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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.

31 January 2008

The Story of Stuff

Someone emailed me the link to site called "The Story of Stuff". They suggested I invest 20 minutes and check it out. This is truly an excellent mini-doc!




How to react to this?
I don't think that any of us can dispute the truth of this horrible cycle we've been conned into.
Are we simply trapped in this cycle?
Could we break it if we tried?
Is "just doing the little things" enough?

Really. Is the answer obvious? I'm not sure the answer IS obvious.
Love to hear your thought as I'm not sure I have mine together.

LOST is back


From Lostpedia...





I'm so excited. The best part... is that the show is on Thursday Night. I have nothing on Thursdays. So it's now LOST night. At home... on the couch... only talk if it's LOST talk...no calls... no thinking about church.

Instead... I go to bed thinking about character, leadership, time travel, heroism, love, redemption, faith, science, how to accomplish goals when something supernatural is a variable...

Oh wait... maybe it's the same.

But in my normal dreams, Hurley isn't in them.



30 January 2008

I'm a Donkey


Interesting Website called "Glassbooth" let's your rank your political priorities and it tells you what candidate you'd support in the US elections.

And apparently I'm a Democrat! Ha.

It's almost is even an offensive thing to me. Don't tell the church. I'm sure Jesus was a voting Republican right? Pat Robertson tells me.

Truthfully... for a plethora of reasons, I doubt I'd vote Democrat... but here's the thing. I'm sick and frigin' tired of a couple things...

1) Guns. NOBODY needs guns in the city. NOBODY. Amendment this. Stop shooting anything. Gosh... doesn't anyone down there hear this???????????????

2) Get OUT of Iraq. This is insane. The motives were wrong from the get go. No I don't think George Bush is a tyrant. I even like him. But GET OUT NOW!!!!!! The economy is disastrous and all we can think of is Iraq. Stupid stupid stupid.

3) Canada and the States need to get their act together and care about the environment. It's totally unacceptable to be THIS irresponsible any more. Why is it that every time I recycle, I feel like I'm voting Liberal? It's wrong. My God created this earth and Christians SHOULD care.

4) The US Health Care system combined with the poverty in cities is DISGRACEFUL. The next time a Canadian starts whining about wait times in our hospitals... they should think though what it would feel like to be kicked out of a hospital because their credit card was over it's limit.

5) I feel VERY strongly about social and morality issues. But the reason that these issues even exist is an impotent powerless church... not a Godless government. So care for the women who are in crisis pregnancies... stop being an ass and picketing clinics. Get to know someone struggling with homosexual thoughts and help them though their situations instead of picking up your shotgun and go "a lynchin". Stupid rednecks.

So here's who I'd have voted for (even though he's being buried because of making Pro-God statements). And I agree with considerably less of what he fights for.
Maybe I agree on the more important issues. But maybe they're not.
What a mess.

Long Day


Yesterday was a long day. Kinda maddening really.

It's such a weird place to be trapped between what you're dreaming to be true and seeing it happen.

Especially when where you are is both infuriating and exactly where God wants you.

29 January 2008

Again... you searched for what?

ShinyStat shows me all the things people have Googled and found my blog. Honestly... there is some funny stuff in there. Thought I'd share.




Can't say for sure on this one... but I ain't lookin' in Detroit's direction.




There is a difference? Something softer for the sabbath?




Heck yes it is. Just don't worship Vishnu while having intercourse in those gymnastic positions OK?




NO wonder they found me



Oh you were looking for MC Hammer's Blog. It's right here.




Oh I wouldn't recommend that. Might create some sibling issues. OK? Lazy parent. Lazy lazy parent.





Umm.






I wonder if it's the same dude?
"On the next Oprah... his ears... enormous... but wait till you hear the rest of the story"






I don't think EITHER of these thing would work well. Very challenging to market to the lucrative US market. The CFL with all the "rouges" and the chicken underwear with the pecking and the constant pooping and all. No go.





