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29 March 2010

My hypothesis about the ultimate purpose of "Communication"


Hypothesis: The ultimate purpose of communication is truth in peace.

The elements:
  • Communication- The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior
  • Truth-Conformity to fact or actuality
  • Peace-Freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations
  • Understanding- A reconciliation of differences; a state of agreement

Principally: In it's home... truth is absolute. On earth... truth can only be fully exposed, actualized and understood via the collective. Peace presupposes two or more unique parties and implies the intentional establishment of unity between them. Communication is the vehicle. Understanding truth is the equalizer. Peace is the result.

Biblically: Genesis 11 ushered us into the Era of the modern burden of communication. It began with man all speaking one language and being very powerful. Man was 'gettin somewhere' so they built a tower to make sure everyone knew they were great. God said in verses 6-9

"One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they'll come up with next—they'll stop at nothing! Come, we'll go down and garble their speech so they won't understand each other." Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city. That's how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into "babble." From there God scattered them all over the world.


When communication was easy... it was so powerful that it corrupted us. We used it for selfish gain instead of the exposition of truth which, if collectively embraced, would have led to peace. Eventually when the New Testament church was being established, Paul explained how different we all are. Yet he still used "unity speak" in which he called us a house of living stones... called to live together in unity...functioning beautifully as one body. A pretty picture yes, but it does come with a God-ordained tension in it's outplaying, requiring us to communicate to achieve the goal.

On the streets: I disagree with Marshall McLuhan's assertion that "the medium is the message". Principally, it's an acceptance of the weak mind of man... and it's inability to discern between the pedestrian (Medium) and true authority (Message). It's true that communication DOES often play out this way... but "the medium is the message" is cynical, hopeless and gives undue weight to variables. The ultimate purpose of the communication is loftier.

The "greater-good" merits of the social media revolution are still very much in question, But never has how a society communicates with each other changed so rapidly and fundamentally... while being so reliant on the medium.

We've all seen it used to find truth and bring peace just as many times as we've seen a social revolution medium be a detrimental. What makes the different is the intention... not the medium. When some ignorantly sits in a meeting (two or more unique parties who differ, coming together in an attempt come to a consensus) and texts someone else... communication IS happening... just not the optimal kind. The texter is saying, "I don't care about discovering the truth in this moment with you or coming to any consensus". It has nothing to do with their cell phone. It has to do with whether or not the 2 parties use what ever medium is required to make the message happen and communication WORK. It takes work, focus and intention to allow communication to be vehicle it was designed to be.

Conclusion: We are always communicating because we HAVE to, to find the truth and unity we need to be able to achieve maximally in life. We must intentionally choose to beneficially communicate with each other as it is the vehicle that leads to freedom and peace.


What are your thoughts?

24 March 2010

Wow

Today... as Captain Kindness... I got to talk to 750 kids about how to change our city BY good INTO good. It's more than hype. Kindness opens doors.


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God doesn’t deserve my best

Read an EXCELLENT blog post this morning at Nickcarnes.com and I want to repost it in it's entirety. Last night during our prayer night at Freedom House, I found myself praying for Christians to give the control over our "rest" to God. Often we take control over our own time & energy and ration what we're willing we give to God because we "have to take care of ourselves" first. The reality is that God wants to GIVE us what we need to thrive (including rest) when we GIVE Him the best of us. Doing the opposite is actually more serious than we first think.

Check out Nick's thoughts...

God doesn’t deserve my best,” is exactly what we say when we as “Christ Followers” decide to be consumers rather than contributors. I listened to a message by Perry Noble the other day from NewSpring’s Practical Atheist series. He referenced the verses where Cain and Abel present their offerings to the Lord and how Cain just gave some of his crops as an offering to the Lord, while Abel gave his first and best lamb as an offering. While the main point of Perry’s usage of the Scripture was to point out that the tithe did not go away with the law since it was present 500+ years before the law was given, something different stood out to me.

