Archive for January, 2010

In preparation

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

The beginning of next week is a retreat time for Jill and I.  We’ll head to another land (province).  There we will meet friends, old and new.  We’ll listen to good speakers and music, sit by a fire (provided our room has a fire place), and rest.

I’ve been hard at work trying to figure out this thing called rest.  To sabbath is tough for me.  The people around me know it.  I know it.  I’m an active person – finding refreshing in doing something and not nothing.  To rest is hard. 

I’ve experienced rest in the past. 

I’ve taken time off. 

I know the benefits. 

So, I’ll work at being sure I rest. 

Such is the paradox of life!


Friday, January 29th, 2010

From Rick Warren, we receive a regular newsletter for pastors and leaders of churches.  The following is a quote from Rick’s Ministry Toolbox newsletter #411 – directly from the mouth of Rick Warren.

I’ve told my staff many times we don’t want to hire anyone who hasn’t had problems in life.  They’re usually not very effective in ministry.  I want people who have been broken because their hearts are more likely to be broken with the things that break the heart of God.  God takes us, breaks us, blesses us, and then uses us in ways we never imagined.

I agree!  The older I get, the more I agree!

Here’s another thought from the same newsletter (not often you get blasted twice in one reading!)

Growing churches focus on reaching receptive people.  Nongrowing churches focus on reenlisting inactive people.

OK, still working on that one.  But something resonates with me – if we are not going beyond our current membership or previous members, something is wrong!

An exciting day

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

There are those days where I know I should be tired but what I am doing energizes me.

Today I was working on some administration for an upcoming seminar we are giving on addictions and being what God intended for each one of us.  Dr. David Eckman is the speaker.  I’ve heard him and read his books, and feel this is a worthwhile opportunity!

So, April 24-25th – if you are around  the Kindersley area drop in an join us.  I’ll try and include most of the information below – hopefully the formatting won’t go all “wonky!”

Weekend Focus

This weekend’s sessions arose out of a concern with addiction-misuse in the West Central District of Saskatchewan. An effort sponsored by DAWN (Drug and Alcohol Awareness Wellness Network) alerted many to the need for education and understanding of the problems associated with addictions. The churches of the Kindersley Evangelical Fellowship have combined efforts to bring a foremost authority in this area to address these issues – useful both to those with addictions and those dealing with the addicted.

Guest Speaker

clip_image002Dr. David Eckman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Houghton College, a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Conser-vative Baptist Seminary and a Master of Theology degree from Golden Gate Seminary. After completing six years of graduate research at Oxford University in England, David received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Golden Gate Seminary in San Francisco, California. His scholarship is combined with 30 years of experience as pastor, counselor, teacher and conference speaker.

Weekend Schedule

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dealing with Addictions

(9:30 am – 3:15 PM)

Kindersley Christian Fellowship

800-12th Avenue East, Kindersley

9:30 am Registration

10-11:00 The Addictive Cycle – Part 1

11:15-12:15 The Addictive Cycle – Part 2

12:15pm Lunch (Included in Registration)

1:00 – 2:30 The Challenge of Family Backgrounds

2:30 – 3:15 Question & Answer

$30.00 registration for session

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Kindersley Evangelical Fellowship Combined Service

(11:00 am)

Kindersley Alliance Church

74 West Road, Kindersley

Dr. Eckman Speaking

Becoming What God Intended

(2:00 – 4:30 PM)

Kindersley Christian Fellowship

800-12th Avenue East, Kindersley

2:00 – 4:00 Becoming What God Intended

4:00 – 4:30 Question & Answer

Registration not required

Free will offering to cover expenses

On being busy

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

I’ve started to venture into the world of David Timms.  He sends out a regular email/thought provoker called IN HOPE.  Here’s the website where you can get a description –  You can check out some of the archived articles at

Here’s one sentence out an article called Face, Pace, Grace.

Eugene Peterson’s confrontational words still ring true: “The word busy is the symptom not of commitment but of betrayal. It is not devotion but defection. It is an outrageous scandal, a blasphemous affront.”

OK, so I’m a bit on this track of Sabbatical and rest.  Anything you’ve found that might be helpful?

When writing comes

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

My father used to wonder how I could write a blog regularly.  There were days where I just had a word, or a phrase or a visual. 

