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31 May 2008

Do Canadians Believe in God?


Pollsters Harris-Decima have released some fascinating new information about Canadians and God.
Here are some of the interesting findings and quotes...

72% said they believe in a God
23% said they don't
6% didn't answer

In the states... it's more like 12% who don't believe.

"We are past the time of people trashing God, they are now trying to find a safe place where they can nurture that spirituality. Canada is a nation of believers, not belongers.''

"People who believe in a god increasingly imagine a nebulous but powerful force for good, rather than the traditional concept of a deity. Indeed, he likened the concept to that of the Force in the Star Wars movies."

"The study noted only one-third of adult Canadians attend religious services at least once a month. But the study, conducted in 2002, found more than one-half engage in religious activities on their own at least on a monthly basis."

English Canadians (73 per cent) were more likely than French Canadians (67 per cent) to say they believed in a god.

Belief in a god is higher in rural Canada (76 per cent) than in urban Canada (69 per cent).
This morning I popped in some Ghanaian worship music and was remembering our life changing year in Africa. I really truly loved it there. There has always been a part of me that wished God said "STAY".

But he didn't. Quite the opposite actually. I fell even more in love with my Canada.

30 May 2008

Hurley's a blogger!


By the way... I love LOST.

You know, even though Jack appears to be dumb... I don't think he is.

Jack's a responsible leader man.

Who's in the coffin? Not Jack. He's the one who took responsibility the whole time... now he's gotta haul Locke's sorry corpse back to the... um... invisible island from the past/present/future.

And check this out... Hurley has a blog! It's great. It's about deep things like Scope... and Disney Milk... and Fish Biscuits.

Dirty Davey


We had the Bath Fitter's come to our palace yesterday and "pimp out" our shower and bathtub.

It looks great. Way better than the duct tape that was holding our old tiles on. That's bathing classy kids.

Bad part is... that I haven't showered in days. We're not allowed to use it until tomorrow morning.

If the sunlight catches my body at just the right angle... you can see the shimmering layer of grease glistening on my body.

It's gonna be a fight for first shower tomorrow I tells ya.


29 May 2008

Good argument "R. Douglas"


Interesting article about Lakeland on MSNBC.com (here). It's actually a fairly cool and balanced discussion about what's goin' on. I did have to snicker a little at the "counter point" argument by someone named R. Douglas Geivett. Quote...

"I don’t think it fits neatly into any branch of Christianity," said Geivett. "Mr. Bentley’s world view appears to be a mixture of New Age notions, an obsession with the paranormal, and an untutored grasp of Christian theology."


Neatly?: You're correct. In fact...

Acts 2: 12-13

Their heads were spinning; they couldn't make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: "What's going on here?" Others joked, "They're drunk on cheap wine."

New Age notions: It's not like that R. Douglas. More like...

Acts 2:17

'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.


Obsession with the paranormal: You're saying that the Spirit of God is ab(para)normal? And as far as obsession? SHOULDN'T you be kinda EXCITED about THIS???

Acts 2: 2,3,19

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them...I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below.


An untutored grasp of Christian theology: I love the untutored. So did Jesus. They did a pretty good job actually.

Acts 4: 13-14

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.


I'll let you in on a little Christian insider secret. We GET that what we do can look ridiculous. And sometime we wish it didn't look so obscure. But stop for a second and think how dumb it is for little old US to think that we know better how build HIS very own pre-planned kingdom... than HE does!

He LIKES things a little bit wonky sometimes to remind us that we don't get it yet. Keeps us moving in his direction.

1 Corinthians 26- 31 (The Message)

Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don't see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That's why we have the saying, "If you're going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God."


We sit on a pretty high horse sometimes. It's unstable air at that altitude. I'm pretty thankful to be "in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God". How could I ask for more? Life with God is way too much fun to doubt and be judgmental.

Love God
Love Others
Peace out Napoleon

28 May 2008

Brantford... what to do?

There is a brewing situation in my city. Brantford city council recently unanimously passed two bylaws -- one prohibits demands for unauthorized payments or other conditions of development and the other prohibits interfering with a development approved by the city.

