Monthly Archives: January 2010

I am still here

Things are getting a bit crazy but I am still here – up in my little study.  Studying.

There has not been a lot of time for anything else although I am speaking this morning.  Fortunately when one takes a seminary class, it provides lots of stuff to speak about.  At least in this case when the class is about the missional church.

The class I start tomorrow may not – Old Testament I.  It will be heavy on history and I am not a historian.  However I have my own personal historian on site and I think he will like me asking him all sorts of questions.

I am also working to finish up my Greek class as quickly as possible to get it off my back.  Three classes at once since I am still needing to write my term paper for the class I took in January.  

I may not post very often.  I won’t likely do anything much but study and work I guess.


On the bright side, Leo and I booked our flights for Europe this July.  We are going.  Belgium, Portugal, Spain, England.  Hope we can do it all in 6 weeks. Toronto is on the list to visit as well on the way back.


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Gateway’s Business

Today is a snowy day for our church’s annual meeting.  We meet in a few minutes and I am sure that the business we will deal with will help us in our activities for the coming year. I think we have some new members joining us this year and that is a good sign.


But are we ready to get out of the building and really get out into our community?  I hope so.  There is much to do in this city and our faith needs to be translated into ways that can be understood by those who do not know the life changing activity of Christ.  And they can’t know if we don’t live it out ourselves.

So, here goes.  The organization that we call Gateway Covenant is really more of a community and yet we do this business stuff, which is not very exciting unless we can translate that into action.

I guess I may be elected again to council too. 

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I got this little bit of wisdom from Henri Nouwen this morning:

The Voice in the Garden of Solitude

Solitude is the garden for our hearts, which yearn for love. It is the place where our aloneness can bear fruit. It is the home for our restless bodies and anxious minds. Solitude, whether it is connected with a physical space or not, is essential for our spiritual lives. It is not an easy place to be, since we are so insecure and fearful that we are easily distracted by whatever promises immediate satisfaction. Solitude is not immediately satisfying, because in solitude we meet our demons, our addictions, our feelings of lust and anger, and our immense need for recognition and approval. But if we do not run away, we will meet there also the One who says, "Do not be afraid. I am with you, and I will guide you through the valley of darkness."
Let’s keep returning to our solitude.

This is where I am needing to go again.  Into solitude.

Just seems that no matter where I go these days I take a little Greek voice in my head that repeats constantly, “You should be studying” (subjunctive mood by the way)

I need to finish this course so it will be silenced.

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Back again

I got back from Chicago late last night.  It was a long day of waits in airports starting at 2 pm and ending at about 2 am in the early hours of the morning.

Back at work this morning and it was a busy day, what with one assistant sick.  At least my hand is almost back to normal – except if I push against the first knuckle just so – then it kind of gives out on me.  But I can manage.  And it is getting steadily better. 

The day has been long and I am off to bed shortly.  I am back at the studies – Greek and the Missional church and soon will have to add Old Testament to the mix.  Got to get this Greek done, and the term paper for the missional class before I am overwhelmed. 

And did I mention that I am tired?


Nite all.

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Hi there!

One thing for sure, the kind of thinking required to do well in a seminary class is very different than the kind of linear, logical, technical thinking of dentistry. 

And it is good, different as it should be, I suppose since the consideration of how we as Christians are sent out into the world is anything but technical.  We have shared reading from texts, discussed the changing face of our world and neighbourhoods and listened to great teachers from a variety of backgrounds.  We’ve spent hours preparing presentations of our own – for class on Friday – and that has been fun and challenging.  Advertising – the “air we breathe” as one aspect of pop culture.

So my brain has been expanding – sometimes close to exploding. but the challenge to the grey matter is likely not harmful.  It does take a few classes to get into the groove of a different way of thought.

Tonight I have been re-reading a booklet and writing my reflections into a paper due on Friday.  The library is a great place to work.  And there is internet.  Of course, how can one work these days without it?

And the weather here – well it is probably better than travelling down to Florida – is fairly balmy and today the sun was shining.  Of course we were all inside around tables and not outside in it.  Such is the life of a student.

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So here I am

Made it to Toronto last night about midnight their time. The flight was good – not full, so I shared a seat with myself.  Every introverts dream seating.

I watched a good Canadian made movie about a single mom from Palestine moving to the US – the challenges of moving to a new place with racial and religious prejudice.  That helped the 3 hours pass faster.  I also read one of the books I need to be up on for my course.

And my book promised for delivery by Jan 8 did not arrive by Jan 8, so I am short on the required reading.  The joys of living in the boonies. 

But anyway, I am sitting here in Rachelle and Asen’s living room while Ronin watches his new DVD and plays with his cars.  He’s a good kid – let me sleep in his room last night on his comfy bed.  It is fun to see him and his mom and dad too.  This afternoon I will let Rachelle do a pedicure and manicure and all sorts of esthetic wonders on me as I visit her at work.


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We learned the news tonight that a good friend died suddenly on Sunday night. Keith Fullerton was a spiritual father to Leo and I.  He was our pastor in Saskatoon when we were students learning about life and faith and he was the pastor that sent us off to the Congo.  You can read more about him here.

It has been good to keep in touch over the years, visiting when the occasion permitted.  I guess it is a few years past now since we spent some time together in their home in Surrey.  They gave my car with the broken window a safe place to sleep while we waited for the glass people to open on a Monday morning.

Keith was retired but not really. He was always busy serving in some capacity. I last saw him at Alive this fall.  He continued to be down to earth, loving life and people and keeping up with current issues in theology.  The term pastor suited him well.

Funerals never fall at convenient times and this next week is full of travel and study for me and travel and work for Leo so I doubt we will  be able to go and celebrate his life with friends.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family.  We will all miss him but we will meet again.

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