Monthly Archives: October 2006

Product Red, the Gap and some initial thoughts…

I am impressed with the initiative that is Product Red simply because of the impact this will certainly have on the AIDS issue it seeks to address.  For those who are not familiar with the initiative, see HERE for the vision behind Product Red.  Here are some initial observations I have… As our family was...

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U2 & GreenDay Video…

Below is a video by U2 & Green Day called "The Saints are Coming" that is quite interesting. It seems to be about the dream of Military might used not for the purpose of war, but for humanitarian aid… enjoy.

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Becoming Friends, a cultural snapshot…

Below is a quote from Paul Wadell’s book, Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice, and the Practice of Christian Friendship in which he discusses obstacles and impediments to Christian friendship in the second chapter.  It is a brilliant description of the state of intimacy in our culture and provokes the Church to take seriously the dilemma of...

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Conformed to His Image, Chapter 8: Exchanged Life Spirituality: Grasping Our True Identity in Christ

Have you ever wondered what an exchanged life might look like?  Have you ever considered what holding to the truths of life in Christ means for your daily journey in Him?  It seems many can agree to what the Bible says about life in Christ, but in reality, the truth doesn’t penetrate to the point...

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Francis Schaeffer on the Bible…

The following is Francis Schaeffer commenting on the Bible and how we have tamed it, posted originally at the Adventures in Mercy Blog.  An interesting reflection, to be sure… “Only by giving the Bible a devotional spin when we read it, by taking isolated verses out of context and ignoring the raw whole, by filtering...

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The Incendiary Fellowship

Below is a quote from an Elton Trueblood book entitled, The Incendiary Fellowship.  In speaking of the Church, he descibes what the incendiary nature of its witness should be by stating the following: “The only adequate evidence that anything is on fire is the pragmatic evidence that other fires are started by it.” ~Elton Trueblood

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Welcome Nathaniel…

Greetings Friends, Today we would like to welcome the newest addition of our family into the world.  Nathaniel Santic (still deciding on a middle name) was born on October 24th at 2:13am and weighs 8lbs and 7ozs.  Aside form some extra care to manage fluid in his lungs, Nathaniel is doing fine.  Christiene (Mom) is...

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The short season called life…

Greetings, This last week served to prove that life is short, delicate and precious.  As you may know via previous posts, we mourned a death and celebrated a new life this week.  The death of Addie was saddening because of the temporal loss, but from the eternal perspective, which is the perspective we are to...

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Goodbye Addie

On Sunday we said goodbye to Addie Mooney.  After a massive stroke early Saturday morning, our 90 year old Sister in the Lord hung on until her daughter could fly out for one last visit.  That was our prayer as a Church, that the Lord would give her strength and sustain her so she could...

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A walk in the park…and a turn of events

This afternoon in attempt to help speed things along with the 8 day overdue arrival of our second child, slow poke, Christiene, Anna and I went for a long wander through Deer Lake Park and enjoyed what must have been one of the greatest Fall afternoons in history.  As we strolled, we were taken aback...

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Cultural exegesis

Cultural exegesis is a critical task that must be performed for the Church to be adequately formed for the purpose of involvement in God’s Mission.  The task requires a reflective and thoughtful posture towards the world in which we live in order to understand the nature of the stories that dominate and shape us who...

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Values…

Mike Todd from the North Shore posted a helpful article here about the task at hand for Churches in the West.  Because of the inherited cultural value sets of the North American Dream and Nationalistic motivations, the Church has to in a sense be reconstituted should the values of the Kingdom (see Sermon on the...

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Bread, Community & Still Overdue

Well, here we are at 9:35 pm on Tuesday night after a successful first attempt at distributing bread in our neighbourhood to those that need/want a loaf.  It was a fun evening as a mission group here in Surrey of gathering for a cause.  We had two from our group go to the bread store...

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Prayer & Action: A Benedictine Perspective

In her book, Wisdom Distilled From the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today, Joan Chittister engages the issue of prayer and action.  In the third chapter entitled, Prayer & Lectio: the Center & Centrifuge of Life, she has these wise words for us: "Prayer, work and holy leisure are the three legs that...

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Conformed to His Image: Dependence & Discipline, Ch 6

What is it in tremendously godly people that we admire so much?  Is it the way in which they live/d sacrificially?  Is it the seemingly insurmountable spiritual accomplishments they achieved that we admire?  Do we wish God to work in us in ways he worked in Mother Teresa, or Billy Graham?  Do we long for...

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