Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Back from T.O.

Well late last night I flew home from Toronto. I had such a great time out there. Here's a little recap of what all happened.

We flew into Toronto early on Thursday morning. We picked up our rental car at 7am and drove to Niagara Falls. What happens though when you get three guys together who are really make shirts that say "Viagara Falls." This probably is pretty stupid to you, but it sure made us laugh for hours.

Once we left Niagara we drove for what felt like hours through small towns (each of which had a Tim Hortons...which ONLY accept cash in Ontario!) Soon after driving for ever we connected onto the 401 highway which has a posted speed of 100km/h but I won't get into the details of how fast you need to go just in order to keep up with the flow of traffic.

Late that evening we arrived in Blenheim, and were really excited about the up-coming wedding. The day turned out to be great for the rain, not totally freezing, but sadly no snow. Everything went so smoothly for the wedding, and it was an awesome day.

The ceremony went amazing, and the reception was SOOO much fun. Corey and Erin looked amazing, and you could tell that this marriage was meant to be. I can't wait to see all the photo's of the Bridal Party...there's gonna be some great ones.

After the wedding was over, Tim, Jason, and I drove up to Toronto. Tim spent the day with us, and then flew home. Jason and I were able to connect with my dad's best friend and his wife who live just north of the city. We got to see so much of the city of Toronto, and as well connect with a friend of mine that I hadn't seen in over 10 years. We walked up and down Yonge Street, rode the Subway, ate in Little Italy with my friend Laura, shopped for ourselves, shopped for our wives because we shopped for ourselves, and got to go to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This was something that I was totally looking forward to. It was so much fun to walk around and see tons of authentic hockey memorabilia. We walked into the "Grand Hall" which houses all the NHL trophy's, and then proceeded to walk into "the vault" which houses the original bowl donated by Lord Stanley that created what we now know as the Stanley Cup, as well as the first few original rings from the first few years of the cup's existence.

After this we grabbed a great lunch at the Irish Embassy Pub & Grill across the street. Mmm, that was an amazing lunch. After this we just walked around a bit more, and then took the subway back to where we were staying. We flew out late Tuesday night, and were certainly glad to fly home to our wives. It was a great that I will remember forever. if this one trip wasn't enough...tomorrow night Charity and I fly out to Lethbridge for over a week for her family reunion. So...time to un-pack, and re-pack some clothes.

Have a Merry Christmas, as I'm doubtful to be blogging much while I'm away for the reunion, since it's taking place at a camp in the Rocky Mountains over an hour outside of town. I'll write more (obviously) when I return.



Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Vote For

If you're any bit a Vancouver Canucks fan then you'll surely know about the MASSIVE campaign underway to get Rory Fitzpatrick, one of their lack-luster defencemen, to the 2007 NHL All-Star game in Dallas.

What started out more as a gag, has ended up creating a whirlwind of activity with All-Star voters. What's crazy about this whole campaign is the amount of votes that he is getting. As of Dec. 12th Rory is in six place for vote getters among defencemen.

And it's not just a few random fans (like pictured above) that are getting this publicity going. The "Vote for Rory" campaign has a website, and even a small promo-clip on You Tube.

One can only imagine if all this effort will be worth it. But hey, the way the Canucks are playing right now...this is actually kinda exciting! So do you civic duty and go for Rory Fitzpatrick, and make Rory's mom proud! Go vote to get Rory into the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. If you want to hear what Rory thinks about this whole thing click here:

Here's a list of helpful links:

Official Website:

YouTube Promo Video:
Wikipedia Site: Vote Rankings:

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Well expect my blog to be a little quiet this next week. Tomorrow night I fly out to Toronto with two other buddies for our friend's Corey & Erin's wedding.

I haven't been to the Toronto area since I was six years old. I have no clue if I'll remember anything or not. Either way the 3 of us are renting a car, going to see Niagara Falls, maybe catch a Raptors game on Sunday, and who knows what else. It's gonna be a great trip though...that's for sure.

My poor wifey won't be able to come, 'cause she's got final exams this week. Please visit her and bring her food. I love you!

Have a great week...I know mine will rock...


Friday, December 08, 2006

Crucified Santa

Is it blasphemy or just a conversation piece? You decide.

If you've been paying attention to the news lately you'll surely have come across this new development that's currently sparking lots of controversy over on Vancouver Island.

Local artist and Metchosin resident Jimmy Wright has erected this crucified Santa on his front lawn. Obviously many parents of young children are pleading with him to take the display down. As a follower of Jesus this image impacts me in a variety of ways:

1) Yes, Santa is far too glorified during Christmas. And consumerism is far too rampant.

2) Parents are angry because their sons/daughters are upset that Santa is apparently dead on a cross...rather than getting ready to bring them lots of toys & goodies on his sleigh.

3) If children are upset because Santa's dead and not going to bring them lots of toys & stuff , then HOLY COW DO WE HAVE THE WRONG MEANING OF WHAT CHRISTMAS IS...

4) My Saviour died on a cross for the forgiveness of my sins. This wasn't a laughing matter, and is something that I hold in high reverence. This display does somewhat poke fun at that horrific event.

I've watched the news on this twice last night, and in some ways I do support what Jimmy Wright is doing. Santa should NOT be the central focus of Christmas. And it is really sad to see that kids are so visibly upset because they don't think they'll be getting lots of presents now that Santa is dead...this just goes to show that our North American culture has totally warped the true meaning of Christmas. Our spending habits need really take a 180...and start giving to those who have nothing this Christmas.

There are so many great organizations that could benefit from us even spending 10-20% less this Christmas and channeling those funds to people who will make a tangible impact in someone else's life. Organizations like Union Gospel Mission, The Langley Food Bank, Compassion Canada, and many others.

