Friday, December 30, 2005

Spiritual Retreat at Westminster Abbey

Yesterday I had the incredible opportunity to go on a day-long spiritual retreat with my two best-buds Corey and Jason. It was a day of fasting, prayer, confession, sharing, and dreaming. The location of our retreat was the Westminster Abbey located in Mission, BC. This place is truly magnificent, and I encourage anyone to go and see it. We also had some time to wander through the many walking trails that the property has...and soon came accross the very beautiful lookout at the edge of the property...

We ended the day around 4pm and then drove back into Langley where we feasted at the China Kitchen...mmm....Chinese Buffet & then had coffee at the Wired Monk. It was a great day. One that I will remember forever. I hope that the three of us will be able to do this again very soon.



Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas

To everyone out there who reads this blog, or stumbles accross it...I want to personally wish you a Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, or however you say it. May God bless you and your family & friends today, and throughout the New Year to come. Enjoy your turkey dinners with all the stuffing you can stuff into your stomachs! Savour the quietness of a city who's shops are closed for this day...where we rejoice because the Prince of Peace has come. Cherish the gifts that you recieved, because God's gift of everlasting life to us is the greatest we could ever ask for.

Merry Christmas to all,


Friday, December 23, 2005

Pimp my Christmas Tree...

Just in time for the guess. This fun game allows you to decorate your Christmas Tree and its surroundings!

Click here to pimp your Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas,


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A very prairie Christmas

Tommorow morning Charity and I are flying off to Lethbridge to see her family & friends for Christmas. I have already checked the weather forecast and it looks like we'll be having a brown real chance of snow. In a sad turn of events...I am doing something tommorow that I never thought that I would do...gasp...flying on Air Canada.

For someone who pledged allegiance to WestJet a few short years ago, this is a truly trying time for me. (some of you may think the last sentence was oozing with sarcasm, but I'm afraid not-I have seen and experienced first hand the atrocious service given to its passengers from this airline.) So in order to bring some Christmas chear to my flying experience I will be wearing my Santa Hat on the flight...unless security decides that it's a safety issue and isnt' allowed on the aircraft!

So I don't know how many posts I'll be able to write while I'm away for the next week. I hope to get at least one up of our Christmas time...and if I'm lucky I'll try to get the final part of Debunking Christmas posted (NO PROMISES!).

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, I pray that this time spent with family and friends refreshes you, comforts you, and fills you with an incredible peace. Charity and I will be home again for New Years...and we look forward to ringing it in with our friends!

Merry Christmas,



We made is safely to Lethbridge...and to my surprise all of our bags made it too!!! No snow here, they're having chinook winds so it's like 10 degrees above today! So looks like we'll be having a brown Christmas. I'll write more later.


Friday, December 16, 2005

Debunking Christmas: Part 2


So much of what Christmas is truly about is wrapped up in this Latin word meaning "the coming."

If the years of your childhood are anything like mine then your first recollection of advent would be the first advent calender your parents gave you where you had 24 chocolates waiting oh-so patiently behind perferated paper flaps. Again, if you were anything like me, you tossed aside all logic of waiting 24 whole days to eat all the chocolates (instead you followed the rule of one-per-day for maybe a week tops and then decided to consume the whole lot of them in one sitting--usually hiding in your bedroom so mom or dad wouldn't catch you.)

Is this advent I ask you? Has Willy Wonka and his darn chocolate factory overthrown another holiday for the sake of consuming more chocolate? I certainly hope not...

Millions of churches embark on a four week journey of Advent in the month of December. Advent holds a special place in my heart: it was under a GIANT Christmas Tree back in 1996, on the 1st Sunday in Advent when I got baptized. But advent is still more than this. In today's culture the 4 weeks that precede Christmas mean extended holiday shopping hours at our local malls. But advent is certainly still more than this. Advent was originally meant to be a time when Christians reflected on the meaning of Christmas: four weeks set aside to contemplate what the coming of Jesus meant not only to the world but to every individual's soul. Advent was also supposed to be a time of personal retrospection and growth. (Sadly much of the growth we see in the advent season is our bellies from consuming too many Christmas sweets & our credit card statements as we spend spend spend...) Certainly advent means more than this.

Can we take a step back and look in a mirror and ask ourselves, "am I honestly contemplating the meaning of Christmas?...and what does it mean to me?"

Or do I simply go through the mechanical motions of going to Christmas Eve Church Services, and every now and then saying "Merry Christmas" without even thinking of what those words truly signify? My buddy's wife has started something on her blog that I think really captures the essense of what Advent is about. You'll have to scroll back a bit to read the previous postings... but it's encouraging to see someone grasp the concept of Advent.

I think that many of us evangelical Christians need to re-think how we approach the Christmas season: advent is still fulfilling its intended purpose, but are we (each of us as inividuals) taking time to reflect on what it meant for a baby to be born from a virgin in a manger 2000 years ago. It's not the Jesus that many of us think about: a baby that cried, filled his diaper, and who was completely reliant on his mommy and daddy. But our Saviour came into this world, through a miraculous story, and I think that maybe we need to hit the pause button on our lives and reflect, ponder,contemplate, consider, mull over where our hearts our at, and what significance--if any--does Jesus have in our lives today. I'm not assuming that everyone who reads this blog believes in Jesus, but maybe....just maybe this Christmas you'll catch a glimpse of the miracle of Jesus' birth and come to see the real reason for the season.

Blessings to you all,


Thursday, December 08, 2005

Debunking Christmas

So what is Christmas all about...really?

I'm not looking for that corny Sunday-School answer here, but what I am looking for is a deeper, more significant, true-to-the-Word, understanding of why we celebrate this thing called Christmas.

Part 1: Christmas & the Church

*Disclaimer: I love the church, not only because I am a Pastor, but I whole-heartidly feel that my life calling is to serve the church with all my heart, soul, and strength.

What truly breaks my heart as of late, is that numerous churches in the lower mainland are closing their doors on Christmas Day. How can this be? Call me "old-fashioned," call me "modern" call me "narrow minded" but just because Christmas Day happens to fall on a Sunday...means that we don't gather together to worship our God as a community? It's been 11 years since the last time Christmas Day fell on a Sunday, and maybe because of the cultural shift in values that is happening in today's churches...we've decided that it's too much of an inconvenience to have to get up Christmas morning, shower, change, and have to drive to church. This is bull. Sorry, to get a bit passiontae but I've been pondering the question lately...

Is Christmas about family?

Is it? I know it makes us all warm and mushy inside when we reminisce of our past Christmas mornings, spent with mom, dad, brothers & sisters infront of the tree...but is this Christmas? Something inside of me has to say NO. Christmas as we know it today, has only really been around for the past 200 years. Sadly, prior to 200 years ago much of the celebration at Christmas time happened for totally Pagan reasons. Only after Clement Clarke Moore's poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" in 1822, now commonly known as "T'was the Night Before Christmas" & Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol in 1834 did Christmas begin to evolve into today's Holiday.

Celebrating Advent:
I think that we need to look more closely at this practice of "the coming" of Christ. Advent was officially established by church leaders in the 6th century. Advent was originally meant to be a time when Christians reflected on the meaning of Christmas. Advent was essentially four weeks set aside to contemplate what the coming of Jesus meant not only to the world but to every individual's soul. When presented in the proper way, the way the early church intended, Advent also plants the spiritual seeds that grow into an understanding of the true reason for this special season: the birth of Jesus Christ. Here is where we need to camp out for a while and enjoy the splendor of the Advent Season.