I’ve practically grown up in church. I’ve been a ministry leader, staff, volunteer, and a plain ‘ol church attender. I’ve heard messages on giving and tithing several times in the past, but nothing has prepared me for the harsh reality that there are more Christians like Cain than there are like Abel in most churches. I remember hearing about Cain as a child in our Bible stories. He got a bad rap, I guess it stemmed mostly from him murdering Abel. But the more I think about it, there is more focus put on his being a murderer than there is his attitude that God did not deserve his best. I wonder if we avoid that foundational truth because its our attitude too? I wonder if that’s why people church hop and get angry when the pastor preaches on giving and money? Could it be because their attitude is that God does not deserve their best?


This verse has never stuck out to me until I looked at it over the weekend, check it out…


Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” Genesis 4:6-7

What was the right thing in this situation? Abel’s income came through being a shepherd. Cain’s income came through harvesting the land. Both brought an offering to the Lord, because the Lord had blessed them both with a profit and a means of living. The difference is, Abel brought his first and his best to God, Cain just brought a random selection, but it was definitely not his best. God’s response was that Cain would be accepted if he only did what was right. Cain knew what was right, but his attitude directed his actions. He did not feel God deserved his best, therefore he did not give God his best. The biggest part of this verse to me is where God points out, that sin is crouching at Cain’s door waiting to control him because he lacked the heart to put God first and to give him his best.


There are Christians all over the world who do this all the time. They won’t or they can’t give God their best because they are driving it, or living in it, or wearing it. There are Christians all over the world who want to tell the church what they want to consume from the church, but they refuse to contribute to the vision God has given the church.


Matthew 6:21 says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

I believe that is what God was telling Cain in Genesis. Watch out! Sin will control your desires when God does not deserve the first and best of your treasures.


Are there areas in your life or in the life of your family that sin has control of? It may start with your desire to be a consumer rather than a contributor and the attitude that God does not deserve your best!


Just a thought!

23 March 2010

You Googled WHAT and found me?


It's been many months since I've scoured through the little bits of banality that people type into Google... and wind up on my blog. Clearly there are people looking for answers. A little e-satisfaction. I'm only too happy to oblige.

"why someone should like square dancing": What's not to love? It's a blizzard of Bolo ties, plaid, gibberish and at the end there is ALWAYS macaroni salad. A night of dosidoing with the elderly in a school gym is like a vacation from the known world for an evening. People pay big money for that.

"quilt labels free": We will put an end to quilt labels in our time... by George.

"Methodist funny things": Oh Methodists are a RIOT! Like when the do the name game with Wesley! Wesley Wesley Bo Blessyley Banana Fanna Fo Flessley. Hahahaha! Or when they rif on Calvanism. Like 'What do Calvinists say when they’ve fallen downstairs? Thank goodness that’s over with…' Those are some funny Methodist things right there.

"midget sandwich": Mmmm... on white or whole wheat?

"laser cat awkwardfamilyphotos.com": Well I don't know that one. But I did find was HAS to be THE most awkward family photo of all time on awkwardfamilyphotos.com


Umm... Mom? Please no. Please no. Please no. Mom... ??? !!! Please no.

"inverted nipples bad or good
": Good question, thanks for asking. Let's break this down. On the pro side, you could safely wear tight white James Dean-like t-shirts on cold days without fear of protrusion. It would also be a good conversation piece. On the con side... as a man... I can't think of anything.

"it's not truly iowa anymore the old iowa way will never be seen again girls and boys yep can you hear me now mike mic turned on wont see iowa girls sh": Yeah... I miss the old Iowa too. ?? Thanks for popping in.

"how do i do the charlie brown yell": Thanks for asking First you have to have a dirt-low self esteem and crippling emotional pain. To achieve this, simply hire the shrink you play baseball with to berate you and psychologically beat you down over time while taking your nickels. She will finish off the job of physical humiliation on the ball diamond. Then when you're all alone in your own personal, isolated, hell... tilt your head back and moan... "Aaugh". Give it a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

"beetabega": Shout out Cliff Clavin. "Beetabega on a pita fajita?" "Sorry, I don't speak Spanish." Darn that Kelly and her simple ways.

"destroyed fat ass barbie": New from Matel.

"what is the main pre-occupation of the writer in a short story": Likely trying to figure out who is ever going to purchase a short story. Then trying to figure out whether to eat the chicken or beef flavored Mr Noodles for dinner. For the record... I'd choose Chicken.

"young people are stupid": Well duh. But you're likely equally as stupid for trying to prove it by reading my blog. This is my favorite GK Chesterton quote:
I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid. GK Chesterton

You can't be a Christian writing without quoting Chesterton. So I'm in.

