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 been...you 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 well...you 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 at...place 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) "...so 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: