Monday, December 29, 2008

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ever Felt Shocked & Amazed?

Have you ever felt shocked and amazed? Well I have; most of this year actually. Ok, so it has been awhile since my last post, sorry. Taking a bit of a break from many things lately and it has been very nice. I wanted to share an amazing kind of update with you.
After less than a year as a posting blog I want to share with you folks a little of what you are a part of. I have an incomplete list of where different folks are logging in from. Don't worry there is no personal information involved either in the gathering or the sharing of information. So without any further ado share in my amazement and wonder (these are really in no order whatsoever, that I know of anyway):

Richmond Hill, Markham, Bracebridge, Toronto, Simcoe, Hamilton, Scarborough, Georgetown, London, Waterloo, North York, Windsor, Mississauga, Kingston, Mount Hope, Whitby, Aurora, North Bay, Peterborough

Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer,

Prince Edward Island:

Melfort, Saskatoon, Regina, Elbow

Brooksville, Gainseville, Daytona Beach, Tampa, Miami







Cedar City

New Jersey:


Blacklick, Columbus


East Bridgewater

North Carolina:

La Vergne






Whether it is the blog or the podcast, come on over, come on are welcome.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

THOUGHT: Have you heard "sexting"?

WASHINGTON (AFP) - One in five US teens has sent nude or partially clothed images of themselves to someone by email or mobile phone and twice as many have sent sexually suggestive electronic messages, a poll showed Wednesday.And American youngsters aged 13-19 are having tech-sex despite a majority of them saying it could have "serious negative consequences" on them, the survey commissioned by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (NCTUP) showed.

More than half of the 1,280 teens and young adults up to age 26 who took part in the online poll, conducted in September and October, said they had received a sexually suggestive message from someone else -- and one in five said they had shared the racy message with a third person.

Eight in 10 teens said they would be concerned about sending a sexy image of themselves or racy message because they "might regret it later," while nearly 70 percent said they were worried it could "disappoint family."

Where teen tech-sex gives real rise to concern among adults, said NCTUP, is that more than one-third of teens (38 percent) say exchanging sexy content makes dating or physical sex with others more likely, and three in 10 say those who exchange sexually suggestive content are "expected to hook up."

"That so many young people say technology is encouraging an even more casual, hook-up culture is reason for concern, given the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in the United States," said Marisa Nightingale, senior advisor to NCTUP.

Although teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United States have dropped by one-third since the 1990s, they remain high compared to other developed countries and carry high costs to the teens involved, their children and society, NCPTUP said in a report published last year.

"The US birth rate of 41 per 1,000 in 2004 was much higher than Canada's 14 (in 2003), England and Wales' 27 (the highest rate in Western Europe), Japan's six and the Netherlands' five (the lowest rate in Western Europe)," said NCTUP's "Emerging Answers" report, published in November 2007.

More than 30 percent of girls in the United States become pregnant before they reach age 20, and many become pregnant a second time before their 20th birthday, according to NCTUP.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly half of all 15- to 19-year-olds in the United States have had sex at least once.

Be aware.

You know what? Here is another thought. So you are under 18 and you want to have fun and play around...if you send your pictures by any means you have become a what? A trafficker in child pornography. By definition that is what is happening. Also understand that a picture once released may never really be pulled back in. Once it hits the web it can never truly be pulled down. Those images can reappear at anytime to anyone.

Given the natural volatility of teen relationships this "fun" action may turn into a very embarrassing situation for you and for your family.

Think about it and help your friends to think about it too.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

THOUGHT: What We Have

So we are in a recession. It is true now, it is here. It can't help but cause us to consider our money and what we do with it. I have learned that it feels so much better to be in the habit of giving than in the habit of holding back. What material possession can I own that will provide a better connection to God? Who is responsible for what you have now? You or God? Who will take care of your needs? You or God?
Here are some other thoughts in this snowy, blowy, recession-ish kind of time:

When Americans earned less money following the Great Depression, they gave more. When income went up, they began to give less of it away.

Offering money, many Christians believe, should be like Hollywood's version of romance: spontaneous, exuberant, and impulsive. Financial gifts should be joyful, we think, so we give only when the urge strikes. "Structured systems" such as annual pledges "seem to strike many American Christians as rigid, impersonal, legalistic, and even unspiritual."

This attitude translates to giving from our wallets instead of our paychecks. When the offering plate comes by, we dig into our purses or pockets and freely, joyfully give of what we find. Meanwhile, nearly all of our income is spoken for.

