Archive for February, 2008

Science Fair 2008

Friday, February 29th, 2008

This week Jennifer and Fiona both had entries in their school’s science fair. They and their partners put a lot of effort into their projects. Good job, and we wish you success in your future scientific endeavours.

Science Fair - Jen and partner

Science Fair - Fiona and partner

Prince Albert’s newest millionaire

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Darwin evolves into an instant millionaire

Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun

He shoots, he scores. Big time.

Prince Albert, Sask., sawmill worker Darwin Head won $1 million in the Chevrolet Million Dollar Shootout during the first-period intermission of Wednesday night’s Vancouver Canuck-Colorado Avalanche game at GM Place. …

etc.

Longer clip here.

Bringing the farm to the city

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Every now and then I like to pop into Peavey Mart and walk up and down the farm product aisles. The fencing, tack, salt blocks, ear tags, and watering troughs, not to speak of “Dr. Frank’s Fetus Extractor” calf puller, provide a welcome relief from city life.

Larry Norman was Only Visiting this Planet

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Larry Norman: Only Visiting This PlanetI received an email from a friend today informing me that Larry Norman died a couple of days ago.

I still remember my amazement upon first hearing a Larry Norman album circa 1970. This was like no Christian music I’d ever heard before.

I haven’t listened to him much in recent years, but when I do, it still sounds fresh.

Tonight I plan to listen to as many of my old Larry Norman LPs as I can locate.

UPDATE: Here’s a YouTube clip “Why Don’t You Look Into Jesus”

Living in a small circle

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Canada truly is a a country of diverse people, in terms not only of ethnicity but religious faith or lack thereof. My small part of Canada is probably less diverse than many, yet between my work, my faith community, and other facets of my life, I know people of a variety of religious views, including Christians of Catholic (conservative and liberal) and Protestant (conservative and liberal, mainline and evangelical) denominations, as well as atheists, agnostics, etc. Some of them prefer to keep their faith private, while others believe that public discourse on faith is as valid as on any other topic.

I thought this was a fairly normal environment.

Imagine my surprise therefore when I came across this statement in a recent opinion piece by a well-known CBC opinion columnist:

I’m an atheist. So is everyone I know, or maybe they’re being Canadian and refraining from mentioning their religion.

As of the 2001 Census, 16% of Canadians self-identified as having no religion. Assuming an approximate 50/50 split between atheists and agnostics, it appears that the writer only knows representatives from 8% of Canada’s faith mosaic. I find that somewhat sad, especially considering the strength of conviction with which she writes about people of faith and who should and should not be allowed to participate in public discourse.

A dilemma

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

This afternoon while shopping at Superstore I paid for three bags of water softener salt along with the couple hundred bucks worth of groceries that were in my cart. They keep the water softener salt piled outside the store, so I planned to load my groceries in the van first before picking up the salt.

Of course I completely forgot the softener salt until I had arrived home. Then the dilemma became, should I:

  • Write off the $15 to experience;
  • Go back to the store and explain that I had forgotten to pick up the salt, expecting them to believe that I wasn’t scamming them (back for more, eh?); or
  • Go back to the store and just pick up the salt, hoping that no-one would challenge me.

I chose the latter option.

It’s funny how I felt like a skulking criminal as I hastily loaded my booty and fled the scene.

Zeitgeist, It’s on the Internet so it must be true

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Awhile back I discussed the 9-11 conspiracy theory website/movie “Loose Change“.

Another online movie that I was urged to watch, being told that it completely debunks Christianity, is “Zeitgeist, the Movie”. Actually, I should clarify that I watched the first part, which deals with Christianity, not the second part which apparently re-hashes the 9-11 conspiracy theories.

I won’t go into detail on all the allegations made in the movie, but it struck me as a combination of outright falsehoods and overblown emphasis on coincidences. For example it discusses an Egyptian god named Horus, about whom the following claims are made:

  • Born on December 25th
  • Born of a virgin named Isis Mary
  • Birth accompanied by a star in the east
  • Adored by three kings
  • Teacher at 12
  • Baptized/Ministry at 30
  • Had 12 disciples
  • Performed miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water
  • Names included “The Truth”, “The Light”, “God’s Anointed Son”, “The Good Shepherd”, “The Lamb of God”, “The Light” …
  • Crucified, Dead for three days, then Resurrected.

The Horus myth originated about 3000 years Before Christ, so it seems obvious that Jesus was just a myth based on Horus (and many others mentioned in the movie), right? Not so fast.

I decided to do a bit of research, so I went to my local public library and dug through several books on Egyptian Mythology, as well as checking some Internet resources. I found lots of stuff about Horus, but amazingly it didn’t include any of the above allegations. The closest was the so-called virgin birth, which actually involved Isis searching for the 14 dismembered parts of Osiris’ body, and when she couldn’t find the genitalia, and being a resourceful woman/goddess, fashioning a new penis, upon which she copulated with the Frankensteinian monster, producing Horus.

Somehow calling that a virgin birth strikes me as a bit of a stretch.

I came across a review of Zeitgeist, The Movie, (Elgin Hushbeck, Consider Christianity), that I thought did a pretty good job of pointing out the many errors in the movie. If interested, click on the following links in order (or follow the links from the first page): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Responses 1, Responses 2

An excellent resource that doesn’t directly address this movie but addresses many of the popular theories in the movie, such as the notion that Christianity is based on ancient mythologies, is Lee Strobel’s recent book, “The Case for the Real Jesus“.

In summary, I remain convinced that the Jesus I serve isn’t a myth, and I don’t believe everything I see on the Internet.

I’ve had better vacations

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Since the kids have the week off school, and since I still have some unused vacation leave, I decided some time ago to request all of this week as vacation leave.

We have a to-do list including painting a bedroom, replacing a faucet, starting a reno of Luke’s old room, etc., etc. Plenty of stuff to occupy a week away from work.

And the kids are fully recovered from the bug they all had, and Janet’s getting back to her usual energy level.

So of course beginning Monday was my turn to get sick. And I was so proud of my toughness. It’s probably not the same flu that everyone else in the family had for the last couple of weeks, since I’ve gotten off easier than they did, but it’s still not fun.

However today I actually have enough energy to drag myself to the computer for my first blog post in a week, so I’ll quit complaining now.

Pestilence abating

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Within the last week, all three of the girls have missed school due to illness.  Today all three girls are back at school, so things are looking up somewhat. 

However now Janet is suffering from the worst flu I’ve seen in awhile. 

Meanwhile I’ve managed to avoid whatever is infecting the household, so the household has continued to function.  However today I’m off for a couple of days doing work-related stuff in the forest around Hudson Bay (the town of Hudson Bay in Saskatchewan, that is, not the large water body in north-eastern Canada), so I’m expecting the girls to pull their weight while Mom recovers.  

Update on glabrous Loseth men

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Two exciting pieces of news:

  • The Facebook group “Loseth men who can’t grow impressive facial hair” that I mentioned a few days ago has gained a new member … Welcome aboard Evan;
  • Dan has made me Officer of the Saskatchewan Chapter of said group. I am deeply honoured to be given this responsibility.

The group now has seven members in four provinces.

Here’s a picture of our newest member.

Newest member

(personally I think he’s only borderline qualified … looks more like stubble than peach fuzz to me)