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Thankfully my church, and many churches in the lower mainland do celebrate Advent. Churches do recognize the importance of preparing our hearts, and getting that often needed slap accross the face to be reminded that Christmas is not about us. But why then are so many churches preparing to celebrate the coming of Jesus, through Advent, and then on the "day" that has been given for his we not gather to celebrate as a community? To be totally honest, I think we are a very lazy culture, and one who sees going to "church" as nothing more than a once-a-week thing. The early church in the book of Acts looked nothing like many of our churches today...something that at times wants me to see us go back to the days of deep-rooted community, sharing and fellowship.

I don't profess to know how to see resolve come about regarding cancelling our church services on Christmas Day, but I hope that maybe you, duing the rush of this Christmas Season, won't solely focus on gifts, stockings, and even all that warm-mushy family time--but that you would take a few minutes to ponder the greatest event our earth has ever experienced:

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11 (NIV)

So my challenge to all of you who are reading this is... Go to church on December 25th & celebrate the miracle of Jesus' birth as a community. I will be! Chances are it's only 1 hour out of your day, and if it were any-other-Sunday chances are you'd go. So what's the difference? REALLY?

***UPDATE*** Click here to read about American Mega-Churches who are also cancelling their Dec. 25th Sunday Services...



Thursday, December 01, 2005


Again this post has zero intelligent thought...but I couldn't pass up this opportunity. I am sure many of you remember the name Gaylord Focker from the movie "Meet the Parents." But this isn't from a movie...this is real life people! This has to be the worst name ever...

...please click here:

(thanks to Marko for exposing this site)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

If I were a cartoon...

I do not watch South Park, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make myself one of its characters...check it out!

If you want to join the cast just click here:

Not the most thought provoking of all my posts...but sometimes you just want a good laugh!



Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tuesday Tea for Three

Today is Tuesday.

Unlike the rest the days of the week this day holds a special place in my heart: let me explain. 4 years ago when I was a freshman at Briercrest Bible College, God blessed me with an incredible roomate-Corey, and another amazing friend-Jason. The three of us soon became inseperable, and to this very day continue to grow in our friendships. You have to understand one thing about Corey, Jason and I...coming from BC we really didn't enjoy the butt-freaking cold weather in Saskatchewan. I don't know if this is the true reason why we started our little tradition of drinking tea together on Tuesday nights, but it sure helped to aleviate the bone chilling cold.

You may be asking why I am writting about this part of my life history now--4 years later--well just recently I have been reminded of how precious this threefold friendship is. It had been a few months since the three of us got together for some guy-time...and we genuinly felt sick that we had forsaken our tradition for such an extended amount of time. Tuesday night Tea Time allowed the three of us to escape from all the stressors of College life, dating life, major papers- due-the-next-day life, and gave us the time to spend encouraging each other, praying for eachother, and laughing together. This was a time of spiritual refreshment that could not be duplicated. I treasure these memories, and know that if it weren't for the wise counsel I received from these brothers in Christ--who knows where my life would be. These 2 guys mean the world to me...(I love you too Charity)...and for you reading this right now I ask you this:

Do you have genuine & deep rooted friendships where you gather together for the sake of encouragement, prayer and laughter?

I ask this because I know that far too many of my brothers in Christ live their lives without ever experiencing such close friendship. God has hard-wired us for a relationship with him, and for relationships with others. Yet far too often I chat with people who can only hope for such deep-rooted friendships like the ones I have with Jason & Corey. There is a book out called "The Company You Keep" that sheds far more light onto the topic of male frienships that maybe is worth a read if this is an area that "strikes your fancy" (apologies for using somewhat corny Old-English). The book oddly enough is written by 3 BC-Boys (much like the 3 of us) and one is actually my friend Jason's father.

We as men sometimes all get painted with the same brush that stereotypes us as "cold, un-caring, un-emotional, barbarians" when in all seriousness the threefold friendship of Corey, Jason and I is nothing the like. If we as men do not seek out meaningful frienships where we pray for eachother, encourage eachother, and laugh together then our lives will lack in a richness that only comes from time spent together. I'm not saying that you have to specifically drink tea--or that you have to get together on Tuesday's--but what I am saying is that Christian men need to spend time together, in conversation, in prayer, to see their friendship grow and to see their faith come alive.

*Thanks Boys for sharing your lives with me. I pray that as we grow old together we will have many more Tuesday-Night-Tea-Times. Blessings on you both...


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

lives transformed...

*Warning: It's a long one (but worth it)*

Somedays it's hard to channel the whirlwind of thoughts that fill my cranium through my fingers-to the keyboard-onto this blog. Living a life entrenched in Youth Ministry never allows for a dull moment...let me explain:

This past Sunday I had the glorious priviledge of baptizing one of my youth. This was the first time I had ever baptized someone, and I can assure you that the flood of emotions that I experienced will stick with me for a lifetime. It's for those moments that any youth pastor lives for: forget the piles of administrative crap that we all have to unfortunately live with-can't I just equip students to grow into mature followers of Jesus? The question that I am wrestling with is this:

How can we tangibly recognize that the lives of our students are being transformed?

You can throw out the Sunday school answer here and say "hey, did you not just baptize someone?...that's a pretty good sign!" But it's got to be more than that. Baptism at its litteral sense is someone getting dunked while laying in a luke-warm pool of stagnant water. It's not until we give meaning to the experience that makes it more than just taking a bath in church. We talked about this "giving meaning to something" at our Fall Retreat a couple of weeks ago at Camp Qwanoes. We had students write out their burdens onto rocks and then we gathered down at the beach and hurrled them into the ocean. The rock is just a rock--the ocean is just salt water--but with meaning they metamorphosize into something more!

It's this metamorphosis that I long to see in each of my students lives. But I still wrestle with how we tangibly recognize growth since each student has their own uique relationship with their Creator. One area of significant growth that every youth pastor longs for is when a student decides to stop living for the world, and to start living their lives for Christ. But how do we determine when that person "is a Christian?" Do they have to pray a prayer? Some of you may say yes...some may say no-I think you both have grounds to camp there. Maybe I need to direct you to someone who's recently been wrestling with the same sentiments as I have:

