Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Another cool story that I found is about the Church in Nigeria. Right now it is exploding and, “many theologians say the ‘African century’ of Christianity is under way." It's a pretty interesting story. I'd like to go to one of their monthly services where there are 300,000 people praising God. Now that would be a service... I wonder if they use a HT-300 hymnal plus there...
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
So I saw this on another blog. A friend of Niki's (Jill) googled "Jill needs" and came up with a whole bunch of things that she needs. So I was thinking, this is a great idea! Instead of thinking and trying to figure out what I need and wasting all that precious brain time and effort, I could just let the internet tell me what I need. So here it is, Nathan Needs....
1) Nathan needs full assistance for all of his personal. care needs
2) NATHAN NEEDS SOME HUGGIES
3) Nathan needs the wisdom and energy
4) Nathan needs to leave the classroom to release his tics
5) Nathan needs a sharp-eyed sniper to take out a high-ranking North Vietnamese general.
6) Nathan needs an experienced dachshund owner and a fenced back yard
7) Nathan needs to select, read and make notes in more detail to deepen his understanding
8) Nathan needs a family able to cope with his special medical needs
9) Nathan needs a hamster!
10) Nathan needs to see a psychiatrist.
11) Nathan needs a fund of around £2m
12) Nathan needs a paycheck
13) Nathan needs a pep talk!
14) Nathan needs to stand on Scottish soil and breathe Scottish air
15) Nathan needs to be more assertive in having his voice heard.
16) Nathan needs is a chance to find himself,"
17) Nathan needs to work on his mental strength
18) Nathan needs money for a game
19) Nathan needs to stand naked more often
20) Nathan needs relief!!!!
21) Nathan needs to be occupied, otherwise he would thrash the children of our neighbors
Seriously this is all from the internet I didn't make any of these up., My personal favorite needs that I have (but didn't know I had) are #'s 1, 4, 21. And my favorite need that I acctually have is #14. Well now I know what to do with the rest of my day. Time to work on my needs... maybe I'll start with #17
Monday, May 29, 2006
So a long time ago now I had some pictures of our house... but it wasn't really our house yet, so I took them down. Well now that we've been living in our house for a month now I guess it's time that you saw the pictures. But they're not on this blog. To see them you'll have to go over to my Beautiful wife's blog. That's right Niki has succumbed and joined the blogging world. So if you want to see a few pictures of our house head over to http://thoughtsfromsecondstreet.blogspot.com/ and see what it looks like.
On her blog Niki has her favorite comment about the house, let me give you mine. "Wow! Niki was right! It does look like a dive from the outside!!" yeah that's our house! Well take a look and check back on Niki's blog from time to time.
Friday, May 26, 2006
So I just got back from a great round of Golf. I shot 79 on nine holes. I would say my average for a par 5 was 11. We also came up with a new term, "Pulling a McCormik" is when you biff it REALLY bad. It also took us over three hours to play those nine holes... yeah.... well in the end though I really liked it. SO if there is anyone with a lot of time on their hands, and wants to look REALLY GOOD give me a call and we can hit up the greens in Gretna!
It was great to relax and talk with these other men who are ministering to the teens in Altona. I know that I learnt a lot, and I have some new stuff to think about. Particularly about burnout and making sure that I take care of myself... I really enjoyed the gold therapy... if only it wasn't so expensive... and I don't mean the green fees... my problem comes from the lost golf balls and broken stick things... oh yeah! Tees!! Oh the joys! But seriously if you want to take me golfing I'm all for it!
Well anyway if you can help I'd love your advice, but right now I'm sort of thinking, forget national unity, and lets go Anaheim!!!! Well this will give me a little something to talk with the other youth pastor's in town as we go and hit up the golf course today... yeah that will be nice!
On another note here is my Friday Cartoon
Thursday, May 25, 2006
1) I get fixed on an idea.... and then abandon it This realization has come out of the whole dog conversation. My wife being the wiser and more level headed in our relationship, realizes that right now I want a dog. But that in a week, maybe two months I'll be tired of walking it and cleaning up after it, and She'll be the one to take care of it. So right now all I want is a dog, and I talk about it all the time, but once I have it.... well what's the next thing? And as much as I hate to admit it, I guess that she's probably right.... and the dog will probably end up along with the weights in the basement, or the video games that sit in the cupboard... On the other hand, I've kept up with bloging pretty well and I still play guitar... so maybe a puppy can be the changing point that I need :D
2) I rely on experience to make decisions This comes out of an interview that I had with Pastor Ben for a seminary course he's taking called Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith well being the dashing young adult that I am Ben interviewed me for the class. One of the questions was, "Who or what do you trust?" As we dug into this a little I came to the realization that I trust experience. In any decision that I have made so far in my life, I have talked to other people about it. Growing up it was primarily my parents, now it is Niki and the other people around me. I trust their experiences in buying houses, working in churches, things that have worked in youth etc. I also trust to the experiences of other people in my faith. Now I LOVE Donald Miller's writing and speaking, why? I think that it has to do with the way he tells stories from his life. He shares his experiences in his journey of faith, and those sort of become mine, I connect with his feelings and writing and so we have a shared experience, and I trust that. I don't know if this is a bad thing, or not, but it is definitely a part of who I am, and it is interesting to realize that be able to understand myself a little more.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Thanks Gil for the slogan,
So last night Niki and I were talking about getting a dog. There are a few Yellow Lab puppies for sale for $25 just out side of town. So what do you know about dogs? yes? no? Anything we should know before we do anything?