Both are directly targeted at Native land protests.
This quote is from today's Brantford Expositor referencing Six Nations Chief Coun. Bill Montour.

"He said Six Nations leaders are busy preparing for Friday hearings into the city's request for an injunction, which includes asking for $110 million in damages and for the federal government to put the Armed Forces on notice in the event of a violent confrontation.

"Peace is going to prevail for a while, and we'd like to keep it that way," he said.

Gulp. The term "for a while" doesn't sit well. I was chatting with my friend Chris Friel last night. He was the mayor Brantford for many years and has a wealth of experience in this area. This is from his blog a few days ago...

"Our community is now trapped in a swirling vortex of finger-pointing, frustration and fury, but it doesn’t have to be this way. We can stop what we are doing, listen to each other, and find a common path that is beneficial to everyone. While it will require compromise, no one need become the victim of change. And things have changed.

When I was Mayor we had to deal with numerous protests, confrontations and occupations. I was told once that my enemies would sneak into my house at night and slaughter my family – “the streets will run red with our blood.” It was not the only death threat or situation where I was concerned for my safety. I write this because it is important that people understand that although we created positive relationships and produced mutually beneficially agreements, it often seemed dangerous and it was something that I did not take lightly."

This is a serious situation that Brantford is facing. There is a real threat of something truly ugly happening this Friday and beyond. It's an extremely complex situation that is clearly not as easily solved as municipal bylaws. As the mayor of a city that is on the verge of financial hostage taking... I sympathize with Mike Hancock. I also sympathize with the Native Canadians and the issues they are fighting for. It's time Canada TRULY make right our past wrongs.

So both are right? Both are wrong? What do we do about this mess? It's not a new issue in Canada... but it's raw and in the face of Brantford (The City of God). It's about to effect our daily lives whether we like it or not. Chris says the keys are patience, understanding, transparency and creativity. He's very right there.

From where I sit... prayer is VITAL. Prayer for city leaders to have wisdom. Prayer for Native Leaders to have wisdom. Prayer for peace to prevail. Prayer for solutions that are JUST. These are not pipe dreams... but to see them accomplished, Brantford needs "Polyphnumaclimatologist's" to step it up.

Poly= City
Phnuma= Spirit
Climatologist= One who changes climates

Changing the spiritual climate is DOABLE. It's accomplishable. And it can be sometimes done best by people who don't know "the answers". It shouldn't be the last resort of people who are a exasperated by not knowing what to do. Prayer is a forerunner. It's a powerful, sharp, effective tool that everyone (regardless of your knowledge of land claim issues) can pick up and fight with.

I'll pray with and for... everyone and anyone. You want a peacemaker? Pray. Call me... I'll do it. If this is going to be a national incident right around the corner, then you better believe I'll be right in the middle of it inviting the God who made things right between God and Man into the mix.



27 May 2008

The Creepiest Christian Album Ever


It's "Sing with Little Marcy at Home" (shivers).

Yes friends... she's an Evangelical Child Puppet in a bonnet. Ventriloquism (along with miming) are the only legit tried and true "can't miss" mediums of healthy evangelism.

Wasn't the little girl standing with Marcy on the album cover from Twin Peaks? Always spoke in backwards gibberish?

Some of Little Marcy's greatest hits include

  • When Mr. Satan Knocks at My Heart's Door
  • Kiddies with the Curl on Top
  • I'll be a Sunbeam Bright
  • If You're Saved and You Know it--Little Helpers for Jesus
  • We're More than Conquerors (preach it little miss puppet)
  • The Lord is Counting on You
  • His Sheep am I
  • Everybody Ought to Love Jesus (this puppet is very very wise. I love her)


Little Marcy was also apparently the Godmother of the Veggie Tales.

When Little Marcy sits around the poker table, smoking cigars and reminiscing with the other puppets... she says,

"The Cucumber and the Tomata don't know crap bout child areachin'. I was singin' with produce when they were drawn wit pencils. Thems were the days."

Little Marcy talks like a fat guy. In my head. And she always will.

Someone might be trying to tell you something if...


... you're about to throw yourself out of a hot air balloon from 4x higher than the altitude an airliner flies at...

and the balloon floats away before you can get in it.