Related News Articles:

1) CNews Canada

2) Metro News UK

I put out a challenge to our students in our youth ministry this month. Decide on a percentage (at least 10%...can be more) and what you would normally get for, gifts, & use that equivalent in monetary means and do something meaningful with it. I challenge all of you to do likewise.

I pray that this Christmas that you take those moments to really reflect on that miracle that is Christ's coming to earth, to be our Emmanuel (God With Us).

I'll leave you with these great words, written by Charles Wesley in his famous Christmas Carol "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing"

Christ, by highest heav'n adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come, Offspring of the Virgin's womb:
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th'incarnate Deity,
Please as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King."



Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Baptismal Cannonball

heck yes...give it up for this jr. high kid who had the guts to do a cannonball into the baptismal tank. man, i totally wish i had thought of that.

I'm still laughing at this one...

(ht to marko)

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Jesus is the Reason for the Season've heard that one before. I know I've cringed at it's somewhat cornyness, but I recently stumbled across a HILARIOUS video clip that I think drives home the truth of that statement.

Many of you remember the Reebok commercials feature Terry Tate as "The Office Linebacker" Here it is for you to refresh your memory...

Well now has come out with a few funny spin off's of this great clip. The first one is titled "Evangelism Linebacker" and can be viewed HERE.

And now just in time for Christmas has put out the "Christmas Linebacker" clip. Check it out HERE.

This will certainly make you think twice before blowing off the true "Reason for the Season."

Merry X-mas,


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Beauty of Winter

I was out yesterday with one of my students. Chris took this shot yesterday morning at a park near his house. I simply love this shot...and was thrilled to get a copy of it yesterday afternoon when we connected for coffee.

These last few days have been spectacular. This snow fall is certainly one to remember. Charity and I found ourselves right in the middle of the huge snowfall Saturday night when we drove into Ladner for my parent's annual Christmas party. One poor lady at 7-11 (where we stopped for some hot chocolate) was having a nervous breakdown into the phone saying "it's a white-out...I'm not going to be able to drive." I think she had a prior negative experience driving in the snow to be that worked up. We made it safely home that night...praise God.

Sadly, Charity and I never got to have our annual "first snow-fall winter walk." Every year we've been able to walk up to Starbucks and grab a coffee/hot chocolate on the first snowfall. This year we couldn't because we were in Ladner. Oh well...bring on the next dump of snow! Charity had her class canceled on Monday and we were able to decorate our house for Christmas! The tree is up...and we're realizing that we're running out of room in our basement suite! A 7.5 foot tree sure takes up a lot of regularly used space.

So before the rain comes (which we know it will) enjoy this amazing snow. Make a snow-angel, make some yellow snow, go for a walk...whatever you do enjoy the amazing scenery around you.


Friday, November 24, 2006

winter showed up

well...if any of you live in the lower mainland...and especially in the fraser valley, you were certainly woken up this morning due to a very loud hail storm!

i have no clue when this thing happened during the course of the night...but it was white on my deck and grass this morning. i also loved driving the 5 minutes to work and already having to deal with moronic drivers who think a bit of hail means they now have to drive 20-30 km p/h.

anyways...if there's hail on the ground here that can only mean one thing. the local mountains are open for business. as of today, all 3 north shore mountains are open. this can mean only 1 thing. i really really really need to hit the slopes more often this winter. time to dust off the snowboard...north shore here i come baby.

Walkin' in a winter wonderland:


Thursday, November 23, 2006

scheduling time for relationships

anyone else here guilty of this?
"excuse me" you may be asking.
why would I feel guilty of wanting to spend time with my friends?

perhaps this is just something that I'm feeling, but lately I've realized that I so often have to "schedule" time...sometimes months in connect with my friends. personally, this makes me kinda sick to my stomach. is this just the cultural norm, and something that I need to suck up? am I an idealist who simply wishes things were different, yet deep down inside knows it'll never be that way?

or maybe...
just maybe...
we're living our lives totally wrong?

don't get me wrong, I love my palm T/X, and so many times that thing has saved my butt from forgetting important meetings, appointments etc...but sometimes when I look at that thing it reminds me that so much of my life is nailed down, planned, commited to, required. Again, perhaps its the ADD is me that wishes things to be different. I digress.

this whole idea of living in community, spending time with those you care for, always seems to sprout up this time of year. today is the american thanksgiving...a time for families to re-unite and share their lives with one another. next month is christmas...again a time when people stop what they're doing to spend time with one another. but does this time with one another always have to be because of a national holdiay?

maybe Acts 2:44-46 sheds some light onto what I'm talking about. a vivid portait of the early believers actively participating in each other's lives. breaking bread together (modern equivalent of this would be eating dinner?) why did this happen. vs. 47 says they did this to "praise God". what a beautiful picture of what deep, authentic, committed relationships should look like. and isn't this a central focus of the gospel message? Christ came and lived among the people. Christ innitiated indredibly deep relationships--with all sorts of people. maybe for you...this is a reality. and you do have these friendships that happen on a somewhat regular basis. but for me...and I feel for many of us...this is sadly not the case. I do have meaningful friendships...don't get me wrong. and I love the relationship I have with my wife. but still I see a need for us a the body of Christ to be more like a body...less like random scattered apendages.

these thoughts are still in their infancy. so bear with me as I continue to wrestle with them. I hope that you and your relationships think deeply about this. do you have to schedule time with those who mean the most to you? if so...then maybe we need to reschedule the rest of our lives!


Monday, November 20, 2006


This picture best represents what me head feels like right now. Let me rewind to give you the full picture...

On friday we had our 3rd annual "Ultimate All-Nighter". This meant that from 7pm-7am we went Swimming, to Flip City, had a worship concert, went skating, and watched Nacho Libre & Over the Hedge.

