Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Seeing things again through Children's eyes...


Holiday's are great, I love it, time with the family, lots and lots of food!Hope your Holidays are going awesome everyone!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas day is sooo near!


From the very beginnings of the Christmas celebration in the early fourth century, the theme of the Christmas season has always been the arrival of the light-the light that has come to dispel darkness.
Historically, three services were celebrated on Christmas day, the midnight service, a service on Christmas morning, and another on Christmas night. The texts of these services stress the birth of Christ, but in such a way that the birth is not isolated from the death of Christ and his coming again. What is at the heart of Christmas is the gospel-the overthrow of evil and the establishment of God's reign in our lives and over a restored creation.

Monday, December 18, 2006

cold...


Ok, so this weekend was incredibly icy, snowy and cold, travel was horrible and buying last minute Christmas gifts in the city was like being Bond putting your life at risk!

Speaking of Bond, our small group went to see Casino Royale this Sunday, what a great movie! I know I am a bit late on this, but wow, best Bond ever! The movie was intense, dark, and fast paced, what any Bond movie should be....it was great!

Keeping in step, this Wednesday is our Sr. Youth Christmas Banquet it is Spy theme so I am looking forward to seeing some great costumes!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Where did we go wrong?

This is an interesting article on CNN about Christianity and how it is perceived, and what has gone wrong? Worth the read.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

Gaudete Sunday


This coming third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday, Gaudete means "rejoice" and comes form the antiphon of the introit psalm "rejoice in the Lord always" (Phil 4:4) Gaudete Sunday is the most festive of the four Sundays of Advent. It is also the Sunday that proclaims the Virgin Mary as the bearer of God's Son. Advent Prayer taken from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility, that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Rob Bell, Lump

Here is the video we watched in youth, by Rob Bell, about God's Love, if you have 10 minutes, I recommend it...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Skit Guys - The Chair

This is a great video for anyone who has been or is a youthpastor, the chair that so many people sit in, in your office and what you hear and see from them, is preformed in this funny skit. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Music to ponder...


I am sitting here at 'The Broadway Roastery' having coffee working on my LC report, and planning Wednesday night, and am amazed at the music that they are playing. It's Christmas time and there are so many classics that are being played, such as Boney M's Mary's Boy Child, and the like, but there are also so MANY new artists signing Christmas songs, I am amazed at how many remakes there really are, with current pop and rock stars signing about the birth of Christ. Now the cynic in me says, yup they will make money anyways they can. But there is something significant (I think at least) in having airways filled with acknowledgements of the birth of Christ, I am not talking about any kind of evangelism or anything of the sort, just songs being sung by 'rock stars' and people that we listen to everyday, about the event that occurred 2000 some years ago... I don't know why but it 'feels' very significant right now...

Monday, December 04, 2006

Christmas time...


I love this time of the year. Now I know how we all feel about shoveling the snow and the -27 C is not always the greatest temperature to wake up too. But I find this time to be just so exciting, maybe it's seeing family and friends, maybe because people try to act more civil towards each other. There is just something in the air. I am not going to go on the rant of all the things wrong with consumerism and greed and all that other junk that happens at this time. What I find amazing is that despite ALL that, there is something special about this time. People sense it, no matter how they show it...at least I find this true in my life. I love Christmas time!!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

SO MUCH SNOW!!!!

I think after shoveling I now have hernia as well...well probably not, but man is there a lot of snow!

(click on the pic for larger view)

Monday, November 27, 2006

Good Show...

Jessica and I went to see a movie last night, and man did we pick a good one: Stranger than Fiction, what a great smart comedy or was it tragedy? Highly recommend this movie.



Friday, November 24, 2006

ENGRISH

With English being the international language of the world there is an amazing site called engrish.com which finds posters, t-shirts, billboards and much more from around the world that miss use the language, Jessica has always used these pictures on her blog, and today I thought I would preview a few that I like:


Please wipe first!


Edgy Place!


What? For only a $1000


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

update

Well Jessica is doing a bit better, resting lots and recovering. The boys have been good and its been good to have mom around to help. Although its funny first night Noah was up so I was with him, last night Noah slept well but Sasha was up so up with him...Thank you for your prayers, in the mean time I have to go and rescue few people, fight some villains and then back to my secret identity...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

hernia? what...