"how do Canadians dress": Let me refer once again to Awkwardfamilyphotos.com


22 March 2010

Why are Americhristians so angry at public healthcare?

So I was chatting with my American friend about Barack Obama's health care reforms:

Dave: OK... I'm a hoser... I get it... but what in the world are people so afraid of with the health care thing. I find it stunning that it's a Christian (or anyone) uprising.

American: Communism bro!!! They think it's communism...

Dave: It's a stunning mindset to me. Of course I've never been in it.

American: I know man. It's all fear.

Dave: I had to pay my first ever bill for 45$ for an ambulance ride up north this past summer. That's the extent of my out of pocket bills in my life.

American: Wow. Amazing.



In 2004... in a very widespread national campaign, the father of public health care in Canada Tommy Douglas was voted as the Greatest Ever Canadian. Tommy was from the far left of the political spectrum. But what happened during the summer of 1962 in Saskatchewan via the visionary forging of this former Baptist Minister changed our nation's destiny.

By 1966... men from 3 extremely diverse political schools of thought and interest (including 2 Prime Ministers... Diefenbaker and Pearson) worked hard to make it national; because it would help people.

Even today, 50 years later, there is NOT an argument in Canada whether or not there SHOULD be public health care for all. There is a minor debate whether there should be SOME private clinics... but the God card is not played by Christians. I'd say, "good for us" but I can't for the life of me think of a reason why it ever would be!

The Canadian system is not perfect and too many complain. But that's just a human thing. We whine at the slightest bit of discomfort. But when a Canadian catches another Canadian whining about wait times... you'll often hear the Canadian compadre say something like, "Hey, at least we have public heath care. We should be thankful. At least we're not in America". Knowing nods are exchanged, we see our doctor... and we get to stay in our homes. Hopefully the "at least we're not in America" changes now.

I'm truly thankful for what we have in Canada. And personally... I'm happy for The United States of America today. Good work Mr. Obama. Hopefully more people with be allowed to be healthy because of it.

21 March 2010

Hedonism and Delight

Delight: a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction

The first officially recorded time that the concept of "Hedonism" was practiced as an active philosophy was by a man named Democritus (460 BC- 370 BC). He proposed that
"The supreme goal of life is 'contentment' or 'cheerfulness'. Joy and sorrow are the distinguishing mark of things beneficial and harmful'"
For the next 2500 years, men like Epicurus, Freud, John Stuart Mills, right up until the modern French philosopher and author of "The Atheist Manifesto" Michael Onfray... have backed a method of thinking and being, called Hedonism that states:

"Pleasure and Happiness are the only things that have intrinsic value or good.”


Hedonism's root word is hēdonē (meaning pleasure or DELIGHT). Some have proposed extravagance is the route to GOOD while some counter with restraint. Some have talked exclusively about one's own happiness, while others have included the well-being of others. Epicurus noted that the highest pleasure was "tranquility and freedom from fear"... things that could be out of a Freedom House pamphlet. These are things the human soul are looking for.

What's interesting is that down whatever Hedonist path the philosopher goes down... the end result doesn't include God. Most include NO God while a few admit that God MAY exist but He has no interaction with man. When it comes down to it... Hedonism is:

DELIGHTING IN DELIGHT
It's embracing the feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction IN the feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction.

God cares quite deeply what He (and we) DELIGHT in.

YOU: The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)



HIM: Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this.
(Psalm 37)

Those are the biggies. It's God and us having extreme pleasure in each other. There are 3 other areas that the Bible talks primarily about when dealing with what is good for us to delight in. He says that we should delight in:

  1. Our own weakness (2 Cor 9)
  2. God's Law (Romans 7)
  3. The love of others (Pretty much the whole book of Song of Solomon)

It's pretty cool actually that the things we're asked to have the feeling of extreme pleasure and satisfaction about... are things that force us to acknowledge and honor something larger than us. Things that force us to our focus from OUR greatness and shift our dependence to God. Why?