Thoughts on conversion... by Walt Mueller

Coming to faith and being transformed. . . . isn’t that what we hope to see happen in the lives of the kids we know and love? Sure it is. For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we facilitate this reality in our youth ministries. I know there are differences in how we all communicate the Gospel and invite kids to “make a decision” for Christ. Of course, then we spend time counting up the numbers so that we can judge our “success,” validate the effectiveness of our methodologies, and look good when we report back to our supervisors and church boards. Okay. . . . if you know me well you were able to read that last sentence understanding the appropriate measure of sarcasm in my voice. I think what’s prompted my thinking on this matter is a publicity piece I recently read regarding a youth evangelist who’s had “success” by leading over 1 million kids to Christ. Sorry, I just can’t take that too seriously. If he’s led over 1 million kids to Christ, where are they? Perhaps it would be better if we were just honest with ourselves and we reported back to headquarters with something like this. . . . “He’s convinced over 1 million kids to come forward or raise their hands.” Let’s be honest. When push comes to shove we ask for a lot of commitments to Christ, but have we really taken the time to warn kids about what a life of following Christ is all about, how difficult it is, and what it requires. Do we ever talk about the fact that following the God-man who was on the cross requires “taking up” a cross of our own? Do we ever get beyond the promise of heaven to talk about what life as a follower is all about here on God’s earth? Do kids really know that there’s a life of integrated faith to be lived between not going to hell and going to heaven? I hope my random thoughts here are making some kind of sense. I’ve always been skeptical of easy evangelism that requires a few minutes with someone lost, a formulated method, an invitation to pray according to a script, and a quick “goodbye” to move on to the next project (I mean, person) whether our prior project (I mean, person) has said “yes” or “no” to our invitation. Okay, so maybe we aren’t doing evangelism this way. But then again, maybe we are. Because something about this hasn’t been sitting right with me for years, I’ve tried to direct some large blocks of reading, thinking, and praying time in this direction. I’m currently reading Turning To God: Biblical Conversion in the Modern World by David Wells, one of my seminary profs back at Gordon-Conwell. Wells approaches this important subject (important because what we believe about conversion will impact how we do ministry) asking the most important question. That is, “What does the Bible teach?” rather than “What have past generations thought?” or “What sort of conversion experiences have people had?” Here are some of Wells’ thoughts on conversion based on what the Scriptures teach: “True conversion is not an isolated experience but one that is related to a life of discipleship. It is the point in time and experience at which we enter into such a life. Discipleship belongs to and should follow from conversion the way that natural life belongs to and should follow from live birth. Just as there is no life without birth, so there is no birth without an ensuing life, however long or short that life may be. And just as there is no discipleship without conversion, so there is no conversion without an ensuing life of discipleship that involves growth in moral maturity, a deepening faith, and loving service.” So maybe our numbers have been way off! I think so. Wells goes on to talk about our all too common measure of faith. . . . the testimony!: “Conversion is not an isolated event but is related to the entire life of faith that follows from it. It is the moment of birth into a new life. It is like a doorway into a room. A person is born to live, not to linger on the edge of the womb in a time limbo. A person opens a door not for the pleasure of standing forever on the threshold but to enter the room. The evangelical world has strangely perverted this truth. Evangelicals often make the test of spiritual life one’s willingness to testify about the moment of birth. Describing one’s sensations in passing through the doorway is considered proof that one is in the room! This shifts the focus from where it ought to be – the evidence of the Spirit’s renewing work in producing a God-centered life, a God-fearing heart, and God-honoring character and witness – and places it on a person’s autobiographical account of the conversion crisis. The only real proof of our conversion is an obedient and fruitful life.” And on the all-important “decision,” Wells says, “. . . . a decision for Christ is not the real measure of a conversion, although a conversion may occur in and through such a decision. Decisions undertaken with insufficient self-awareness, awareness of ourselves as sinners before God (however that awareness translates into felt needs), are decisions whose reality will be hollow. Decisions undertaken in the absence of a sufficient knowledge of God, his truth, and his Christ are decisions that will likely be malformed and so will probably lack direction and hence staying power. Decisions that occur in either of these ways are decisions brought about by pressures that should be considered manipulative: the crowd or circle of friends who exert psychological pressure or the evangelist who does a ‘hard sell’ and is so charismatic in personality or in presentation that the convert is drawn to the point of decision irresistibly. This person, let it be noted, is also being drawn foolishly and, perhaps, unethically. Decisions are not what counts. What counts is that there are men and women who, knowing themselves to be rebels and alienated from God, have sought in his Christ forgiveness and acceptance and, having sought and trusted, have been renewed by the Spirit and are impelled on to a life of truthfulness and love.” Hmmm. Maybe what we need to do to stop the epidemic of spiritual “still-births” and “birth defects” might be to add some serious “birthing classes” to our youth ministry efforts. Then, and perhaps only then, will spiritual births be healthy and followed by life.

*taken from

This stil leaves me with plenty of questions...but is deffinately helping me (and I hope you too) find some answers. I'll leave you with a verse that means the world to me: and I think is paramount in relating our love for Jesus with our love for students so that they have a similar love for Jesus.

"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us." 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Friday, November 04, 2005

Finally we have proof


What once was purely speculation has finally been proven by a recently dicoverd photograph found in a previously locked metal case un-earthed from Einstein's former residence.

Scientists are flabergasted that Einstein himself humbly admits in this photograph that Tyler Hagan should be considered a Genius. One must note that Einstein himself lacked obvious elementary grammar skills as he himself mis-spells "Smart" as Smrt.

...REALITY CHECK...maybe because it's Friday...maybe because I feel sick (literal physical sickness/not the regular mental malaise)...or maybe because some days I just feel like being random, but I thought I would entertain you for a brief moment. Please feel free to create you own Einstein Quotes here:

Enjoy your weekends,


P.S. Thanks Haak for the link!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

prayer for a fellow pastor...gone to be with Jesus

I ask all of you today to spend some time in intercessory prayer for a fellow brother in Christ who was tradgically killed this past Sunday. Pastor Kyle Lake of University Baptist Church was electrocuted to death while standing in the baptism tank of his church. Read the official posting from the church here: Many of you might recognize the name of this church, as it is the home church of the David Crowder Band.

The following is a small blurb from the blog of Mark O. from Youth Specialties:

Kyle was in the baptismal tank during the church service, and was somehow electrocuted (it’s a bit unclear how this happened, at this point). he shouted out for help and went under. doctors in the congregation immediately came up to try to help, and kyle was transported to a local hospital. but he didn’t make it — he passed away.

I can't imagine what Kyle's family is going through right now, as well as the entire church family at University Baptist Church. So in your comings and goings for the next little while, lift up Kyle and his family in prayer...that healing will occur, and that through the life Kyle lived...many will come to know Jesus as their personal Lord & Saviour.

Soli Deo Gloria,


Wednesday, October 26, 2005


In what seems to be a sad turn of events for Christendom, yet another person is attempting to cash in on the already uber saturated Christian "kitch" market. Last week I mused over Rick Warren's quote soon to be found on a Starbucks cup, and I was generally satisfied with Rick's passion to share God's purpose for people's lives en mass.

This week I stumbled accross this site promoting the new iBelieve. This cross-shaped plastic cap replaces the standard usb cap for you ipod Shuffle. This appears to be the latest installment in the ever growing line of Jesus paraphanelia. Now instead of just listening to your "Christian Music" you can wear the gaughty white cross around your neck! I know for many of my peers who lived out their teen years in the 1990's many of us fell slave to the W.W.J.D fad that marketed almost everything on the face of the earth. This trend seems to not be going away, but rather is escalating on a daily basis. I understand that people need to earn a living, but I question why it seems that so many of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ want to make a quick buck by selling their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ JUNK. Wearing a W.W.J.D. bracelt doesn't make you a Christian, neither does wearing the iBelieve, and neither does you eating at McDonalds make you a hamburger! You get the point?

It's at these times when I see this mass-marketing of Christian "kitch"that I am reminded of words to an old classic hymn...

"...and they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love...and they'll know we are Christians by our love..."

or maybe we should just all look at what God's Word has to say about this:

"But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1st Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

I don't know if I'm the only one out there who feels this strongly about the overwhelming amount of Jesus-Junk that's out there, but before you consider buying anything from a Christian retail store, check the motives of your heart...because that's what God truly cares about...



P.S. For those who may be skeptical of this site and may just brush it off as a hoax, this is the personal site for the guy from (he lives in Portland). Click Here:

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

God & Starbucks

There are many things in this world that I love...and it appears that 2 of them are soon to "become one" so to speak. Nothing beats walking into the local starbucks on a cool fall morning, or during an evening snow walk in winter. That aroma of freshly brewed coffee warms your soul even prior to the first smooth sip. Though coffee may "warm my soul" nothing quite invigorates my life quite like that of my faith in God. As I aluded to in my title, it appears that God's going mainstream "a la" starbucks style.