What happens after you stay up for 24 hrs (since I had gotten up at 7am on Friday to drive Charity to work, and then prep things for this big event...) is that your body gets REALLY REALLY confused. I went to bed Saturday at 8am. Woke up at 3pm. Went to bed again at midnight. I saw a total of 2 1/2 hrs of daylight on depressing.

Well now after screwing up my body clock my head feels like its stuck in a San Francisco fog. Hopefully the fog will start to clear in the next couple of days...because I don't get sick that often...and I'm a bit of a grump when I am sick.

Lot's of stuff coming up here in the next few weeks. We're setting up our house for Christmas this coming weekend...and that means that Corey & Erin's wedding is only a few weeks away. That means...Corey's bachelor party is coming up soon! WOOT. He's gonna pay... and we're gonna laugh and laugh and laugh...

Two Big Trips on the Horizon:

1) Ontario: Dec. 13th-19th for Corey & Erin's wedding, and some guy time in Toronto with Jason after the wedding. We're leaving our wives at home...and having some fun.

2) Alberta: Dec. 21st-30th: Charity's family is having a family reunion in Alberta. One whole week of figuring out all these people's names that I barely know! WOO HOO.

Time to drink some tea:


Friday, November 10, 2006

Viva Italia!

Oh man, is this going to be a tasty weekend.

So tonight Charity and I received an invitation to attend the Test Kitchen for The Old Spaghetti Factory that's almost open next to our church. mmm! So we get to go...and eat their food as they prepare their kitchen and serving staff. I've got a Jr. Youth event tonight at 6:30pm so I can only be there for an hour...but who cares! It's time to eat some yummy Italian food.

So if things couldn't get any tastier. On Sunday from 1-5 pm Charity and I are also invted to attend the "Test Kitchen" for East Side Mario's that's opening up across from our church. WOO HOO. So for 4 hours we get to sample all their creative dishes...make our own pizza's, and a whole lot more yummy-ness. So I might be putting on a few pounds this weekend, but it's all for a very-very good cause.

To top things off...on Sunday night we're getting together with some of our young-married friends for a dinner at one couple's new house in Abbotsford. So this is gonna be one heck of a tasty weekend. Sorry that I can't invite anyone...but you can't aruge with God's calling to place me at this church surrounded by new restaurants...(immense levels of sarcasm).

Have a great weekend everyone,


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Artist Showcase: A Sheep at the Wheel

This is the first music video put out by my buddies in A Sheep at the Wheel. Check it out and give them some good feedback on YouTube & on their website.

For more A Sheep at the Wheel info:



Rock On:


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Free Derek Webb Album

Not much time to post...but this is great. You can get the whole Derek Webb album "Mockingbird" for FREE. Yup...nada, zip, zilch, nothing, free! Just follow the directions.

Click here:

Mine's downloading as I type this. Woo hoo for free tunes.

I gotta run:


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Our Halloween Date

Yesterday, Charity and I got to spend the day to ourselves...and decided to have a little Halloween date. It wasn't an huge theme I've done in the past...but we did kinda keep the events somewhat similar to a Halloween-ish experience.

To start we went to Science World to check out Body Worlds 3. This was something that Charity and I had wanted to go to since it's rare to ever have this exhibition come to a city near you. It was a really amazing experience to see the human body so close up. The display of human organs, tissue, nerves etc...was something that Charity found totally fascinating. This was any biology keener's dream-come-true.

The price is a little steep for this ($25/adult & $21/student) but it's something that many of us will only get to experience once in our lifetime. It's deffinately something worth making a trip down to Science World to see. It takes just over an hour to see the entire exhibit. You can purchase the audio tour component for an extra $5 dollars...which might make it more interesting...but I don't think it's entirely necessary.

After this we headed down to W. 4th Ave. to go for dinner at Hells Kitchen. This is NOT the same restaurant as the show that was on TV a little while back...but it was great food none-the-less. Really the reason we chose this restaurant...aside from it's name & that it was Halloween...was that we had an Entertainment coupon that we wanted to use up! If you ever get to go I would reccomend the Yam Fries...a very yummy twist on the usual. After our meal, we ordered a couply of Pizza's to go...since Tuesday's are 2-for-1. They smelt yummy on the car ride home, and I'm going to be eating some for lunch today...drool.

It was a fun date...something we both deffinately looked forward to. I'm off later this afternoon to go purchase a bunch of 1/2 price halloween candy from WalMart & SuperStore. T'is the best time to get the stuff...and save it for future youth events...



Saturday, October 21, 2006

campus fire recap

well it's been a pretty intense weekend hanging out with fellow your workers and student leaders. this was an amazing conference, something that really came at the right time for me. God found me this weekend, and really touched my heart. thank you to all the people at CanadaFire...Darian, may God continue to work through you all the days of your life.

the work of CanadaFire has a really special place in my heart...something that I've seen hatch from a small dream back in high school to this amazing network of students who earnestly seek God's presence in their high schools and university/college campuses accross Canada. how cool is it that God gave us wireless high-speed internet so that we can "feed" signals all accross Canada and get trained by leaders in other cities...all from the comfort of even your living room!

Even cooler was what we found out this weekend...for all those who have heard of Youth Specialties...and their National Youth Workers Conventions...guess who's getting one in Canada? Yup...those who live in the beautiful province of BC. Mark your calenders for Nov. 29th-Dec. 3rd 2007. More info. on this I'm sure will be coming soon on the CanadaFire website. I hope I'm allowed to even write this...the fact that it was printed on the back of our pamphlets makes me assume so...please forgive me if I wasn't!

so much to condense into this posting. i was so grateful to take 4 amazing students to this confernce with me. they are awesome, and i pray that God does an incredible work in their hearts too. if you guys are reading this..."WHAT NOW?" you know what I mean.

well it's been way too many late nights, and early I'm going to bed. Hooray for church in the morning!



