114420817728118055 Tuesday, Apr 4 2006 

It is Jerry’s birthday today. He is 59! Jerry, Kristy and I went to The Keg for supper last night to celebrate his birthday and then bought an ice cream cake from Jerry’s to share with Giles who came to help us celebrate. Jerry had to work evenings today so has missed his birthday calls from his sisters, but I am sure they all left him messages. Coming from a family of 10 can make for quite a few phone calls on your birthday…that is if they all remember. Jerry has tried to make sure he calls every one of his siblings on their birthdays…one way of keeping in touch with family. Tamara phoned last night and we got to talk to her for quite a while. It looks like she will be home for at least part of the summer.

Kristy had a root canal done on Thursday. She ended up with a huge infection and she is still in terribly bad pain. I am not sure what we need to do next. The pain is still unbelieveable and she is taking all kinds of painkillers and they are not working. The swelling has gone down some, but she has this huge lump on the side of her jaw. It just gets so frustrating when you don’t seem to get any kind of proper diagnosis or help!!!

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114412680015414209 Monday, Apr 3 2006 

I copied this from Adam Beach’s blog…I thought it was quite amusing!!!

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained

10. A man’s place is in the army.

9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.

8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.

7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.

5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.

4. To be an ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.

3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.

1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.

114401083610845742 Sunday, Apr 2 2006 

I distrust people those people who know so well what God wants them to do because it always coincedes with their own desires.

— Susan B. Anothony

114400833672923180 Sunday, Apr 2 2006 

So, somebody asked me how I feel about that 100% vote. Well I was one of those who voted for the project as I felt there was no point in not going ahead as the project is nearly completed and what would be the good of a sanctuary partially completed with no use whatsoever. I believe it was a very pragmatic decision…however I don’t think everyone is really completely knowledgeable on what that means. It is going to take a lot of revenue to just pay the interest on a mortgage of that size…we are going on faith (or projections) that people will come and our giving units will increase to cover that cost. Will that happen? Based on what has happened in other places where a big building has been built, apparently this has happened and so based on that data it should happen here as well.

I attended the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast last Saturday. In looking around I saw our City and Province is governed by the modern older mindset…bigger is better! There were very few younger generation people there…and I felt like I was the only woman who came by herself not escorted by a male…which by the way was not a negative feeling…and there were far more men there than women…so having said that I think there is still a large demographic in Saskatoon that would favor a larger megachurch concept.

I also believe that there is a large segment of our city that is not being touched at all in any way by the “church”. So how does the “church” touch these people. I am not sure, but I don’t think it is through building bigger buildings. I think it is by living out our lives in our communities, neighbourhoods, schools, universities, sports, arts, et al as people of the two commandments Jesus said were the most important…being

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your stength…this is the first and greatest commandment and the second is like unto it…love your neighbour as yourself.

How do we live? Do we live in our little wonderful christian culture that keeps us immune from the people around us? Who is my neighbour? How do I love? Does this take sacrifice? Or is this just plain living? Do I want to get into the muck of people’s lives on a daily basis?

I keep going back to my dad who lived his life by these two commandments of Jesus. It was never about “church” it was about God and people. It was about giving where nobody knew what he was giving. It was living a life quietly and with humility. As I look back now and begin in some small way to recognize how he did this so unseemingly but so effectively and in small ways every day, I believe he knew the secret of living the “christian” life well.

So how now do I live? Just my thoughts and perspective…that’s all!!!!

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