Saturday was another painting day. I'm sort of pleased with this one. I call it arbol tinieblas. Which is my poor Spanish translation for Tree of Darkness (Hell). As I painted there were a few thoughts going through my head. The first was the consumption of us in the west, and how we consume most of the world's resources while others go without. And so the person/monster on the left hand side (or West) represents a growing problem and darkness that cannot be ignored. The circle represents the earth and the battle of light and dark that is happening. And finally the Tree. In my other painting I also had a tree. Now there are two reasons for this. The first, it is the only thing that I can paint that actually sort of turns out. But as I painted I was drawn to how the tree is often a metaphor for things in the Bible. Starting with the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. and then moving on, into the psalms, and Jesus being the shoot that comes out of the stump in Isaiah. I think the idea of the tree is very fascinating, and it is interesting to think about the consequences of the fall and the things that result from that. So that's my painting.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Snowboarding went really well on Wednesday. It was nice to make it down the hill without falling. I can't wait to go again. Next step is learning how to switch from heel edge to toe edge... should be fun.
Yup that's all for now, back to sermon prep.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Youth is going snowboarding tonight... so I'll let you know how that goes.... later
Ghandi said, “If I have to chose between a violent person and a coward he would chose the violent person can be taught love. But very little can be done with a coward.
“I call on you not to hare, because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair, and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking.” Saddamm
"The world moves for love; it kneels before it in awe". ~ Edward Walker
Friday, January 19, 2007
Last night I had the chance to go out for Coffee with a friend of mine, Dan King. He's out in
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
"These are extreme times, the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love?" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 15, 2007
This Saturday Niki and I decided to do something a little different. We drove into the city, and bought canvas, paint, and brushes, and tried our hand at painting. We've been talking about the need for a hobby for a while, so it was nice to do something... and for our first time I think they even turned out all right.
Friday, January 12, 2007
And hey!!! IF it doesn't work out maybe Victoria will start up the spice girls again...
Thursday, January 11, 2007
"THe matter is simple. The Bible is very east to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand it, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except your pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herin lies the real place of Christian Scholarship. Chirstian scholoarship is the Church's prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament."
Shane goes on after this to say,
"I knew we were not going to win the masses to Christianity until we began to live it. So I went on a quest. I went looking for a Christian. I looked around hoping to find someone else who might be asking, What if Jesus meant the stuff he said> And I kept coming across dead people - the desert fathers and mothers of the fifth century, Fracis and Clare of Assisi, Dietrich Bonoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr..."
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Anyway here is a video of one of the most embarrassing things that can happen on the rink.... this will go down in history.
But I'm told I'm in for a bit of an experience. On Sunday Niki and I are going snowboarding. Every one who's been before tells me to get ready to be VERY sore for the next few days after. I'm really excited to try this new experience. Niki and I have been talking about doing this since we met, so it's about time we just do it. I'll let you know how it goes.... if I can get out of bed on Monday.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
So here are two new things that I like
The first is the WonderCafe they say that they are "the home of open-minded discussion and exploration of spiritual topics, moral issues and life's big questions" It is run (sort of) by the United Church of Canada. Things I like about it. It is a good way to discuss and share your thoughts with people, and have comments in return. The second thing I like about it is that it is specifically a Canadian thing. So anyway check it out if your are in the mood for some discussion.
The Next thing is my Uncles Blog/Art. If you want to check out some cool stuff you can go to his Blog or you can go to his ART. Both are worth Checking out.
Finally there is this awesome band I found through Relevant call
So finally here are the pics I said I would get for you. As you can see it is quite different than it used to be. Right now I am very happy with it. It is a calming sort of color, it brings a sort of serenity to my office... that or it is the fact that it is finally clean.
Anyway the pictures (Below) are pretty self explanatory, but I thought I would comment on three things.
The first is the picture of all the paint on the carpet, is all my fault... I picked up the can to give shake, and it slipped out of my hands, and the whole can was dented into a oblong shape, and a third of it spilt onto the floor. Since it was a miss-tint color, Niki and I scrapped as much as we could back into the can, and hoped we would have enough to finish all the walls... which we did, but there was just barely enough to finish all we needed to do. As you can see though, we did do a pretty good job of getting the paint out of the floor.
Secondly those masks you see... are they not the coolest thing EVER!!! Niki doesn't like them that much so they couldn't really go into the house, but they look awesome here in my office... I have two more little ones that I'm going to put up still. They come from my grandma and grandpa McCorkindale, so they have some significance to me.
Finally the Hebrew Writing that you can see above my desk. The lettering I got from our friend Rebekah she has it as a tattoo (which I think is soo cool… I want it tattooed on my wrist, but I still haven’t convinced Niki that it is a good use of our money) and according to her, it means "Set Apart" which I thought was just the coolest reminder that we are a people set apart for the purposes of Christ. And the verse below it says, "You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own."
Well this is my office, come by some time and check it out.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
‘I think it is a sad story.’ Said the wizard, ‘and it might have happened to others, even to some hobbits that I have known.’
‘I can’t believe that Gollum was connected with hobbits, however distantly,’ said Frodo with some heat. ‘What an abominable notion!’
…. “Do you mean to say that you, and the elves have let him live on after all those horrible deeds? Now at any rate he is as bad as an Orc, and just an enemy. He deserves death.”
“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it. And he is bound to the fate of the ring. My heart tells me that he has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before the end; and when that comes, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many- yours not least.”
I was thinking about how quick I am to judge people, especially people who are different, or perhaps more frighteningly, people like me. I am quick to judge, and throw down a verdict of guilty, while not seeing that we are connected. Gollum came from a people just like the Hobbits, but some bad decisions led him down a dark road. In the same way that the Stripper, drug dealer, ultra right wing conservative Christian, Saddam Hussein, and me, are all cut of the same cloth, designed and created in the image of God. Some of us have chosen paths that lead us to become stretched and thin, but there still resides within, the goodness of Christ. I’m not much of a new years resolution guy (why decide something that you won’t keep anyway) But this year I want to see people the way Gandalf does… the way Christ does. To see the goodness in people, to hope for the best, to hope that they can be changed. After all, in the end wouldn’t our fates be entwined with theirs?
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." -Matthew 25:31-40