Finally who wouldn't want one of these Foam Factory this baby puts out 55 cubic feet of foam in only 3 minutes or 18 cubic feet a minute... youth retreats would never be the same.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Dale has a great post on Boys in Tight pants you can even sign a petition to get boys to stop wearing girls pants... please sign and stop this fashion crime. Of course tight pants and emo are like peanut butter and jelly so if you are wondering all about emo, here is a interesting post on emo kids in Salt Lake City Link Here and if you're not sure what emo is you can read this first, What is Emo??
Also I would like to welcome Ben into the blogging world. Ben was the newbie pastor in the church here before I came along. I'm looking forward to some very interesting conversation from his posts. So make sure you check it out (no pressure Ben).
Friday, May 19, 2006
Well a week ago I wrote a post about A Little Beef of mine. Well it was sparked over at Dan King’s blog and has brought about a very interesting conversation on Fair Trade. It's a little long to write about here but I have found it very interesting so go and check out Dan King's Blog read the comments, maybe join in and see what is going on (I can’t believe we’ve been talking about this for a week already) Personally I have really enjoyed the conversation and have learnt a lot... I think that is why I like bloging. There is something about entering into a conversation with people I have never met and learning from each other. Bloging is so cool.
Anyway Niki is off this weekend for a scrap booking convention with the pastor's wives, so I'm batching it... It'll be a sweet time of playing vids and eating all that greasy food I know I shouldn't eat.... yeah it’ll be good!
<- (What not to do as a youth pastor)
Thursday, May 18, 2006
"The character of a man is not a variable thing, but it follows in certain grooves cut long ago in youth." - Louis L'Amour Trouble Shooter pg. 100
So I've gotten back on a old Western kick (many apologies to my wife) but I came across this quote and it got me thinking about something I read on Mark Oestreicher's blog
"As to the openness of children: Barna Research claims that the overwhelming majority of Christ-followers date their “conversion” prior to 14 years old; indeed, after 14 years old the likelihood of conversion drops drastically....When we combine the “responsiveness” data presented by Barna (and confirmed by thousands of observations by the writers of this letter) and the unique capacity for spiritual development among young teens, we see an extremely narrow opportunity for life-long impact. Working with young teens offers us the opportunity for preventive ministry, whereas ministry to older teens must often be corrective."
I wonder if maybe old Louis was on to something??
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Here's a cool site that I got off Gil, Library Thing lets you catalogue all your books and then rate them. It's a pretty cool way of finding out what other people are reading and what is on their shelf. So fill it in and then I can go and see what I need to read. There is so little time and so many books, so what should I be reading? Check out My Library for a few of my Fav's.
Another cool site is Last FM you download a program that runs in your WMP or itunes and then it lets people know what you have been listening to during the last week (or Days) check out my "ipod" down at the links. Or click on it to see what I've been listening to today....
Monday, May 15, 2006
On Saturday we left and drove to Winnipeg where were did some shopping and such. And then another interesting thing happened. We were sitting at a stop light minding our own business when what do I see standing on the boulevard? A homeless man with a sign that said, "Can't work. I would rather beg than starve." So I quickly looked away thinking, "Man why does he have to be here? What should I do? What does God require?" The money in my wallet was sitting pretty heavy, and I knew that I had a couple bucks that I could easily to without. So I gave it too him, and told him to buy a sandwich. Now I know that we shouldn't give money to people out begging on the street... or at least that's what I've always been told. And I probably should have offered to buy him a meal instead of just giving him a few bucks. But the thing I kept thinking about was this line from a Derek Webb song that says, "Poverty, it's so hard to see, when it's 20 miles across town." It is so easy to forget all about the poor, until you meet them. And I knew that I had to do something.... it wasn't much but it was a start for me. One other thing stuck out to me about this experience, was looking in my rearview mirror and seeing the look of disgust in the eyes of the lady in the car behind me as I gave the man money. It was so clearly a look that said, "Why are you giving him money to make my city look so trashy?" Maybe I made a mistake... but I'd rather be the naive fool who gives freely than the stuck up prick who wouldn't help the helpless. Another song I was thinking about was The Train Song by Listener. Take a listen, great words and message... even if you’re not a fan of rap... give this song a try.