Thursday, October 19, 2006

busy weekend(s)

I'm taking 4 students to campusfire this weekend. I'm totally stoked for this, and I know that it's going to make an impact in the lives of these students, and likewise in my life too. Many of the speakers are friends/acquaintences of I look forward to re-connecting with them also.

I must say I'm looking forward to hearing from Mark Yaconelli who recently release his book "Contemplative Youth Ministry." I picked it up and have slowly begun reading it. Hopefully this weekend will give me a far greater insight into his passion for writting such a book. Also, Starfield is going to be playing a concert during the weekend. I love these guys, and any opportunity to hear them play is sweet. It's going to be some early mornings, and late nights at this thing, so I'll try to throw some thougths up here about the weekend when it's all said and done.

and if one weekend of craziness wasn't weekend is our Annual Fall Retreat at Camp Qwanoes...YIPEE!!!!!



Monday, October 09, 2006


Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends. For those of you in America, you'll get yours...just wait another month.

I am very excited today because Charity flies back home! HOORAY! She arrives back into Abbotsford just after noon. I pray that all of you take time today to truly realize how blessed we are, and how thankful to God we need to be for all that we have.

I hope your time spent with family and friends has been enjoyable. Charity and I are off to Ladner tonight for our Turkey dinner with my family. mmmm. It's gonna be a great night.

Happy Thanksgiving,


Thursday, October 05, 2006

All By Myself

Yup, this morning Charity left me. Well, maybe I should clarify... she flew to Lethbridge this morning to be at her sister's wedding this Saturday. But...that does mean that I'm bacherloring it this weekend...


Here's to microwave dinners, watching hockey games with the volume up REALLY loud, and whatever mischeif I get myself into.

It's not like I'm gonna be bored outta my mind. I've got youth ministry stuff to be doing every day until she gets back. But, this really is the first time in our 2 years of marriage that she's left me to travel somewhere. It's a very weird feeling. Just a random factoid for my readers out there. 5 years ago TODAY Charity and I started dating. That means we've been together for 1/5 of my entire life! Crazy eh? We would probably celebrate...but instead she up and leaves me!

On the upside of things...while Charity's in Lethbridge she's picking up our new Canon SD600 digital camera! WOOT for no PST in Alberta. We're saving almost $30 bucks! What bugs me is that she gets to use it before I do. Either way I'm looking forward to testing this thing out in the weeks to come!

And just 'cause I think it's really cool...I found these AMAZING T-Shirts at that are sooo perfect for any of my Youth Pastor friends out there. I think these are MUST HAVES! They have other text options as well for Pastors, Associate Pastors, and even Church Parking Attendant! These are just too hillarious. So pick yours up today!

Well I think that's enough to throw up onto this thing for one day. Enjoy your weekends, and babe, if you're reading this...I love you lots...and please come home soon. Who else is gonna cook my meals for me? I'm gonna wither away here without your amazing cooking.

I'm Out:


Tuesday, October 03, 2006


I've never posted a book review on here before, so after reading this entire book yesterday in one sitting while sipping on an extra hot-non fat-no whip-white chocloate mocha I figured I would post my thoughts about it.

If you've never heard of Joel Kilpatrick before, chances are you aren't a frequent visitor to his site: This online news site is 100% satire, and also 100% hillarious. Poking fun at many quirks and habits of evangelicals. Check it out to get a better understanding of where this book is coming from.

Immediately from opening the first page I was laughing. Though, it's awkward when you're sitting in a Starbucks and all of a sudden you find yourself chuckling to yourself. I maybe got a few confused looks, but otherwise people just let me be.

In no way, is Kilpatrick trying to undermine, or strip evangelicalism of all its relevance and importance. Rather, Kilpatrick is--through the use of satire--trying to open our eyes to how odd evangeliscals look to a non-believer...when most of the time, we Christians think everyone else out there is "wierd".

Kilpatrick uses the chapters to formulate a "game plan" for anyone who may not be evangelical to follow simple methods of talk, dress, attitude that would allow them to "fit in" into any evangelical work space, church service, small group Bible study etc... Throughout the book Kilpatrick inserts various old news clippings from They offer a hillarious departure from the flow of the book...and would be great to use for various ice breakers for a youth event. My ultimate favourite is found on page 33. I'm not going to say what it is, you'll just have to go borrow/buy the book to find out.

All in all, this book doesn't require much deep thought. It's really meant as just a simple, light-hearted read when you've just got a few hours to kill. I read the whole thing cover to cover in just under 2 hours. I don't know if it's really worth paying the $15-20 bucks, but if you want to borrow it from me...I'd love to lend it out.

Maybe I'll do this again...


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

My Bro's Wedding

I didn't take my digital camera to the wedding, but Charity's mom took a few shots, but sadly none really turned out well that involved Terry & Alisha. So instead you get to see Terry (driver), Me (shotgun), Andrew (behind me) & Nate (behind Terry) posing infront of Alisha's mom's Hummer H2. Being the Best Man you get shotty priviledges...very sweet. It was a fun way to ride to the ceremony...and of course we made a stop at 7-11 before getting to the church.

If you want to see more pictures from the wedding you can go to the photographers website by clicking here:



Friday, September 22, 2006

Getting Married...

No...not me.

Tommorow my brother is going to get married to his high-school sweetheart. This is a really exciting time, and I'll make sure to post more about this when I'm home in a couple of days. As well, I'll try to get a good shot of Terry on his Bachelor Party that we threw this past Saturday.

I'm really exited about getting the chance to give the homily during the wedding ceremony and as well the blessing at the conclusion. And of course...I'm looking forward to giving the toast to the groom (being the Best-Man and all).

Praise God for providing this glorious sunshine!

Enjoy your weekends...