Crazy right wingers.





Yes. I'd long suspected it. But I am incarnational proof of creationism

28 January 2008

Hey Dumbo

I wrote this on the wall of our prayer room...

"Hey Dumbo... don't take yourself too seriously."

I wrote it because the God who created the universe said it to me.

The significance?

Dumbo was an elephant with big ears.

I have a big ear.

It was God (as the British say) "taking the piss out of me"


Why would a Holy God do that? Because I responded to it. We can get pretty self important sometimes. It can feel like our pet issues and personal "burdens" are so huge that we try to carry that load.

That's something really important to remember when you pray. You're "partnering" with God. You're adding the "agreement" element into the potent mixture. It's a HUGE element. It's like the yeast. Just takes a bit... but the difference between leaven and unleavened is HUGE!

"my yoke is easy and my burden is light" in the Message translates out to...

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."


He's a big big God who's done pretty good at this whole "world-thing".
We just keep company with him.
All day.

27 January 2008

26 January 2008

Family Prayer Hour

Spent an hour with the whole family in the prayer room today.

24/7 Baby.

It's really quite something.
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25 January 2008

Really?


People searched for THAT?

And found me?

"Those" Canadian people

Why are we all so afraid of everything?
Check this out from today's Toronto Star...
THE CANADIAN PRESS

"Australians taking the advice of their government's "Smart Traveller" web site will likely be steering clear of Canada.

That website, which is run by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has Canada listed as a country where travellers should "exercise caution," which is the second-safest category.

Apparently our problems stem from the threat of terrorism, heavy snow, ice and forest fires that can erupt "at any time."

British Columbia, in particular, was singled out as being in an active earthquake zone and "subject to avalanches" along with Alberta.

Countries listed on the Smart Traveller website that are considered safer than Canada include Chile, South Korea and Latvia."

Somewhere in the outback, people are reading that and calling me a savage, eskimoe, pyros, hoser.

"Those people up there. Bunch of terrorists"

I think that the term "Those People" should be considered a racist term. Next time you start a sentence with "those people", catch yourself. YOU ARE "those people". We're all just people.

You could die any day in any country in the world at any time. Let's all just take a deep breath and calm the heck down ya hoser ya. Of course, this is coming from a country of boomerang throwin, Fosters guzzlin, croc wrestlin, Crikey sayin, diggeredoo playin, aborigine lovin, aussies

Pft... those people

24 January 2008

So Andrea asks, "What were you doing 10 years ago?"

Andrea Bacon (Hamilton, ON) wrote
at 10:08am
oh the fond memories....10 years ago...

Dave Carrol (no network) wrote
at 10:05am
Ten years ago I was in year 2 of College and Krissy and I were engaged. So I was living in Welland and driving to brantford on weekends. Doing youth ministry friday nights with the cleughs at new life.

then I'd be getting ready for a summer of grave digging...

10 years ago




Sometimes I'm genuinely surprised how much life changes you.

Not often.

But sometimes.

23 January 2008

Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika


Not lots makes me truly, angry, angry. But our world's discarding of Africa does. I read this today morning and it INFURIATED me that we're in sackcloth and ashes over Heath Leger's death while 45,000 die in Congo EVERY BLOODY MONTH and we neither hear... nor care.

"DAKAR, Senegal - Some 45,000 people die each month in Congo as the world's deadliest humanitarian crisis has failed to improve despite five years of relative peace in the Central African nation, according to a report released Tuesday.

An estimated 5.4 million Congolese died between 1998 and April 2007 because of conflict, most from the rampant disease and food shortages stemming from fighting, the report said."

It's an astronomically disproportional amount of apathy that we have for Civil Conflict in Africa... even for us!