One congregant put it this way: "God requires it, but...he also tells us that he doesn't want us to give if we don't want to." The proof text for this attitude is 2 Corinthians 9:7: "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
The application, however, suggests that God prefers consumerism to generosity. If buying the bigger home or larger car makes it more difficult to give cheerfully, we will cut back on the giving until it's cheerful.

So we give our money like we spend it: haphazardly and without intention.

Giving should be a matter of intentional obedience, a joyful expression of returning thanks to God.
Martin Luther said "A man's pocketbook is the last piece of him to be converted." Money has a strange power, as the current economic crisis illustrates, that suggests humility and prudence are the appropriate attitudes toward it, not exuberance and impulsiveness.

Excerpted from an article in Christianity Today
Scrooge Lives
December 2008

It makes you think. How do I give? Do I give? Why do I give? Who is the primary concern when I give? What do I plan around when I spend?

It is my belief that generosity is as essential to spirituality as forgiveness. Although, ironically is not forgiveness simply another way to offer generosity?

It is not convenient to be generous. There will be many who argue against it. Do not, however, complain about your poor spirituality if you are not giving. What does it mean to have faith? How will you experience the true wealth of grace if you never risk and need it? Now there is a Christmas gift worth giving and receiving.


Monday, December 8, 2008

ANNOUNCEMENT: International Human Rights Day

Did you know that December 10th has been set aside and named as International Human Rights Day? I didn't. What's the point of hugely significant day like that if no one knows about. Ok so not no one, maybe just me. But I learned and now I want to make sure that you know as well.

The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights. The commemoration was established in 1950, when the General Assembly invited all states and interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.

The day is a high point in the calendar of UN headquarters in New York City, United States, and is normally marked by both high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. In addition, it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and nongovernmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organisations.

The 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights occurs on December 10, 2008, and the UN Secretary-General has launched a year-long campaign to lead up to this anniversary. Because the UDHR holds the world record as the most translated document (with more than 360 language versions available), organizations around the globe will be able to use the year to focus on helping people everywhere learn about their rights.

I didn't know, but now I do.
How will you live differently now that you have been reminded?


Monday, December 1, 2008

December 1st World AIDS Day

December 1st is World Aids Day and International AIDS Awareness Day. Be aware. Go check out some info. It is not the only horrible illness in the world but today is the day to focus on how our world is being ripped apart by AIDS. Make sure that before you just role along you at least take a moment to beg our Heavenly Father to have mercy and give us the ability to help the helpless and give hope to the hopeless.


Full Disclosure Soulhouse November 30th

We had the fantastic honour of sharing our worship with Markham Baptist Church. It is so good for churches to get together and do things together. Special thanks to Dexter Hinkson, Youth Pastor from Markham Baptist for being a bold enough leader to ensure our two churches came together.
It was a great night, Robin Parshad did an awesome job GOING PUBLIC. Kati Sherman did great in her debut role as a worship leader. Well done guys. There is nothing like a focus like ours that night: our Mighty God. It just makes you swell. Take a listen.


Saturday, November 22, 2008


Poetic truth seems more true sometimes.

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bushfire afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
--Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Friday, November 21, 2008


Walking a Spirit-filled life takes faith, but we are much more comfortable with a complete, advanced itinerary.

Faith never knows where it is being led, But it knows and loves the One who is leading.
--Oswald Chambers


Thursday, November 20, 2008


There are days that you would like to disagree, but truth is truth even when you don't feel it.

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
--Author Unknown


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Here is an Alliance icon, a Canadian Alliance icon. That would be the Christian and Missionary Alliance, C&MA. He used to live in and work in Toronto.

An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.
--A.W. Tozer


Tuesday, November 18, 2008


There are many names for Jesus, but what do they really mean? Join us as we discover why He is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. You'll gain a new and relevant perspective on the Saviour who was born in a manger over 2000 years ago.

Join us as we continue to countdown to Christmas.


