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I'm Church Leader, Writer, Speaker, Marketer, Kindness Project Founder, Broadcaster and Superhero. But most important I'm a Husband, Father and a worshiper of Jesus.

27 June 2006

Oh boy can I?



"It was for freedom that Christ has set us free"

Silence Modern Music in the Church says the Pope

Not that music matters... but... um... music doesn't matter. Try and keep it to yourself, but Hymns were old Irish drinkin' songs. But apparently if we're not using Gregorian chatting, it's not Holy. I'm just glad that the Pope is "down" with the kids. That Pope is MY Pope.

I'm just glad to see the real issues getting taken care of in our world... like guitars. Isn't this the plot for "Footloose"? Starring Kevin Bacon as the David Crowder and John Lithgow as Pope Benedict

Although, the Pope does have an email address: benedictxvi@vatican.va

"Dear Pope. Welcome aboard... did you catch the latest 3rd Day album?"

Religion is yucky

26 June 2006

Aaaaand Legs Up!

I've been thinking. Do raccoons ever die peacefully... at home... Surrounded by their raccoon family? Because the only dead raccoons that I've ever seen are on the side of the road with both legs sticking straight up... genitals exposed to the world. Fairly undignified.

What goes through the head of the raccoon on the road?

"What the heck are those lights?? Oh baby YES... Ok... I've been trained for this... get in the most awkward position possible! Legs up, genitals out... aaaaannndd... BANG!"

It must be a "everything stops... I was meant for this" moment. "It's the way me grandpappy went, me Pappy went... and it's the way I'm ready to go"

Do raccoons who die of natural causes become social outcasts? Are there raccoon inquiries into the "mysterious circumstances" surrounding the death.

"Earl is dead? Oh heavens no! Well we'll get the road shovel... No shovel? What do you mean? You're not saying that he....GULP... went at home??? UNCLEAN!!"

25 June 2006

23 June 2006

Blogging Scorecard

I have to be honest...

My foray in the Blogging world has been a bit of a cultural experiment on my part. After reading the George Barna book about the coming "Revolution" in the church and hearing about how we (***In Barna's opinion***) are on the verge of seeing the church's "market share" drastically slashed in favor of people with like interests simply "not forsaking the gathering together of believers" by just discussion about God with those of similar interests.

As friends of mine like Paul, the worship leader at our church, started out into the Blogging world and began to make different connections with people at Freedom House and beyond, I got very curious. It seems like Blogging is a very interesting depiction of Barna's future church may look like.

I thought it was time for a little Blogging scorecard, and to note a few observations about the impact of this bizarro little world that is very intriguing to me.

A) The post of mine that generated the most comments was about me loosing my underwear. Hmmm. One thing I've noticed that writing controversial things or simply intentional funny things will generate online discussion. Simply posing questions and making commentary on world/spiritual realities do not.

B) It HAS opened new opportunities for relationship between me and others in my church circle. Some with pre-exisisting relationships have deepend and new doors are being openned with people who I'm looking forward to getting to know more. Exposing personal information HAS sparked deeper discussion and understanding between me and my family.

C) In my opinion, the most dangerous aspect of putting much stock in the Blog World is the enormous level of DISATTACHMENT there is between the real world and the online world. While, at times, people can be more open when you are not sitting there in person, translating the "theoretical world" into real life can be a challenge.

D) Then on the other side, I've had to have discussions with real people, in real life, using real words, about written Blog words that have offended. Personal information (that could belong in a private diary instead of published for public consumption) that may have felt freeing to write, because they were only read (and understood) in part, without context, unnecessarily created disharmony.

E) Many times I feel very pompous in Blog writing. Why do the readers care about my random musings about life? Why do they readers feel compelled to respond with their thoughts? I check often what others think about my statements. I don't care for this feeling, so why am I so driven to see who thinks what? Is anything being actually accomplished or are we spinning wheels?

F) It is a wonderful discipline. As an aspiring (and practising) writer, I have found it to be a positive outlet, for forcing me to channel thought and tell a story in a small amount of space and time.

G) I posted a Blog on May 15th called "Where are my weird web readers", where my friends suggested that to get strangers from around the world reading my Blog, I should search for those with like interest and comment on their Blog. On slow days at work, I have experimented with this concept. I once searched the word "Holy Spirit" and found the Blog of Chris Cree... a cool guy in Savannah Georgia who I have gone back and forth with a number of times and spurred some interesting ideas. I have chatted about what God's doing in Germany with a missionary couple in Berlin! Some cool stuff that has broadened my perspective.

