Archive for October, 2011

KJV copyrighted??

Monday, October 31st, 2011

OK, I’ve always figured once a person is dead and gone – and given a few years grace – the works of that person should be public property.

Not so for the King James Version of the Bible.  1611 – 400 years ago – is the publishing date we most often reference for the KJV.  The copyright was given to the royal family in Britain.  AND . . . has been renewed with each successive monarch.

At least that’s what the Baptist Standard proclaimed in an October 25th article by  Bruce Lampert.

Now, I understand the idea of protection of what is written.  I’m not so sure I like the lengths to which copyright laws have gone.  But, 400 years???  Oh, and I understand this also applies to the Book of Common Prayer.

As defender of the faith, the British Monarch has the prerogative to be sure the faith remains unsullied and that the written words remain unimpeachable.  My question is, “Is the British Monarchy the best defender of the faith at this point in time?”

The snow comes

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Not much.  So far.  Just enough to warn us that winter is on the way.  My next door neighbor figures it should be a good winter.  I’ve heard there will be lots of snow.  My bones tell me “go south”!

Early this morning I stepped out to clean our gutters.  For those in other parts of the country, or in other countries, this means making sure the eavestroughs are clean of debris.

In this case, I had a tall step ladder and circumscribed the house.  Moving the ladder a few feet at a time, I would climb to the top.  Having reached that height, I scooped out leaves and dirt.  As soon as the trough was cleared in one area, I moved on to the next.

Generally this is done on a warmish fall day.  Today, my one open time slot, proved to be a windy day with temperatures just at freezing.  Add to that that I started fairly early – before the sun was up – and the task gives greater fulfilment! 

Or perhaps foolishness. 

Sometimes the line is a little blurred!

And then the snow came.

Binders

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

A decade or two ago I spent time with an archivist by the name of John Sawin. 

John had oversight of the Christian and Missionary Alliance archives – and in his spare time taught and nurtured the fledgling archives at the school where I was working.  While there he deeded to the school binders of bibliographic work he had done.  And also gave me duplicate copies.

Remember, this in the day and age when you could not scan material.  This was all photocopied – basically by hand.  Hundreds of pages.

Today I continued culling some of my shelves.  I came to the binders and wondered whether I had the only copies left of these unique items.  So,  I’ve sent off to the current archivist at the school I was working in.  He is checking.  I don’t expect I have the only copy.  If it does happen that I have the only copy – I will donate them to the school archives. 

That would be a real treat.  To have worked in the archives when they were beginning, and now to contribute to them. 

We’ll see!!

Policy and people

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Today a group of pastors sat down with our local health care facility administrator.  The session was well worth the time.  We just needed to sense that we were a part of the healing process that takes place in our hospital and seniors home.  Unfortunately we had not felt this in the past few years.  Today we did!

From that meeting came an interesting concept.  The point was made that this meeting arose, not out of some policy or procedure, but out of personal contacts.  Contacts that may evolve into policy and procedure.  But more often than not, good policy starts from people meeting people!

A new boy in town

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Ushered into the reality of life, Isaiah Timothy Lee was born today at 8:39 am – 6 lbs. 8 oz., 20 1/2 inches long.  Jill babysat his brother, James, for the day and has just now headed off to other responsibilities for the evening.

Before heading out for the evening, Jill and I headed over to the hospital to see the new arrival.  Cute as anything – OK, cuter than anything.  With a C-section delivery the head is rounded and well formed.  Mom, Sharon Lee, is in good shape.  She was enjoying visitors throughout the day.  Dad, Ryan Lee, is tired and a proud father.

Thank God for a safe delivery and may there be a quick recovery for Sharon, and may the family adapt to a new arrival in short order!

The sermon

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Every once in awhile the sermon preparation is as enjoyable, perhaps more anticipated, than the actual sermon delivery.  Today has just been fun.  The topic is money – not an easy topic but one I enjoy.

So, if perchance you are in the vicinity of 74 West Road, Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada around 11:00 our time – drop in.  Let’s see what comes of the time together!!

Back home

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Well, the last few days seem to be a bit of a whirl.  Going round and round – or maybe in a straight line but at coffee-treated speed (and I haven’t been drinking!). 

The interesting part is that a portion of the time was spend in retreat – at a retreat – with rest and no deadlines forbidding me refreshment.  That time was tucked in the midst of rush and hurry. 

When I arrived home my wife had to run to follow me.  We used to call this being my “grad gown” time.  When I served as a Registrar the graduation weekend was hectic, to say the least.  If my kids wanted to see me, I would invite them to tag along – which meant running behind me.

Having said all this, today I feel refreshed.  The day has been busy and rewarding.  Supper was with a friend – touching base and laughing and exploring our various vocational involvements.  Add to that a great meal prepared by my wife, and things are good.

May you rest in your day and night.

Busy days ahead

Monday, October 17th, 2011

On our way back from supper out tonight I recounted in my head the next few days.  We have a seniors meeting over the lunch hour tomorrow – a few hours preparation and take down.  Then an evening Board meeting with our elders.  Followed the next morning with a staff meeting, then off to Saskatoon for a 24 hour retreat with senior pastors in the region.  Thursday I’m back in time to head out of town to Luseland, Saskatchewan where our camp we help sponsor is having their celebration supper after a successful summer of camp.  Which brings me to Friday – a time to write my weekly email update for our church and then writing a sermon for Sunday. 

All good things, all squashed into a short period of time.  Not a bad thing, just a busy thing!

Plumbing dribbles

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Well, today I started working on a tub shower diverter.  Which is really a task that has been waiting for a while.

Which is the problem.  The longer something is not working, the sooner the parts begin to deteriorate.  And thus they did.

By the end on this task I had broken a part, replaced another part and found out our town does not have all the parts you might want.  So, tomorrow morning we will use the downstairs’ shower.  And for the next while – until we can get to another town where the part is to be found.  Maybe we can even find it on the internet?

The funny thing is, the older I get the less frustrated I’ve become.  Maybe that’s a matter of experience.  Not everything needs to be done in one day. 

But it would be nice!!

The will to live

Friday, October 14th, 2011

I’ve watched a few people lately.  Mostly aged and beyond the life of their spouses.  Their will to live is depleted. 

While this is a testament to their relationship with their spouse, there is an unfortunate side.  Family and friends may desire to encourage and support the loved one – but they too become discouraged.  They are drained emotionally and wonder how they can place a spark back in another’s life.

There is an old phrase – “let go, and let God.”  Never have I heard a tougher prescription.  If we could save our loved ones from pain, sorrow and hopelessness, we would gladly take their places.  But we cannot.  We can come alongside – we can lift weary hands – but we cannot become their life for them.

So, I pray for God to give marathon strength to each one.  And that they would have radical gratitude in their lives.  That they would see God more clearly, love God more dearly and follow wherever God is leading.  And in some cases that leading is closer to heaven than to earth.

Now, if we would just let go, and let God!