THOUGHT: God Provides

Hudson Taylor established his China Inland Mission in 1865 on the premise that it would never solicit funds but simply trust God to supply its needs. While this policy may not be appropriate for every ministry, it provided Taylor with thousands of examples of God's faithfulness, like this one described in a letter on NOVEMBER 18, 1857:

Many seem to think I am very poor. This is true enough in one sense, but I thank God it is "as poor, yet making many rich." My God shall supply all my needs; to him be the glory. I would not, if I could, be otherwise than I am--entirely dependent myself upon the Lord, and used as a channel of help to others.
On Saturday we supplied, as usual, breakfast to the destitute poor, who came to the number of 70. Sometimes they do not reach 40, at other times exceeding 80. They come to us every day, Lord's Day excepted, for then we cannot manage to attend to them and get through all our other duties, too. Well, on that Saturday morning we paid all expenses, and provided ourselves for the morrow, after which we had not a single dollar left between us. How the Lord was going to provide for Monday we knew not; but over our mantelpiece hung two scrolls in the Chinese character--Ebenezer, "Hitherto hath he Lord helped us"; and Jehovah-Jireh, "The Lord will provide"--and he kept us from doubting for a moment. That very day the mail came in, a week sooner than was expected, and Mr. Jones received $214. we thanked God and took courage. On Monday the poor had their breakfast as usual, for we had not told them not to come, being assured that it was the Lord's work, and that the Lord would provide. We could not help our eyes filling with tears of gratitude when we saw not only our own needs supplied, but the widow and the orphan, the blind and the lame, the friendless and the destitute, together provided for by the bounty of him who feeds the ravens.

Don't worry and ask yourselves, "Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?" Only people who don't know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these. But more than anything else, put God's work first and do what we hants. Then the other things will be yours as well.
Matthew 6:31-33

How does this relate to how you are living and preparing for Christmas?



This is good news when you feel lonely and helps to explain some of our deep feeling as well, I think.

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.
--Frederick Buechner


Monday, November 17, 2008


Sad but true.

Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
--Jean Jacques Rousseau


Full Disclosure Soulhouse November 16

Soulhouse came together to worship through music, prayer and community. We also were introduced to a great bible study/discipleship guide called the FIRE study. This study works best in journal format so that you can go back and look at it and remind yourself of where you have walked and what you have learned.

"F" is for FACT. Read your selected passage and look for something that stands out to and for you.

"I" is for INSIGHT. Look at your fact, it must have stood out to you for some reason. What was that reason? What does it make you think of? What does it relate to? What other thoughts come to mind.

"R" is RESPONSE. We get into the habit of just sucking information in and discussing around with each other. The old joke about that is that Christians get together for Bible studies simply to pool their ignorance. We don't want to be about that. If your fact brings you insight, then that insight must lead to a changed life, so how will you apply your insight to your life this week. Pick an action that is tangible, quantifiable, measurable so that at the end of the week it is easy to say "Yes! I did it," or part of it or "No. I didn't do it." The goal is not guilt but to aid in taking one more step forward. One step closer to Jesus, to Christ-like character.

"E" is for EVALUATION. We were not called to live life in isolation, but in community; someone has to get your back. Hopefully those relationships will grow in your Life Support Groups or somewhere else, but they don't just grow accidentally you are going to have to work at them. Evaluation is so that you know someone will be asking you about how your week went. "Did you do it?" It is nice to know that it matters. It is good to know that the little things that we do or don't do are still significant. This way you can say to yourself "I don't feel like doing that right now, but I know they are going to ask me...maybe I can just suck it up and do what I said I would do."

As iron sharpens iron may you be sharpened by your sisterhood or your brotherhood. Don't linger where you are...long to be what and who you can be. Long for the image to be clearer in you.


Full Disclosure So You Think You Can Dance-180 Remix

We had a good time. Oh yes, we had a good time. TK, Mike, Promise and of course, our very own MC Matt Rose helped us to kick it up for a night of fun and serious moves. TK and Mike displayed some serious skill in popping and b-boy styles and then did a great job of teaching us to be amazing. Promise did a phenomenal job bringing some live rap into the Board/Room. It was a fun time to laugh with and at each other as some unexpected people let their mean moves slip out. Glad I was there.


Sunday, November 16, 2008


We have seen this happen in our world.

Once abolish the God and the government becomes God.
--G.K. Chesterton


Saturday, November 15, 2008


Oh, this one is chilling. God save us from this fate.

Men never do evil so completley and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
--Blaise Pascal


Friday, November 14, 2008


To live is to learn and to learn is to ask questions. Do not shy away.

Oh my prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.
--T.S. Eliot


Thursday, November 13, 2008


We need humility to stand honestly in this life.

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
--Albert Einstein


Wednesday, November 12, 2008


No wonder we don't like to grow.

Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.
--Author Unknown



hmmm C.S. Lewis. What would it have been like to talk with this guy? Would you just be quoting everything he said?

Let's pray that the human race neer escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.
--C.S. Lewis


Monday, November 10, 2008


Sometimes these make my brain hurt from growing.