Because God DOES want to ADD things onto us... but he knows that WE need to "Seek first the Kingdom of God and HIS righteousness" so that He can finish Matthew 6:33 and say "and all these things shall be added onto you"

It's God's order of operations. In math... the order of operations goes like this:


I found it very cool that things that make the most difference come first. Simple addition and subtraction happen last. That's how God looks at "stuff". He's never said that enjoying his "gifts" or the stuff we come across on this 3rd rock from the Sun is wrong. Far from it. But we never meant to DELIGHT in the addable and substractable things of life. When you DELIGHT IN DELIGHT, you're walking on sinking sand. We're falling into the same trap that Eve did when she threw away the gift of freedom... delighting in God, His gifts, His Law, and the love of her man. God is never at the end of the hedonistic path.

"When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. When you stop expecting material possessions to complete you, you'd be surprised how much pleasure you get in material possessions. When you stop expecting God to end all your troubles, you'd be surprised how much you like spending time with God." Don Miller

18 March 2010

The NEW New Testament?


"So the disciples warned the people to keep their gatherings small, private and in homes... or sometimes coffee shops. Friends and those with common hobbies only. When the head of the group says something you disagree with, it's a great opportunity to hedge your bets and split your time between groups depending on what fits YOUR schedule. Or take up a new hobby, take a walk in the sun God made... or sleep in Sunday and skip it altogether. You're tired. You deserve it. Other people will pick up your slack.

This makes it tough to tithe... but that's Old Testament anyway. Relax... it's not as important as being nice. The New Testament is about you and YOUR choices. Just be good with your own money and YOU decide where it should go. They'd just blow your money on salaries and buildings. Remember that YOU are the church and you don't have to jump through the hoops the caretakers of those "buildings" say you have to. You don't need to pay a "man" to tell you how to spend your weeknights, council you, care for you... or guide you. Just pay a life coach or watch someone else online. God will provide bread for their family or drop manna from the sky. You can pray just has effectively in your own bedroom. No need to join your voices together... other people would just cramp your style.

The best way to honor those who are being persecuted and abused is through jaded, solitary misery. If they had the choice to worship together in prosperity... they'd choose jaded, solitary misery too. Beware of "preachers" in stadiums with nice hair, big smiles, or a positive attitude. Nobody could be that happy. Hypocrites. Berate them publicly as often as possible. Christianity is hard... show it on your face."

Oh wait...

15 March 2010

The neuroscience of interacting with the divine



I love that we're looking (and seeing) further into how genuine and beneficial the human interaction with divinity is. Back in 2006, The University of Pennsylvania released a very interesting study about how our brain function when speaking in tongues... a highly criticized method of interaction and sometimes seeming spiritual oddity.

Brain images revealed that there was a decrease in activity in the subjects’ frontal lobes while they spoke in tongues. “That is a part of the brain that normally makes us feel as if we’re in charge of our actions,” Newberg said. “The fact that activity is decreased makes a lot of sense. [Those who speak in tongues] feel like they’re not in charge,” said Newberg, who is also the director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at Penn.

One of the challenges of examining a spiritual practice is the difficulty in validating such a subjective experience. “How do you know they’re really speaking in tongues rather than faking it?” Newberg asked. “But the fact that we found similar changes in the brain in all our subjects suggests that something is really happening.”


There was an excellent article in yesterday's National Post called: "God's Brain: The neuroscience of devotion". This scientific study by Dr. Lionel Tiger is about how our brain functions in an embraced system of religious belief... another highly criticized concept in our post-modern world. Here are some highlights:

As a scientist, he was fascinated by the persistence of religious systems throughout human history. He estimates that religious systems have lasted 70,000 years and are practiced by 80% of the world’s adults. We’re really interested in what is going on in humans that stimulates, permits and codifies the endurance of religion. It’s a major scientific mystery.

Prof. Tiger feels if there is a god, then the brain would be the instrument a god would have to use. “It can’t be the elbow or the pancreas,” he said. “The brain defines who we are.”

The continual answer is... "This does work for people. It does help them and turn them into better people. But it's a mystery. There just CAN'T be a God. I mean come on".

Here's the thing. Life... is heavy. In fact it's TOO heavy. Jesus said,

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."


It works. He's there. He created us to interact with the divine. It does a body, mind, soul, spirit good.

10 March 2010

Are you an owner or a renter?

A couple of days ago, church leadership guy, or as he calls himself "Dream Releaser"... Dr. Samuel Chand asked this question:


Great question.

