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31 March 2008

I think I just threw up on that pregnant dude

Here's a little nugget of abomination for ya:

Follow me here. Thomas Beatie is a transgendered man. He used to be gay female but is now legally male and married to a woman named Nancy.

And he's pregnant. With a human. A human baby.

From CTV.ca:

"Sterilization is not a requirement for sex reassignment, so I decided to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept my reproductive rights," he says in the article.

Beatie said he stopped taking his testosterone injections to get pregnant. He claims to have already gone through an ectopic pregnancy.

Beatie, who got pregnant through home insemination, said it was a "life-threatening event" that resulted in the loss of all the embryos (he had triplets) and his right fallopian tube.

Now, his second time getting pregnant, Beatie says the pregnancy is free of complications.

"How does it feel to be a pregnant man? Incredible," he says in the article.

"Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am."

Would you prefer throwing up right now on your computer keyboard... or maybe you'd like to wait a couple of hours and process how horrible this is THEN spend some QUALITY time vomiting?

You choose... I think it will also help if you shower.
This story is not funny whatsoever.


Missionary Models


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Originally uploaded by megan_petock.
My sister and some of her Missionary nurse friends in Liberia spent Sunday doing missionary glamor shots!

You can see some more shot's on the blog of one of Jen's cabin mates Meg's blog. She's a fantastic writer and photographer BTW...

When you spend all of your days living together in tight quarters, in a confined space, with the same people, on a boat, in a war-torn city... THIS would have been fun.

I'll say it again... my sister is one of the coolest girls I know.

BTW... Jen's the one in white... sitting... smiling

30 March 2008

What worship feels like sometimes...

It's like walking into a room with a sumo wrestler sitting on your head; reminding yourself that nothing on earth is as beautiful as God... Then feeling him shrink away into the sun.

I think there is only one thing that I would ever get a tattoo of. It's of the Isaiah 26:8 scripture that Passion takes their 268 Generation pledge from.

It would just say..


28 March 2008

I love Japanese television

Love like a cousin. A crazy whacked out kinda cousin that you don't see all the time and would get on your nerves if he were around all the time... but when you see him at an Aunt's birthday he makes you giggle inappropriately at things that aren't funny to everyone.

The times they are a changin'... still




Prophet: a person who foretells or predicts what is to come
Written: 1964, Dylan
Sung: Springsteen 1999

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

27 March 2008

Follow the leader? Which leader? THAT leader?

PR... Spin doctoring...Propaganda.
It's starting to grate my nerves and it's so big that it's incredibly exhausting to fight against. Have you seen the Barack Obama Song? It's called "We are the ones" by someone called "will.i.am"

Really one of the catchiest song you'll ever hear. It's the kind of rousing chorus that would make you stand up, cheer and believe in whatever THIS was tied to. Complete with hip musicians, attractive multi-racial nobodies, top celebrities, gospel choirs. It's fully completely baby.



But break this down with me...
"Basically ummm I would just like the wars to end"
Good luck with that one
"I think the thing that inspires me the most about Obama is that he really is going to be the president of the United States."
Aim high!
Theo Huxtable spoken: "o-ba-ma... o-ba-ma"
Theo was dyslexic though so that shot took 8 takes to get him to stop saying "AM-AB-O"
"He's almost like a revival... I believe in Obama"
"Lift your hands and say... Obama"
Yikes. You scare me now. Those are bad things my dear happy, attractive, multi racial, dimwitted, Nimrod, psuedo-acquaintances. I understand that what we have is a political machine on sensory overload. But Romans 12:3 says:

...Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Understand me... Obama is NOT Hitler. Few are. I even like some of what Obama is/does/says... and he is currently at the mercy of a political machine... but WARNING... this type of propaganda is used for one reason... it works. Like this...



He even made a sequel. Kinda went to his head though.
If you think that a charismatic national leader will stop war and will save you; Matthew 24 is a really good read. (1-6)

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. "Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"

Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ, and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.


It's a a foolish faith to put our eggs in the basket of someone or something incapable of producing the results that are MOST desirable. It will leave us all feeling empty.