Friday, September 15, 2006


I've debated putting this video up on my blog for a while now. But the reality is, sometimes things just need to be put out there...raw...and real...and let them speak for themselves. I have been an fan of and all the work they do, and found this video on their site a few days back.

So I put this video out there...and await your comments/feedback.

Just a warning...though It's pretty clear that Mr J. is a believer (listen to "Waters Edge" on his Myspace page), this video is still for a bit more mature audience. There is not nudity, or any explicit images...but this video deals with a subject that many of us candy-coat and glaze over.


Mr. J.'s Myspace page

The YouTube Link

Grace & Peace:


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mexico Missions Trip 2006

What a trip! There aren't many words that I can use to describe how amazing this experience was. God showed up in amazing ways throughout this trip, and wow was I encouraged to see this group do incredible Kingdom work. There were so many highlights from this trip, its difficult to summarize everything before this blog entry becomes more like a mini-novel.

After travelling for over 24 straight hours in 15 passenger vans we arrived at Six Flags L.A. WOW, this was totally an amazing amusement park. Sorry Playland...but YOU SUCK! Most of our team went on at least 8-1o roller coasters during our day there. After that experience (and no one puked!) we headed to a church near compton to sleep. The next day we headed out for Mexico...more importantly...Tijuana!Nothing says Tijuana like Nacho-Libre wrestling masks! Those things were everywhere! This picture is of a girl from the other church that was travelling with us! After we purchased all of our tacky Mexican Souveniers...and after many of the students probably paid WAY MORE than they should have, we headed down to Vincente Guerrero, Mexico--our home for the next week.On our way down to the IDT base we were greated by a GIANT Jesus on the hillside. This statue was somewhere near Ensenada. After arriving at the IDT base we were warned about all the "creatures" that we would be seeing around the base. Scorpions, Black Widow Spiders, and Brown Recluse Spiders that when they bite you give you the flesh eatings disease. Neadless to say this freaked that crap out of almost all of the students! Many could barely sleep that first night.
Over the couse of the next 4 days we spent our mornings and afternoons building a house for the family that we connected with, and as well playing soccer & running a VBS. The house turned out amazing, and the family loved it. The look on the mom's face when I handed her the keys to her brand new house was truly something I will never forget. This family was so excited to see their new bunk-beds, table, chairs, clothing, shoes, house-hold products etc... The most amazing part of the house dedication was when the mom prayed for us in Spanish! None of us really knows what she said...but it was the most heartfelt prayer I have ever heard. These kids were so cute...and every one of them touched our lives in in-expressible ways. Many of us were crying the day we had to say goodbye. I deffinitely had tears rolling down my face.After our last day at the job site, we headed off to a Oaxacan (pronounced: Wah-hah-can) Market to purchase some more things like poncho's necklaces, braceletes etc...Then after that we went off ot the beach for a time of relaxing, swimming in the ocean, boogie-boarding & skimboarding. I tried skimboarding for the first time...and needless to say I sucked! Oh well, it was a fun experience.After that day the next morning we packed up the vans & trailers at 4:30am, and began the 36 hour drive back home to Langley. The best part of the drive home was stopping at In-N-Out Burger. I have longed to eat at this fast-food place. I bought the T-shirt and I will wear it proudly!
After In-N-Out it was straight home from there. I hope I never have to sleep in 15 passenger vans for a very long time. If you want to hear more about this trip and you live in the Langley area, come to my church on Sunday Sept. 17th @ 10am to hear all about it. We're going to have a "Mexican Fiesta Service" to share all the stories of how God worked in the lives of these students. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us while we were down there. Your prayers were greatly appreciated. Not one part of this trip could have happened without the grace, love, and blessings overflowing from Jesus Christ.

Until we do this again...


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Goodbye Langley...Hello Mexico!

It's going to be getting even more quiet these next 2 weeks here in blogland as Charity and I take a team of 14 students and 2 other adults down to Vincente Guerrero, Mexico for a Missions Trip. We leave bright and early Friday morning at 6am...let the road trip begin!!!

We're going on this Missions Trip with a company based out of Chilliwack called Stoney Creek Expeditions. If you have never heard of them, you've got to check them out. These people are a youth pastors dream come true!!! I don't know how I could have done this without them. Some of the main things that we're going to be doing while we're down there is building a house for a family with 8 kids, and as well playing some soccer with them. We'll be giving out a bunch of our supplies from past soccer camps which you know the kids will just love! We'll spend some time twice during the week doing some VBS as well.

For all of my students this is their first missions trip. Even for myself this is my first cross-cultural missions trip. It's going to be an amazing time down there, and before we even get to go to Mexico we're stopping off at Six Flags L.A. This will be a fun time, and probably the only chance for some of these students to get to go to Six Flags.

Don't worry...when I get back I'll be sure to be making a few blog entries about the whole experience. Please be in prayer for our team, and for the staff at Stoney Creek who are taking us on this trip. God's going to change lives through this trip...I can't wait to be apart of that.



Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Well it's certainly been a slow month here on the blog. Other than perhaps spewing herretical sentences a few weeks ago, it's been pretty quiet around these parts. I think basically everyone is just waiting for Matt & Becky's baby to pop out! I figure that's gotta be where all my usual web traffic has gone to.

But anyways, consider this a warning to any of you who live in the Walnut Grove/Langley area...that your budgets are gonna get a nice workout in the next few months. Here's the most recent list of what's all moving in to the neighbourhood. Boston Pizza is already open, and as I look out my office window, I can see that it's a close race for the Old Spaghetti Factory & East Side Mario's as to who opens next. Either way it's gonna rock having these restaurants here! It even looks like there's gonna be yet another Tim Hortons! Can't ever have enough of those that's for sure!