Yesterday... as an experiment... for an hour I posted the same message about the Ghanaian soccer team (Copy, Paste,Copy,Paste....) on Blogs that talked about the World Cup and the big game yesterday. I wondered how many would visit my Blog and strike up a conversation about Jesus once they read what the rest of my Blog is about. After about a hundred comments, 1 person responded and is likely to never come back since I will rarely (if ever again) write about soccer. And even if they did, because it is ENORMOUSLY easy to never return to a website... how can long-term lasting value be accomplished without accountability and relationship? Fascinating.

There are many more things, both good and bad, that I've noticed, but above all... I've seen that this is a culture all to its own. With those who I already know, in some ways, we've been having our own little small group. But in the long-run, I don't know how effective the Blog is as a relationship builder. Those who think alike or have similar gifting will eventually stick together in this paradigm and could become exclusive and impotent.

This, as I see it, is one of the pitfalls of Barna's Revolution as well. As I study spiritual gifts closer, it's more and more obvious that we were meant to be together. People who are different were never meant to clash, they were meant to compliment each other... as a body. But, if used well, Blogging can be a wonderful tool in accomplishing the spurring on of our friends to greatness.

I'm going to keep it up. It's passed test one! Ha.

22 June 2006

Ghana wins!

Ghana 2: USA 1

I read an article yesterday in which the president of Ghana JA Kufor (who is Ghana's first TRULY democratically elected president: JJ Rawlings who was an elected dictator simply does not count) said that these World Cup victories are the best thing to happen to Ghana since it's independance in 1957!

The whole country had the afternoon off to view this game... and what an uproar the city of Accra must be in right now. Wish I could see it!

People do put unwarrented importance on sport, but tell me something... what was the last image of Africa that you have seen without a child covered in flies in it? This was one of things that our friend Albert was most bothered by about North America. The Compassion and World Vision programs are great and all... but it re-enforces the World's view of Africa as the charity-case in world. It infects us... and seeps into African mindsets too.

Bob Marley said, "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery"

Africa (surprisingly) is EXTREMELY wealthy. It's just hoarded by a select few. It's people are amazing, resourcful, passionate people... and it's RARE that African culture and it's people are celebrated. This is why I love this team. It's more than about soccer. Honestly, this means something more to a nation and it's people. Spirit move in Ghana tonight.

21 June 2006

Go Ghana!

After watching what may have been my first full soccer match on North American TV last Saturday and seeing the "Black Stars" beat up the Czech Republic, tomorrow the Ghanaian National Soccer team has a chance to go to the 2nd round of the World Cup. Well Holy Mackerel.

I'm far from a soccer fan, but you've got to be pretty cold hearted and have a non-existent global view not to see that this event is HUGE!

When we were in Ghana in 2000, during the European championships, nearly the whole city of Accra shut down. I can only imagine what it was like on Saturday! And what it will be like tomorrow when they stick a fork in the Americans.

So come on... let me hear you.... ready... 1...2...3...
Gooooooooooooooo Ghana!

20 June 2006

Everything Glorious


"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
2 Corinthians 3:18

"You make everything Glorious and I am yours. What does that make me?"
David Crowder


"Sonny sits by his window and thinks to himself
How its strange that some rooms are like cages
Sonnys yearbook from high school
Is down from the shelf
And he idly thumbs through the pages
Some have died Some have fled from themselves
Or struggled from here to get there
Sonny wanders beyond his interior walls
Runs his hand through his thinning brown hair"
Paul Simon: Obvious child

I
've alway found the line, "Some have fled from themselves" very thought provoking. You know what's cool about being changed from "glory to glory", is that we're allowed to not stay the same. We're released to change.

At the same time, the concept of someone fleeing from themselves is very real and prevalent. I know I can open my own high school yearbook and find people that have sold out what they believed for money, prestige, fun, women, sex, pleasure...

I know that I never want to stay the same, but at the same I don't want to loose what I am in the blurry world haze. God LOVES who He's made you. You are a work of art worth all of Heaven rejoicing over. He has breathed eternal life into our lungs and given our words the ability to breed. Yet, our current form must be conformed like a glob of damp clay into its glorious shape. It's in the molding that the potter get to really show off His creativity.


19 June 2006

And it's not getting any better

Ever just LOVE how "The Message" is written?

Check this out.

