Thursday, November 29, 2007

4:20 AM

Anytime the phone rings at 4:20 AM, and the voice on the other end says: "Pastor, will you come?" means that something has happened.  Then shortly after, I begin praying, "Lord, I have no words, but may my presence, my words and my prayers be an extension of yours to this family."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


I thought I would share with you all one of the things we did in youth group a while ago.

You can find it on "google documents" here.

It is a youth event I call "Labyrinth". It started out after I found Youth for Christ's online labyrinth (here)and as my take on some of the popular curriculum out there (like this one) and . I took those sources and tweaked them some.
After I had run this a few times and there were some things I wanted to change. So I did. This last Friday was the third time we have tried this with the youth group here in Tisdale (I had run this a few times in Stoney Creek too) and I rewrote a bunch of it. I unashamedly took some things from a blogger in Prince Albert (here - thanks Randall!)

I am always surprised at how our students take to this. I thought this last time everyone was going to be way to rowdy to run with this... but it went well. I hope that there was blessing to the kids who took part.

For anyone who wants to, use whatever you want. If you're interested in the word document (that is far more formatted than Blogger/google docs will allow me to) shoot me an email or hit me the comments section. I had to remove much of the clipart. The only thing I ask is that you don't make money off this. (I know most of you reading this won't... but this is the web).

A quick run down.
11 stations. The first 5 prepare you for the sixth, the last 5 are to prepare you for "normal life" after the sixth station. What's the sixth station? Silence. In a previous version I called that station "Holy Space". I might go back to that title.

Each station is designed to be something you read through and then on many of them there are exercises. From washing your hands to dropping rocks in water, writing/drawing symbols of things in your life, lighting a candle, leaving footprints in some sand.

Hope this all finds you well on your own spiritual journey in this life.

Updating y'all

I've been absent from the space. While I've been thinking about it, nothing congealed into a cohesive stream of thought. I'm fairly sure that what follows will be more of a trickle of thought, but we'll try nonetheless.

A while ago I wrote about my ordination. I can happily say that it is finished. My official service will be held January 13, 2008. It looks like my parents will even make the trek out for it. To say I'm relieved that it's done is an understatement. A big thanks to my wife for putting up with me throughout the latter part of that process. She deserves a medal for being so patient and kind to me.
Fun with flash
I studied as much as I could. However the night before I got to the point that my brain was mushy and while I knew there were things I didn't know, I also knew that it wasn't going to stick in my head that night. So to "de-stress" myself I goofed around with my camera in the hotel. Result are here. (To the concerned among you... my hotel room was on the ground floor and the wall in the photos was a storage room)

As far as the interview itself, it was much better than I anticipated. Part of me knew it would be, but that's the way the brain works when your nervous about things.

On the way home from Regina I stopped and took some pictures of the landscape with the rising moon.barn and the moonThere's a story behind this picture, suffice it to say, I was asked to leave the land upon which I was standing as I took this picture. I'm not sure why. Perhaps if I had peeked inside the barn I'd know...

I'll likely write a few more posts in the next day or so to keep on with the updating.

Friday, November 02, 2007


I'm learning more and more that life exists in tension.
Good vs evil
What I need against what I want.
The internal vs the external
breadth over depth
quality against quantity
up vs down
left right
laziness against victory
all that there is to do vs all i can do

Where am I at? I'll work at answering that... in the meantime... where are you at?