Someone might be trying to tell you something.

Think of it this way Michel... you don't have to die in Saskatchewan today.

26 May 2008

God of the City






Is it possible for God to "save a city?". I desperately want to know. I took a stroll through downtown Hamilton today, put Passion's "God of the City" on loop and listened.

I've been pushing my mind to think further than before. Asking myself the question, "What do I really want to see happen?" See... I really do believe there is going to come a day where Christians with a heart for ministry will be able to do what's actually on their heart (instead of just playing survival). I have friends who feel their specific calling is to make money to give away to people with God-vision for Canada.

So in my mind... I have a responsibility (to myself really) to have some deeper questions answered. In the past I simply said that I wanted to see a city saved. But today I asked "Why?"

A: Because cities are broken. I see it everywhere
Q: Why?
A: Because people plan cities. There's sin in the mix.
Q: So?
A: Well, God's got better plans and wants people to know him more.
Q: Why?
A: So they can be closer to him.
Q: Where?
A: In their city...
Q: Won't it just break again?
A: Your city won't... ahhh.

You've gotta read Revelation 21's description of God's city. It's gorgeous.

You know what my dream is? It's "your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven". I desperately want to know what it looks like when the City of God collides with our cities!

City's are Big. They are multifaceted, complex social and economic organisms. A stew of culture, race and priorities. While they have commonalities... they differ so greatly, one to another.

Christianity Today has an article about "Rethinking Suburban Evangelism". I don't agree with every point, but it paints a great picture of how our current colliding city experiment is going.

"But it's more than the language of Zion that frightens suburbanites. Evangelicals have their own concert artists, radio and television networks, and publishing empires. They have their own subculture heroes, few of whom are well known by the world at large. To those outside the church, all this makes these Christians seem to live in another world.

So what happens when these opposite worlds meet on a Thursday-night evangelism call? Inner terror-on both sides of the door. The worlds have so little in common that bridging becomes a matter of near panic. The suburbanite who lays down his Forbes magazine (or his Playboy) to answer the door and finds literature-armed churchgoers on his stoop is terrified! These evangelists may be gentle in their confrontation, but the terror of the event is nonetheless great."

They call suburbia "The New Ghetto" because of just how different the cultures are...

Suburbia: how the push-button Zion of those who have made it and therefore have it made. There, amid the water sprinkling systems and lava rock landscapes, rises the new Eden with little need for God: Paradise Found, where churches ulcerate themselves trying to sell self-denial to the pampered.

But head downtown in a city, and it's a different story. Different cultures... different needs... different social dynamics.

What needs to happen is to have God's city planners. Ministries functioning together in various "departments". For the worker's to care about their "jobs". Get a heart for the lost... for their city. Hmm... dreamin' today.

25 May 2008

The Day


It's funny how you can fill an entire day and seemingly do "nothing"

I didn't even have time for my morning coffee yesterday.

THAT was a mistake.

24 May 2008

Narnia


Went to see the Narnia movie with a group of friends last night.

The line of the night went to my friend Will who, at a sensitive moment when Lucy was saying her goodbyes to a dwarf, leaned my way and said,

"Do you think they'll EVER get married?"

The movie was fine. The whole time though, I expected Prince Caspian to say,

"My name is Inigo Montoya.... you killed my father... prepare to die." He never did. But I did. Twice.

23 May 2008

You Googled what?

It's time once again to look at the wackiest Google searches that found their way to Big Ear Creations... somehow.




Big thanks to Bob and Doug for helping an entire generation to covert Celsius to Fahrenheit. And Kilometers to Miles. And for sharing with us the lesson that Ernie's Mom learned about how help frostbitten toes. "Ernie's mom sucked his toes? Talk about Cheese Whiz!"





Wearin' nothing but a smile... a huge... weird... horsey smile





Oh you're looking for the Mormons. Go West.





What is Christianized laser tag? People apologizing for tagging? Getting lasered and turning the other cheek for more? Sacrificing one's self for the safety of another laser tagger?





TONIGHT on "Testimonies in Ebonics"




Does he have to? Here's my guess.
He likes tattoos.

He got tattoos.