1 Corinthians 4:
9-13
"It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We're something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We're the Messiah's misfits. You might be sure of yourselves, but we live in the midst of frailties and uncertainties. You might be well-thought-of by others, but we're mostly kicked around. Much of the time we don't have enough to eat, we wear patched and threadbare clothes, we get doors slammed in our faces, and we pick up odd jobs anywhere we can to eke out a living. When they call us names, we say, "God bless you." When they spread rumors about us, we put in a good word for them. We're treated like garbage, potato peelings from the culture's kitchen. And it's not getting any better."

Maybe I'm sadistic, but there's something that makes me tingle about what Paul says here. I know that I AM one of those "I'm only happy when it rains" kinda guys and enjoy (somewhat) the times of struggle because it makes me feel really human. It doesn't allow me to get arrogant.

Walking into the future of our world, just simply won't be fun.... The way the world defines fun. It's gonna be wild though. Unprecedented success, healing, salvation, Holy Spirit presence, etc. And at the same time, it will be an era of unprecedented attack, conflict, mind-struggles, lies, strife etc. And I'm thrilled about it. It will separate those who are serious from those who are not. But we'll be gathering up heavenly treasure like the Pirates of the Caribbean!

Paul warned us about it. And it's not just about the "end-times". That will just be an escalation. It's part of the Christianity deal. Check the fine print of your contract.

18 June 2006

Happy Fathers Day?

Like Ren and Stimpy once sang:

"I'll teach you how to be happy. I'll teach your grandmother to suck eggs. The little critters in nature... they don't know that they're ugly. I told ya I'd shoot! But you didn't believe me! Why didn't you believe me?!! Happy Happy Joy Joy..."

No seriously, we all ENJOYED the annual Father's Day walk.... seriously

17 June 2006

Skinny Dave and the kiddies



Every now and again, I'm still shocked to see how much weight I lost during my fast and now after. About 45-50lbs... just gone. It's funny, because weight has always been a struggle for me, but God (because he knows me so well) used my spiritual obedience to bless me with a new body and new mind-set. It really has been a renewing of my mind. 4-5 mornings a week I ride trails for an hour or more, I'm lifting weights again, my wife loves the way I look, and I feel invigorated! Check this out... this was last October!


It's awesome to actually physically see all the "desires of our heart" that God simply releases to us without us having to strive to get them... when we're obedient to his day to day voice. The only bad part is that I liked that sweater, and now I need a whole new wardrobe. Get ready Old Navy!

14 June 2006

Coming back to Him

A couple of more amazing CS Lewis excerpts of Mere Christianity...

"We all want Progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
"

"Remember, this repentance, this willing submission to humiliation and a kind of death, is not something God demands of you before He will take you back and which He could let you off if He chooses: it is simply a description of what going back to Him is like. If you ask God to take you back without it, you are really asking Him to let you go back without going back. It cannot happen."

David Crowder's song "He is our King" says

Here is our King.
Here is our love.
Here is our God who's come to bring us back to Him.
He is the One. He is Jesus

Very interesting that often, going ahead means going backward. God doesn't change. He's the solid in the equasion. We're the constant variable. Salvation is not about one repentance prayer. Turning back, like Lewis was talking about, is not a one-shot-deal. And it's rarely about our physical actions.

It's our process of being conformed to His likeness. It's a life-journey killing off more and more flesh (which obstructs us from getting closer to Glory). It's how we're wired. We're a kite being jostled in the sky, being held by our anchor on the ground. The further out we are, we are more susceptible to the whim of the wind. The more we allow ourselves to be reeled in, the less extreme the resistance. When we're saved... we always have the anchor, but progress means getting closer to our source.

12 June 2006

Gifting

No not "re-gifting" like I used to do with "The Smurfs" board game that my aunt and uncle would give us every Christmas because they forgot that they bought it for us the year before. We got so many of those games that our friends were getting gift reruns! No more Smurfs and their weird Nazi paradigm society! Bad Gargamel!

In our church and small groups...
(BTW: what is the current "cool Christian" term these days? Small groups? Cell groups? Life groups? Support groups? Something with an acronym? Relational, Micro-sized life cell organism's that aren't overtly spiritual but having underlying motives?) I DIGRESS.

We're talking about spiritual gifting. I used to be very opposed to learning about what my spiritual giftings are. I hated the idea of filling out moronic questions like,

"The Baptismal tank is dirty. Do you...
A) Start scrubbing
B) Buy fish and start an unholy underwater colony
C) Tell the "little people" to grab a mop or the wrath of God will fall
D) Council the janitor

BOOM... I'm a prophet... clearly... Here's your sign.

