Archive for September, 2005

Excitement and Church Board in the same breath?

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Just finished a six hour Friday/Saturday board retreat.

We were neither board (bored) nor retreating.  I had great fun with the three other men on our church board.  They laughed, cried, prayed, planned and walked away with excitement.

We took a great vision statement that was put together in the early 90’s.  In affirming it’s relevance for today, we hashed it around (I’ve got to watch the words I use, one of the board members was a “hippie” in his days and knows what hash is!), turned it upside down (another member works with Kindersley Transport – got to watch which way up you put things in your trucks), and painted a new word picture (the last board member does maintenance for a condo in town!).

So, here is what we are about:

God Celebration, Ministry Preparation, People Support and Community Care. 

We recognize that for the next while that will include an emphasis on Diversity in Unity, Outreach and having an Equipping Culture.

All of this will need to be wrapped in constant, candid and consistent communication.

In God’s time and for His glory!

P.S.:  Want a fuller explanation?  Contact us!

Logo for Life

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

You can put whatever background you want behind this logo.  You can put sunny days with flowers.  Or cloudy days with lightning strikes.  Or hospital beds.  Or family picnics.  Or life served good and bad.

Living with “Jesus in Me” over top of it all.

I’m finding this “Jesus in Me” adventure is just that – an adventure!  Now that I’ve turned 52, I feel like I’m back being 5 once again.  Learning anew what it means to accept Jesus into my life.  Day by day and hour by hour.

When is an atheist an atheist?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

“I’m an atheist.”

The newest fashionable philosophic stance!  But I’m not sure what people mean by it!

Used to be we had Madalyn O’Hair around to aggressively point out that atheism was not Christianity.  Then we had the university crowd who wanted freedom from teenage ideas of God.  But now?

Now we have the new atheists.  Of course, there are the agnostics.  Meaning they don’t know whether their is a God or not.  They take a neutral stance.  But, the new atheists would not like the term agnostic.

I hear some of the most spiritual people claim they are atheists.  Spiritual in that they believe in visions, yoga, coincidences, big bang theories and almost anything!  They seem to want to deny “God”, but accept anything that looks like God – as long as it is not called “God.” 

And so the new atheist says there isn’t a God.  And by saying it, dismisses God.  Then they look at phenomenon around them and create new linguistic categories that sound a lot like the old word “God.”

So, help me out.  When is an atheist an atheist?

Life's bowl

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

A picture is worth a thousand words!  So what words are in this picture??

If you look on a kitchen countertop you may find a bowl turned upside down.  A melmac bowl, a term that is year’s old and no longer used. 

An inheritance from my grandmother.  From almost thirty years ago.  One that has lasted the years.  Of all the things we may inherit, I’m inclined to enjoy the daily reminders.  Those ordinary items that remind me day by day of those that have had an effect on my life.

Grandma lent us her house when we first got married.  She raised nine children.  Carried plowshares across fields to town to be fixed.  Had that quiet kind of approach to life you love to be around.  And every time her husband would tease us and start to joke with the grandkids we’d hear “Now, Carl!” and we all knew we were in for a good time!!

Grandparentitis

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

We are going to be grandparents.  End of October.

So, I’m practicing.  Last night we had a famiiy group over that had an 8 month old.  So I held her for a bit while the mother ate (high chairs are good for a few minutes, then there is always the inevitable desire to escape – that’s where another set of hands is good to have around.)

                                                               

The week before, we were with a young couple in a restaurant.  They had an infant less than a year old.  He was rather cute (rather photgenic if you ask me!).   I grabbed him (OK, so mom let me gently lift the young man) and held him.  It’s just plain fun!

Of course, I’d like to think I’m still young enough to be a father!  But I have to accept reality!  At 52 (which I hit on Wednesday), I’m no longer what I used to be.  And maybe there is some good to that. 

The kids go home at night.  I go home at night.  I sleep – and they . . .

 

Bumper stickers

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

An author proclaimed he disliked bumper sticker theology.

That’s where someone writes something in a short sentence summing up myriads of thought and consideration over centuries of discussion and debate. 

I love bumper stickers.  I have a feeling this author did too!  His article was full of pithy sayings.  “We don’t live to survive, or even thrive, but to serve.”  Not bad.

But here is the one that really struck me.  “Let’s die facing the right direction.”  Never in retreat, always in advance.  That’s how I want to live! 

The preceding comments brought to inspired by the latest Promise Keepers book The Awakening Experience.  [Which book is not on a Canadian website – you have to phone 1-888-901-9700]

Koinonia

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Here’s a word for you!

I love to play with words.  Once in a while one comes along that is hard to define.  So you look it up in etymological dictionaries.  They give great background and history for words.  Or you go to lectures and listen to great academic explanations.

And sometimes the word pops up in popular language of certain subcultures.  I was a part of an age specific class called a “koinonia” group.  And we had “koinonia fellowships”. 

All well and good!

But today I’m reading my Arndt and Gingrich, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, second edition, p. 438.

Koinonia a favorite expression for the marital relationship as the most intimate between human beings.

We generally translate this word as . . . fellowship.  Kind of puts a new light on our Sunday potlucks!

Backups and Friends

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Computer programming is fun!

And dangerous!  Yesterday I tried a little updating on this blog.  Of course, I violated the cardinal rule of computer programming.  Always have a backup. 

When I was finished, the site had errors and much more!  No blog!

So I phoned my friend and he restored the original (which he had put together for me)! 

Friends are great – we need them!!

So you saw the file name?

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

You guessed it, Dejan!

I was filling my car and emptying my wallet.  The gas pump was playing soothing music. 

I’m thrown back to yesteryear.  I remember sitting by a rail way track as the “100 car” train went by. 

Got out of the car and heard the click, click, click.  There was no way to cross the track.  The most important meeting had to wait.

This is the moment in time when life stops.  Just me, the sky and the train!  I look around and see the world. 

The world that I’ve shut out. 

In our busy-ness we miss the cricket, and the waving grain, and the petite blue flowers, and the color of the gravel supporting the darkened wood ties that hold the thin steel line supporting the round discs holding the boxes of freight on their way to who knows what earthly destination.

The sound of peace and calm.

Until the price on the pump proved well able to overcome my enjoyment!!

What you hear ain't what you think!

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Ever hear a sound that wasn’t what you expected?

Try this one.  I was out with my Palm Pilot and heard this.  Turned on my memo function and recorded it. 

Just for those of you who figure you know – it is not the sound of a freight train.  Take a guess and see what you think it might be.  I’ll let you know tomorrow!