Lessons from the Good Ol’ DQ – Culture and the Magic of DQ

When one thinks of fast food I’m not sure anyone thinks of culture.   The food isn’t that distinguished after all.  However every organization has a culture. Some are good, some are bad, and some are exemplary.   When it comes to a franchise restaurant there are different levels of culture.  I worked at the Sherwood Park DQ’s  and there were three levels of culture.  Each individual store had it’s own culture, there was a broader culture that was a part of both stores, and there was the franchise culture.  One could also argue that within the franchise there are different lievels of culture based on marketing regions, however for our sake we’ll skip those! The Sherwood Park DQ’s have […]

Lessons from the Good Ol’ DQ – the value of generosity

Fast food is often given a bad rap as a place to work.  In fact when I worked there through university and my masters degree people would give me curious looks.    For many fast food means meaningless work.  It means no skill, and it means dead end job.  DQ wasn’t like that for me.   My previous post was on why I don’t drink and was a fairly personal lesson that I learnt. This post I wish to share a lesson that I think every business, and even individuals, could learn from the good ol’ DQ. When my first winter came at DQ  there are two things I remember.  First, how dead a place known for ice cream gets in the […]

Lessons from the DQ and Why I don’t Drink

It can be awkward being a Baptist Minister.  It can be even more awkward when you don’t drink and you’re a Baptist Minister.   Baptists, if you don’t know, have a reputation when it comes to alcohol.  For a while a lot of Baptists were against drinking.  Though my understanding is it didn’t necessarily stop people.  But people assume that since I’m a  pastor that I don’t drink, that I am offended by alcohol being consumed, and even more insulted if I am offered any. So when I go to someone’s home and say no to a beer or a glass of wine people are so worried and apologize profusely.  I feel bad actually because I don’t like making anyone who […]

A lesson from the good ol’ DQ – Hard Work and Humility

It is amazing how Dairy Queen has changed me.  All these years later I still look for certain things in restaurants as a result of the lessons I learned at the good ol’ DQ.  I always look at a restaurant to see how involved the manager is in the work the staff are doing.  That is a result of this week’s lesson – the lesson of hard work and humility. I like to believe I was always a hard worker, and at the DQ as I learned things I would work as hard and fast as best I could.    So the lesson to day isn’t that I learnt how to work hard, it’s the context in which I saw hard […]

Lessons from the Good Ol’ DQ – Perseverance

Lessons from the Good Ol’ DQ: Perseverance  As I share stories about the DQ and the lessons learned, I’ll share some stories others will know and other stories no one has a clue about. This story is one of those stories – I don’t think I have ever told anyone this story.  Also when I reference people from the DQ, particularly when it could be seen as being critical of them, I am going to use just their first initial or two. This lesson begins right at the beginning.   I was excited when I received a call from ja. at the DQ.  I was a little surprised that I was called by a different DQ then I applied at.  Nonetheless […]

The Good ol’ DQ

My first job in life was delivering the Edmonton Sun newspaper.  I chose that paper as it didn’t deliver on Saturdays and thus gave me a morning off work.   The way delivering papers works is that the more houses you have in a set area, the more you made.  This was also back in the day when you would go out at night and collect the money owed for the papers – you would then pay the amount owed to the company and keep the balance.  Usually it worked out to about $30 every two weeks.  So yes… about $2 a morning!    I would get up at 5 am to deliver the paper.  Why so early?  I had customers who […]

Sermon Questions from December 4, 2016

What is the difference between the Lord Jesus Christ peace and the anti – Christ promised peace in this world.? I think motive is a clear part of the answer to this.    The Anti-Christ promises peace to achieve his means, but does not keep his promises.  Jesus promises peace out of love for us and with our well being in mind.  Jesus can deliver this peace which the anti-Christ cannot.  The antichrist may bring peace for a short period but ultimately by his nature, the antichrist will not maintain peace.  The reality is that Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and the antichrist is just that anti-christ and thus anti peace over all.   If you read Daniel 9 […]

Sermon Question from November 27, 2016

I do believe that, the Lord Jesus Christ knew when he’s coming back again, what was mentioned in Matthew 24:36 was the Lord talking that time he was still ian human form, Apostle Paul even mentioned in Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fulness of the Deity lives in bodily form,so  in His Devine being as God, the Lord knows everything, because He even onced said, that the Father and I are one. I am with the Father and the Father is in me. It is just a comment Pastor and if you can give me the right  explanation I am willing to submit. God bless! All the Glory and Honor to our GOD THE FATHER and of The […]

Technology Questions from Banff Pastors Retreat

Below are answers to questions that were submitted at the Technology Workshop at the 2016 Banff Pastors Retreat. How do we help people who don’t use social media not feel excluded and out of the loop? I love this question and think it is going to be an important dynamic as social media continues to root itself in the culture around us and in the church.  I think there are a few avenues that could be taken to address this.  Feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments section below.  So here are some ideas: Never post anything on facebook that you haven’t communicated in a different way in your church. While this limits the effectiveness of using facebook […]

Sermon Questions from November 20, 2016

With my honest opinion, I do believe that we can unlock the secrets the prophecies written, if we ask God.  James 1:5     Revelation was written not scare us, but to prove to us that the prophecies written will come to pass.  It was written to prove that God Almighty  is serious with his dealing with mankind.  Revelation was written to warn the people into coming events that will take place, if we don’t have the Lord Jesus Christ in our life.  Glory to God! A lot of points in here, so I will try and respond briefly to several of them. I do believe we can uave some understanding of the prophecies, but not all.  Why do I say that?  […]