Monday, January 29, 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Odd News

This is funny news!!! A man tried to sneak into Kazakhstan 500 parrots lol in an Audi!!!! How does he fit them in?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Blood Diamond part 2

Well I did it, I went to see the Movie Blood Diamond, some of you may remember that I wrote prior about this film and the dumb act that the Warner Brothers did in making this film. But due to so many good reviews I did go see the film. The movie it self could have done a better job of developing the characters and such, but it had a story to tell about the perpetuating of civil wars and evil that consumerism in the west creates. It was a story that was worth telling and I think it should make anyone think twice before buying a shiny rock. There has been groups though that were speaking out on CBC report that this movie may potentially hurt some of the stable nations like Sierra Leone who has a legal export of diamonds 'today' and that people may not buy them due to worry of blood diamonds and this can hurt their economic progress and cause the country to spiral into civil unrest. Others have suggested that the film made a false view of people of Sierra Leone. There is a lot to consider when buying a diamond and there are some ways to research where your diamond comes from, although the movie does suggest that many of the 'dirty' (blood diamonds) diamonds are hidden and filed away with 'clean' diamonds and so tracking them would be impossible. So there was a lot to think about at the end of the movie, so because of that I think this film is worth seeing and telling others about.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Caption winner is Josh N...

Well after reviewing bunch of captions this beauty came in and automatically won! Josh N. stop by my office to receive your prize...awesome!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Beyond the Shadowlands...

In our Sr. Youth Sunday School we have began studying the book Beyond The Shadowlands by Wayne Martindale. This book is Martindale's study on C.S. Lewis's writings about heaven and hell. It has been interesting to study myths, fictional and nonfictional writings about hell and heaven, theological insight and how it all goes or doesn't go together. In the beginning chapters of the book Marindale covers the Myth's that are often perceived with understanding heaven or hell and suggests that fictional language and non fictional language of Lewis can help us. It has been helpful to broaden our thinking about Heaven and Hell. Some of the quotes that have really been stuck with me so far are:

"Heaven is our natural home in that God created Heaven for us and us for Heaven. There all human personalities and potentials are fulfilled. Hell, on the other hand, is the dustbin of humanity, all ruins and perversions of what could have been, its occupants a grotesque parody of humanity." -Martindale (pg17)

"Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are halfhearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." - Lewis (pg 32) (bold text added by me not Lewis or Martindale)

Monday, January 15, 2007

Some of the captions....

So for the caption contest here are some of the captions that have come in:

- Jaret Martens

Cledus- Is that broccoli in my tooth? -Kelsie Eaton

"Ten points, eh? So, that means you won then...CHEATER!...nahhh, but it is mostly luck fives were NEVER rolled, how could they NEVER be rolled?! Sigh! But, no, seriously good job, dah! I was sooo close. Play again? I'm not afraid..." - Sarah G.

"Isn't Bethany hockey high quality?" - Tim Nightingale

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Making the best of it...

So here are the after pictures of our snow storm, after we shoveled them you can see the before pictures here.
(you can click on the pictures for a larger view)
So it's awesome to have such great youth around who come to your office and want to shovel your house out of the's great! And then we made forts and Sasha helped too it was awesome!!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

What the dirty...

This is the view of our back yard!
This is the veiw from our front door!
This is the view from outside!

Is it seriously allowed to wake up to this???

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Simply Christian...

Well I have finally finished reading Simply Christian, by N.T. Wright. I have found this to be a wonderful book. It was very interesting as I was reading the book a notion came to me. I wasn't reading new glimpses of 'truths' that I haven't heard or read about but what I was doing is reading my faith masterfully worded. What I mean is that Wright has a superb way of wording what I have not always been able to. It is my faith it is what I believe it is conclusions that are close to my heart about life, faith and spirituality which he puts on the pages of this book.

The book takes you on a journey of echoes and voices of God which instill in us a desire for Justice, Spirituality, Relationships and Beauty, Wright from there continues to explain about earth and heaven interlocking and creation longing to be restored. From there Wright takes us on a journey of what our involvement looks like. I would recommend this book to any one interested in reading what genuine Christian faith should look like, what we ought to strive for, and why we do it.

Here's a quote that I liked (there are many but I wont re-write the book here):

"[Christian way of life] that way of life isn't a matter simply of getting in touch with our inner depths. It is certainly not about keeping the commands of a distant deity. Rather, it is the new way of being human, the Jesus-shaped way of being human, the cross-and-resurrection way of life, the Spirit-led pathway. It is the way which anticipates, in the present, the full, rich, glad human existence which will one day be ours when God makes all things new. Christian ethics is not a matter of discovering what's going on in the world and getting in tune with it. It isn't a matter of doing things to earn God's favor. It is not about trying to obey dusty rulebooks from long ago or far away. It is about practicing, in the present, the tunes we shall sing in God's new world."