I do have to say that it's going to be even slower in blogland here for the next 2 weeks. Our Youth Ministry heads down to Mexico next Friday, and we're gone for 10 days. It's going to be an awesome trip, and I will make sure to post lots and lots and lots of pictures and stories when I get home. It'll feel almost like you were there yourself!

I hope this post made your day...or at least distracted you from something you shoudl have been doing as you clicked on the site and said "Oh yeah--he posted something!"



Saturday, August 05, 2006

In response to a Previous Post

I have received some negative comments in regards to my post entitled "Christianity Cheat Sheet." I hope that my readers read the entire post and did note the link at the bottom of the page.

Click HERE for the link again:

This post was purely intended as a satirical observation of North American evangelicalism... and isn't even my words. Sometimes I think we as Christians need to take a step back and look closely at how the world sees us--Christianity. Maybe satire isn't everyone's favourite style of humour, but I think that there were parts of that post that do hold elements of truth. If anyone was offended, then I apologize... but I don't that I'm embarrasing anyone.

If satire is your thing...then check out this book: Field Guide to Evangelicals and their Habitat

I picked it up recently and have enjoyed the good laugh. The author is Joel Kilpatrick who is the creator of Lark News. If you enjoy this site, then you'll get what I was going after. I hope this post brings closure to this whole thing.

Enjoy the Long Weekend,


Friday, August 04, 2006

I need an mp3

We're heading down to Mexico on the 25th of August and I really would love to get my hands on the mp3 "Missions Trip to Mexico" by B.O.B. if at all possible. Does anyone out there have this CD, or at least the mp3? The above picture is the CD where the song was from, but I am sure it was put onto some sampler CD's as well. If you do have this song could you please let me know. Leave me a comment with how to get in touch with you!



Thursday, August 03, 2006

Christianity "Cheat Sheet"

This is intended a simple "cheat sheet" for those confused and worried about the place of Christianity in North America and, to a lesser extent, the contemporary world. It's not intended to be a comprehensive guide, only to help my secular people as they navigate the confused waters of the world's largest religion. (note the HEAVY SARCASM)

This is the belief among some Christians that, ever since Jan. 1, 2000, it has no longer been possible, in the words of the Prince song, "to party like it's 1999." Postmillenialists are those Christians who believe that it will always be possible to do so, while Amillenialists believe that in this context, "1999" cannot be understood literally, but must be read as an allegorical term roughly meaning "a time at which it is especially appropriate to party."

This was a #1 hit in 1980 for Blondie (#5 in the UK), from the otherwise underwhelming "Autoamerican" album. Many Christians now concede that the then-pioneering use of rap in the song sounds a little lame in retrospect. In their best-selling series of books about the song, "Left Behind (Parallel Lines)," Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye defend the rap verse's hip references to Grandmaster Flash and Fab Five Freddy, and maintain that when Jesus returns, all believers will be united in accepting that Blondie's cover of "The Tide Is High" is better than the original.

The Pope
The Pope is the President of Christianity. He is elected every four years by the Congress of Cardinals, which is divided into the Senate and the Holy House of Representatives. As president, the pope can veto important pieces of legislation, which he tends to do. The pope is also magical, and cannot be seen with the naked eye except for one hour on Christmas Eve every year.

The Bible
The Bible was written by God as a merchandising tie-in to His blockbuster film "The Ten Commandments." Each book of the Bible is named after a person who features prominently in it, for example, the Book of Numbers, which is named after Herschel Numbers, who invented numerals. The Bible was so successful that God wrote a sequel, "Bible II: On to Rome," now generally called "The New Testament." Protestants believe the Bible is literal and exactly true in every detail except the description of the Eucharist, while Catholics are not allowed to read the Bible.

Catholics are the New York Yankees of Christianity. They are the biggest and wealthiest team, and their owner is intensely controversial (this makes St. Francis of Assisi the Derek Jeter of Catholicism: discuss). Catholics all wear matching uniforms, and are divided into "parishes," or "squadrons," to make choosing softball teams easier. Catholics are rigidly controlled by a hidebound hierarchy that starts with priests and ends with priests' housekeepers. Catholics are not allowed to read the Bible, eat meat, or refrain from worshipping statues.

For many years, American scholars believed the Orthodox were, like leprechauns, unicorns, and Eskimos, purely the product of the fanciful imaginations of medieval writers. Recent evidence leads us to tentatively conclude, however, that Eastern Orthodoxy may have somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 million adherents. Protestants tend to see the Orthodox as "Catholics with beards," while Catholics confess to a haunting sense that they are simply "Orthodox without beards."

The Protestant Reformation
This is the name historians give to a major labor dispute that erupted in Germany in 1517 when a group of monks hammered a proposed union contract to the door of the pope's house, requesting a 95 percent pay raise. The pope refused to negotiate with the monks union until it agreed to pay to have the door fixed, and the result was the world's longest-running strike. For nearly 500 years, a huge portion of Christians have been on strike from being Catholic, saying they are "justified" in their work stoppage because the pope won't expand the number of indulgences they get per year. Currently, the matter is in arbitration.

This theory was worked out by the French theologian and fashion designer John Calvin Klein, who argued that some people are predestined to be glamorous while others are doomed to be plain. America was founded by Calvinists, who sought to establish a country where they could pursue their belief that buckled hats were fashionable.

The belief that basic elements of play - like passing, ball handling, and defense - are the essential building blocks of a winning basketball team is generally referred to as "fundamentalism." The fundamentalists formulated their doctrine in the 1980s against the showy, heretical play of Magic Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers. Leading fundamentalist institutions include Bob Jones University and Syracuse. Larry Brown's failure to get the Knicks into the playoffs has been seen as a major setback for the cause of fundamentalism.

