Monday, June 26, 2006

ohhh how SWISS it is!!!!!!!! YKPAIHA


man of the day:
Oleksandr SHOVKOVSKYI, stopping two penalty shots and securing Ukraine's spot in the final 8!!


AHHH YES....welcome home!!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Read instructions first....Can you see the man


Find the man between the coffee beans. Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in 3 seconds, your right half of your brain is better developed than most people. If you find the man between 3 seconds and one minute, then your right half of the brain is developed normally. If you find the man between one minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein. If you have not found the man after 3 minutes your right half of your brain is a mess, and the only advice is to look more for these types of exercises to make that part of the brain stronger. The man really is there. In fact, once you find him, you cannot miss him afterwards.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Tomatoes, grease and Michael Moore

The other day, the highschool was doing an Amazing Race, which is really cool way to do Gym, have kids, run be in the fresh air and do cool solving activities. The School asked to have the church as one of the stops and asked me to do a food thing, "healthy choices, some kind of salad and a small gross aspect to it...
So i went bought lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, a salad dressing, and made the salad, which was fine, then for the gross part I had some Herring Fillets in paprika sauce, which in my mind was the gross part of the food challenge. The youth had to eat a small plate of a salad and less then a spoon of this herring...which was exciting I set up a table with menu and healthy choices poster. Figuring this is going to be great to watch the youth squirm while trying to eat the herring...
herring fillets
Turns out that majority of them loved the fish, but here is the crazy part, they (some, many) would not and did not eat the salad!!!! To quote them: "Tomato euuuhghhhh that's grosss!!! I can't eat lettuce and tomato...I will not eat this...I have never eaten tomato or lettuce!!! NOOO that's gross!!!" WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In a culture of obese, calorie loaded, McDonalds grease infested, teeth rotting, video games playing generation my youth won't eat vegetables?? (ok I have no idea how the video games play in this...but my rant is better this way!) I demand to know how can a kid grow up with out eating vegetables in his life?? What are we doing to our bodies, sure who doesn't want to look like Michael Moore, but does it have to start from childhood?

Michael Moore

: I also eat calorie infested, McDonalds grease infested food...but vegetables are also something I eat.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Are you a Philistine?

"The Philistine is proud of his new car, nice home, attractive wife, and well-behaved children. He feels secure and believes that he has obtained the best that life has to offer. Though the Philistine thinks himself free, Kierkegaard contends that he is a slave to cultural expectation and habit. He recognizes his self only by superficial externals. He will live out his days believing that he is both free and happy when he actually drugged by trivial habit...The Philistine stays in his comfortable world, believing himself to be master of his universe, lord of his castle, and most of all, free. In reality he has cut himself off from vast tracts of reality, embraced unfreedom, and failed to see his authentic self. The social conventions that direct his life and give him his sense of security have created his prison." - Kelly James Clark (When Faith is not Enough)

Well seems to me that if you are in a pursuit of the American Dream you are a Philistine...Well maybe it's not that simple. "You my brothers [and sisters] were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbour as yourself." Galatians 5:13-14 Perhaps our focus in Canada should not be on getting the right job, the right car, the right house, but rather treating people right by: serving and loving them...

What a week!

Well what a wonderful weekend, I had the privilege of baptizing 10 youth this weekend, and the church had the privilge of hearing faith journeys of the youth, and their commitment to the was powerful. What an excellent celebration. I will post some pics of baptism up as soon as I get them from our church photographer (aka Ken). World Cup has been awesome to watch, great play, great world sport, awesome stories surrounding teams and match ups, ie. Germany vs. Poland...the only thing that is annoying is being sick this week...but at least I get to watch lots of soccer...

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Baptism Sunday!

"Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:3-4

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Courtney at the Lock In

We had a lot of fun at the Jr. Youth Lock In, some of the favorites were Fear Factor, Swords for all and of course this fun little doozy to kick things off...Courtney you have to go fast its all timed!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Social Justice...

"The first impulse toward a sense of justice may be pity for someone, but ultimately the feeling of justice is love for the truth. In life's difficult cases, however, a person who dispenses with pity may become so confused in the search for a formula to attain the good that he reaches the most ruthless and unjust conclusions. Such was socialism in practice...Whole lot of theory, little action and ruthless methods to keep power...Let us imagine a man not disposed to theorize about life, holding a loaf of bread at a train station, a hungry child comes to him and says: 'mister may i have some bread?' the man breaks a piece and gives to the child, soon after him another child comes, he does the same, then another and another, and soon the loaf is gone and he must tell the next one that you must go and find a loaf somewhere else. There is another possibility, another man sits with a loaf of bread and a child comes and asks him for some. The man gives him a piece, yet another child comes and soon the man realizes that there will be no bread left but seeing that the need is great the man stirred by the magnitude and nobility of the task, hides his loaf and begins to calculate and theorize about how to help all the children. He is advancing his mission of helping children, but his inner drive has changed direction. Now he no longer notices the children who approach him. He even pushes them away. And he feels neither pity nor shame because, after all he is making an effort for their own good. Now the real children only interfere with his assistance to the theoretical children...of the two men who acted more correctly? "- Fazil Iskander (Remaking Russia, voices within.) Is there another possibility, who is right? ( side note that hypothetical men could be women...this is not the issue) Is our social justice, rooted in pity and theory as we focus on the injustices and theorize and whine, but do nothing to help in immediate settings? Is the church operating this way or is it a blessing to the hungry children? Can social justice at its best even exist in capitalist pursuit of wealth, and prosperity? Doing some reading in the reforms of my motherland and the clash of culture and mentality is also having a clash with my own culture and just thinking out loud...