Winning in Winnipeg

May 31, 2011

the NHL is back in Winnipeg.

in your face Bettman.

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Softball Report – volume one

May 27, 2011

last night, Thursday, May 26, 2011, was the first game of the season for a Slow-Pitch Softball League Nancy and i have joined here in town.

our team, sponsered by Rooster’s, a restaraunt here in New Liskeard, won.

Nancy couldn’t make it last night, so she has no stats to share this week.

i played.

i went 3 for 4 from the plate; a homerun, two singles, and a ground-out. i’m no Jose Bautista or Albert Pujols, but that’s pretty good.

i played second base in the field and did OK. i made a few plays; i made a few blunders. i can improve.


Holy Irreverence

May 21, 2011

DESCRIPTION: Man holding wine and talking to Jesus.  In background are barrels of water. CAPTION: A NICE OAKY SELECTION WITH A DELICATE NOSE AND A HEARTY BACKBONE, OBVIOUSLY WELL-AGED AND MOST LIKELY ORIGINATING FROM THE REMOTE HILLS OF ARGENTINA

i’m all about Holy Irreverence.

Holy Irreverence is stopping with humanmade Churchianity and focusing more on Jesus Christ inspired Christianity.

what were the jars supposed to be used for in John 2?

it’s a perfect example of Holy Irreverence.


truth over profits?

May 4, 2011

a friend of mine, Derek, works at Cameron’s in Windsor, Ontario. it’s a Christian bookstore. it’s great. his blog is Covenant of Love. the link is over there. ->->->

they sell Love Wins by Rob Bell at Cameron’s.

visit Derek’s blog to read a few interesting stories about customers either mad or glad to see it on the new arrivals table.

there’s one story i can’t help but tell you here. i hope Derek is cool with it. i’ll take it down if he goes all Napster on me.

here’s a message that was left on the Cameron’s Facebook page:

“Rob Bell is a heretic and this book is heresy. I thought better of Stuart that he would prize truth over profits …I guess there are very few left now with integrity …Zondervans refused to print this because it is heresy ,and they prize truth over profits…Family Christian bookstores, CBD and others refuse to sell this…Stuart what are you doing? You unashamedly promote the poison to the Christian community…Rob Bell is a wolf and you have let him in the sheep pen…shame on you!!!”

Stuart Cameron is the owner of Cameron’s. great guy. no one deserves this kind of attack. the person who left these comments must work for the Conservatives.

Derek makes some great points and observations about these comments on his blog. here’s the link to the very post: http://covenantoflove.net/rant/diatribe-that-makes-me-loooove-conservative-christianity/

what strikes me is the person who left this message appealing to the notion that Zondervan prizes truth over profts. maybe they do. and this is not a shot against Zondervan, they have wonderful authors on their team and they publish excellent books. 99% of the time simply seeing their logo is a sign the book will be good. some of my favourite books were published by Zondervan: The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel, Sex God by Rob Bell, Questions To All Your Answers by Roger E. Olson. Zondervan has also been the home to Brian McLaren and as far as i know is the home for Shane Claiborne and Ravi Zacharias. i could list many more books and authors that i love that have been published by Zondervan.

sadly, however, there is that 1%.

Zondervan has also published books by Sarah Palin and Kate Gosselin.

truth over profits?

maybe.

profits over controversy?

definitely.


Love Wins

May 4, 2011

pastor Rob Bell’s latest book is Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, And The Fate Of Every Person Who Ever Lived. it’s garnering a lot of heat, attention, and criticism. search the internet and you’ll read posts on blogs, articles on websites, and comments from all kinds of people either slamming the book as heresy or claiming it’s merely misunderstood and has been misrepresented.

i would fall into the second category.

i think folks started to get hot as soon as they read the cover. i think a lot of folks made up their minds about the book as soon as they saw the words of the subtitle. why?

what is our strange attachment to a particular set of beliefs and statements about a topic? are we afraid to learn something new or different? are we afraid to be corrected?

Bell wrote the book “for all those, everywhere, who have heard some version of the Jesus story that caused their pulse rate to rise, their stomach to churn, and their heart to utter those resolute words ‘I would never be a part of that.'” he also wrote the book “because the kind of faith Jesus invites us into doesn’t skirt the big questions about topics like God and Jesus and salvation and judgment and heaven and hell, but takes us deep into the heart of them.” (Love Wins, viii-ix).

Jesus was never afraid to answer and ask questions. why are we?

several denominations and theological frameworks will take issue with what they perceive Bell is stating. read his book again. is he saying what you think he’s saying? or, are you guilty of eisegesis? are you reading your theological paradigm, or the lack of your theological paradigm, into Bell’s text?

i think  Love Wins is wonderful.

the stories and comments are thoughtful. the engagement with Scripture is great. the commentary is practical and meaningful.

it’s well-written. Bell’s style is very engaging, easy to follow, and easy to understand.

the questions he asks are important. let’s ask these questions of ourselves and our traditions. let’s look at the responses and analyze the answers.

Bell talks about hell. he talks about heaven. he talks about the salvific work of Jesus Christ. he talks about God and God’s love. he does not deny the existence of hell, he merely highlights the fact that there’s hell on earth as well. there’s heaven too.

i’m not about to claim my understanding of God and the shcool of theology i identify with is the theological framework and understanding of the Bible out there. it’s sad when we Christians are this arrogant. we are creation trying to understand our Creator. it’s almost like this blog post trying to understand me.

please read this book. you don’t have to like it. you don’t have to agree with it. but you do have to read it if you want to make comments about it.

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accpeting it.” (Aristotle)

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8)


much ado about nothing

May 4, 2011

to people slamming Rob Bell and his latest book Love Wins, especially those how have not read it…

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

“There are more things in heaven and earth, [folks], than are dreamt of in your philiosophy.”

your comments and reviews, for the most part, are “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”


Bell’s Hell

May 3, 2011

have you read Rob Bell’s latest book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, And The Fate Of Every Person Who Ever Lived?

if you have, what are your thoughts/comments/questions? how do you feel about the book? what, if anything, do you like? what, if anything, do you dislike?

if you haven’t, i’m sure you’ve heard conservative evangelicals trashing it and you may have sadly made up your mind about the book. don’t do that. please read it. don’t be that Christian.

read the book before you review it or pass judgment.