Baptists are Christians who believe God can only be accessed by means of a swimming pool or, in some cases, a shallow outdoor stream. The first Baptist was John the Baptist, who was said to eat locusts and honey, although contemporary Baptists generally prefer barbecue. "Baptism" is also the term used to describe a key Christian ceremony, in which prospective members of the church are either initiated actually (Catholics, Orthodox, confused Protestants) or symbolically (Protestants, confused Catholics, religious studies professors). Catholics believe that anyone can perform a valid baptism, Orthodox believe that any Christian can, while Baptists, paradoxically, believe that only they can.

The Emerging Church
This is a term that refers to churches attended exclusively by white people in their 20s and 30s who have at least one tattoo or body piercing. Their distinguishing characteristics are a refreshing, "up to date" interpretation of Christianity, and a reluctance to directly answer questions.

The Nicene Creed
This statement of faith is the Christian Pledge of Allegiance, recited every Sunday in squadron meetings by Christians all over the globe. Adopted in the 4th century at the behest of Emperor Constantinople, it was designed to counter the influence of the Aryans, who argued that Jesus was German.

Touchdown Jesus
When professional athletes thank Jesus for helping them win a game, this is the Jesus they're referring to.

The Trinity
This is the Christian expression of God, who Christians say is personified by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Not all Christians accept this: Unitarians, Jehovah's Witnesses, and some Pentecostals reject trinitarianism, as do Muslims. Interestingly, while this does not mean Pentecostals are Muslim, it does mean that Muslims are Jehovah's Witnesses. St. Augustine famously summed up the difficulty of comprehending the Trinity when he recounted a dream in which a small boy told him he would need a bigger bucket if he wanted to bail out the ocean.

Christians are not permitted to have sex. This unpopular doctrine was formulated by Pope Lactose LX at the Council of Disney in 1439. Despite this restriction, Christians have managed to increase their ranks to the point where there are roughly 2 billion of them. Scholars attribute this to the competitive health benefits and generous "flex time" arrangements offered by Christianity.

Heaven is a term referring to the ultimate destiny of a certain number of souls. Depending on who you listen to, heaven is either: where all of us will end up (Origen); where many of us will end up (St. Gregory of Nyssa); where some of us will end up (John Calvin); where a small portion of us have, in some sense, already ended up (John of Leyden); where precisely 144,000 of us will end up (Charles Taze Russell); or where Jack Chick will end up (Jack Chick). Theologian Belinda Carlisle once posited that "Ooh, baby, heaven is a place on earth," but explorers combing the globe have yet to confirm this.

The Devil
Although the Devil - also known as Satan, Lucifer, the Father of Lies, and, to his friends, "Hef" - is mentioned numerous times in Bible II, most Christians today are uncomfortable with belief in a literal, personal demonic entity. Instead, they prefer to think of the Devil primarily as the potential for wickedness that exists within all human beings or, in some cases, as an especially unreasonable landlord.

I hope this helps clear up some easily-made misconceptions about Christianity. If there are any questions about other doctrines or concepts, please don't hesitate to ask.

Thanks Greg for this!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

On the Horizon...

Well it's been a busy week in the life of our church. We're right in the middle of our annual High Power Soccer Camp. Sorry for not posting any pictures, but I'm writting this from home since I'm not in the office much this week. I'm having to wake up at 6am every day (and for me that's WAY too early). Nevertheless it's been incredible to see God's hand at work in the life of this camp. Everything has worked out amazingly and it brings such a joy to me to see so many kids from our community experiencing Christ's love for the first time.

This coming Friday, July 21st is Charity's 23rd birthday. Make sure you call her or send her an
email. We're heading into Ladner for a birthday dinner with my family. I think we're heading to La Strada (which is a restaurant where I worked for 3 years.) I love you babe!

Charity and I are off this weekend to the "Emerald City" for a 3 day vacation. This is kind of a Birthday/ We just need to get away vacation. Looks like we're going to be blessed with some phenominal weather. Thanks God! We are really pumped to get away for a few days, and to explore this great city. We're going to get to do some really fun activities during the three days like; Seattle Mariners Game, Todai Sushi Buffet, Seattle Underground Tour, Pike Place Market, and we're going to Mars Hill Church on Sunday morning! I'm stoked to finally get to this awesome church. It's also the "Bite of Seattle" while we're down there, so it looks like we'll get to eat various west coast cuisine--and here's the best part--it's FREE!
We're staying downtown which is awesome since we can park the car when we arrive and walk everywhere during the weekend. Seattle also offers free public transit in their downtown core. This is such a great idea! So we'll definitely make use of it during the week. On our way home from the weekend we're going to stop off at the Seattle Premium Outlets. Now, could their be a vacation for me without shopping? If you said don't know me that well.

Once we get back it's laundry day on Tuesday, then time to wake up super freaking early on Wednesday morning to meet at the church to drive down to Creation Fest. Our yearly trek to the extremly hot summer music festival. This is always a highlight of my summer. Bring on the great bands, and especially the Youth Pastor VIP area. This place is air conditioned, and offers complimentary ice water, pop etc. for Youth Pastors & one guest. WOO HOO.

So that's gonna be my next 14 or so days. Don't expect much of a blog update until early August, since when Charity and I get back from Creation Fest it's our 2 year wedding anniversary. Isn't that crazy to think that it's been 2 years! I have to say they have been the best two years of my life. And every day I am so thankful to be married to such a wonderful woman! I love you sweety, and I'm so glad we get to spend this anniversary together and not driving in seperate cars! (I'll tell you the story behind that if you don't know--just ask nicely).

I'll throw a bunch of pics up when all this is said and done with. It's certainly going to be a fun next couple of weeks.



Saturday, July 08, 2006

Coke & Mentos

Now this has YOUTH MINISTRY written all over it! I've just recently caught on to the whole idea of inserting mentos into a 2L pop bottle and watching a HUGE eruption. Now I can remember back to my elementary school days using baking soda and vinegar to make my paper-mache volcano explode...but this is WAY cooler.