In a news article from USA Today (read it here) Pastor Rick Warren, author of the book "Purpose Driven Life" submitted a quote for Starbuck's "The Way I See It" campaign that encouraged people from all walks of life and faith to submit a quote to appear on their cups. Pastor Warren's was one of the selected quotes and reads as follows:

"You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your real purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance and our destiny."
- The Rev. Rick Warren for Starbucks

Starbucks does go on to issue a disclaimer saying the thoughts and opinions expressed by these people do not necessarily reflect the views of Starbucks. I am happy to see that the Christian faith is alive and kicking in todays post-Christian culture. Too often I see many Christians "shy away" from pop-culture, feeling that anything we try to do won't get noticed. The Purpose Driven campaign that our church participated in last year did wonders for so many people. I applaud Rick Warren for submitting his quote (as I sit here and wonder how many other Christians submitted one...) As Christians we cannot even assume that people who are our neighbours, co-workers, even friends know really who God is. I feel that we need to use common language that speaks to today's culture, and that will engage today's culture in dialogue. I don't see much room for "Thou, Thee & Thy" and other outdated wordings, but take it from Eugene H. Peterson's "The Message"

Romans 9:25-26
I'll call nobodies and make them somebodies;
I'll call the unloved and make them beloved.
In the place where they yelled out, "You're nobody!"
they're calling you "God's living children."

So I as muse over this news article this morning (sans coffee unfortunately) I look forward to seeing Rick's thought's on my next Venti Cafe Mocha, and pray that it's not simply coffee that gives you that "perk" of energy, but rather God giving you life to its fullest as he promises.



Tuesday, October 18, 2005

mmmm...this just in!

Drivng to work this morning I noticed a sign in the vacant spot of land that is next to the White Spot Restaurant saying that there will be an Old Spaghetti Factory in Spring/Summer 2006. For those who do not know the geographical layout of 200th Street & 91A Ave. (Where my church is located) we are right next door to the White Spot. This means that now I will have a CHOICE when I want to go out for a lunch with someone! WOO HOO!!!! Stay tuned for more details and maybe even some construction pictures as the time gets closer to its Grand Opening.

Residents of Walnut Grove rejoice...for now we have a dinner choice!


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

we're in the news

Our Youth Group made it into the local Langley Newspapers this past week!!!! Both the Langley Advance & the Langley Times had pictures and a brief blurb about us. We were at the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival on Saturday scooping the 10,000 pounds of cranberries that were for sale! This was an awesome opportunity for our youth to serve the community and connect with many unique people that make up the town of Fort Langley. We had a lot of fun, and realized that raw cranberrties are VERY tart and bitter. It was really fun watching little kids take and eat one, and then to watch as if their face was caving in! Praise God that it didn't rain!

I was so proud of our group for all their hard work. I really hope that we'll be able to come back next year and help out.

To read more about the festival click here & here:



Sunday, October 09, 2005


I absolutely love this cartoon!

I hope that for all of you out there (who for some reason read my blog), enjoy a spectacular thanksgiving with family and friends. I have so much to be thankful for this year...especially for my beautiful wife. Charity and I are off to my parents place in Ladner for our dinner tonight. mmmm....I love this time of year!

2nd Corinthians 4:15
"...And as God's grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory."

One questions remains...

White Meat OR Dark Meat???



Friday, October 07, 2005

BC Teachers Strike

Well today in the eyes of many students is one of the greatest days ever imagined: a teachers strike has started. But as many students are probably just waking up as it approaches 11am this morning many teachers have been on the picket lines since 5am. BC Teachers voted an overwhelming 90.5% in favour of striking. B.C. teachers have been subjected to imposed contracts four times since 1993, and are currently asking for a 15% wage increase (govt. officials are offering zero and frozen wages untill June 2006.

Much of this debate between the BCTF and Government stems from the legislation of Education as an "essential service." Jinny Simms, BCTF spokesperson had these comments:

"The United Nations and international bodies do not recognize education as an essential service under the industrial model," "But we do believe education is essential. It's because we believe it is essential for our students to get a quality education program that our teachers are prepared to take this very brave stand."

I have to mention that I do stand behind the teachers on this one. Mainly because my mom has been a teacher for almost 30 years! (Something I am darn proud of her about!) I have heard too many times the crap that she has been put through, and it's about time that our Government wakes up and sees how hard it is to effectively teach a classroom of over 30+ students. I hope that this ends quickly, but not through govt. imposed that studends (especially those in Grade 12) can get back to school and receive the education that they need.

CTV News
National Post
A Parent Who Supports the Strike
BC Teachers
BC Teachers Federation

Give a honk of support if you see teachers walking the picket lines!



Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Let down at Blessings...again

Many of you know my dissatisfaction with Blessings Christian Marketplace. Well today I went there bright and early at 9am when the doors opened to purchase the new David Crowder CD "A Collision" (Who wouldn't want this awesome CD?)


The ONLY reason I went to Blessings to purcahse the CD, was because my awesome friend Andrew Haak snagged a $10 dollar Gift Certificate for me at the TFK concert that was in Abbotsford a few weeks back. (THANKS BUDDY!!!) So I price= $12.79 - $10 Gift Certificate =CHEAP CD!!!

Well...I walk into the store, and ask the sales associate where their David Crowder CD's are. Her reply "We won't be getting them in for at least a couple of days" Apparently they've been misplaced. ARRRGGHHH. How can they do this to me? I look online at House of James and they've got 150 IN STOCK. Why can't House of James open a new store in Langley and make this Christian music obsessed Youth Pastor happy? Anyways, so now they have my number and will call me whenever it comes in. It's almost worth paying the extra cash to get it today...but then again I'm a poor pastor so cheaper is always better.

So I wait...maybe God is teaching me to be more patient...all I know is that it's going to be even fewer and far between before I shop at Blessings Christian Marketplace anytime in the near future.

Blessings, (pun intended)


Spectacular news...Blessings somehow managed to find the "misplaced" David Crowder CD's and when our church secretary was down in Langley she pikced my copy up!!!! WOO HOO. Now I am a happy-musically-obsessed-Youth Pastor.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Hear me out folks...

The other day I was flippin' thru the TV channels and stumbled accross a little promo moment about Switchfoot's new album "Nothing is Sound." I purcahsed this album right at 9:30am last Tuesday at HMV for $9.99 (since our Christian store was selling it for $12.79) and if you read one of my earliest blogs about Blessings Christian Marketplace then you'll understand why I didn't purchase it there!

Anyways, back on track. The program that the album was getting some promo on was Much Music's "Much On Demand" co-hosted by Matte Babel. During the show he was giving a brief synopsis of the album for the viewers. I cannot say verbatim what Matte said but the words that he did say have rung clear in my head for days...

"This new album by switchfoot is filled with rock infused lyrics that ring out with teenage angst...blah blah blah...then he concludes his synopsis with saying that this album (and the teenage-angst-lyrics) will have you hating your parents by the end of it."

In the words of "the Champ"...I loose it...!

I could not believe that this was the promo that Switchfoot was getting live on air at Much Music! Immediately I began to pray for those who go out to purchase this album that God will grab ahold of them and serious work miracles in their hearts through the lyrics. I have listened to the entire album and cannot find much if anything that would stir up hatred for ones parents. This kind of review just makes me wanna scream!

In an interview done for Christian Music Planet magazine: frontman Jon Foreman said this "We have always tried to make music that resonates with the church and the mainstream," Foreman says. "That is what Switchfoot is about."

I agree with Jon whole-heartidly...and I hope that those who are devoted fans of switchfoot will continue to support this great band by purcahsing their CD. I don't wanna run on and on and on with this rant so I'm gonna cut it off now.