People are jaded with politics?
Think polititions are liars?

It's not the fault of politics. It's an average to descent system we've come up with gives us those very results. It's not the fault of the leaders either. Sometimes I think that polititions should start shooting lower.

How... in the world... will poor Barack Obama live up ending war, making the environment safe, and starting a revival of souls?

Jesus for President
(Shane Claiborne) www.jesusforpresident.org

“It’s easy to have political views – that’s what politicians do. But it’s much harder to embody a political alternative – that’s what saints do. The greater challenge is right living, not just right thinking. In Jesus we meet not a presentation of basic ideas or a new political platform, but an invitation to join up, to become part of a movement, a people who embody good news.”

26 March 2008

Gotta get me one of those

I get why they do this... but it's still funny. The photos that our local newspaper loads onto their website... they apparently offer 30 dollar glossy prints of.

That would be fine if it was, say... your daughter in a Christmas pageant.
Are there many people ordering keepsakes of "Standoff in Eagle Place"?


2 please.

Praying in Creole

I'd heard of this happening to other people but last night, it happened to me. Made my night too.

I've been running a small group studying Intercessory Prayer every Tuesday night in my house. Maybe 6 to 8 of us on most weeks. Really good time. Every week... something fascinating happens. You're welcome to come.

Last night, we had been praying for a while and I began to pray in out loud in tongues. We were reading through Pete Greig's "The Vision" and praying that God would stir the hearts of our generation. Good stuff.

After, my new friend Erica (who is one cool chicky), asked if I knew what I was saying when I was praying in the spirit. At first I wasn't sure if she meant in regards to what God was praying through my intercession, like in Romans 8...

Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.


But no. She understood some of the language that I was speaking. She moved around a lot as a girl and spent a good while living in Haiti, speaking Creole. Check this out...


One of the things I say when I intercede, (in the spirit of Romans 8:26 as it was just something that God burst out of my spirit, then mouth, without knowing what I was doing)... is over and over I'll say "Et Asi"

Erica told me that it took her aback at first because it was a flashback of praying in Haiti. People would say "Et Asi" and then "Amen". Meaning "as it is written... so be it" .

How cool is that???
Answer: Extremely.


You see, this is what we do when we intercede. We enforce the victory of the cross. We voice our partnership with his will.

Matthew 6: 9-10
"This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'


I remember the moment where my first pastor's wife Andrea prayed over me at an altar and encouraged me to just let God speak through me what HE wanted to say. Words like "et asi" began to flow out of my mouth.

I knew about tongues when it happend. I used to hear my Mom quietly speaking in tongues during very reserved church services as not to arouse the natives. My Mom KNOWS prayer. She KNOWS The Lord. She wants it all and lives what she believes. When I was a drunken moron, and would get paniced thinking "I wonder if Jesus has come back and I missed it" (since I figured the crew I was hanging with wasn't going anywhere) I'd make up an excuse to head home and make sure my Mom was still there because if anyone was going... it was her. So honestly... if tongues was real for my Mom, it WAS real.

And last night... another mystery was unraveled for me.

What a beautiful, active, journey our faith is.

Believe first... walk where you can't see... amazing things follow.

25 March 2008

Revolutionary new Facebook Group

I was bored today.

Nearly fell of my chair.

From a seated position too.

That's not easy.

So I started a new Facebook group to which I feel complete ambivalent about called:

"I either love, or like, or dislike, or hate, or feel ambivalent… about everything"


You should join it.

Or not.

I feel completely ambivalent about your decision.

March's Best Big Ear searches


Here's how some of you found "Big Ear" this month c/o of ShinyStat.



I wouldn't mind seeing a picture of that myself. Now THAT'S interpretive art at its finest.