What a weekend, Jessica had stomach pains so we went to mediclinic from which we went to St. Paul's Hospital at which Jessica had a hernia operation. She is good and recovering. No lifting for 3 months though, and so having two little kids will be interesting for the next while. Thank you all for your help during Sunday fundraiser, and for your prayers. Thank you mom and dad Morgun and Wall for taking care of the kids while we were in the hospital and for all your support. We are now home and Jessica is resting, and its really good to have her mom here to help out. Things are good but we will be taking it easy for a bit now.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Hershey Chocolate pulled off Canadian...

Just great right after Halloween, the biggest chocolate eating night, we learn this: Certain candy bars as well as chocolate chips for baking are among the products Hershey Canada is pulling off store shelves because of possible salmonella contamination. Just a heads up to all you lovers of chocolate out there read the article above, there are many favorites on there that are being pulled off the shelf... Here are few notables:

-Hershey Chipits Milk Chocolate Chips - 270 g.

- Hershey Creamy Milk Chocolate With Almonds - 43 g.

- Hershey Creamy Milk Chocolate - 45 g.

- Oh Henry! - 62.5 g; 62.5g/4 bars; 145 g.

- Oh Henry! Bites - 130 g.

- Oh Henry! Peanut Butter - 60

-Glosette Peanuts - 45 g.

- Glosette Almond - 42 g.

- Glosette Raisin - 50 g; 145 g.

Monday, November 06, 2006

New/regular life of a youth pastor...all glamour


New/regular life of a youth pastor...My son Noah is growing like crazy and is so chuby and cute, Sasha is really setting his independence by arguing everything…so that’s been ‘fun’. Jessica and I had a date which was sweet to go out again and be together ALONE, we went to see The Prestige, which turned out to be a pretty good show, not great but good. And then the weekend was the usual for me, night on the town began when I pulled my speed boat onto the beach, adjusted the rose in my white dinner jacket, lit a cigar with a hundred dollar bill, then jumped onto the sand where my butler was standing with a silver trey holding the keys to my fancy sports car. Oh yes life of a husband, dad, and youth pastor all glamour…

Thursday, November 02, 2006

British teenagers are among the most badly behaved in Europe...


There has been some disturbing violence by teenagers in the UK recently, but here is an article debating why the "youth in UK are the most badly behaved in all of Europe" it was an interesting read, I think many perspectives apply across the national borders, but here are some quotes that I would like to highlight:


"Commentators fear that British youth is on the verge of mental breakdown, at risk from anti-social behaviour, self-harm, drug and alcohol abuse. These concerns are, to an extent, borne out."

"Southern European nations with a strong Catholic tradition and a focus on the family do not share the same level of delinquency. Scandinavian countries with a large welfare state and a strong sense of civic engagement also perform better."

""Hanging out with mates" is what teenagers do in the UK. In contrast to their European counterparts, they spend far more time with their peers than with adults where they miss out on the development of what are called "soft skills" - the social and personal development which is increasingly vital in a country built around service industry. "

"The key is that youngsters grow up in a warm, nurturing environment with plenty of adult interaction."

"We need to repair the disconnect between our adolescents and the adult world."

I think there are some genuine conclusions that are reached by this reporter, one that really struck me is the importance of connecting adolescents with adults. Which of course makes me wonder how we separate youth with adults in our churches, are we missing out on development and learning from each other that could take place on a greater level, when working together?

It is also interesting what kind of groups had an impact on youth, such as sports, and clubs, and strong Catholic tradition and a focus on the family.

I think it's clear that violence and disturbing behaviour is not exclusive to UK, but the causes of this and the solutions that are being sought by the English are good, in fact they even held a dialouge between students from germany and england to discuss what respect is all about and how culturally different and same the two look at the issues at hand. Anyways I think these are very good discussions going on about the well being of youth growing up in wealthy, materialistically driven societies of the west. It has given me some stuff to think about anyways...

Monday, October 30, 2006

justice...


