April 27, 2011

The Reason Why: Faith Makes Sense by Mark Mittelberg is an updated version of a book from about a hundred years ago called The Reason Why written by business leader Robert Laidlaw.

Laidlaw originally wrote the book for his employees to articulate his faith in a thoughtful and easy to understand fashion. the book took off and sold millions upon millions of copies.

this work, Mittelberg’s The Reason Why, is an updated and expanded version of the original book.

it’s wonderful. it is well-written and easy to follow. it’s developed in a reasonable manner. the chapters build off each other as you read through the book.

Mittelberg has crafted an excellent book that’s wonderful for spiritual conversation and small-group study. it would make a great gift for someone exploring the Christian faith as an introductory text. it’s perfect for the fan of C.S. Lewis, Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, and other apologists of the Church.

great read. enjoyed it thoroughly.

*NOTE: Tyndale Publishing gave me a free copy of The Reason Why: Faith Makes Sense for a review posting on my blog. For more information check out the Tyndale Blog Network.


“I’m an F18, bro!”

April 27, 2011

pundits, fundits, and partisan political pandemonium

April 25, 2011

“Mixing the church and state is like mixing ice cream with cow manure. It may not do much to the manure, but it sure messes up the ice cream.”

– Tony Campolo

there’s no doubt politics is an ugly business.

just look at John Baird.

i’ve never really followed politics and considered myself informed my whole life. i’m more fundit than pundit.

in fact, today at an advanced poll i voted for the first time in my life at the age of twenty-eight.

to be honest, i’ve felt guilty and embarrassed about this in the past. there are places in the world where people are fighting and dying to vote. people are fighting and dying to make their mark and cast their ballots.

so, for the past several months, and especially since the election was called, i have been following and informing myself on all things Canadian politics to the best of my ability. i’ve been sharing thoughts and concerns here on my blog, which i need to add our my own personal views and no one elses, and i’ve been engaging family and friends in conversation about these issues. i’ve been called out and taken to task a little bit. some of it has been warranted; some of it has been a little too trite. all of it, however, has made me think.

i’ve come to a conclusion: i was better off before.

granted, i should be more informed, but i cannot continue to engage in politics the way i have for the past several months. i’ve been nastier, more grumpy, and all around disturbed. earthly politics has to be one of the most frustrating topics to follow and discuss. no politician or political party has got a monopoly on doing the right thing. they’ve all got pros and cons.

the lyrics of a Derek Webb song came to me the past couple days. the song is called “A King and A Kingdom.” the chorus describes the reality for Christians.

“My first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man. My first allegiance is not to democracy or blood, it’s to a King and a Kingdom.”

i need to stop worrying about earthly politics and focus more on the Kingdom.

i’ve been dangerously close to ruining my ice cream.

Easter Sunday

April 24, 2011

He is Risen!

Holy Saturday

April 23, 2011

O God, Creator of heaven and earth:

Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

“Holy Saturday Prayer” from Catholic News Agency, accessed at

Good Friday

April 22, 2011

“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last”

Luke 23:44-46, NIV

Judgment Day

April 21, 2011

in the gospel according to James Cameron (the Terminator films), today, Thursday, April 21, 2011 is Judgement Day. it’s the day Skynet becomes self-aware and attacks humankind. some people may say machines/technology took over our lives and attacked us long ago.

technology and machines have done a lot of good for us too: medicine, communications, art, transportation, the printing press, the internet, etc.

i finally watched The King’s Speech last night. great, great movie. at one point the Archbishop, regarding the radio and wireless communication, said, something to the effect of: “I fear this is a pandora’s box.”

something to think about.