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.

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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.