Recieved my copy of Simply Christian by N.T. Wright, what a great read, just began reading it and I love it. His focus so far has been on the echo's of God and one of them is justice. Reading N.T. Wright and at the same time Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire, has really been good. Justice, the desire for justice in us all, no matter how we perpetuate injustice, no matter how unjust we are, there is a lingering desire for justice, or a very strong one in some, and this echo is the voice of God N.T. Wright suggest...its been good to be in this study, its been good to think about how my actions may perpetuate injustice on small scale, local, national and global. It has been a great challenge thus far...lots to think through, lots to process...

"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is God of justice." Isaiah 30:18a

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Blood Diamond


Some of you know that I am a movie nut. I love watching movies, and talking about movies. Now there is this uncomfortable trend in Hollywood right now with Africa. Lots of good movies that attract attention to the troubled region and perhaps are bringing due attention to the west. The part that bothers me is how much of this is a fad, including with recent adoptions by Madonna and such. So here's a rant about a movie BLOOD DIAMOND that I was hoping to see and which I thought would give some good due attention to the atrocities in Africa and lack of care or help from the west. Instead this is what I read in the news:

"Executives at movie giant Warner Brothers have been accused of exploiting African amputees to garner publicity for new movie Blood Diamond. The studio handpicked 27 teenage and child amputees from South African hospitals to appear as extras in the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film and promised to provide prosthetic limbs as well as a small salary for their contribution. However, more than three months after filming wrapped, the kids are reportedly still waiting for their new limbs and local charity Eastern Cape has been forced to outfit them instead to avoid their disappointment. A Warner Brothers representative allegedly told the victims, "You will have to wait for December, when the movie comes out, so we can get some publicity out of it." (source) "

Well thank you Warner Brothers that you have made a film to bring attention of exploitations of Africa and also managed to kick them in the groin...

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Humbled


So here I am, Saturday afternoon by now, working out final details for the sermon this Sunday. It's interesting how involved with the text you can get when you are preparing to speak on it. Learning the backgrounds the contexts and circumstances behind the passage or letter. So much division in the early church, so much arguing over leaders, speakers, unity, jealousy, and theology. It really is interesting how messy the church was...and how messy it still is. And yet God calls us to this community of messy people, who are often trying their best but are just missing it, and says come follow me...I think today more then ever I understand what the poor fisher men and tax collector must have heard when this teacher told them to follow them. They were not best of the best as Rob Bell puts it in his description of disciples. They were simple and messy and so human, and yet the King had called them and invited them into a kingdom which was open to all, and in their messy best way they tried to follow and teach, and failed, and tried again. So as I prepare to talk about lawsuits of the Corinthians and their divisions, I am humbled that this messy guy is given a privilege to live in a community that sees Jesus in me instead of me...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Urban Plunge...

This past weekend, some youth and I had the privilege working with MCC Saskatoon and MBMSI and participate in Urban Plunge in Saskatoon. We put on a carnival at applebee drive, wow. It was like the UN center. This area of Saskatoon is full of refugees from all over the world. It was doing a carnival I was in charge of the hockey area and learned one thing, that it doesn't matter what part of the world jr. high teens come from they are ALL the same, they all have the desire to get the candy from you, they all want to destroy the cardboard goalie that I made and they all don't like standing in line. What a great experience, we are looking forward to getting involved with MCC in Saskatoon, what a wonderful ministry they have here in Saskatoon.

Potential



Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Late Night...

Staying up late and burping Noah has its benefits, like watching the Daily Show and The Colbert Report... Ok, I am a closet Colbert Report fan...man what a show, but having to feminists make their points while 'baking' an apple pie, priceless. I particularly enjoyed back in the old days when Colbert was a ‘reporter’ on the Daily Show and his trade mark "This week in God" fully equiped with a God machine...anyways you can watch the clip from yesterday here..

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

HEPBURN 2ND ANNUAL HOCKEY DRAFT

Well it has began our 2nd annual Hepburn Hockey Draft is in session, for those of you that missed the first one I blogged about it HERE. We had a small turn over in participants, we have few same guys and few new guys and a few dropped off. Stalin (aka Andrew Bergen) after finishing dead last in the draft decided to retire at the bottom so we wish him well. Chris and Dallas have moved on to college and Iron Drawers (aka Rob Bushman) was also not able to make it, but mostly I think since Yzerman retired so did Iron Drawers.