Thanks for hearing me out:


Wednesday, September 14, 2005


On Friday September 9th...21 students gathered for what soon became the messiest, and stinkiest youth event ever imagined here at in.sight youth ministry. As the countdown went...3...2....1....GO !!! The students ran towards a table filled with food...and in a matter of seconds the food was FLYING EVERYWHERE.

It looks like Allison really enjoys mustard...but Tiana on the other hand seems to prefer good ol' Heinz Ketchup...that or she was just about to squirt Allison in order to give her that "perfect hotdog" smell...mmm!

You should have seen the colour of the water when we rinsed out the hair of Justin & Rebecca. These two deffinately went hard core...and smelt rotten to the core by then end of the food fight.

Here they all are...(well minus a few people who were desperate to change and clean off). Congratulations to everyone who came out and enojyed the nastiest...smelliest....groosest event we've ever had. I think we'll have to outdo outselves next year...any one interested?

*This coming Friday we're going up to Maple Ridge for the annual Water War. This year we're gonna have around 3 THOUSAND water balloons! It's gonna be a wet one...

If anyone wants to see more pictures of the event just leave me a message or email me at

P.S. If you wonder how we cleaned up most of the mess...I left it there for the birds to eat! They seem to love mushy cake, hotdogs, and piles of pudding!



Monday, August 29, 2005

Back to life...Back to reality

Well my vacation is over...and tommorow I get back to work. It has been really great to spend much desired quality time with my wife and close friends. Before we left for vacation we enjoyed watching our close friends Nate & Kristie get married. (see picture) They had a wonderful ceremony and an awesome outdoor reception--which included some yummy fruits and cheescake...drool! They wouldn't tell me where they were going for their honeymoon, but they get the priviledge of spending the next 8 months out at Briercrest in that wasteland they call Saskatchewan (obvious sarcasm about it being a priviledge). I can't wait to get them home over Christmas so that Chairty and I can do a double-date. They are such an awesome couple...and Nate if you read this...I love ya bro!

After their wedding Chairty and I drove down to Portland for our vacation. Needless to say that the best 2 days of weather were the days we drove down their and back again. We spent some time downtown cruising the malls...lots of shopping=FUN. We did get the chance on Wednesday to go west to Cannon Beach. This place is AMAZING. WOW...this was such a spectacular place to just relax and de-stress. I hope that these picutres give at least some small window into how magnificent this place really is. The rock formations that appear on Cannon Beach are called "Monoliths" The largest monolith on Cannon Beach is called "Haystack Rock" It truly is something spectacular to look at. Charity and I enjoyed a great picnic lunch on the beach, and then layed in the sun for a while. A little while later it started to get quite windy so we packed up our stuff and headed down Hwy. 101 towards Lincoln City for some Outlet Mall Adventures.

For those of you who wonder if we did indeed do everything I said we were going to do: according to my last's a recap.

We did visit Cannon Beach. We got to go on the Jet-Boat Ride (sorry no pictures: water+camera=not a good idea) We visited Pittock Mansion...and wow was that amazing. We did not get to eat at the sushi restaurant...but that's's not like I can't get sushi here. And we had the most romantic dinner at the best table that Portland City Grill had to offer. We had 180 degree views of the Portland Skyline. The food we ate was amazing: here's what we ate.

Tyler had: Dungeness Crab crusted Butterfish (Oven roasted with savory crab crust, saffron caper sauce, asparagus, and garlic mashed potatoes.

Charity had: Parmersan Crusted Seared Jumbo White Prawns. (With garlic mashed potatoes, roma tomato coulis, basil infused olive oil, and ginger balsamic reduction.

Needless to say this was an amazing meal. Overall it was a nice vacation. Too short..but often vacations are. It's good to be home, but we had a wonderful time in the Portland area, and were extremly grateful to our friends Matt & Becky for allowing us to stay at their place while we were down 2 are such great friends! After we got back into Langley, the very next day we attended the wedding of two great friends Dave & Annie. It was a lovely wedding ceremony, and an even lovelier wedding reception held at the Inn @ the Westminister Quay. The meal was catered by "The Boathouse" restaurant...and boy was it mmm mmm delicious. It was so great to see such amazing friends get married.

Needless to say this was one CRAZY week. I think our wedding quota for the year has been maxed out with having 2 weddings on back-to back weekends. Today I went out to lunch with my friend Matt Davies who was in Ottawa for the entire summer, and then we went back to his place and played GT4 & NHL '05 on his 50 inch TV. It was a lovely way to spend my day off. Well I think this post is long enough, so I'm gonna stop typing now...



Saturday, August 20, 2005

Vacation...WOO HOO

This will be my last blog posting for a while since Charity and I are heading down to Portland & Cannon Beach for a vacation. We'll be down there for just under a week. I am really looking forward to getting away and having a time of relaxation & refreshment.


If you really know my personality...there would be no way I could just simply go on vacation without planning much of the week in advance. So here's a couple of the things that we'll be doing while down in Oregon:

1) Visiting Cannon Beach
2) Going on a Jet-Boat ride on the Willamette River
3) Visiting Historic Pittock Mansion
4) Having lunch at the most amazing All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Buffet: Todai
5) Dinning at Portland most spectacular Restaurant: Portland City Grill
6) SHOPPING (Oregon is TAX FREE) I would link you to a site, but we're going to so many's not really worth it!
...and many other exciting things.

I'll post some pictures and write more about it when we are home next week. Please pray for a safe drive there and back, and that Charity and I can have a well deserved & needed time of relaxing.



Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Creation Fest West 2005 Recap...

*Well it appears that I can load pics onto this site here's a tweaked + pics version of the update I did yesterday*

Creation Fest was an amazing it always is. I was able to have lunch on the way up with the entire group from the David Crowder Band (see the picture above). Needless to say this was a pretty wicked way to start off my trip. Two things I realized after sitting down and chatting with David:

1) The guy is sooo skinny!
2) It almost seems like hair explodes off his face!

One of the dads in our group requested that they play "Oh Praise Him" which they did that night. And I was uber excited becaue I wanted them to play "Come thou Fount" which they also did!

I was a little dissapointed that Shawn McDonald wasn't able to attend. He apparently had a family emergency and was unable to perform at the Late Night Café. Also I did not manage to get down to see Cademon's Call. Two groups that really impressed me were Mercy Me & Casting Crowns (whose flight was cancelled on them, and they only managed to play 4 songs of their set). Overall the music was good. There were deffinately some bands that weren't there that I would have enjoyed hearing...but I can't be too picky. God did amazing things in the lives of the students that went down. This is always a highlight of their summer (mine as well).

I enjoyed being able to hang out with a bunch of the bands in the Interlinc Youth Leaders Only VIP tent. This place is amazing. They give you unlimited ice-cold pop and water all the time, and the entire place is AIR CONDITIONED!!! You also get to connect with bands and youth ministry guru's like Duffy Robbins. (see the picture above) It was awesome to connect with someone who has been doing Youth Minsitry for over 30 years! I appreciated all that he shared.

