Author: <span class="vcard">mike</span>

I’m not sure if you’re like me -but I wish for more TV shows and movies than the Canadian Netflix allows.  I”d love to access US Netlflix.  So I did some digging the  and found out that the way Netflix works, is if you can make your computer or device look like it’s in the US you will be able to access us Netflix. What does that mean? When you connect to the internet at home, your internet provider assigns you an IP address. Just like your house an address…

Technology

So one of my thoughts for this blog was to post the odd tech item.  It hasn’t happened until now.  This is the first of 3 tech posts I’ll be doing in the coming weeks. The next post will be on how to access US netflix in Canada, and the third will be my favourite iOS apps.  Look forward to hearing your feedback! Since the beta was released I’ve been using the iOS 6 software on my iphone 4s  and my ipad 3.  The best way to describe this update is that it’s…

Open-Mike.ca Technology

So this is a blog post a long time coming.  I’ve waited to write it until after we had child #4 lest anyone think I was begging for attention or seeking help.  It also comes after years of watching those around me have children and the same pattern emerging.  So disclaimer out of the way, we can get on with it. With each of my children, as my wife has been pregnant nad heading into labour I’ve had a consistent message shared with me – “You’re just the guy –…

Culture Family

First things first – this is not about the disco group that is known for quirky costumes and singing YMCA.  Glad we got that cleared up :). Over the past few months a number of letters to editors,  events in communities and a recent comment by  a friend have had the phrase ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ percolating in my mind.   This is one of those comfort phrases I think we are supposed to say, but many never wrestle with.  The phrase itself has African roots –…

Children Culture Faith Family

I spent 32 years of my life living in Strathcona County.  I was born and raised in that community and have a great love for the people that make it up.  It is a community that often loses it’s college students to see them return when they are married, desiring the same community experience they had growing up for their own children.  In many ways it was no surprise that Strathcona County ranked high in the Canadian magazine’s annual “Best Places to Live” article.  In one  specific category Strathcona County…

Children Culture Family

I’ve generally refrained from responding to articles and columns in the newspaper the past few years. Well it’s time to step out into this world again and respond to a newspaper column. In the middle of February 2012, The Sherwood Park News (My former hometown newspaper) had a column written by one of the staff called “Politics and social media don’t mix”. You can give it a read here. First I want to say the staff, including the columnist, are fantastic.  It is a great paper that strives to keep…

Culture Faith Technology Uncategorized

I have only been in ministry full time for a decade – longer than some, but far less than many more.   One thing I’ve noticed is how faith has different themes that ‘trend’ in a way to keep our expression of faith relevant.   There are different ‘fads’ that we hold onto – almost all with strong legitimate scriptural basis.  I’ve seen strong focuses and campaigns that revolve around evangelism, spiritual practices, apologetics, and social justice. In many ways these campaigns raise awareness of key areas of our faith that we…

Culture Faith Uncategorized

Recently a friend and colleague asked a question on facebook – “Should Canada reopen the abortion debate?”.  I found myself hesitating on the question.  I want to be clear.  I do not agree with abortion and I believe it is wrong – especially when used as a form of birth control.  My hesitation on the the question was not with my ethical viewpoint but with how many have handled themselves in this discussion in the past, and how this issue has been handled since the ‘debate’ was closed.  So below…

Children Culture Faith Family

A few weeks ago I preached on the theme of peace as a part of our advent series.  The text I used was the story of the Magi and Herod from Matthew 2.  Rather than stop at verse 12 though, I preached from the text that extends down to verse 18.  This is a part of the Christmas story we don’t like to reflect on as Herod, in an attempt to kill off the new born King of the Jews (which was Herod’s self appointed title), slaughters all the boys…

Advent

I think most people like a good story -whether it’s a novel, a movie, or even just your average sitcom television show.  When we here a good story we talk about it with others, we watch it again and again.  The story begins to move from something seperate from us, to being a part of our own story.  The stories that mean the most to us are the very stories that speak to our life and that we can relate too.  There’s also a sense that we choose the stories…

Advent Faith