationship is “dis”credited, in many ways rebuilding credit is twice as hard.

Watch out you aren’t building robots!!  Who would want to look like you anyway!    Share a bit of the light you understand and let it rub off!

The town's fine dam

Monday, September 26th, 2005



If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, come to Kindersley!

I looked through the viewfinder of my camera yesterday.  I saw a beautiful body of water (someone suggested I call this blog today, “A fine ‘dam’ town!”).  We walked around the dam with an old friend of my fathers, saw a skateboarder, a fisher, a family.   Where else would you want to be!

And then of course, across the expanse of water we could just see . . .