No deal. As a child I was afraid of the Zamboni and never learned to skate. True Story. Sad sad Canadian story. Children didn't let me play reindeer games after that. No syrup for me. :(



As John and Olivia once said, "We go together like rama lama lama ke ding a de dinga a dong"




"Well dere... dang ole boys from dem dere Iraqs just can't stop from shootin up us's tanks so dat dere big dog in dat White house better dad gum drop dat big ole' southern biscuit of a nuke pre-darn pronto. I'm John Gibbons. Good Night"

Big month for Paul Simon searches for no particular reason...



Ummm... it's, "He MAKES the sign of a teaspoon and she MAKES the sign of a WAVE dimwit. If you can't get your obscure metaphorical lyrical allusions right.... DON'T EVEN COME HERE YOU NUMBTY CLAUS!!!!!



Who's searching for those? Carey Fischer? Really? Would you be happy if you found them?
"Yes... dude... check THESE out"



funny way to searrrrrrrrrch the Holy scccccccriptures.



Yuck. (pausing to think further)... (shivering)... Yuck.



I'd advise against that.
Unless it says this:



I feel a bit weepy for the kid who Googled that one. Maybe it was me in the past.

And finally...
Do you think there was something interesting that happened in March?

24 March 2008

Wouldn't it be GREAT to be a part of an international incident?


Years from now, when someone searches Wikipedia for "Dave Carrol"... I want the words "international incident" to be in there somewhere.

Honestly... wouldn't that be great?

From Wikipedia:

An international incident is a seemingly relatively small or limited action or clash that results in a wider dispute between two or more nation states. International incidents can arise from unanticipated actions involving citizens, government officials, or armed units of one or more nation-states, or out of a deliberate but small provocative actions by one nation-state, or by terrorists, against another nation-state.

Just so everyone realizes... this summer in China... this Olympics ARE going to be an international incident. We all understand this right? You can't massacre people randomly and figure the world will show up, eat some chicken balls... throw a few discusses and head on home.

Western countries are already feeling heat for supporting the games, and active protests have begun on site in China. What there is... is an explosive mix of deep rooted oppression and the stirring of change.

Boom.

How can Brian Williams roam about the countryside in China freely? Answer. He can't.

How can "the beauty of the country" be shown in this context? It can't.

The Olympics ARE a very political event and athlete's are already being asked NOT to speak out about China's human rights violations. Many will smile, agree and run their little race in their short pants. But some will not. And what happens then? The Lock-down Chinese government won't take criticism from an ATHLETE! But it's not as if Canada could send someone more "tactful" instead of their best athlete.

But why the gag orders? Because the world says little about China. It IS THE superpower in the world today. They holds more economic cards than the West lets on. Don't fool yourself. China is also a military machine. If they ever decide to "dislike" a nation. That would be a bad day for that nation. So China is left alone to do what China does.

Until now. This is the largest public ascension into China that the modern world (fully equipped with it's sensationalized media machine) has ever seen. What does the goofy, "man on the street" reporter do in China? In England, they'd try and get the guys in the big hats to smile or talk.

In China... they... ummm... ummmm... Bueler?

Does an athlete who jumps on the Dali Lama bandwagon care about the fragile political economic tightrope that the government is forced to walk? NOPE. It's more likely that there would be a...

"see crap... say crap" Dave Carrol


...attitude. (A principle that I personally subscribe to as well)

I'm betting on "international incident" of some kind.
My sister in law is headed there and I'm SO jealous.
Why in the world would I want to be a part of an international incident?

Because as a Christian Missionary... I want to be in the place where those who want change are. I want the crap to be stirred so that truth is seen. And China is one of the largest world factors that is rarely openly spoken about in good company. But it's there.

And the underground church is there... praying... believing... stirring up the Spirit of God. As Christians, we've heard the staggering numbers of those being saved in China. It's the greatest revival on the face of the Earth right now. And nobody knows about it.

If you haven't read it, a few years ago, Time Magazine did a wonderful piece about Christianity in China.

After four failed attempts over a millennium and a half by foreign missionaries to gain a foothold in China, Christianity is finally taking root and evolving into a truly Chinese religion. Estimates vary, but some experts say Christians make up 5% of China's population, or 65 million believers. And thousands more are converting every day, the vast majority through unofficial "house" churches like the one that sparked the clash in Hangzhou. "Politically, China hasn't changed at all," says Dennis Balcombe, who has spent the past three decades evangelizing in China from his base in Hong Kong. "But as far as religion is concerned, it is much, much freer."