He kept... getting... tattoos...

and tattoos...

then he took over a stadium full of other people with tattoos...

and saw some dead people rise...

made some religious people squirm...

and then likely got more tattoos... amen.





my guess that there would be healthy share of pencil-sketched mushrooms.




"... with groans that words cannot express". You know revival has really broken out when the Van Morrison manifestation hits the room. Jinkees.




Has somebody stolen the holiday that I invented? Have they created a song about it??? They better have got it right. I put a lot of years into developing this and convincing my wife that THIS...

"Unvalentines Day comes but once a year, without warning, 30 days before or 30 days after February 14th"

isn't just a cop out. Don't blow this for me.





Please don't. There must be a better way to make money. How about making biscuits? Fresh morning biscuits? Brought to my home by the biscuit bunny?

Do that instead.





Oh you're looking for the lyrics to my new hit song "For now"? Well here they are... (to the tune of Igor Stravinsky's famed 1910 "The Firebird") OK?

For now... I've got mole on my face
For now... I've got some kids at my place
For now... I'm covered in hair
For now... I just won't eat bear

Can you believe that Sparrow said no and made me go Indy? Guess it's the will of the Lord. This way I keep the money in house. Reinvest in fish signs.




Here he is. His name is Merle. He's been hiding in my shed. Don't talk to him about the war. Please trust me.




The Polish Prince? Can't say for sure, but I'll guess... Sunni Muslim.

What I do know is that in 1987 I wore a Mike Krukow sticker on my forehead... walked into a Mac Milk and purchased an orange Froster... purposely dumped it on the counter... and just looked at the clerk as if it was his fault.

Thank for the memories Mike Krukow.




In a fight... I'll take Chuck Norris. As the main course of a barbecue... Snuffy would be very tasty with Apple Butter BBQ Sauce. I'm sure of it.



On the Sabbath? Isn't that work?

About a Boy


My brother said yesterday, "these must be one of those days that makes you happy to be a Dad." He was right. My boy had his first baseball practice.

Big sloppy grins in an unkept field of seedy dandelions.
Just like they'd write about in a book.

They say his team is the "Blue Jays" even though everyone's shirt is brandished by someone named "Tim Horton". He fancies himself BJ Ryan.

He throws more like Shannon Stewart.

Boys GET boy moments.
Like the other day when the boy said,

"Daddy... I had 2 pees"


Boys get that.
I've had 2 pees before.


22 May 2008

How can God be good?

One of my friends who isn't a Christian loves to chat with me about Christianity. Because he knows that I'll give him no BS answers (last time we chatted about "if Christians can be total freaks in the bedroom!) I wanted to share a chat we had this morning about this mornings blog post about Steven Curtis Chapman and how I could say "God is good" in light of the tragedy.

Friend says:
OK, Non-Christian to Christian talk here. I read about the Chapman's daughter on CNN this morning, then saw your blog post -- very sad story. I am not going to challenge you here, but I like these talks because you'll answer How can you guys say that "God is good" when something like this happens? Here we have a guy who's daughter was taken away from him... I don't get it

Dave at Work says:
because god doesn't stop bad things from happening... not with a single person in the bible including his son! The worst humiliation that has ever been, happened to his own kid. Because people and world are not inherently good. Man fell... we sinned... (ate the fruit as it were)... and there is going to be consquence to it.... that's why knowing God, and that there there is a hope for something better (and place where SCC's daughter is going) makes God good. Out of this tragedy, in a year he'll find good things that did happend through the worst of tragedy.

Friend says:
So, basically God is holding a grudge?

Dave at Work says:
Not a grudge... but what would it be like if there were no consequence to our own stupidity? If wrongs were rewarded? It's really quite beautiful actually. Acting rightly and wrongly both have logical consequence but God cares enough to give away his son so one day we no longer have to live in our own mess.

I remember the day we lost a baby. It was a Sunday morning. At church later that night, we sang a song that included the lyric "when the darkness closes in lord, still I will say, blessed be the name of the lord". We sang it... and over the 5 minutes of singing it... we began to really remember eternity. Not just our present feelings. Getting close to a God that understands how it feels is nearly indescribable. Knowing that "everything is gonna be alright" is quite something.

