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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 –…

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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 –…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Much has been said about Steve Jobs in the past weeks due to his passing, as well as the release of his biography.  There is little denial that Steve Jobs had a significant impact on the world.  Steve Jobs has impacted how we interact and relate to technology.  With the Apple IIe, iPhone, iPod, and iPad he impacted our work, how we communicate, how we consume media, and how technology has become a ‘part of us’.  Beyond the obvious Steve Jobs also impacted how we shop with iTunes, the App…

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1) You can’t hide your children from technology – it’s everywhere.  You may say ‘no’ to your children but they are able to access technology, the internet, and media at school, the library and at friends houses.   Don’t pretend your children aren’t exposed to it.  This creates an avenue to talk about it. 2) Facebook does not let children on facebook who are 12 and under.  To do this you must lie. 3) You do not need a computer or laptop to access the internet.  Cell phones, TV’s, and video…

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It is so easy in our world to look around see sin.  When the lifestyle of a person is counter to what we expect or what we value we will label a person a non-Christian.  In some ways it makes us feel better about ourselves – perhaps even superior.   The line is not always so clear. In 2001 a young woman, 16 years old, named Katy Hudson splashed onto the Christian music scene with her first album.   With songs such as “Trust in Me” and “Faith Won’t Fail” the messages…

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Lately I’ve noticed how many places are asking for tips.  Sometimes it may be a tip jar, but I’ve noticed quite a few quick service (A.k.a. Fast food) are adding the option when you pay using a card.  At some point tips went from being a statement of appreciation to being an expectation.   Or how about standing ovations?  It seems each and every performance is now concluded by everyone standing, clapping, and awaiting an encore. I’m glad people are generous with their thankfulness, but I begin to wonder whether  these…

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