There is NEED of an International Incident in China. Something to break the strongholds that exist. Check this out in 2 Corinthian 10:3-5

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.


Demolish is the word "dunamis" from which we get the word "dynamite". It's time blow some stuff up in China. And when it happens... I pray that the right people with the right answers are on the ground! The underground church in China must be relishing the opportunity to have contact (even if it's only theoretically) with the rest of world that they've heard they're worshiping along with.

I've never been so interested in an Olympic Games.

23 March 2008

Stuff Christians Like

Websters Dictionary Definitions
Cake Parties
Palm Branches
Defining 'cutting edge' as two or three cultural shifts back
Graven images

Cousins

Aislin, Austin and Jared
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21 March 2008

Washed by the Water


I hear this "Need to Breathe" tune over and over on our Rogers Digital Christian music feed, (737... kids even know what channel). It's on the tele most times that Dora and the Backyardigans aren't.

Just can't stop singing it. It's called "Washed by the Water". Last night during our 2 hours of prayer at the Big Blue, no matter song was playing... I couldn't stop singing:

"Even when the rain falls
Even when the flood starts rising
Even when the storm comes
I am washed by the water"


Found a descent You Tube clip of it but you can hear it better on Need to Breathe's MySpace page here. It's good ole' fashioned Modern White-Boy Pop Rock Southern Gospel Blues Soul... and I'm diggin it.



Kinda music that makes me glad that I know the real feeling of being washed by the water... and it's not just some catchy tune about something "nice".

It's life brother. Come on and testify!

Aislin sounds like an Ewok

Poor chicky is sick .

In fact, she sounds like this...

20 March 2008

I forgot

Did you know that this weekend was Easter?

I forgot about it until yesterday.

When you live every day with Jesus alive... walking and talking with him...

Easter becomes easier since you don't have to jam it all into one day.

19 March 2008

Funny things that I'm stealing from Matthew Paul Turner

The last couple of days... Matthew Paul Turner has posted some really funny stuff.

First there was "Stuff Christians Like"
Here's my highlights. #60 I laughed 3 individual times (with 10-15 second breaks between) at.

1) That story about how candy canes came to be.
15) Lighthouses
28) Acronyms!
33) Precious Moments
50) Poems written by blind and deaf people
59) Clip art (Nothing doctors up the church bulletin like a little cartoon man holding a sign with the words "Prayer Sunday's Coming!")
60) Fourteen-year old ballerinas dancing to "I Can Only Imagine" (So cute.)

Then yesterday there was "Famous People who dress like Christians"

The "Fellowship Community Non-denominational Bible Church" Pastor

The "Woman's Ministry" Leader

That's awesome Jackson.
Now here's where I steal the idea...

Things Christians Like:

1) Using fake sign language actions to worship
2) Using real sign language in worship
3) Rhythmic Gymnastics (hey banner man... I'm looking in your direction)
4) Starting sermons with, "When I was in Africa..."
5) Orange Drink
6) Felt
7) Sitting in the car, wife waiting, listening to football pre-game.
8) The Elderly
9) The origin of hymns... (Irish drinking song was it? Fascinating)
10) Australia
11) Parking lot exit signs saying, "Now entering the Mission Field"
12) Shaking hands.
13) Singing Christmas Trees
14) Gossip
15) Porn
16) Hoping Bono will do a worship album
17) Thinking that everything peaked at Larry Norman.
18) White people
19) Ties
20) Slightly off inflection (we're a peculiar people) (in the world not of it)
21) ... (speaking of that)... "Not watching THAT show"
22) The first time someone says they have a "word" for you and the paper says Ezekiel 23:20
23) Skipping out on tipping at Swiss Chalet
24) Lying about "getting together for coffee"
25) Tisking Americans

OK... that was fun... now for Famous People who dress like Christians.