Friend says:
I guess I don't get it, but if your content and happy -- that's a good thing.

Dave at Work says:
ha... how would you prefer god have handled man's "issues"?

Friend says:
Let's back that up a bit, as we assume there is a God. I am not convinced there is, to be honest with you. I respect people's choices and everything, and I don't hate on anyone - I don't like pushy religious people... but anyway, I am not even convinced there is a God.

Dave at Work says:
Yeah i know... just in the context of our discussion. I personally have no idea how people handle situations like Chapman's if they didn't have a hope for a better future. Karma's all well and good, but karma doesn't help Steven Curtis Chapman.

I think we all want to believe that there is something "good". You want to believe that since you're a hard working dude, your business will thrive. We want to believe in something. But all we see is people doing is bad things, hurting others, and jerks succeeding.

The equalizer is Jesus. He's the interuption of the process that man started ourselves down. He covers our screwups and doesn't hold them against us even though we continually suck

Friend says:
So, do you actually believe these are people or is this all metaphoric? I just find it hard to believe that while I am sitting here playing Grand Theft Auto 4, that Jesus is watching over me... you know what I mean?

Dave at Work says:
But I'll bet there have been times where you've felt more like... "there must be something more"... like "god if you're really there" kinda moments. And part of the story of Jesus is believing in something you can't see yet. So yeah... i do believe Jesus was and is a real person. And principally (somewhat metaphorically now but not really) he functions today even though you can't "see" him

Friend says:
Yeah, of course I've thought "There has to be more"... something is out there. I guess my issue is, some people believe it's a guy named Jesus and some people believe it's a giant rat or elephant. Who's to say who is right, ya know?

Dave at Work says:
ha... It think that the Jesus thing is best described by CS Lewis

(From Mere Christianity)
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a good moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.


Friend says:
Interesting. Well you keep trying to bring me into the light and I'll keep trying to bring you to the dark side.

Dave at Work says:
I'm in

Pray for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family

This is a kind of story that really make you "mourn with those who mourn". It appears that the Chapman's youngest daughter Maria was accidentally killed in the family's driveway, by the family car, driven her brother. (Full story here). Maria was the 3rd member of the Chapman's adopted from China.

I obviously don't know Steven, but he seems to be one of those good guys. I've loved his music as long as I've been a Christian. Thinking about this tragedy this morning, the song of his that came to mind was "Moment made for worshiping".



How can you possibly worship during times of numbing tragedy? Because God is good. Not good like a turkey sandwich or a puppy. God IS good incarnate. When you stop and remind yourself that the giver of good things is standing with you even in the horrible gasps of life, it lets you move and breathe a little more each moment.

21 May 2008

Revival... what to do with it?

I'll say this. I'm expecting revival to come to my city. It's the City of God. I want my kids, my self, my marriage, my youth group, my young adult group, my church, my city's economy and such, to be prepared for revival. I want them to know that it's coming so that they contend for it and prepare for it now.

I'm expecting it to be extravagant and shaking.
I'm expecting it to be messy.
I'm expecting it to be hard to manage.
I'm expecting it to take more time than we all have.
I'm expecting God to be gigantic and breath taking.
I'm expecting the dead to rise.
I'm expecting the church to love it and hate it.
I'm expecting to be looked at as a nut.
I'm expecting life to never be the same as it is today.

Like many of us... Francis Frangipane (Elijah List) has been watching with anticipation the goings on in Lakeland Florida as they experience an astounding healing revival. I want you to hear what he wrote yesterday:

"I personally have been following the Lakeland revival on God.tv. Yes, there are minor things I might do differently, but I have been moved by the spiritual hunger of the people and also by the remarkable miracles and conversions. Most importantly, I have been touched by the attending presence of God's glory. Yet, while my heart swells with joy, I also fear. For when we cry for a holy visitation, we are crying for God's Kingdom--the very reign of God to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. My concern is, when we entreat the Almighty for His Kingdom, are we truly ready to surrender ours?