No matter what God's power may be, the first aspect of God is never that of the absolute Master, the Almighty. It is that of the God who puts himself on our human level and limits himself.
--Jacques Ellul


Sunday, November 9, 2008


Maybe someday I will come up with something brilliant like this and someone will quote me.

We routinely disqualify testimony that would plead for extenuation. That is, we are so pesuaded of the rightness of our judgement as to invalidate evidence that does not confirm us in it. Nothing that deserves to be called truth could ever be arrived at by such means.
--Marilynn Robinson


Saturday, November 8, 2008


I never thought of it like that. Hmmmm

Sadness is a wall between to gardens.
--Kahlil Gibran


Friday, November 7, 2008

QUOTE: Keep thinking

Thoughts to keep you thinking:

The soul is healed by being with children.
Fyodor Dostoevsky


Thursday, November 6, 2008

EXPERIENCE: Seeing the Spiritual World

I don't like messing up or dropping the ball. But today that is what it felt like I did. I was talking with someone that does not attend any church, but has asked a number of times about it and what I do. We were talking about stuff that was happening in his life. Hard things. In the last number of days I have heard so many stories of things going wrong financially and maritally for a number of my friends that I have really started to notice it. Well the conversation ended and I meant to invite him to Soulhouse. But I didn't.
A wasted opportunity.
I told Sheryl. I felt bad about not keeping my head straight. I thought "if only I had one of those little cards that I try and hand out to other people." Excuse.
I don't think that Soulhouse will have some magical God-moment that will just happen to him, but I do know that it would be an encouraging time because the atmosphere is positively thick with the Spirit of God. But I didn't tell him.
I was thinking to myself a number of days ago that things are going really well, at least for us at Soulhouse, but I was starting to feel like we didn't have a growing edge. An edge that would be reaching our community. I wondered how we could spark invitations to non-believers.
I got a spanking after that night. Emails started coming in from a bunch of different people who were telling me the stories that I knew nothing about. (I love your stories! Please share them with me. What are you doing? What are you trying? What are you risking? Who are you talking to?)
There is a movement underway. At least 12 people were first timers this last week and a there were a number more that have been invited that have not come YET. I have been schooled. The Holy Spirit is at work. He is moving our faithful friends to speak to their faith-seeking friends. Whether I know about it or not. The time is coming for a loosening.
So I am seeing anew and understanding more clearly. We talk, I talk, a bunch, but I just don't always see or understand.
I'm learning. I pray I will keep learning and risking. May the same be true of you.
I was outside again, later in the day and there he was outside also. We spoke briefly again. I invited him. He said he would love to come. We clarified details and I thanked God for a second chance to do what I meant to do. Hopefully I will get better at doing what I am supposed to do.
Why is it so hard? Why the distractions and arguments inside?
Oh yeah. That's Spiritual Warfare.
Maybe I should listen to the podcast and see if I can catch up to where some of the other folks from Soulhouse already are.
No more excuses.
Will you join me?


QUOTE: What did someone else say?

A thought to help you think:

Nothing makes us lonelier than our secrets.
Paul Tournier


Monday, November 3, 2008

Full Disclosure: Soulhouse Nov 2 08

Ok it was awesome. Done.
If you weren't there you totally missed out. Go listen to the podcast and then try to imagine it being like 10 times better.
We learned some truth and exposed some lies. We worshipped and prayed and God moved among us. Words don't feel like they can express it well, so go listen.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

THOUGHT: Follow-Up To: What's Up With Online Lingo, yo?

I was unclear. I apologize.
The whole point, that was clearly understated, in the former blog was to be the use of coarse, abusive, foul, or disrespectful language through acronyms or abbreviations. I understand why people use the lingo my concern was, and this again, I am sorry, was not clear, my point was that I was uncomfortable with the comfort level that folks had with off colour language.
So I was saying I didn't like the notion that a couple of letters removes me from the responsibility to use language respectfully. I used LOL because it is a non-offensive term and I was hoping that people would just instantly know what I was thinking. Just not true.
So here it is, my concern is the use of online phrases such as:
and the like.
I wouldn't say those things and so I'm saying we should not type those things. I also do not get to redefine those terms to mean what I want. They have an accepted meaning already.
That was the point. But man, it sure seems that I was not clear, so I wanted to be clearer.
Thanks for the comments and responses both on here and through email.


