14 November 2008


My friends Em and Alan over at UrbanEx have just launched the new site.

I can't speak highly enough of them or the vision they have. If you are involved with youth that want to stretch their horizon, or want to have your own life challenged the site is worth checking out.

From the new site... UrbanEx is:

..an active-advocacy organization for justice and dignity for all mankind that educates, empowers, enables, and mobilizes others in practical and effective advocacy that will actively meet the needs of any urban community by addressing the relief of poverty, awareness and appreciation of cultural and lifestyle differences, and our individual and corporate responsibilities to our communities through intentional actions with measured results that benefit individuals as well as the entire urban community.

In different ways Em and Alan have both influenced the way I think. I wish them nothing but the best in their on going ministry. And I hope the stories just grow and grow and grow

Am I the only one who wants to follow the rules?

So at Sara's Place we have been trying to shut off the TV and play some games. Monopoly has been the choice a few times and I have come to a solid revelation.

No one plays Monopoly by the rules.
No one I know at least.
Growing up, I was taught the wrong rules, and have always thought I was playing by the rules, which leads me to believe that no one ever has read the rules.
For example:
1) Free parking is only free parking - no money, not even $500

2) You don't have to go around the board once before buying stuff
3) When someone lands on a property and doesn't buy it, it goes up for auction and anyone can buy it
4) You can build houses on any property once you own it.... you don't have to own all the colours

(edit, Matt has quickly pointed out that I was wrong when I was attempting to get the rules right - hats off to Matt)

It is amazing how many times I have discussed this with people over the last few days and I have yet to find someone that knew all four three of the above rules. I'm not saying that no one does, but if you do....

Want to play?

11 November 2008

The Highway of Hereos

Sometimes I feel like we get sprayed with American patriotism, so it is kind of nice to see a major network notice and report on how we respond to our killed soldiers coming back. Admittedly I don't often think about the soldiers that are fighting and on a day like today, Remembrance day it is good to remember.

My grandfather, Gordon Good was killed in WWII. I never knew him, but I'm glad that people go to such lengths to honour the families of the soldiers that died in serving.

From Dan Cook over at the Globe and Mail

9 November 2008

God's Will in an Election

Tim over at Burnside has some great final thought on the election from a theological point of view - jumping off and interview between Sara Palin and James Dobson,
But let's say Dobson's interpretation of God's will is correct, that God's perfect will was for McCain to win. Does that mean we, the people, have the ability to, and in fact did, thwart God's will? If this is the case, then does this limit the power of God or our view of God's power and will in other areas of life and politics? This is a slippery theological slope, but not one that hasn't already been expressed by humanists and liberal Christians. But could this be why Dobson and others called for intervention or a miracle in the election because they felt we, the people, were about to thwart God's perfect will?
I can't quote the whole thing here, but his final statments were very good.
God will do the right thing each day, and we can be a part of that no matter what party we register with or what ballot we cast. In fact, until we separate God's will from the will of "we the people", it may not be possible to see what God is already doing. It matters not who is president, but it matters completely who we serve.
I'm Glad the elections in both Canada and the US are over now we can get back on the topic of Christians working in GOD'S Kingdom right here on earth.

6 November 2008

Glug glug glug

That is my way of saying I feel like I am over my head.   Not in a desperate, the world is bleak, kind of way - Just a "wow, I wasn't expecting all this" kind of way.

So to quickly review:
1) went back to school in September, and am just hitting crunch time in the semester when things are due
2) moved in to a new home to start a live in job as house parents.
3) jumped from family with no kids to having two teenagers that I we are responsible for.

Ok 2 & 3 are really the same thing, but I didn't want my list to be 2 things - feels bigger than that.

I know there are a lot of people that balance family and school.  I now apreciate what they have done/ do more. 

But at this moment I know I need to trust God and lean on Him.   Funny thing is that wasn't my asnwer when I started writing this post.

Who says blogging is a wast of time