My wife and I rented for a long time... and it was right for us for a long time because of various life scenarios. But last fall those scenarios changed and thankfully my "cold sweat" nightmares of living in a van down by the river with 3 kids did not happen. God (as he has a habit of doing) provided perfectly and we bought the house we had been renting. So we've lived in the same home as a renter AND an owner. Undoubtedly, there is a different mindset that comes as an owner. Here's how some of @samchand's twitter peeps responded to his question.

  • - Look in the staff kitchen! People who leave coffee cups for others to wash are renters!
  • -Renters let owners solve problems with the House. No initiative.
  • - Renters place less value on their occupancy, fully aware of a lack of permanence.
  • - Renter's treat their surroundings as replaceable. Owner's treat them as valuable
  • - Renters are seldom invested in long term vision. They look for immediate return on all of their labors.
  • - A "renter" let's others make important decisions for them!

Great thoughts. When we first bought our h
ouse, my predominant thought was "The next time something goes wrong with this place... I'm on the hook for it. Great". That's not something that I completely relish frankly. I actually LIKE responsibility... but the "hows" and "how MUCH'S" are the hard part! It would be easier to call the landlord and let him deal with it. But as in everything in life... our calling is to grow up, stand up and be counted. Owners work, pay, plan and invest, so therefore, there is weight behind their words and actions. Owners get a say because they've committed and are responsible.

When you're planted... you flourish. Psalm 92:12-13 says, "
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God."

Churches typically have "renter issues". However... It's not just a new cultural issue. When Jesus was training up his group of "owners" (people committed to spreadin
g his Message and establishing His Kingdom in their land) He reminded them in Luke 10 that, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Praying for "owners" is something that church leaders spend A LOT of time praying for.

Being a renter can be OK for a season. It's certainly better than being homeless. But the pitfalls of renting with your life is that you never let your roots grow. Practically... people won't commit to you until they know where you're committed to. Why would they?

Also, God says in Psalm 104:16 that "The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted." In the Bible... water is often equated to the Spirit of God. There is spiritual weight and abundant sustenance that comes with digging in. Buying the vision. Working the field. Serving, giving, and growing together for the long haul.

9 March 2010

You don't wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I'm a loner, a rebel... so long Dottie.

In the cinematic epic "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", bike shop employee and femme fatale Dottie, in an attempt to gain the affections of PW is met with this legendary brush off...



Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha... (sigh) ... silly Pee Wee. I'll often say "There are things about me you wouldn't understand. I'm a loner... a rebel" half joking to people when I just don't feel like socializing (futility hoping beyond hope that someone will get my Pee Wee's Big Adventure reference. Alas it never happens. Sigh again) Sadly though, it's actually how many of us have conditioned ourselves to be. I blame Pee Wee Herman for this. This and my fear of talking chairs and windows... and for ingraining the word "zizzybalooba" into my subconscious.

Unfortunately for our own pride and ego... as scary and offensive as this might be to introverts and thinkers everywhere... we NEED other people. YOU are not enough for you. I was reading an article in Ministry Today called "The Significance of Serving"talking about the crisis that is the lack of genuine relationship in not only our churches, but our culture. There were a number of Barna-stats that tell a sad tale, but none scarier than this one.

H.B. London, head of pastoral ministries for Focus on the Family, on the topic Pastors at Risk. London disclosed that at least 70 percent of pastors in the United States claim they have no friends.


No wonder so many either fall or leave the ministry! My first thought went back to Mr. Herman

There's a lotta things about me you don't know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand.



And truthfully... the loner/rebel mindset plays a part. These are real people with real issues who have taken a role as a mouthpiece for God. That's too much for a single person to deal with. Pastor Pete Wilson today on Without Wax analyzed the 'why's' this way:

1) False Expectations: Many want their pastor to be friendly to everyone but close to no one!

2) False Assumptions: Many pastors have been told “You can’t EVER, EVER, trust people because they’ll use things you share with them against you one day.” (Side Note: Didn’t seem to stop Jesus.)

3) False Accusations: Many pastors will be criticized if they have close friends. If a normal person has close friends we call it healthy. If a pastor has close friends we call it a “clique".