ANNOUNCEMENT: We passed the 1000 Threshold

Well it happened. It's done.
We have now crossed the 1000 podcast download threshold.
Amazing! Who would have thought that it would have happened so fast? The first public notification was on this blog and it was April 22nd 2008. First 1000 in 6 months and most of that was summer with no new content. Unbelievable.
You guys are amazing. Keep spreading the good news.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

THOUGHT: Fall/Authumn....Whichever

I like it.
I guess I used to be: "whatever." But not any more. I love it.
I love the colour, the natural exuberance, the sense that something really important is happening.
I like looking at a wall of trees and thinking that they are all blended together so perfectly in a pattern that would not be considered wise on paper. How can you look at the trees and think they look so perfect and then you move closer and you see the flaws? Or maybe you see a tree and think "that's the perfect one, with perfect leaves."
But it isn't.
All the beauty is so intense and yet so flawed. There is beauty in spite of the flaws.
Maybe there is beauty because of the flaws.
Maybe that can be just like me? Beauty despite my flaws.
Maybe even beauty because of my flaws.
We are not perfect, we are all flawed but when we release exuberantly, we are beautiful.
That can't help but make me happy.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

THOUGHT: What's Up With Online Lingo, yo?

Ok, I guess I am getting old or something but I feel like I have had this conversation about a million times before.
"That's just the way everyone does it."
When I was a little boy some big person told me that: "the first line in the devil's bible is 'Everyone is doing it.'" Now I can't confirm that because I don't have a copy of the devil's bible but I think I get the idea. It doesn't matter what it refers to, the idea of "I can" or "should do it just because "everyone is doing it" is just never a good reason to do do it." We should always ask "is it right or wrong," not "can I get away with it our justify it."
So what is the new bee in my bonnet?
Online Lingo.
I guess my English background makes me queasy when I see the new level of "creative" spelling. Why use the agreed upon spelling when you can make up your own?
But my uneasiness is more than that, it is the new abbreviations that are getting my goat. A phrase that is established in meaning cannot be changed based on your intent. LOL means "laughing out loud," it does not become "lounging on lizards" because "that is what I want it to mean." The same is true of all abbreviations. The reason you want to use it is because it has an established meaning that is more brief than typing the whole thing. You want to convey the feeling but you do not get to change the language or tone.
So yeah I guess I feel uncomfortable reading more stuff online, in chats and on Facebook. Choose wisely when you throw up phrases on your stuff. Choose to honour the lifestyle that you wish to live. If you would not say those phrases out loud then you shouldn't type them on your stuff. If you would say them out loud then perhaps you need to reconsider your phrasing choices. Much of who we are and how we are perceived is based on how we portray ourselves. We need to be conscious that when we carry the name of Christ we do not cast shadow upon it.
Think about it. Or maybe just tell me that I am way off and I just don't get the real world. Just tell me that everyone says I'm wrong. Then I'll listen for sure.


Monday, October 20, 2008

ANNOUNCEMENT: So You Think You Can Dance-180 Remix

November 12th 7:30-9PM $5

The time is fast approaching. The event is getting better and better. Let me give you the update on this:
From the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" the Rubik's Cube guy "TK" will be joining us for some dance moves and to teach us some as well. Check out his moves at the beginning of this video.

Would you like to be a performer also? Let me know.

More info/details to come.


Full Disclosure Soulhouse October 19th

The new series has begun and there was a great atmosphere to launch it. The real question that we always need to ask ourselves after an evening like that is what do we remember? These memories fade quickly and dim to seeming bland with surprising speed.

What you see is not all there is.
You are not alone in your battles.
Your prayers are far more powerful than you know.
We do not fight for victory, we fight from victory.
1 John 4:4

When you feel separate from God remember to reconnect. 1 John 1:9....go look it up and memorize. This is one of the keys, one of the secret weapons for living the life.

Here is a real nice tie in from the new song we learned last night (Desert Song):

Verse 1:
This is my prayer in the desert
And all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is a God who provides

Verse 2:
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames

And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon forged against me shall remain

I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Verse 3:
And this is my prayer in the battle
And triumph is still on it's way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

Verse 4:
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favour and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow

Isaiah 54:17 (New International Version) (I forgot this one in the email, sorry)

17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,

Verses referenced by the song. Truth statements that are good to have in your head.

Romans 8:17 (New International Version)

17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Romans 8:28 (New International Version)

More Than Conquerors

28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:37 (New International Version)

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Go ahead read all of Romans 8, it won't hurt a bit.

That is the start of SuperNatural. More to come.