Sunday, July 24, 2005

Gone Fishn'

I am heading to Caton’s Island today and will be there till Friday. It’s one of the Blazer camps (ages 10 to 12) and I have the privilege of being the chapel speaker. One this side of camp I feel crazy-nervous. It’s like the nervousness of the first time I ever preached to the power of 10! Last I heard there was over 120 kids expected. I’d appreciate any prayers for the camp and the kids with week…and the speaking, really appreciate prayers for the speaking and speaker, like the grace that I am not boring or a heretic. Thanks.

A Japan update: I sent off my visa application last week. A thought hit me as I sent the documents -even though everything is set and the tickets bought I might not actually make it. The people processing the app could reject it. It was a scary realisation, not sure what I would do if they say "no Japan for you". But if all goes well I’ll be flying out of Halifax August 10th (only 16 sleeps).

Friday, July 22, 2005

Maple, eh!

I had a chocolate craving. So in an adventurous moment I decided to try the new Caramilk Maple. I am a good Canadian, I like maple! Maple is great on pancakes and in leaf shaped cookies. But maple does not belong in a chocolate bar! Maybe it’s an acquired taste. But I just wasn't a fan, learn from my misfortune and stay away from maple chocolate.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Bookworm

About fourteen weeks ago I silently accepted the popular book reading challenge: to read 50 books in a year (works out to be about a book a week). My decision was really inspired by Sarah and Robin and their announcements to being apart of this growing force. So this is what I've read since the challenge began back in April.

1 God in the Alley –Greg Paul
2 Last Juror –John Grisham
3 Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
4 The Bad Beginning –Lemony Snicket
5 The Reptile Room –Lemony Snicket
6 The Wide Window –Lemony Snicket
7 The Miserable Mill –Lemony Snicket
8 The Austere Academy –Lemony Snicket
9 The Ersatz Elevator –Lemony Snicket
10 The Vile Village –Lemony Snicket
11 The Hostile Hospital –Lemony Snicket
12 The Carnivorous Carnival –Lemony Snicket
13 The Slippery Slope –Lemony Snicket
14 The Da Vinci Code –Dan Brown
15 Cracking Da Vinci’s Code –James L. Garlow and Peter Jones
16 What’s so amazing about Grace? –Phillip Yancey
17 Monster –Frank Peretti

Next on my list is something by CS Lewis, maybe Mere Christianity. After that I am not really sure. Do you have a good suggestion, something that you would recomment?

Monday, July 11, 2005

New Life

Driving home from youth group tonight I was overcome with a thought. The kids (teens, youth, young adults, sr. high –what should I call them?) have saved my faith. For awhile it has seemed that my faith and spiritual walk were stale and stagnant. Basic Christian disciplines were a continual trial. Prayer and bible reading went from challenging, to dry, to sporadic, to non-existent.

It wasn’t that my beliefs hadn’t changed. There was just no life or action to the belief. There was no need. I woke each day, made pizzas, and came home…to do stuff -very mundane life.

Then in enters the teens with their frustrating, soul searching, desiring deep real answer, truth-hunting, questions. Questions that can’t be just fluffed through; each question required me devout time and energy. As I sought out each answer I found myself praying for the upcoming lesson and the praying for other things. And I’ve been pouring over my bible again. Their questions have brought a renewed life and sense of adventure to my spiritual journey. They say that the mind goes if its not used…the same is true for spiritual vitality. So if any of the teens read this –thank you