So here we go this year’s participants are:

First we have Doc (aka Ron Sigstad) Ron won our regular season draft and thus I am putting him first. Doc is all about smooth play, last year Doc threatened to fail students if they beat him in the draft and thus gave himself the advantage. Sure baby face, I mean Doc, did well last time, but this year he can’t go around punching every one in the stomach, well for obvious reasons (the restraining order). Picking goalies first surprised us all but sometimes we all just get caught staring at Doc and forget what time/place we are in, will his naturally good looks pay off this year? Only time will tell.

Second we have Cagy Vet (aka Rob Braun) ok ok, we get it we are not in your era, back then goalies had to hold on to the stick with two hands, and the net did not have a net but rather to posts on which you could score from either side, yes Cagy fine I get it. But still doesn’t explain your first over all pick being Gump Worsley.

Third we have The Fish (aka Gil Dueck), The Fish has been walking on air ever since Calgary was predicted to win the Stanley Cup. This little sprite from the kingdom of elves has been sprinkling his stardust of joy every time flames have been brought up. Fine yes flames are a favorite, but hearing this is like eating wet pile of flat porridge, and for such a big fan The Fish has picked only one flame, Daymond Langkow, has anyone seen Daymond Langkow lately? The guy looks like an ex Moonie that just spent six months being deprogrammed and is enjoying his first night out in the real world. Fish made some good picks but really can we allow such joy for a Flames fan?

Fourth we have Lady Fingers (aka Dave Carey) ok honestly no one on earth predicted his team to be in the finals last year, and yet there they were, when reached for a comment Lady fingers basically became an oil painting of a superhero and has been on a high ever since. Well this maverick surprised us all by picking Ovechkin first, brilliant and by surprised I mean my pen pal from Uganda who knows nothing about hockey would have made that pick. Well played Lady Fingers well played.

Next we have Cactus Jack (aka Jeff Peters) well this time Jeff decided to do SOME research and by SOME I mean Jeff decided not to ask if the Winnipeg Jets were still in the league. Although picking Drogba and John Terry and explaining that they had a great year with Chelsy was a bit of a give away. I guess picking Ladislav Nagy in the 5th round might not be that bad, he’s good for 23 games this year.

This brings us to some of the new draftees, Scooter (aka Todd Hardy) made his presence known. Making some good picks impressed us all, but was a bit weird when after each pick Scooter kept yelling: “Take that you INFIDELS” I mean its great to have confidence in your picks and all, just a little scary for the rest of us. So let’s take it down a notch.

Mr. October (aka Jim Carey) brought in a lot of swagger. Reminding us that he has taught Lady Fingers everything he knows, he picked confidently. I was a bit impressed when he picked Nicklas Lidstrom in the second round. But then all my worrying went away when Mr. October kept picking…Osgood, Torres? Maybe it will work and maybe Pavel Bure is going to come back this year, we can all hope.

Ok here we have High Card (aka Dave Murray) why high card, well cause this guy is not afraid of a gamble. Picking Slava Kozlov out of a sleeper pick seems genius if you think the year is 2000 and Kozlov is playing on a line with Larionov and Fedorov for Detroit, and you are amazed at Scotty Bowman’s coaching, otherwise this might be the biggest mistake since I tried growing a mustache. Although when these kind of gambles work it just makes you want to run home sobbing and punch holes in your bedroom wall.
And last but not least we have The Thrill (aka Clint Harmon) besides the genius that you can make out in the photo, I would like to add that every draft needs a guy like this, you know one who regularly wears sweat pants, chinese accountant socks and gets real ornery every time you bring up Montreal Canadiens. This is kind of how warriors dress and act in the Congo because they just reach into the Salvation Army bin and grab the weirdest clothing they can find. Only, instead of recruiting young boys to die for the “people’s liberation” The Thrill just wants to be comfortable. What does this have to do with the draft I am not sure, he actually picked pretty well, but the image of him will continue to haunt me in my dreams.

Of Course I am in the draft as well, but to explain my draft situation would be like explaining the meaning of the Universe, there are glimpses and pieces that we understand and the rest is so above the logic of man that one should not even attempt it.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Quote's to remember!

So I got this email with these amazing quotes thought it was worth sharing with people... (thanks Sarah)

(On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.)
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever,"
--Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need ?"
--Lee Iacocca

"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record."
--Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff."
--Mariah Carey