Most in first century Israel did not understand the goal of a visitation; they were blessed, touched and healed, but they did not attain God's purpose, and for them Jesus wept. Nevertheless, on Pentecost Christ's disciples did, in fact, carry the visitation to its appointed purpose: the early church became the dwelling of God on earth. The citywide church was united, committed to prayer and focused on Jesus (see Acts 3:1). Miracles were ordinary, as was extravagant giving to the poor. The early church set the standard for visitation: signs, miracles and conversions, but also Christ-centered unity among church leaders and believers alike.

If there is no functional, Christ-centered unity among the churches in your city, then let's begin by praying for the leaders. Yes, let us rejoice in the beginnings of revival. But, with sobriety, let us also keep in mind that the goal of a visitation from God is that we become the habitation of God." (click here for the full word)


A couple of thoughts:

1) "There are few things I might do differently" - No matter what church/job/concert we walk into, thinker types will usually experience this feeling. I know I do. And when it slips into criticism... it's wrong. My way is not God's way. He's got farer reaching plans than my list of wants and expectations above.


My friend Matthew has a blog called "Jesus needs new PR". It takes some friendly pokes at Christians who do dumb things. Lately I've been wondering if it's the PR people who need to begin to work harder for Jesus. God does great things through people who aren't always understood by the masses. Think about Paul and Timothy. Paul stirred the pot and Timothy gently came in after and said, "here's what he meant..." Not undermining, but as a compliment to Paul using his different gifting.


People take a lot shots at Todd Bentley for various reasons. Most of which are easily explained if you take the time to find out more. A number of people who have been to Lakeland have loved the morning meetings at Ignited Church with Stephen Strader. He says the same thing as Toddy does... just without the shouting. It's not contradictory to Todd... it's complimentary and someone explanatory. In fact, it's HIS church that this revival has overtaken... yet he's thrilled to loose Todd Bentley to push the spiritual buttons on GodTV. Because he's anointed to do so! So let's get some good communicators who've got the back of the people of God!

2) "When we entreat the Almighty for His Kingdom, are we truly ready to surrender ours?" - Good question. I sure hope so.


3) "Miracles were ordinary, as was extravagant giving to the poor." - This is something that many people miss. This whole revival miracle thing... isn't just a circus. Why does Todd Bentley want more media covering this revival? So that more people can see God's handiwork. Cancer healed... a line of discarded wheelchairs... dead coming to life. (I saw that all last night!) It pumps me up and I actually believe it! I can't imagine what someone who doesn't believe would think! It's about showing a hungry world that God is alive and powerful.

And what for? It's so that God can change our hearts to be more loving, generous, caring... Todd Bentley's wife gave a very moving word the other night along the lines of , "how much do we really love our neighbors?" This is what this whole thing is about. Giving... love...


4) "the goal of a visitation from God is that we become the habitation of God."- this is what I really want. I want to see a city residing in the presence of God. Arenas and cameras and guitars are lovely... but the goal is to walk with God hand in hand to school.

I'm giddy with anticipation at what God is up to.


20 May 2008

Daddy on duty

When you hear your daughter say, "Daddy muh tongue is blueeee"
And you see this...



Then a piece of chalk that looks like this...



You know that Daddy has been on duty

Shakin the living the room

When I ran our local Christian radio station with my friend and pastor, we used to run Veggie Tales movie premier days. Cus you do NOT want to miss a single moment of Bob and Larry hijinks. We always had a little bit of time between the monotony of the shows. They were fine things and all... but sometimes they felt like just more of the same ultimately fruitless Christian culture that we pedal without much forethought.

He began to tell me his stories of their days in Pensacola Florida. I'd heard them before and I'll likely hear them again. But I'll never tell him "I've heard that story before" because I love those stories. They were stories that sounded more like the Bible than the life I could see around me. They gave me hope that there was something better out there... before I had to dance the monkey dance for the kids to the tune of a cucumber playing the tuba again.

This time though, he used these words...

"We've chosen to raise our children in revival."

Those words hit me like a cannonball. I set up shop on them. I chose that day to raise my children IN REVIVAL... whatever that meant.

Family devotions are kickin' times around our house. Everybody loves them. We started doing them when the kids were young because I want my kids to grow up with the presence of God being normal in our home. It's one of the reason's I love having small groups at my house... so my kids go to bed knowing that their house is a house that people pray in. Hearing the sounds of life below.