When I would sit down the words would start to come.  Some call it free association.  I guess I just think of it as following my thoughts.

My father loved to find the bookmark to my blog.  Not for some kind of brilliance, I think, but perhaps for his son’s thoughts.

Now that he has died, I cherish that thought.  And perhaps I write as though he were still listening.  About nothing and everything.  For the enjoyment of it.

15 feet high

Monday, January 25th, 2010

My sister directed me to her Facebook pictures today.  She lives in the southern part of Saskatchewan where snow has piled up over the weekend.  Fifteen feet high in some places – like their driveway.  You can bodysurf down the drift!  You can’t get to town!

I was reminded of the stories my parents had told.  In 1955 I had been taken to the town hospital.  Their farm yard ended up being covered while I was there.  Their hired man (whom I understand lived elsewhere) came and picked me up.  He took me back and carried me into the farm.  There is a picture of some of those drifts.

In my mind I have always thought these were fictional pictures even though people were in the picture who could be identified.  Why my mind twisted that event, I’m not sure.  Perhaps it had to do with detachment issues?  Or the fact I’ve never seen that much snow on the Saskatchewan plains?

Well, today I’ve had to repent.  I now believe!


Sunday, January 24th, 2010

I’m a person who loves to be active.  I love to plan a day so that one thing flows into the next.  I derive enjoyment from a productive day.

Then there are the days that are really meant to slow us down and recreate us – our sabbaths.  In a society that has no sense of sabbath, the external pressure to stop is gone.

Some of us, the older ones, remember days when Sundays found few stores open.  In fact, I remember Wednesday afternoons having stores closed.  Now some larger stores are open 24 hours a day, with maybe Christmas day closing.

I think I too easily slip into that pattern.  To break this, I listen to others (maybe not as well as I should).  I am also learning that the root of not taking a Sabbath often comes down to fear.  I fear that I’m the only one who can do a certain task, so I stretch into the day of rest.  Or I fear that what I do is the foundation for others, and that they need my help “right now.”  Maybe not!!

I’m writing this to remind myself.  As one person enjoined, “Start your week now.”  I’ll be looking for my sabbath this week.  Let’s see how it goes!!

Sermons on the Web

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Finally, I’ve started to put my sermons on the internet.  They have been recorded for the last few years – digitally for the last year or so. 

The last few weeks I’ve had requests for a sermon or two I’ve preached.   Someone asked if they could access the sermon online.  I said we had CD’s but not web access.

Which got me thinking.  Partly because of an email my brother-in-law sent (a preacher in Oregon), I popped onto the Canby Alliance Church website and saw where they had made access to my brother-in law (Tim Barton) quite easy.  That led to a phone call or two.  The computer savvy assistant pastor, Kyle, pointed me to Sermon Cloud.

So, I have my first sermon on their site.  In the next while I hope to link from our church website,, to the sermons.  But, until then, head over to and type in Kindersley Alliance.  Up will pop the sermon text and a link to streaming audio, or to a download (using icons that hopefully you will understand).  Give it a try.  Let me know what you think.

Dental health in Kindersley

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

We have a new dental team headed to Kindersley.  That’s what I heard on our provincial news this morning.  The location appears to be right downtown (OK, at the beginning of Main Street – which is our downtown!).

Often times a new office opens up new opportunities.  One of the current dental studios in town is quite well attended – maybe they’ve done too good a job! 

So, soon we’ll see another office in town.  Oil industry work has picked up as well.

There is a feeling of optimism in the air.  Even the burning of a rink ends up being a new beginning!  Let’s see what goes on next!

To Town and back!

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Many years ago the walk or horse back ride to town and back was an event.  Saturday night was the usual time.  A bath could precede the evening.  On the corners you stand and chat, maybe sing or watch people passing, head to a concert or dance.


Today I headed to the next town over.  Instead of a few kilometers, it’s almost one hundred.  I started in the morning and came back by 3:00.  This was business and not pleasure.  Lunch followed a subcommittee meeting.  I also tucked in short visits to my sister and my brother-in-law.

Arriving home, I did some banking, and then headed back to work before finishing the day at home for supper.

Not as romantic as the old days, but functional!  And that’s good enough for today!