Africa is stunningly beautiful and Krissy and I were almost itching for the green light to stay there and embrace it's culture as our own. We left Canada years ago, EXPECTING not to come home if I'm honest. But what broke my heart MORE was not the tragedy what happens there. Because THERE is a hidden diamond that nobody knows of. What broke my heart was the decrepit nature of my culture here.

I love it. It's home. It's my calling.
But it's busted.
And it makes me angry.

So I press on.
God Bless Africa.



"Lord, bless Africa;
May her horn rise high up;
Hear Thou our prayers And bless us.

Chorus
Descend, O Spirit,
Descend, O Holy Spirit.

Bless our chiefs
May they remember their Creator.
Fear Him and revere Him,
That He may bless them.

Bless the public men,
Bless also the youth
That they may carry the land with patience
and that Thou mayst bless them.

Bless the wives
And also all young women;
Lift up all the young girls
And bless them.

Bless the ministers
of all the churches of this land;
Endue them with Thy Spirit
And bless them.

Bless agriculture and stock raising
Banish all famine and diseases;
Fill the land with good health
And bless it.

Bless our efforts
of union and self-uplift,
Of education and mutual understanding
And bless them.

Lord, bless Africa
Blot out all its wickedness
And its transgressions and sins,
And bless it."

22 January 2008

If I was a young British human prince in a world of Elves and Orcs...

... I'd look like this.



I don't do a whole lot of it these days, but last year I did the Voiceover for a video game character. And that's him apparently. His name is Prince Erian of Dagbor and the game is called Dawn of Fantasy.

Quite a likeness of me. I'm quite regal really. Pensive.
And 2 kickin' boats! 2 Jimmy 2!

I still do freelance Voiceover work BTW... check it out and let me know if you'd like me to charge you far too much for very little work.




Email bigearcreations@gmail.com

21 January 2008

Me, my SELF, and I (Digging into Romans 7:15)

Look at how astounding this scripture is...

1 Timothy 1:12-14 (The Message)

"I'm so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry. The only credentials I brought to it were invective and witch hunts and arrogance. But I was treated mercifully because I didn't know what I was doing—didn't know Who I was doing it against! Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus."


We started a new week of 24/7 Prayer at Freedom House this morning, and I'm doing the 5am until 7am time slots. This morning as I was driving to the church in the frigid early morning... God said...

"This morning I'm going to deal with your selfishness"

Goodie.
Here's the glowy, happy, fuzzy, lovey, honest depiction of me...

My Selfishness

I manipulate what isn't convenient for me.
I make others feel responsible for my shortcomings.
I hide my sin.
I pretend to be what I'm not.
I'm arrogant to hide my fear.
I yell.
I rant.
I curse what is good.
Control my temper and taming my tongue seems not to be an option.
I feel entitlement.
I covet .
I'm jealous.
I'm a flat out liar.
I ignore dealing with important things because it feeds my feeling to do it.
Kind words can come from duty instead of sincerity.

Pretty picture isn't it? THAT right there is the kind of dude you wanna hitch your wagon to.
In the next verse Paul says,

"(1 Tim 1:15) This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."

I've been chewing on Romans 7:15 for a bit now so it's not surprising to have God dig up some of my ugly deep downs.

"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do."
This is PAUL man... PAUL... Mr. persecution, jail time, church planter boy. The Message expounds on Paul's ranting so well...

(Romans 7) 14-16I can anticipate the response that is coming: "I know that all God's commands are spiritual, but I'm not. Isn't this also your experience?" Yes. I'm full of myself—after all, I've spent a long time in sin's prison. What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can't be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God's command is necessary.

17-20But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can't keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don't have what it takes. I can will it, but I can't do it. I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

21-23It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

24I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question?

This situation reminds me of one of Brian Regan's new bits about "String Theory"



If Paul couldn't get it right... what chance do I have? I need Paul's answer on this thought. Because in my mind, I WANT to be righteous... act justly... open the heavens and all that rigmarole...

v25The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

So back to 1 Tim 1:14... I am so grateful to Jesus for making me adequate to do the work He's called me to. I'm so thankful for a wife who extends grace to me over and over and over. Nothing that we get to take part in; is BECAUSE we deserve it.