So here's how we do family devotions...
  1. The kids pick which song they want to worship to
  2. The kids "lead worship". Jared air guitars, sings and preaches (kinda Kirk Franklin style... can I get a?). Aislin gets her mic and sings. We dance around with Brianna.
  3. I read them a story out of our awesome "My first Message" Bible
  4. I talk about what we just learned and pray something applicable together
  5. The kids lead worship one more time.

It's powerful. Often Krissy and I look at each other and get teary. It's the foundation for everything we desire for our family to be. Revival isn't freaky if you let Big BIG God be normal... and fun (worship mishap below).

19 May 2008

Victoria Day in the Rain

The forecast today didn't say anything about rain... but windy and 5 degrees LIKELY should have been a tipoff for us.

We headed to Lake Ontario in the rain and tried to play with a dragon "glider". It was a 2 year old birthday gift that we thought was a kite until we opened it this morning. Whoops.

We got wet. we got Cold. The glider spent more time crashing than flying. To our "surprise" no malls were open. I put surprise in quotes since we forget this EVERY STAT HOLIDAY.

But these are the kind of things that we'll remember. It's a good story. "Remember when the glider didn't work and we got wet and we couldn't go to the mall and we crashed at Arbys?"

I'm convinced that the success of actual events or get togethers mean nothing. But if you come out of it with a good story... you've won.

17 May 2008

Bono the cussin' Christian


I'm quite often stunned and refreshed at the remarkably healthy view on Christianity Bono has. The more disheartening stories that I hear about Nashville and the "Christian Industry" the more I love those who have the courage to just be real and raw.

“Religion is what happens when the Holy Spirit leaves the room”

"I have this hunger in me...everywhere I look I see the evidence of a creator. But I don't see it as religion, which has cut Irish people in two. I don't see Jesus Christ as being in any part of a religion. Religion to me is almost like when God leaves - and people devise a set of rules to fill the space."

"I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I'd be in deep shit. It doesn't excuse my mistakes, but I'm holding out for Grace. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity."

Bob Hewson: "You do seem to have a relationship with God."
Bono: "Didn't you ever have one?"
Bob Hewson: "No."
Bono: "But you have been a Catholic for m
ost of your life."
Bob Hewson: "Yeah, lots of people are Catholic. It was a one-way conversation... You seem to hear something back from the silence!"
Bono: "That's true, I do."
Bob Hewson: "How do you feel it?"
Bono: "I hear it in some sort of instinctive way, I feel a response to a prayer, or I feel led in a direction. Or if I'm studying the Scriptures, they become alive in an odd way, and they make sense to the moment I'm in, they're no longer a historical document."

"Coolness might help in your negotiation with people through the world, maybe, but it is impossible to meet God with sunglasses on. It is impossible to meet God without abandon, exposing yourself, being raw.. you don't know what's going on behind those glasses, but God, I can assure you, does."

"...but it really sank in: the Christmas story. The idea that God, if there is a force of Love and Logic in the universe, that it would seek to explain itself is amazing enough. That it would seek to explain itself and describe itself by becoming a child born in straw poverty, in shit and straw... a child ... I just thought: 'Wow!' Just the poetry... Unknowable love, unknowable power, describes itself as the most vulnerable. I was just sitting there, and it's not that it hadn't struck me before, but tears came down my face, and I saw the genius of this, utter genius of picking a particular point in time and deciding to turn on this."

"...this is course is at the heart of the idea of redemption: to begin again. This is at the heart of religious fundamentalism too: to be born again. I wish to begin again on a daily basis. To be born again every day is something that I try to do. And I'm deadly serious about that."

"But with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross."

When you have a some time... check these You Tube clips out. It's an in depth interview between Bono and Bill Hybels. Really interesting perspective. Not a perfect dude. But that's kinda the point methinks.



Sources

Bono:In his own words
Susan Black
Omnibus Press 1997

Bono in conversation
Michka Assayas
Riverhead Books 2005

Believing in Brantford

My friend Rebecca has been dreamin', shootin', and prophesyin' with her camera around town. She's a part of generation that will change the landscape in my city.




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