Writer, Church leader, Eccentric Nut, Marketer

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.

24 December 2006

Merry Christmas to All

As a radio writer swamped in the sea of political correctness, this past week has been full of writing the words... "Happy Holidays". So enough of that.

Krissy and I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Luke 2:14
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

May God's favor rest upon you... in Jesus name.

22 December 2006

Embracing Gen X

I love that George Snuffleupagus. OK I know it's George Stroumboulopoulos but Snuffleupagus is funnier. For those of you who don't know who he is... he's the host of a cool irreverent news program on CBC Newsworld (Canada's Public Broadcaster).

When nothing is on TV (which is nearly always), my wife and I will always watch this funny/intelligent/sometimes rude/totally biased, look at what's going on in Canada and the World. I love it! He is a great representation of my generation. Unapologetically sticking it to institution.

You know what I've decided? I'm tired of apologizing for myself and Generation X. I was resently hired to do stand-up comedy at a Church. It was a disaster!!! An absolute bomb. In the first 2 minutes, I offended the entire room... they then proceed to carry on personal conversations instead of listening to a word. The leader of the night... who obviously smelled the BOMB going off on stage... actually came up and physically gave me the hook. And Boom goes the dynamite!

It was an icky religious experience I tell's ya. Honestly it was an institutional kick in the testicles. A few weeks separated from the incident... I now regret nothing. Last night on George's show "The hour" comedian Billy Connolly was talking about stand up comedy and was remarking that... " it's the job of comedians and poets to simply speak the world as it is and can't even think about the repercussions of truth." THAT IS AWESOME JACKSON!

"I'm in Generation X. There isn't anything that Generation X hates more.... than everything. " Dave Carrol
In high school I so detested the student government institution so much... that between my brother and I, we ACTUALLY got Lenny Dykstra (former MLB outfielder) election to student council. My class killed pep rally's because they are ridiculous and meaningless. The school stopped running them since we all just left. And you know what? I agree with both of those stances today. They are both false fronts with no value. You know what? It would be WAAAAAAY easier to just conform.

Conforming makes me gag. As a Christian, I hate the vain repetition of religion that Christ so abhoard. So many days, like after my comedy bomb, I wish to the dear Lord that sometimes I wish I could turn my head off and just play nice. But hear this!!!!! I cannot. It is not in me, and then closer I get to Christ, the more it rises up in me. Our establishments are corrupt. We've made little Baal's in our fancy clothes, comfortable homes, safe lifestyle, RRSP's, pretty little churches. Open your eyes... it's a lie. It's a front... and embracing them is an afront to God.

Check out these lyrics from Derek Webb's song Nobody Loves Me

i can always tell a liar
and i always know a thief
i know them like my family
because brother i’m the chief
i’m a dangerous crusader
because i need to tell the truth
so i’m turning over tables
i’m my own living room

then i might nail indictments up
on every door in town
because it’s not right or safe to let my conscience down
so i don’t care if...

nobody loves me, nobody loves me
nobody loves me but you

the truth is never sexy
so it’s not an easy sell
you can dress her like the culture
but she’ll shock ‘em just as well
because she don’t need an apology for being who she is

and she don’t need your help making enemies
so i don’t care if... nobody loves me

i’ll do whatever it takes to squeeze us into this wedding gown
i’ll say the words that rattle your nerves
words like sin and faith alone

So God, change me and this world to be more like you... whatever the cost

14 December 2006

Pimp My PM

So Stephane Dion is hinting at a spring election in Canada. Is there still time for someone to invent a TV show called "Pimp my PM"? I like this Lank Thompson esc handsome man but he needs a haircut and a personality... and quick. Oh yeah... and maybe throw the environment a bone. Trust me... it will help. Al Gore started wearing hemp paraphanalia and now he's popular with the kids.

Did you see this headline today? "World's Tallest Man saves 2 dolphins" REALLY??!!! That's stupid crazy-go-nuts-awesome. So let's pretend you're a Chinese veterinarian.
"Yao... the dolphins are ill"
"That's right Mao. They swallowed plastic"
"What should we do? Heimlich maneuver? Surgery? "
"Nah... let's call the world's tallest man and he'll yank it out with his ganley arms"

THIS IS A JOB FOR DUM DUM DAH... The World's Tallest Man!

I guess it's either that or for the world's smallest man.

12 December 2006

Big Big God

Since Sunday night, the words that have been rolling through my spirit are "Ancient of Days". The Hubble Telescope is one of the most amazing things that man has been able to piece together...

... but our most amazing contraption is only able to take a little peek at what our God orchestrated. It's unbelievable. Especially since when you look in Isaiah 43 (where God calls Himself "The Ancient of Days"), He calls US His witnesses. We're THE Vessel He's chosen to show His love to the world.

8 December 2006

Let'er Rip Bathroom Worship

This morning I watched something that truly made me smile. I was about to walk out the door for work and I heard a commotion going on in the bathroom. My wife was up in the bathroom getting ready for the day and both of our kids had wound up in there with her. She was listening to the David Crowder "Lime" CD that has a wicked version of "Undignified" on it

My kids and my wife were dancing around singing off tune in various stages of daily readiness singing... it rocked the Kazbah

I will dance, I will sing, To be mad for my King. Nothing Lord is hindering this passion in my soul. And I'll become
Even more undignified than this. Some may say it's foolishness but I'll become even more undignified than this.

The more time passes, the more I detest religion and everything it stands for. It's about formality... a reserved lifestyle... repetition. Yuck. Why in the WORLD would you want to be a part of that club???? Oh yeah. I don't.

Check out this. It's an article that was in the LA Times about a group called the Godmen. They are a group who are carrying the banner of "Church has become too female and our men are no longer free to be REAL men." They're message basically is... "let'er rip brother."

I loved watching the Undignified Bathroom Worship. I thought to myself... this is more pure and honest worship than most of the churches I've been in in my life. It's an on the spot honest expression of adoration. It's "let'er rip" worship.

"Hello world. My name is Dave. You remember how I used to care what you thought? Bite me Doughboy."

6 December 2006

We were wrong

We were so sure that this one was going to be boy. But there it was on the ultrasound.... The hot dog bun.

Soon in my home... I will be officially outnumbered.

1 December 2006

Business and Ministry

Something that has always amazed me, is that the church shows little to no innovation when it comes to accomplishing our goals. If we were in the business world... (and we are)... we would suffocate and become obsolete... (which we are) Doh!

If you haven't heard yet today is World AIDS day and there are quite a number of companies that have decided to come together and release products where a portion of the proceeds go towards AIDS like AMEX, Converse, The Gap and More

I would love a "Red" Credit Card. What great idea that my purchases and interest actually gets to partner with something worthy of my investment. But the cool thing is that American Express still makes money. LOTS of money. And AIDS medication gets into the hands of those who need it. LOTS of it! Bono's into it too.

Interesting eh? Bono's theory is that "celebrity" is a currency. He gets to spend it however he wants.

Now what would happen if the church partnered with business? What if we finally began to see what God has given us as an asset instead of a demerit? It's THE power to change the world. What if business saw what the church does as an asset too? Know why it hasn't happend yet? Because we're answering questions that nobody is asking. We're not actually impacting our world to the point where AMEX who has access to Billions of dollars says... it profits me to partner with you because you're doing sooo much good.

Chew on that for a bit!

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