Row 2. Stage left. Three seats in. Right beside...



Church Slow pitch team Captain and shortstop



Board member who owns a bus company, lives in a huge house, and complains about how much is being wasted on crayons.


Sunday afternoon for an overworked Methodist Pastor after another 80 hour work week and a half bucket of chicken.

First year Bible College Jr High understudy

Give your own a shot...

"George fought the battle of Bedford Falls"

Who are you? George Bailey or Harry Bailey?

The story is that as children, older brother George saved Harry's life... but in the process, it left him deaf in one ear. That meant that (back when people WANTED to fight for their country) Harry got to travel the world as a fighter pilot, winning medals of honor, saving lives and having the great adventures that George desparately desired to have...

... while George, "fought the battle of Bedford Falls". His own little town. One that he was deeply entrenched in, but somewhat loathed because of it's apparent restrictions.

In the end, George... via divine intervention... receives "the spirit of wisdom and revelation" and learns just how important his calling is, as Clarence the angel writes in his book, "No man is poor as long as he has friends".

So my question is? Which is really more effective... and who are you?

It's funny because I've got a bit of the George Bailey in me. I HAVE had my share of world adventures (and plan on having many more), but God has made continued provision to be planted and invested in my hometown. And it hasn't (and isn't) always the easiest calling to process.


In a moment of honest exposition a few months ago, right behind the cross in our prayer room (our designated place to write the names of those we're praying for for salvation), I stood reading the names of family members, neighbors, mechanics...

real human people.

I realized that I had no problem believing for "My City" to be saved and healed. But it's not as easy for me to specifically care about 1 person. The individual.

Somewhere deep down, after an outreach, when I'd hear a pastor say, "If only one responds, it's all worth it!", I'd be thinking, "no it's not... I want THE CITY."

And I still do unapologetically think that, partially because it's how I'm wired. But...

A city IS the sum of the individual souls within it.

And the dream of a city filled with worship... shaping the landscape of my country, THRILLS my spirit and drives me to see Harry Bailey bigness in fighting the George Bailey battle of Bedford Falls.

18 March 2008

What I really do at work


Me: I didn't have leftovers to bring for lunch so I figured I'd see if you were around

Friend 1: haha... do you usually eat leftovers for lunch?

10:06 AM me: usually
10:07 AM i used to make lunch
but i can't be bothered

Friend 1: haha

me: so it's leftovers ... or Mr noodles... or peanut butter

Friend: nice...those are three very delicious options

10:08 AM me: I'd sooner eat a jar of pickels with a fork over the sink than cook



Then there was...

1:05 PM me: I hear you guys have been discussing eating bugs

1:06 PM Friend: ya, i brought that up a couple weeks ago
its just a cultural taboo
1:07 PM i think years from now we will see lots more North Americans eating them

me:I hear that meal worms taste like hickory sticks

Friend: the thing about eating bugs is that it is environmentally sustainable way for a good source of protein.Something that is really threatening to NA's eating habits is that China is copying it
and if 1billion plus people more start eating like us, then we wont be able to afford meat anymore
1:11 PM and there will be less global food production because it takes a lot to raise livestock or chickens or pigs

me: it's quite true when you put it that way... should the Lord tarry

1:12 PM Friend: so... therefore, Jesus would eat bugs.....

me: haha



Oh yeah and...


3:00 PM me: I once talked with the prophet Ezekiel who apparently lives in Vancouver . His "calling" is to make up mix tapes of himself screaming "Jesus!" over and over and he passes them out in the neighborhood.
effective evangelism

3:01 PM Friend: dude, the Canadian fundies, although small in number, are some of the craziest I've ever met...

me: ha

Friend: One of them called every bookstore in Manitoba to try and get them to boycott mebecause of my sex book...

me: haha
3:02 PM Oh Canada.





OK one more


3:01 PM Friend: there is some girl walking around the library with a naked blow-up man

me: haha
3:02 PM why?