Since then, I've learned that there definitely is much value in the exploration of what God has implanted in your spirit. But we must be very careful. Regardless of what we're gifted at, context is always different, and God's more creative in how He wants us used than we are at coming up with helpful ideas.

As a leader, it would be very easy get my people to do a test, find what holes need plugging, and "plug people in" where I see fit. But thank the good Lord that He's more creative than that. Listening and doing, is the most important disicpline a Christian can learn, because that's how we are led into fresh, effective ways of using God's "good and perfect" gifts! You know... since stale and ineffective juuuuuuuust aren't workin' for us anymore.

9 June 2006

Answers to questions

One of the most valuable skills that I've learned in the last number years of my life is to be able to hear God quickly. Father's speak to their kids, and (while it's not always the case) usually the perceived lack of communication between us and God, is more about us either not listening or not expecting to hear his voice.

A great way that I've found to hear God's voice is to get out a piece of paper...
1) Ask him a question
2) Begin to write

I led our young adults at Revolution through this process on Tuesday night with the questions that I posed on the Big Ear Blog a couple of days ago. I figured I'd share what God told me when I asked him these questions. Give it a try and let me know what he says to you! A good way to make sure it's God BTW, is write it out... read it... see if it lines up with Biblical truth. Then believe it!

Who does my time belong to?
A-
Your time belongs to ME, but I alot it to you. Provision always comes when you're faithful with your time. Time faithfulness and lack of it can even lead to lack of provision.

How would you live if you KNEW everything you needed was already provided for you?
A-
Like a wildman. You would test the water and find it to be a solid. Then you would laugh. There is no spoon. (Sidenote: I love it when God speaks in movie references!)

What does it really mean to love your neighbor?
A-
For you, it means actually trying... which you don't! It's more than a co-incidental meeting and a smile. It takes you being active and intentional. Smarten up... They're mine!

How does we have "everything in common" (Book of Acts church)?
T
hey're my bride! I love them all, even with their flaws. "In common" speaks to like passions. The apostles had one passion.

Ask God these questions... lets take this out of the "my opinion" realm. Let's start to get to know what God really thinks. We've tried to do this without His opinion for too long. How do you feel about hearing the voice of God?

8 June 2006

Rrrrrrrrr... Smooth Jazz


Is it possible that Smooth Jazz is the Anti-Christ? Seriously, the long curly mullets? The distinct Europian flavor? The complete lack of musical ability, skill to use TONE, PITCH, SONG WRITTING ABILITIES.... etc, etc.

Some days, the only thing that keeps me awake/sane/interested in continuing my day without gouging my eyes out with a fork in frustration, is the thought that the Blue Jays are a great baseball team. It's my end-of-day emotional alka seltzer. "Ahhhh.... Vernon Wells hits a double"... "Roy Halliday's curveball is unhittable.... oh baby that's it" See, that just melts away a day full of alto saxophoning. Good bye Kenny G. Bon voyage Chielli Minucci. Check ya later Dave Koz.

Smooth Jazz + Blue Jays= Dave still goes to work tomorrow

6 June 2006

I want to be in Ghana today


I went for a drive over my lunch hour and popped in a CD full of Ghanaian Gospel "Highlife" music that a friend brought me from Accra last year. The 30 degree sun and the equatorial rythms brought me right back to one of my favorite places on earth. Today... I just wish I was there.

-I want to be shocked that Ghanaian music doesn't sound like Ladysmyth Black Mambazzo
-I want to drink an orange "Fanta" sitting in the sun
-I want big bowl of Fufu with goat meat in it and I want to eat it with my hands
-I want to drink water out of baggie
-I want to walk down the street and be called "Oh brunie" or the Ga version "Blufonyo"
-I want to feel the refreshing evening breeze that cooled the earth after a 35 degree day
-I want to eat a Ghanaian donut fried fresh from the marketplace
-I want to wear ugly flip flops but call them "Charlie Wate"
-I want to cheer the Black Stars in the World Cup
-I want to get stuck in traffic with nothing to do but soak up the tunes and have street vendors bidding on my hat
-I want to walk down the street and have people be KIND and say... get this... "Hello!"
-I want to hang with real men of God and not have to deal with piddly little North American egos and our stupid, self-created, and self inflicted North American issues that leave us impotent, running in circles and arrogant
-I want worship to be worship... done by all... with no professionalism at all. No record deals. No whining over chords and which song should be played.... JUST WORSHIP... FOR A LONG TIME...
-I want to see a chicken's head cut off in the Sunday school... just once
-I want to watch reruns of Silver Spoons, GI Joe, and catch up with Ezmerelda
-I want the spirit world to be seen instead of being lost in our hidden goolosh of secrecy and denial
-I want to see huts on the Ocean again
-I want the feeling of a post work shower, and a morning washdown
-I want Kiliwilli for diner... and hot pepper stew on rice... and Fanyogo
-I want to be genuinenly engaged by my surroundings
-I want to learn through success and not failure
-I want to be around people living real life and not soft, over-suckled tit drinkers frightened like a schoolgirl by anything less than climate controlled luxury