On Sunday morning Niki and I are sleeping in, enjoying a nice Sunday morning when the phone rings, and Pastor Ben is on the other end sounding very sick.... to make a long story short I end up preaching at a old folks home on 2 hours notice... Thank goodness for Sermon Central I just went in searched grandparents and read someone else’s sermon.... but I learnt a lot about the importance of grandparents... pretty cool. In the evening Niki and I decided that we should return a video game I was borrowing from one of our youth so we got on our bikes and rode across town to the Barkman's. As we approached the house we were like "Oh NO! it's supper time! And it's mothers day." We could see all the cars in the driveway, but we had come this far, so we decided to do what we had come to do. Walking up to the door Niki and I were like, "This is sort of awkward, crashing a mothers day party... Oh well! It's the Barkman's" And are we ever glad we knocked, we were invited in and we got to spend the rest of the evening in some great fellowship.... I think we might just have to crash father's day as well. It was really a great time. So that is pretty much the way my weekend went. Lots of lessons, and lots of laughs. Just the way I like them…. Oh I forgot one thing. After we were at the Barkman’s Niki and I were sitting around, I was playing vids and Niki was cleaning, when our doorbell rang, When I went to answer the person was gone, but there was a Oreo and Smartie flurry at our door, So thanks to our mystery guest… it tasted awesome!
Friday, May 12, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Just wanted to set the record straight on something. There seems to be this idea that Starbucks is a fair trade coffee place. And for a long time I too thought this was the case. But in doing a little research I discovered a little fact that is worth noting. In 2004 less than one percent of the coffee sold at Starbucks was certified fair trade coffee. Now, in 2006, it is getting closer to the 2.2% mark. To me this still sounds like it is a long way from all their coffee being fair trade.
Now to be fair I need to put this in perspective with other coffee shops. Tim Hortons, and Second Cup (the other two giant coffee chains in Canada) are both WELL below 1% and aren't really making much of an effort to improve on that. While on the other hand Starbucks is always trying to improve, and currently sells 20% of all the fair trade Coffee in America. They also buy most of their coffee for double the normal selling rate.... however, it's not technically fair trade!
Does it really matter? Probably not. If you like coffee and you have a strong social conscience Starbucks is probably the best place to buy a cup of coffee (besides your local MCC). My beef is that Starbucks gives the impression that they are a fair trade company when they’re not… and I don’t like it when people pretend to be something their not.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil.
A good way to threaten somebody is to light a stick of dynamite. Then you call the guy and hold the burning fuse up to the phone. "Hear that?" you say. "That's dynamite, baby."
Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: "Mankind". Basically, it's made up of two separate words - "mank" and "ind". What do these words mean ? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind.
- Deep thoughts by Jack Handy
Friday, May 05, 2006
My favorite quote from the sermon.
Don was speaking to group of young people in a secular college, when he finished a girl stood up and said. “You talked about only briefly looking into other religions and then landed in Christianity how did you make a objective search.”
This was Don’s response,
“We need to agree that you are coming to the table with a Presupposition, and that is that Christianity is a religious or philosophical system. It isn’t. It isn’t a religious or philosophical system. It’s called a religious and philosophical system it’s been treated as a religious or philosophical system, but essential I’m not a Christian because I cognitively subscribe to certain ideas. I‘m a Christian because I know a deity, A being, this is a relational system., I’m a Christina because I have a relationship with Jesus and through Jesus I have relationship with god. It’s very different than subscribing to a series of ideas.
So essentially your question sounds to me like,
Don you are telling me you are in love with your wife, and yet you do not sleep with hundreds of other women to try to find a greater love. You see the difference. Love in a relational sense is exclusive. Intimate love in is exclusive. And so Jesus isn’t saying that God wants to be worshiped, and be your only choice, although that is true, but He wants love. “If we are going to love each other it’s only me, you can’t be with other guys.”
If a woman says this at the alter we say yes, yes. We don’t say oh she’s really controlling…..”
You’ll have to listen to the rest. It is actually really funny, and deeply profound. Essentially typical Donald Miller.
Also today if you'd like, you can go down to the links and see what I've been listening to this week... although I am a little confused, I didn't think I listened to Kelly Clarkson so much. YIKES!! Anyway check it out and see what I listen to.
And now for some funny Pictures.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
So Last night was a night of great expectations, and great disappointment. Needless to say all the talk at youth last night was our great hopes of watching an Oilers, flames series. 7 games double over time, battle of Alberta.... what could be better... after that I don't think I would even be interested in the Stanley Cup. So at nine we closed the Hub, kicked everyone out and went to a youth's to watch the last half of the second and the third...... what a disgusting game.... as much as it pains me to say, Calgary deserved to lose. I can sum up the reason they lost in two words, "NO HEART." Well I guess they can break out the golf clubs and go and join Vancouver working on their drive..... Oh well, always next year.... Now comes to dilemma, do I cheer for
Ottawa (yuck) or the
Oilers (the arch enemy)... well I'm open to suggestions... but I'm learning towards the Oilers... the underdog/at least they have some heart.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Now here is the highlight of my night. A Muslim man was asking Pastor Gary and I if the cross came from up or down. Well Gary and I had no idea what he was asking... maybe from up? since they had to put it into the ground??? who knows. So Gary asked him what he thought. The answer? Both! The cross is six sided. The cross is for the people in the North and South, for the people in the West and for the people in the East. The Cross is for people who are up and for people who are down..... hmmmm...... I guess that would be thinking outside of the box. It was very awesome to be there and to take part in that night, and I'm looking forward to next Tuesday.