One of the best memories I have from the trip was our GIANT water fight on the Thursday. Oddly enough after the water fight they really began to ration water quite severly...some say they were having trouble with one of their wells... I think we just used up all the water...oops! We went at it for over 2 hours with absolutely everyone from the group getting soaked by the end of it. Nothing beats the intense heat of Easter Washington with a good soaking!
Charity and I went down to the mosh pit to go check our Starfield (a great Canadian Band)and as we were standing there only feet from the stage we began to notice that the drummer looked really familiar. It turns out that it is a friend of ours from Briercrest: Gordie Cochrane. (see picture below)After the concert we yelled to get his attention and were able to chat with him quickly before they went to an autograph sinning. It was really amazing to see him finally get the chance to drum in such a great band. If you've never heard of Starfield I reccommend that you link to their site above and listen to some of their tunes...or better yet just go by their won't be dissapointed. These guys are deffinately a band that God is blessings immensly.

There is so much more that I could write, but I am just so blown away at how refreshing this time was, and how God was so present in the lives of the bands, speakers, and organizers. I deffinately look forward to the next Creation Fest. If you've never been...GO.



Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Creation Fest !!!

In only a matter of hours 30 students & parents will be leaving behind Langley BC and heading off to one of the most spectacular festivals this earth has ever seen. This will be my wife's and my third time going to Creation Fest. The weather looks like it will be stupid hot and incredibly sunny. For those who have never are deffinately mising out! For those of you who have been...I know you would agree with me in saying that you would deffinately go back!

I am looking forward to seeing the David Crowder Band, Caedmon's Call, and Shawn Mcdonald. And one of the best perks of being a Youth Pastor is the Youth Leaders Only VIP tent. The full access pass that I get ensures that I will have free flowing ice-cold pop & water and the chance to meet a few of the bands that will be performing during the week. This VIP area is every Youth Pastors dream...and the dream of every student who isn't allowed in! HA HA HA!

Please be in prayer as we drive accross the USA border and for all the drivers as we leave at 6am. I am confidant God will do amazing things in the lives of the youth that are going. It's for moments like these that I live for as a Youth Pastor. I am sure that I will upload some pics once I am home...and after I take a very long nap to recover from the exhaustion.



Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Green Tea Frappuccino

Maybe the first thought that went through your head when you saw this somehow ties in with Dr. Seuss and his famous story about Green Eggs & Ham, but let me assure you this Frappuccino deffinately is worth the try!

I must admit I am a Starbucks fannatic. Not to the extent where I am blowing my entire income on a daily dose of caffinated concoctions...but I will say that every now and then I do enjoy the splurge! If that mermaid on the Starbucks logo ever went shot for shot with Tim Horton...I think she'd tail slap him to the ground!

oh...right...back to what I started to talk about. My wife and I went to Starbucks here in Walnut Grove last night and my friend who works there suggested that I try the Green Tea Frappuccino. This frap blends Matcha green tea with a hint of sweet melon... the results are amazing!

If you're a fan of Starbucks, but you've gotten bored of their usual beverages...try one of my wife's favourite creations:

* Start with ordering a Vanilla Bean Blended Crème Frappuccino. Add Java Chips. Add a half pump of peppermint...blend...voila! This one tastes like a Cookies & Creme Frappuccino!

Well that's enough of my product placement for one day. This blog entry has been fairly un-informative...but hey...sometimes in life ya just don't feel like thinking much!

For more information on this drink click here:

Drink up!


Friday, July 15, 2005

A Theological Worldview

So I stumbled accross a blog site that had a link to this somewhat sketchy--not 100% reliable test to determine your theological worldview. Needless to say I took the test, and to my surprise my theological worldview falls mostly in line with the Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan tradition. Here is what the little blurb says:

You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Apart from the last sentence about being heavly influence by John Wesley & the Methodists (both of which I have not studied much about) I would agree somewhat that it does describe adequatly my theological worldview. My second highest catagory that I agree with was that of Emergent/Postmodern. I do enjoy reading books by current Emergent authors like that of Brian D. Mclaren and Don Miller. There is much to say about how we as Christians "do church"--as I posted several days ago. Being a Pastor I wrestle daily with how I manage my time. Far to much of it seems to be spent on administry (play on the word administration) rather than minsitry. Far too many Christians seem to be pre-occupied with selling you the latest Boble-Head Jesus, the newest WWJD bracelet fad, or other kitch that really is of little use. (Afterall we can't take it with us!)

I can only pray that in the years to come that I find that passion that Jesus had to love those that the world hated. I have not yet met anyone who doesn't want to be loved. If only we as modern day Jesus-followers could love with an authentic love for those who need it most. If Jesus could make that much of an impact in only 3 years of ministry; I pray that God will bless my efforts as I minister in this local church, and local community.

Oh and for those who were thinking the whole way through...where's the link to that freaking quiz? Click here:



Thursday, July 14, 2005

Would you wear a KILT?

Now for those of you who know me probably know that I have a slight obsession about shopping...mainly for new clothes. I do enjoy hitting up some of my favorite stores here in Lanlgey (since they have practicaly everything). BUT, while checking out the blog of Mark Oestreicher, president of Youth Specialties I came accross The Utilikilt.

I have seen many a kilt in my day. Being of both Scottish & Irish decent I know that there is a McKenzie tartan print, as well as a Tyler plaid print that I have seen. Yet nothing prepared me for the Utilikilt. The Seattle based company that makes these has been in business since August 2000, and they seem to be becoming quite popular...I'm still not too sure if I'll be sporting one of them anytime soon...but they do seem really unique.

Check out the site, and give me your feedback as to what you think about the Utilikilt.

I'm outta here:

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

1500 Sheep Leap to their Death!!!

Sometimes it's best to not ask questions: like why would 1500 sheep (one after another) all leap off a massive cliff to their death? Maybe it was just one of those days...

Check it out here

Hope you don't have a baaaaad day...I'm feeling a little sheepish!

No more puns...I promise:

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

What is Church???

Today (July 5th 2005) marks my 1 year anniversary of being the Youth Pastor at Northwest Langley Baptist Church. As you can see in the picture, some of these days are pretty rediculous, often hillarious, and generally phenominal. *For those who are wanting to know what exactly I am pointing your best guess here: ____________________.

This has been a year of seeing God work in some pretty amazing ways. I have seen one of my students re-commit his life to Christ after a sermon I preached. I have seen our students share their faith openly and with confidence. We have done some pretty wacky events, and I have drank more then my fair share of Coke's and Coffee's while chatting with students. It hasn't been a magic carpet ride this entire year either. I have learned many lessons this year, and am greatful to God for keeping me teachable through them all.

BUT...through all of this...I still labour and toil to figure out "how do we do this thing called church?" Here's a blurb that might shed some light onto this topic:

The essence of the church is that it is a community of people empowered by God on a mission striving to establish the reign of God on this earth. We must not be confused with local businesses in our area whose goal is to meet the needs of individual consumers. We do not exist to market a product or provide a service amidst a free market. Instead, our efforts focus on engaging the culture in which we live and transforming it by lives incarnating the person of Jesus Christ. We are grounded in a specific place, Langley, BC, where we can be a community who critiques and affirms both the culture and the church.


In our quest of knowing God, at times this could mean Encouraging, Inspiring, Helping, Inviting, Questioning, Reassuring, Fortifying, Disputing, Empowering, Struggling. People... We desire to be a bridge in which the gospel continues to be passed on from older to younger generations in the Langley area. However, we not only desire to be an impact locally, but globally as well as we strive to connect the gospel with other communities outside Western culture. By "people" we are not only referring to those in need of redemption, but also that those redeemed might be pressed on in the journey of knowing Christ. Know God... In this phrase lies the whole of Christianity - the means, the end, the goal, the meaning of life itself - as the apostle Paul said "that I may know Him." We would differentiate between a knowledge of God and "to know God," for the mission and goal of our lives is not found in a knowledge but in a knowing - an ongoing relationship with Christ that lives and breathes. We realize that the only lasting satisfaction in life comes from a life that has centered its entire reality around Jesus Christ.