Check out this video!

And for those of you who just can't stop at one video...

Click here, and here, and here, and here (and that's just a few)

Needless to say I WILL be doing this in our church parking lot at sometime in the next few months! This is just too cool not to watch!

Have a great weekend...and if you're looking for something to do...


Friday, July 07, 2006

A "Sign" of the Times...

Matthew 5:14 talks about us Christians being the light of the world. That a city on a hill shinning brightly cannot be hidden. I know that some people have differing views on some parts of scripture...but recently I've been wondering if some churches/pastors have been taking this passage out of context...and a little TOO FAR!

This blog isn't going to go into huge theological depths...but rather what I want to draw to our attention is churches/pastors spending RIDICULOUS amounts of money to make "icons" that somehow are supposed to attract others because of their either a) immense size b) blinding glow c) obvious location.

Here's a few examples:

1) Statue of Liberation Through Christ (72 feet tall)

Total Cost to Build: $260,000 USD
Location: World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church
To read more click here:

2) "Touchdown Jesus" (62 Feet Tall)

Total Cost to Build: $250,000 USD
Location: Solid Rock Church
To read more click here:

3) 198 Foot Cross

Total Cost to Build: $1.1 Million USD
Location: Effingham, Illinois
To read more click here & here

These are just a few of the many Christian icons that are popping up accross America. Don't mis-read me here...I have nothing against American's and their faith in Christ. However I do have a bit of an issue spending butt-loads of cash on a giant cross/statue/jesus, when that money could very well be spent on translating bibles, supporting missionaries, feeding the poor, etc... I infact applaud my American brothers and sisters in Christ for being this blunt about their faith.

In fact, I'd love to hear what my American readers have to say about these you agree/disagree with building these massive icons?

As far as I know we Canadians have nothing that so obviously represents our faith. The only giant things we have are:

The Giant Nickel in Sudbury:

The Giant Hockey Sticks in Dawson Creek:

You can find out more about what LARGE roadsign attractions Canada has by clicking here:

This post is really about stirring up your thoughts/rants/opinions etc... Please feel free to leave any comments you wish, but do so in a repsectful manner. This post is more satire than anything (if you didn't catch on by now!)

It's the weekend...time to get out of here!



Friday, June 30, 2006

Ya gotta check this out...ya hear!

Amazing video...imagine if all of our churches styled their worship like this! The rhymes are phat, and its kinda got a catchy beat! It was used at the '06 Purpose Driven Worship Conference...but now is online for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy.

(ht to Josh Treece)

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Our Weekend Away

Well this update is long overdue. As stated in my previous post, Charity and I had the opportunity to spend this past weekend away at Harrison Hot Springs. You couldn't have asked for better weather with the avg. daily temperature being around 30-34 degrees celcius! Needless to say we both were able to acheive a bit of a tan. The scenery up there was spectacular. Neither of us had been to Harrison before so we were both thrilled with the view.We stayed at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. This is the view from our HUGE suite that we were upgraded to. It had a bar, seating area, couch, and a queen sized bed. I apoplogize for not taking any pictures of it since it looked like it was straight out of the 70's. The curtains were greeny-yellow, the bar area had a cheezy glass mirror behind it, and many other 70's-ish characteristics. Nevertheless it was a huge room with an even bigger deck that we spent some time on reading our books.

After our time spent at Harrison we decided to start our trek back home. But before we traveled too far away from Harrison we stopped at a place called TugBoat Junction. It's a mini-golf place with some other fun stuff for little kids. The BEST part of this place was that there was no body else there! We had the entire 18 holes to ourselves! They also had these "misters" that sprayed a mist of water on you as you played! Charity really liked this...and ya can't aruge about getting lightly misted when its 35 degrees in the direct sun! I also got a hole-in-one! Looks like those golf lessons are really paying off!

We also got the chance to head to Minter Gardens before going home. I went here two summers ago for a wedding, but Charity had never been. This place is gorgeous, and the best part (sorry no pictures) was that they had their sprinklers going so Charity and I ran through them a bunch of times! We had a great walk and loved all the beautiful floral arrangements.

All in all this was a fantastic weekend. This was the first time that Charity and I had spent any time away--just the two of us--since our honeymoon. This was a great chance for both of us to unwind, and simply relax. We deffinately want to go back again this summer for a day trip. So that's the update. I hope you enjoyed the re-cap!



Friday, June 23, 2006


See ya later everyone...Charity and I are getting out of town this weekend! WOO-HOO! We figure that we deserve it. So we're taking some time, and heading out to Harrison Hot Springs. Neither of us have been there before so we're really excited. The weather forcast looks amazing for this weekend so we're hoping to come back nicely tanned. We're gonna spend a heck of a lot of time just relaxing on the beach, taking a dip in the lake, and reading some new books we bought this past weekend.

So we hope everyone enjoys their time doing whatever this weekend. Chances are we won't be thinking of you...but don't take that in a mean way! I'll write some more about the trip when we return, and hopefully have some of my own pictures to post on this blog rather than using these stock ones that I found online.



Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Palm Tungsten E For Sale

update: IT IS SOLD...
I am selling my Palm Tungsten E PDA. It is currently listed on for $75 o.b.o but I wanted to put the word out there on my blog as well. If you are interested leave me a comment with a method of contacting you. This PDA comes with the original software CD, charger, & usb sync cable. Also it comes with a Palm Metal Case.This PDA has served me well and shows signs of everyday use. The PDA is in good working condition but I no longer need it since I've updraded to the Palm T/X. This is a cheap way to get into the PDA market.

***images displayed are not those of actual product being sold***

Talk to you soon,