Archive for October, 2007

Fruity Jacks

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

This year must have seen a poor pumpkin crop, because all the Prince Albert stores sold out before Halloween.

However that didn’t stop Janet and the girls.

Fruity Jacks in the dark

I’ve been informed they’re called Fruity Jacks.

Fruity Jacks by porch light

Be careful who/what you hunt with

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A hunter is recovering after he was shot in the leg at close range by his dog, who stepped on his shotgun and tripped the trigger, an official said Tuesday.James Harris, 37, of Tama, was hit in the calf Saturday, the opening day of pheasant season

… “He took between 100-120 pellets in about a 4-inch circle to his calf.”

… no citations have been issued.

Full Associated Press story here.

My two bits of loose change worth

Monday, October 29th, 2007

I was recently urged to watch the documentary “Loose Change”, which I was told proves conclusively that the events of 2001-09-11 were carefully orchestrated by the U.S. government. I areed to watch it, with the stipulation that I would also seek out other opinions.

While watching the film, some of the arguments seemed bizarre but others appeared quite logical, with experts giving what appeared to be reasonable arguments against the “official” story. Perhaps, I found myself wondering, those thousands of victims really were cynically sacrificed because George Bush wanted an excuse to make war.

However it didn’t take very long to answer those questions. There are several “debunking” websites, which, unlike the movie, actually provide careful citations. Two that I found particularly convincing were:

I’m sorry to disappoint the conspiracy theorists, but it seems to me that the “official version” contains a lot more truth than the Loose Change 2nd Edition video does.

Just my 2 bits worth.

The Winnipeg Church Office

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Gavin has posted several YouTube clips created to promote a series at Winnipeg’s Covenant Church called “Better” (exploring how the way of Jesus is better than any other way). It’s done as a spoof on “The Office”. That Dave Rae guy is off the wall as the intern, and it’s good to see Gavin, Matthew and Logan, former Prince Albert boys.

Here’s a clip with Dave Rae and Jeff Anderson, the superintendent of the Canada Conference.

More clips on Chez Gavin.

Greeting cards

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

One of the greatest joys in my mother’s life was the sending of greeting cards. She had a birthday book containing the names of not only her children and grandchildren, but nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and a host of friends. All the names were arranged by date so that she could always see whose birthday was coming up in time to mail the card with enough time for Canada Post to get it there in time (OK, sometimes she got behind and sent “Belated Birthday Greeting” cards).

I don’t know if she ever tallied up the cost of all those cards and stamps, but I’m sure it must have made a significant dent in her meager budget, even when the cards were bought in bulk from the Regal Greeting Card Company.

When I was a teenager I thought this habit of Mom’s was kind of extreme, in fact downright weird. When I left home and became a recipient of her mail, I became less critical. By the time our children started receiving cards from Grandma, I fully appreciated those deliveries. However it was at her funeral that I really repented of my previous attitude, as more than one of my cousins mentioned how they appreciated Auntie Clara’s faithfulness in remembering their birthdays.

Mom was an amazing woman in so many ways, and I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to appreciate that fact.

Facebook and me – a beginning and an uncertain future

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

I’ve been hearing about this phenomenon called Facebook, and my kids are into it, so I decided to check it out. Upon creating an account, I was prompted by the system to join the Saskatoon network. Saskatoon? That’s 150 km away from Prince Albert. Anyway, apparently there isn’t a P.A. network, so I joined the Saskatoon network.

Once safely ensconced in Facebook, I tried typing “Prince Albert” into a search box, and was offered the opportunity to join a group (I don’t remember the term used) interested in Carlton High School, St. Mary’s High School, Ecole Valoies High School, etc. I didn’t see any groups for middle-aged guys interested in family, church and hunting, so I decided to log off.

That was a couple of days ago. I guess I should sign back on and try to find out what it means to “poke” someone on Facebook.

Sider on the evangelical conscience

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

I am most familiar with the author Ronald J. Sider as an evangelical Christian who emphasises the social issues, with his books like “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger”, so I was interested to come across a reference to his 2005 book, “The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience: Why Are Christians Living Just Like the Rest of the World?“.

I haven’t read it, but based on an interview in Christianity Today, I think I’ll add it to my To-Read list.

Some statements from the interview

The heart of the matter is the scandalous failure to live what we preach. The tragedy is that poll after poll by Gallup and Barna show that evangelicals live just like the world. Contrast that with what the New Testament says about what happens when people come to living faith in Christ. There’s supposed to be radical transformation in the power of the Holy Spirit. The disconnect between our biblical beliefs and our practice is just, I think, heart-rending.

We need to rethink our theology. We need to ask, “Are we really biblical?” Cheap grace is right at the core of the problem. Cheap grace results when we reduce the gospel to forgiveness of sins only; when we limit salvation to personal fire insurance against hell; when we misunderstand persons as primarily souls; when we at best grasp only half of what the Bible says about sin; when we embrace the individualism and materialism and relativism of our current culture. We also lack a biblical understanding and practice of the church.

I would think that evangelicals would want to get biblical and define the gospel the way Jesus did—which is that it’s the Good News of the kingdom. Then we see that it means that the way to get into this kingdom is through unconditional grace because Jesus died for us. But it also means there’s now a new kingdom community of Jesus’ disciples, and that embracing Jesus means not just getting fire insurance so that one doesn’t go to hell, but it means embracing Jesus as Lord as well as Savior. And it means beginning to live as a part of his new community where everything is being transformed.

Full interview here.

Whatever normal is

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

We’re all breathing a sigh of relief now that Mom is back and things are returning to normal. Sounds like she had a really good trip. The English weather even cooperated. Unfortunately an over-zealous Customs official confiscated her clotted cream and homemade blackberry jam. At least they let her keep the chocolate and Ready brek.

Oxless well but dirty house

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?”

Luke 14:5 (English Standard Version)

If Jesus healed on the Sabbath, and said it’s OK to rescue one’s ox (or one’s son), on the Sabbath, does that mean that it was OK for the kids and me to spend a good part of our Sunday afternoon cleaning the house? With Janet returning tomorrow, it seemed like an emergency.

By the way, if you happen to see Janet, please don’t tell her that we allowed the house to get that dirty in the first place.

Another of those weekends

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

At least it’s just rain and not snow.

5 day forecast Prince Albert 2007-10-13