*referenced from University Baptist Church* with slight geographical alterations.

This is only year one of much more jouneying to find an answer. To all my fellow friends who share in my passion to see this generation of students become passionate followers of Jesus; continue to do so knowing that our labour is Kingdom work! Blessings to all of you. I hope that this blog posting has inspired you, or at best challenged you to figure out the answer to "how do we do church" for youself.

1st Thessalonians 2:8 (TNIV) " we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well."

Soli Deo Gloria:


Wednesday, June 29, 2005


Something worth reading...

Red Bull was invented by Dietrich Mateschitz, an Austrian, in 1984 based on a Thai beverage called Krating Daeng. It is was originally manufactured by a pharmaceutical company who received 51% of the firm in exchange for making the product.

RB was introduced to the world in 1987, originally marketted towards young urban professionals. 18 years later, RB's advertising focuses on its "stimulant properties."Advertising pitched the drink as being 'youthful', was given to DJ's and handed out at parties. They even went as far as intentionally leaving empties at key locactions in trendy clubs. Now RB pours a lot of its advertising into (extreme) sports, everything from "soapbox events to Formula One". How much money does it spend on advertising? About $400,000,000 last year. It is safe to say that RB created a market, a market of which it know owns 70-90%. That works out to making $1.3 billion in sales last year alone.

The ads say that RB will "give you wings." It has been nicknamed "liquid speed" and "crack in a can", but consumers buy it because it is an "energy drink."
RB, they claim, is for any occassion when you need a jolt of energy: take one when you're studying or driving late to stay away, have some to fight the effects of jet lag, take it as a boost before a race or work out, or drink while partying.
All the ingredients, they say, are natural and healthy, when consumed according to the recommendations.

The three main ingredients in RB are caffiene, taurine, and glucuronolactone. There is 80 mg of caffiene in each can (3 times the regular amount to a can of Coke or about 2 cups of coffee), 1000 mg of a taurine (an amino acid), and 600 mg glucuronolactone (a carbohydrate). The last two are supposedly detoxins and naturally occur in the human body. Also in RB are a handful of vitamins that speed up your metabolism (support energy production). On paper, this drink would definitely keep anyone awake and give their body a jolt.

The drink was approved for sale in Canada, but with strings attached. Though the ingredients are natural, in RB they are all synthetically produced. At least three countries have banned RB completely (Norway, Denmark, and France) because there has been no studies into the long term effects of how caffiene, taurine, and glucuronolactone interact in the body.

In France, rats, when fed taurine, were observed demonstrating "anxiety, irritability, high senstivity to noise and worst of, self-mutilations."RB is being promoted as an energy drink, "but it doesn't replenish the body after physical exertion", like drinks such as Gatorade etc. In fact, because of the large amounts of caffiene, RB actually dehydrates the body, never good for anyone who is about to engage in some serious activity. But further, a dehydrated body under physical exertion places strain on the heart.

In 2000, an 18 year-old in Limerick, Ireland died after drinking 4 cans of RB before a basketball game. The connection between his death and RB has never been proven, but the report said he died of Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome, "sudden death due to cardiac arrest brought on by a arrhythmic episode" (that's when your heart doesn't beat regularly).
In Sweden, the National Food Adminstration is investigating RB after it has been "linked to three deaths." Two people died after mixing it with large amounts of vodka, while another died while drinking RB after working out.
All of a sudden RB's marketting ploy of associating with extreme sports seems hypocritical at best, criminal at worst.

In Canada, at least two cases of serious health problems have been reported after drinking RB, but Health Canada refuses to say what happened and why.
RB is commonly now being mixed with alcohol at raves, dances, and bars around the world. Says a bar owner in Toronoto, RB & Vodka is the trendy drink of choice.
The RB warning label says "not recommended to mix with alcohol," by why then did RB apply to be sold in Alberta liqour stores?
The danger is that both caffiene and alcohol are diuretics, and the combination can lead to dehydration and damage to heart muscle.
There is danger in also mixing a stimulant (caffiene) with a depressant (alcohol). College students have turned to mixing RB with alcohol as a means of getting high without getting sleepy, drinking longer, and combating hangovers. But hangovers are a result of dehydration, which would only get worse with consumed caffiene. And since large amounts of caffiene will increase your heart rate and blood pressure, simultaneously consuming large amounts of alcohol will put your body under a huge stress as it is getting served mixed messages.Studies show that RB does not reduce nor reverse the affects of alcohol on the body, contrary to popular belief.
That said, dieticians will admit that mixing RB with alcohol will not harm the drinker if consumed in moderate amounts, but encourage people to mix it with non-alcoholic beverages to stave off dehydration.
RB Sales Reps have been heard to promote the mixing of RB & vodka "off the record" when the cameras aren't rolling, prompting Health Canada to put RB and its advertising practices under review.

I have never seen Coke or Starbucks sold with disclaimers for children and pregnant mothers, though both definitely could harm young children and unborn babies if comsumed excessively. Nor have I ever heard of anyone dying because they drank 4 Cokes before a basketball game. In fact, when I hear the warning label written out on the back of RB, I immediately associate it in my mind with alcohol and cigarettes, which carry a similar kind of warning to those people (but written by Mr. Surgeon General).
Furthermore, I might go as far as to say that it is healthier for the individual to comsume 4 cans of beer than it is to have 4 cans of RB. Please note I'm not endorsing the drinking of alcohol, especially since I find beer revolting! With the alcohol you'll have bad breath, maybe will puke, lose any sense of motor skills so physical exertion is out of the question, most likely have a headache the next day, and if it becomes a habit you will develop a disgusting gut and a slowly dying liver. But for the excessive drinker of RB, you have immediate and serious heart concerns, that, depending on any previous conditions or level physical exertion, could prove fatal. Excessive and uninformed drinking of RB has been known to serious harm and to kill. It's your choice.

Drink Responsibly. Please.

My Sources:

*Used with permission from my friend Andrew Haak*

Monday, June 27, 2005


For your viewing pleasure...

So I went to the Dentist today, and I was quite impressed with the latest technological advancements. I need to mention that my dentist is a member of my church which does make the visit a little more enjoyable. They took x-rays of my mouth, and later this afternoon I received this picture in my inbox. Apparentely my dentist has a lot of time on his hands if he can sit there and create these images and send them to his patients! Or maybe I'm special??? Either way it looks like my chompers aren't doing to well. Maybe it was two or three too many slurpees, or venti mocha frappuchino's???? Hmmmm.
Let this be a lesson to all of us...that flossing is not a disputable matter. Other wise we better think about investing in some polident for your dentures sooner then later. And for those who were wondering what those big white spots are in the x-ray those are fillings from past cavities. Looks like I need to listen to my own advice! Hopefully this will be my last trip to the dentist for a little while.
Brush at least twice a day:

Thursday, June 16, 2005

BIRTHDAY PRANK #1 who did this?

I am pretty sure that no one's gonna own up to filling my office with chairs, toilet paper (you could have at least used 2-ply), and massive amounts of balloons. Apparently the pumpkin head to my left in that picture is supposed to be me. Maybe I should have just left the head taped to the chair then take the whole day off...d'oh! So whoever came in late last night, or early this morning your prank is greatly appreciated, and you sure know how to make an old fart like me feel young again...well maybe 24 isn't that old.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY...Youth Ministry Style!

It took me 21 minutes to clean this all up. Of course most of that time was spent poping balloons and freaking out our Secretary and Sr. Pastor! WOO HOO.

