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 […]

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 […]

Review – The Bible Stories: Moses DVD

My three daughters and I watched this movie.  It was a great opportunity to talk about and “live” the story of Moses.   My 9 year old daughter commented, “The part where Moses drops the 10 Commandments isn’t true”… to which my 7 year old responded, “Yes it is!”  This movie opened up a great opportunity to discuss as we watched and after we watched. A few things that troubled me as I watched… I never envisioned Moses to be as angry as he was portrayed throughout the movie.  That was just my preconceived notion though of what i thought he was like that was different than it was portrayed.  I really like how, at the end of Moses’ life, […]

Sermon Questions and Weekly Reading Questions for week of June 12, 2016

You mentioned in the Sunday service that separating the children from the service is a form of exile. Your comment seemed to be a bit of an exaggeration to me, not to mention a misuse of the meaning of an exile. Are the ministries at the church meant to help people relate to and learn about God at a level for them to understand? FBC has Sunday school for children, youth, and adults, small groups for adults, young adults, support groups for those who have experienced miscarriage and loss, get togethers for Prime Time age, and many more. I think these valuable opportunities exist not to “exile” but to include people and their various stages of physical and spiritual growth within […]

Sermon Questions – April 24, 2016 – Peter & Diane Salmond

We had a great Sunday on April 24, 2016  with Peter and Diane visiting.   Peter shared a message before we had a Q&A time in the service.  Below are the questiosn that were texted in to be answered and their answers to those questions.  Thanks Peter and Diane for your ministry and being with us on the 24th! 1) Fun question – how are the spiders and creatures there? There are many spiders all over the place, but we are able to keep them mostly our of our house, but we see them a lot in the office at the school and in the classroom. We have also seen snakes, cockroaches and rats. But only a few. 2) Did […]

Sermon and Reading Questions – from week of Easter Sunday March 27th

Jesus knew that two of his followers would betray him yet he stayed with them. Would it be Christian when we know our close friends have betrayed us and done us wrong, to remain with them and still hold them to our hearts? This is a great question – and one relevant in many of our lives.   I think there are a bunch of verses which can flesh out ‘what is Christian’ and what is not. SO here are some thoughts from me, and then I’ll share some simple verses from the bible that perhaps add onto how  we respond to this situation. `I think the Christian thing involves forgiveness.  For that to happen we don’t just ignore what happened […]

Sermon Questions from March 20th

 Here are the questions and answers from the sermon on March 20th… Where do we have opportunity for safe confession in our church relationships? This is a tough one… it depends on what we mean by safe doesn’t it?  IF safe means a place where we can share with no response, no consequence, no accountability …. That’s quite different than a place where someone might ask to walk alongside, hold us accountable, help us step up and deal with the consequences of our actions.    I believe Biblical confession is somewhere in between the two depending on what is being confessed.  Not every confession requires action in response, while other confessions do – for the well being and growth of the […]

Sermon Questions from February 7, 2016

What do I look for to know if I’m not ready for God’s message or if I’m walking in the ways of the world (blocking my understanding)?   How do we avoid feeling like “if I had more faith I’d understand” like the faith healer claim? Some points in response: 1) God is faithful and so as we read God is at work. 2) as we open ourselves to what God is saying in scripture and try to live our lifes reflective of it we’ll see our outlook on the world change over time. 3) We’re told faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. 4) I hope we all continue learning and growing in faith throughout life.   We […]