And I get all that. It IS a risk to let people into your real world to see the real YOU. And God has given us freedoms that are often abused in relationships that cause hurt, pain, betrayal and a plethora of other fun things. But it's a risk worth taking. Because we NEED others.


Of course God knows what will happen if we use our freedom the wrong way. Apparently He thinks it's worth the risk
- CSLewis

7 March 2010

You were good but now you're bad but you're really good.


Preached about this on Friday night. It's simple but we forget that it's only because of Jesus that we can be RIGHT again.

2 March 2010

Funding the "faithy" folk


Very interesting editorial/article in yesterday's Brantford Expositor called "Faith Funding must rely on welcoming all". Youth for Christ in Winnipeg is building an 11.5 million dollar "Center for Excellence" (Indoor skatepark, drop-in centre, job skills and training centre, a counseling centre, a performing arts studio, a fitness centre and much much more) that has various levels and spectrums of government fighting about idea of funding faith.

The federal Conservatives first said yes to a 3.2 million dollar investment. After much controversy and infighting, the municipal government is also in for 3.2 million dollars... but the provincial NDP government (who is normally the sugar daddy of finances) said no because of the faith aspect attached to the project. In all fairness, they aren't alone in their "concerns". The writer of this editorial reminds us:

A promise to extend funding for faith-based schools sank the Ontario Progressive Conservatives' campaign in the last election.

In Winnipeg, the discussion on the youth centre has turned toxic. Winnipeg Centre MP Pat Martin, a New Democrat, has decried the project as an attempt to convert "vulnerable, impressionable kids" to Christianity.

One aboriginal group has equated the idea with residential schools.


Strong words directed to people who are willing to take shots in order to sow time, money, love and truth into a community. But frankly, they are not unfamiliar sentiments that are commonly "stuck" on we faithy folk who try to step into the public arena. On Winnipeg's YFC website this is how they've responded to the controversy they've stirred up in the name of serving their community with excellence.

No doubt, some people will want nothing to do with YFC or the proposed facility because YFC is upfront and clear about its desire to see young people consider faith in Jesus Christ. That is OK. Even if they choose NOT to collaborate in this specific project, YFC hopes to stir up everyone’s commitment to young people.

This is important. We live in a great city with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Regardless of one’s view on this specific project, YFC is advocating a vision that has the power to unite us - to see young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible.

YFC desires to build on this shared vision by encouraging each sector, organization, and person to contribute towards the health and well being of youth within its sphere of influence. There are ways for each of us to contribute, tapping into our unique strengths, and drawing upon our distinct values and traditions.

YFC’s unique contribution is its Christian identity. Its greatest strength lies in its large volunteer base, drawn from a variety of Christian denominations, who serve as positive role models and who wish to give back to the city in which they live.

We will not compromise our Christian identity, message and values. To do so, would weaken the very strength we bring to the table.

In the same way that other agencies, faith groups and secular institutions can and ought to bring their identity, message and values to the challenge of raising healthy, caring and responsible youth, so can we. In fact, we must.

Because, at the end of the day, it is much more than a facility. It’s about helping teenagers!


Excellently put. And thankfully, there are an increasing number of people who are willing to partner with faith-based organizations who are willing to sacrifice and work to bring positive change... because in the end as the editorial writer puts it:

Many people of faith see helping others as a calling. They do so with programs and facilities such as the one proposed by Youth for Christ. They provide food, clothing and counselling to people who do not have access to government programs. They make our society better.

But religious groups -- of any faith -- must establish a track record of inclusiveness and effective program management if they want government funding. If they can, tapping their energies is no sin.


I actually think the writer is correct in saying that Christians need to earn the right to have influence. What faithy-folk who "get it" know that others may not... is the order of operations. Our generosity and kindness is to be extended to ALL... just because it's right. Someone's acceptance of Christ or not makes no difference in how they should be cared for. It IS part of our calling to help people.

But yes. It's done "in Jesus name". Openly and unabashedly. And sharing the why behind our actions is just as much our calling.


What do you think about funding the faithy folk?

1 March 2010

Haiti - "A Call To Fasting & Prayer"

Ummmm... THIS is pretty amazing

On February 12, 2010, President Préval of Haiti called his nation to 3 days of fasting and prayer. Over 1 million Haitians attended this epic event.

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