Sunday, June 05, 2005


It was a real mixed bag of emotions yesterday as I handed over the keys to Jimmy's new owner. This SUV was my very first vehicle that I've ever owned, and I have so many fond memories of our times spent together. For those of you who know Jimmy you may be wondering if I sold it with the stereo system...the answer is YES. Thankfully the new owner lives right here in Walnut Grove so at least I'll see Jimmy cruising the streets some more! I never knew how attached I had gotten to my first vehicle, but at least I know Jimmy has a good home now. For those who are wondering what I have purchased to replace Jimmy...I have 2 words for you Vokswagen Passat. (scroll down)

Well as you can see from the first half of this post I did sell my Jimmy and now I am the proud owner of a Volkswagen Passat GLX. It is deffinately a change having driven my GMC Jimmy for the past 5 years to now driving a VW Passat. I have always thought about owning a VW for a while...since a few of my friends own them and they are known to be great cars. I originally considered purchasing a Jetta since that is the car many of my friends own. But for someone who is 6'2" I needed something with a little more space. This is where a Passat fits perfectly. They are quite more spacious then the Jetta, and this model in perticular comes with a shwack load of extra goodies!

I purchased to Passat about a week ago now, but since then it has been at a local garage called Auto Folks ( getting some much needed repairs done. Somethings are just common sense when you purchase a used vehicle, but this one had a few surprises up its sleaves. If you want to hear the whole story about what we've found wrong with this car please email me: Thankfully we got a BCAA inspection done prior to the purchase and as it turns out half of the costs for repairs will be covered by BCAA because they mucked up on their inspection. WOO HOO. I have been so blessed through this whole time, even though it has deffinately not been the easiest week on both Charity and I.

One thing that I love about my new Passat is that it comes with a whole bunch of things that I never had when I owned the Jimmy:

1) Cruise Control
2) Air Conditioning
3) Leather Interior
4) Heated Seats
5) Sunroof
6) 4 Doors
7) and many other things...

For anyone who is reading this...I warn you now NOT to read into the fact that I bought a family car (shrug) I HATE that word. If I really wanted a family vehicle I would have gone out and bought a MiniVan. This is one sweet ride...and I am excited to see all that it can do. Afterall it was built in Germany, and these cars are designed for the Autobahn!!!

Drivers Wanted:


Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Does it Stand for "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden"?

Did the word "golf" originate as an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden"? That's a common old wives' tale. Or, in this case, more likely an old husband's tale. No, "golf" is not an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden." If you've ever heard that, forget it immediately. Better yet, find the person who told you and let them know it's not true. Like most modern words, the word "golf" derives from older languages and dialects. In this case, the languages in question are medieval Dutch and old Scots. The medieval Dutch word "kolf" or "kolve" meant "club." It is believed that word passed to the Scots, whose old Scots dialect transformed the word into "golve," "gowl" or "gouf." By the 16th Century, the word "golf" had emerged.

Now that you've read something almost completely useless...I figured this would be a great time to talk about a sport that I absolutely love. So much infact that my parents have recently purachsed for me 5 private golf lessons with a CPGA pro at Redwoods in Langley--see above picture or go to their site: ( Here's hoping that I can improve my swing, and acheive better control and distance. So for the next 5 weeks I'll be learning how much I suck, and how much better I need to become. If anyone reading this wants to go wack some balls at the Driving Range or do a round of 9/18 just let me know! I'm game!



Tuesday, May 17, 2005


If you're eligable then get off your lazy duff today and go vote. I am reminded of a friend who recently told me the story of when his family adopted 2 older Romanian girls. Shortly after receiving their Canadian citizenship there was an election called. My friend told me that going to the polling station and seeing these 2 girls vote for the first time and the joy and excitement that came from now living in a free & democratic country will forever change the way he feels about voting. We must realize that we are blessed to live in a country like Canada.

I don't perticularly care who you vote for today...but I do challenge you to realize that you have the priviledge & freedom to vote.



Monday, May 09, 2005

Would You Rather...?

More Would You Rather...

Every week at our Wednesday Night Small Group time we kick off the night with a round of "would you rather_______________? This is an amazing book written and compiled by Doug Fields and many others. I thought it would be fun to put one up here and see what kind of reaction I get. The one rule simple answers. You must tell your reason(s) why you would rather do one of the 2 choices.

"Would you rather...Have all your TV channels permanently show infomercials, or TV Evangelists?"

I look forward to hearing your responses!


Friday, May 06, 2005

Sleep Deprivation...and friends.

This week has been one where I did not get to bed before 1am for 4 consecutive days. The reason behind this has been my friend Jeff Gullacher was in town for a ministry conference at Regent College ( I was the Youth Ministry Intern under Jeff out in Lethbridge a few years ago, and Jeff was the Pastor who married Charity and I. It was great to see him again, and to sit down in the evenings and chat about all that God is doing in the lives of our students until the wee hours of the morning.

I have realized through this week how neet friendships are. Jeff and I have talked occasionaly since we saw each other last July but once he was here this week, it was as if no time had passed. I want to encourage everyone who reads this to connect with a friend that they haven't talked to/or seen in a while. I am no saint in this area and have struggled like many to find time to connect with old friends.

I will leave you with some wise words...

"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship."
- Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saturday, April 30, 2005


Being a Pastor I am often in need of purchasing curiculum, CD's, devotional books, etc. I have always appreciated having a variety of Christian stores in the Lower Mainland to choose from. Now having been here for 10 months I was wondering why I hadn't called the various stores to get my name on their flyer mailout list.

I called the various stores and had no problem getting back onto their mailout lists. However, one store has really soured my opinion of them because of how they decide who receives their mailouts. Blessings Christian Marketplace ( did not have my name on file, and couldn't give me an exact answer when I called them a few days ago. Last night they left a message on my answering machine detailing why I probably hadn't received one.

*This is NOT verbatim what they said...but my best recollection*

The woman on my answering machine said that the store only sends out a couple of large scale mailouts per year, but they only try to target those who spend larger amounts of money in their stores. She said that in order for me to ensure that I received their next mailout I would need to come into their store more often and spend a good deal more money. This is what got me ticked off. So as a Christian the only way that I could get a flyer which would tell me of times when I could save my money and be a good steward of the funds God has entrusted me with (which is a Biblical principle), I would need to spend even more money? My church does not have a million dollar budget here...and any funds that we can save can be used in many other areas.

I couldn't believe that this was her answer...I need to spend more money then I already do in order to get the priviledge (note sarcasm) to be on their mailout list. I am now considering making the majority of my purchases from House of James ( in Abbotsford or Celebration ( in Surrey. I thought it was bad enough when Blessings started to open their stores on Sunday's (Does anyone remember that thing called The Sabbath?)

This may just be me rambling, but it saddens me to think that even Christianity is controlled by the All-Mighty Dollar Sign $$$.

I'm Out:


Wednesday, April 27, 2005

My Graduation Weekend

Well like I promised here are some pics from my Grad weekend out in Saskatchewan. I couldn't believe how sunny and warm it was. Some said it was the nicest Grad weekend in almost 20 years. This was a great time to see many of my friends again and hear so many great stories of how Jesus Christ has been working in their lives and in the lives of so many others on campus. I'm gonna miss that place, (well mostly the people), but during those 3 years on campus I must say it is their that I came to a far greater understanding of how someone like me can by used by God for amazing things! What a great chapter to add to my book of life.

Marv Penner and I (He is the Chair of the Youth Ministry
department at Briercrest. This man is a true fountain
of Youth Ministry wisdom.