"Good Lord I'm crooked deep down."
Derek Webb

18 January 2008

Are opinions really like armpits??


You know the saying...

"Opinions are like armpits.
We all have them and most of them stink."


I used to trumpet this pretty loud. And and I do think that for the most part it's true. But Christians need to take their brains out for a few more 130kmh rips down the 403, instead of just putt putting to church on Sunday mornings. Open up that engine Billy!

This a is a snippet of a Facebook chat I had with a friend the other day




I also think that Christians far too often are used to being spoon fed what they think... they so rarely look beyond their first emotion or visceral thought.

Anything that's "deeper level"or a piece of conceptual art or a pointed word are never "played though" for a deeper understanding.


My opinion is worthless in comparison to truth. But the reason that I HOLD an opinion in the first place is because I believe that it's true! Ha. But the reason that many of our opinions stink, is that we rarely DIG DEEP.

We rarely struggle for deeper truth.
We rarely push deeper in worship.
We rarely think beyond our first visceral reaction.

vis·cer·al Listen to the pronunciation of visceral
Pronunciation:
\ˈvi-sə-rəl, ˈvis-rəl\
Function:
adjective
Date:
1575
1. not intellectual : instinctive unreasoning <visceral drives>
2.: dealing with crude or elemental emotions : earthy visceral novel>


Willow Creek Church had a WEE bit of backlash when they released their in-depth look at whether or not their ministry was being effective. They found that, even though MANY Christians were coming to the Lord... they would only get to a certain level because they weren't being trained to dig deeper by themselves.

And AMAZING for Willow Creek for not only finding that out... but RELEASING it to the world (who promptly bashed them mercilessly for it). Bizarre. This isn't a competition to see who's right. This is Jesus "The Christ" here!

Here's the catch in the equation.
What is true DOES trump what we think it true.
It's why we should be careful not to make the"Grey areas" and the "hows" of our faith walk
soap-box fodder. It's good to think and form opinions, because it causes us to seek God for "wisdom and revelation".

That wonderful "light bulb"moment where things "just make sense". This doesn't seem to happen (at least for me) while smiling politely and just listening to other tell of THEIR OWN light bulb moments.

BUT ...

We've got to hold on to them VERY lightly because we're dumb people who are very fallible.

This faith is MY faith. I want truth to be so deeply entrenched inside me, that when ANY situation arises, I'm not impacted viscerally.

Fotoflexer.com Fun


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Originally uploaded by Big Ear.
Not sure if this is cool or beyond stupid.

But I did it.

so there

17 January 2008

To thine own self be true

"To thine own self be true."
What you were created to be and what you are; are two different things.

Here
There
Near
Far

Your heart is sick and full of what is vile.
Is it any wonder you do what you hate?

Impurities from inattentiveness, sloth, hardened ears...
but mostly it's a Garden thing.

When you allow gasps of rarefied air into compromised lungs... you can imagine the struggle for priority position.

But I win.
Won it
Did it
Done it
And called it Good

If you don't know what you're up against, you're subject to sleeper cells.

There's no shame in being human.
It's in the struggle from here to get there that Mercy and Glory are released like cathartic shouts.
I relish these moments.
Like seeing your kids discovering an Easter Egg!

When you near the Holy, you should expect to stink a bit.
Just keep coming.
Don't stop to put on deodorant.
You'll never smell good enough to stand on the spot with your name on it.

Take off your mask.
I can see through it anyway.
You'll laugh... but people love to gaze at each other's masks.
Isn't it funny?
Such vanity.
The sick getting in bed with the sick... expecting health?

Don't laugh too hard.
Your own mirror is tired with self-romancing.

Come now my bride.
Steal away with me a time.
Let's dance a while.

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