Friend: i have no idea
she was just holding it in her arm, and was looking for someone it looked like
3:03 PM the sad part is, things like that don't surprise me anymore

me: ha


I have nice friends.
Nice... weird... interesting friends.








The answer to the question...

... may not be as easy as saying "Jesus" and ending the discussion there.

But from here until the end, it all comes back to this:

Colossians 1:26-29

This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it's out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God's glory. It's that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That's what I'm working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.

aka: "Christ in me... the hope of Glory"

From Pete Greig's, "The Vision"

"This is an army that would lay down it's life for the cause
A million times a day its soldiers choose to lose,
That they might one day win
the great well done of faithfull sons and daughters

Such heros are as radical on monday morning as on Sunday night
They don't need fame from names
Instead the grin quietly upwards"


The beginning component for change... is Prayer. I'm unapologetic in saying this.

Whatever you believe about prayer... it's value... it's power... it's style... I'd love to have you join us at Freedom House for Prayer. This Thursday night from 7-9.

Even if you're skeptical about God and his existence. It couldn't matter less. You're extremely welcome to open up a dialog between you and God.

If he's not there... nothing lost.
If he is... then you've found something stunning.


We'll be just... simply... praying for whatever THE SOURCE of life wants. It's quite a marvelous experience to talk to God and let Him talk back. If you've never tried it... it's not a job for professionals. There is not a correct style. And we can express ourselves in the language we understand.

Check out the Freedom House Prayer Blog (here) for details.

17 March 2008

When simply "being positive" isn't the right move

Sunday morning at Freedom House... McLeans and it's brand new Brantford Tourism Center slogan idea "The Most Dangerous City in Ontario" was THE topic of discussion.

At least we're not Regina. Danger Bay over there. Tisk Tisk Tisk.
Dirty Prairie Dogs.

Today the Expositor... bless their little hearts... published an article called

'I've always felt safe here'; Residents don't buy magazine story that Brantford is Ontario's most dangerous city.

Well meaning but ridiculous tripe. Grey skies are going to clear up, put on a happy face. Again... I don't feel threatened in Brantford and dig living in this city... but it would be a horrible mistake to simply point out how nice our flower beds are and pretend that we don't see what objective eyes do.

This an annoymous commenter on this blog a couple of days ago:

This is the story right now. Warts and all. Another friend of mine who returned briefly to Brantford a while back, following the release of this story told me of another friend who was raped twice in high school (AS an affluent person... BY affluent people).

It's more than just a downtown issue.

The WRONG move would be to try and gloss over reality under the ospice of "being positive". Then all of a sudden we're Mark McGwire sitting in front of congress saying, "I'm not here to talk about the past" while the sport he loves burns in the here and now. The RIGHT move is to cut the crap and admit it. It's the basic 12 step program here fellas.

This is how AA deals with it...

  1. Admit we have a problem
  2. Believe that a Power greater than ourselves can restore us.
  3. Turn our will and our lives over to God.
  4. Take a fearless moral inventory.
  5. Admit to God, to ourselves, and to others our wrongs.
  6. Be ready to have God remove our defects.
  7. Humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. List of all people we've harmed, and be willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Make direct amends.
  10. Continue to take personal inventory and promptly admit it.
  11. Through prayer improve our contact with God, praying for knowledge of His Will and the power to carry that out.
  12. Have a spiritual awakening and to practice these principles.

You can't tell me that a plan of apologizing those we've hurt, taking stock of our priorities, and praying for the BEST direction to succeed wouldn't Revolutionize the moral fabric of Brantford?

What was said about this story at Freedom House this Sunday? We sang songs like...

Let God arise
Let God arise
Our God reigns now and forever
He reigns now and forever

His enemies will run for sure
The church will stand, she will endure
He holds the keys of life, our Lord
Death has no sting, no final word

... and declared LIFE instead of DEATH over Brantford.

Even though it's tough since for many years, we've been calling Brantford "The City of God" in faith... we're actually relatively excited about this whole thing. Because this will serve as a wonderful follow-up story for McLeans one day, when Brantford becomes the jewel it was intended to be.

That to me IS positive thinking.

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