Ah... check it out... my first inappropriate for public consumption blog rant. Feels good. The reality is that I know where I'm called and who I'm called to for this season in my life. Ezekiel is the man. He was called to a "difficult people"... you know... his own people. He ate the scroll and found favor with God. I choose to do the same, because being in Ghana right now would be intentionally putting myself and family out from the blood covering... and I sure don't want to be there.... but I sure miss it and those who live there. So pressing on....

5 June 2006

Questions

Tomorrow at our "Revolution" young adult night, I'm going to be talking about giving. Not just money, but living giving. If you don't mind... I'm going to ask a few questions and I'd love to hear what you think on either/ or both of these questions.

1. Who does your time belong to?

2. How would you live if you KNEW everything you needed was already provided for you?

3 June 2006

Take off you hosers


I had a discussion with a salesperson at my radio station on Friday, in which I used the word "Hoser". He had no idea what it meant. I was shocked, aghast really! How could there be a Canadian under the age of 145 that did not know what hoser meant? Then I thought... what is the actually definition? Thanks to my good friend the inter-net, here's the best I have found

1. Canadian insult or term of endearment
2. Shortened version of "hose head"
3. Used as a negative, it basically means "idiot." When used positively, it's a phrase of light endearment.
4. A clumsy, boorish, uncouth, beer drinking Canadian

This was Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis's view of what the America's stereotypical Canadian looks/sounds like.

http://wavcentral.com/movies/strgbrew.html


My favorite moment is still when Bob gets a nosebleed while on the witness stand in the movie "Strange Brew", and the bailiff solves the problem by offering to put a bullet up Bob's nose (OBVIOUSLY!) followed by "oh... Beauty Clark!" I still say this today... of course... I'm a Hoser...without the beer.

I'd love to hear your definition for "Hoser"... eh. (Either Hoser's or Non-Hosers are welcome)

2 June 2006

Happy is a yuppie word

"Happy is a yuppie word. Blessed is the man who's lost it all" Switchfoot

I
didn't much care for this song on Switchfoot's newest album the first time I heard it. Funny how if songs don't have a cool enough hook, lyrics get missed on the first listen through. But thankfully I worked my way deeper one day and began to chew on those words.

*** NOTE: This is the reason that I can never finish books. I get to one deep thought and stop for 3 weeks to properly think it though***

Everyone tries to live a life that makes them happy. But it ends up being a copout to living truth. Happiness is a temporal feeling that comes and goes. What makes you happy one day, may not the next. It's disposable. I know that I'm not "Captain Compassion" but giving too much credence to your feelings is a quality of a weak person. We're supposed to "to captive of our thoughts and make them obedient to Christ".

Heck... if you gave license to every thought you had... you'd likely be in prison. Maybe I'm twisted (OK I'm twisted)... but often as I'm driving by pedestrians I say the words "thump thump" outloud. Of course I would never run over an old lady for comedy sake, but we sometimes cannot control the thoughts/feelings that pop into our mind. They are deceptive and misleading.

Joy is what our life should be filled with. "Joy unspeakable and full of glory". And the half has never yet been told baby. It's living with unshakable joy, based on truth, that breeds the happy feelings that its easy to sell-out to get a false version of. Bastardized Happiness Sucks. It's unfulfilling and fleeting. You find yourself floating around life like a lost hippie trying desperately to find something that only exist's when it's based on absolute truth.


1 June 2006

Have you seen my underwear???

Last night I took Jared (my 3 year old son) to the Wayne Gretzky Center for his 1st swimming lesson, and somehow I lost my underwear. At least it was a breezy ride home.

Let me know if you find them.

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