We all get a little lost sometimes. Erin sent me to Ikea to buy a box of utensils once. Hours later (and my 15th trip past the lighting section) Ikea staff approached me and asked if I was doing ok? I responded “I will purchase whatever I have to if you’ll only tell me how to find the exit!” I was a little lost. … Continue reading Lost 4. Come Home.
Our relationships are like teeter totters. Up and down. Up and down. Give and receive. Give and receive. Give and take. Give and take.. You can’t only be a taker in a relationship. You know that and I know that. Sooner or later that relationship will break down. You also can’t just give either. Relationships are a two way street. Sooner or later you’ll … Continue reading Lost 3. God’s No Fun.
If you didn’t grow up in church, I’m going to give you another reason to think church people are crazy… Not only did I grow up in church, but I attended a Christian school for most of my childhood. It sure seemed like we had a lot of rules; sometimes it felt like there were rules for rules. Now I get that you have to … Continue reading Lost 2. Everything Was Sin…
I was born in 1975. Generation X. Most of the church kids I grew up with don’t attend church these days. How was it that no one saw this coming? I can’t say that it was a huge surprise to me. Not that I’m smarter than anyone else, or anyone, for that matter, but it didn’t take a genius to see it coming down … Continue reading Lost 1. Why My Generation Left Church.
There’s a Simpsons episode where Homer gets his arms caught in two vending machines. He was discontented about his lack of soda and candy situation, and took matters into his own hands… he literally did. Reaching up into the machines his arms got stuck. That happens to us too. We don’t want to pay the price for something and our “unholy”, shall we call it, … Continue reading Core 5. Why We Do It.
An old preacher told me “When I started preaching they said: ‘never admit you’re wrong, never get too close to your people, and never admit you don’t know what you’re doing’”. When he said this I didn’t know what to say other than to disappoint him with “Um… I’m the exact opposite of all those things”. How do you talk to your wife? How do you … Continue reading Core 4. What We Do.
My first date with Erin (my wife): Upon arriving to pick her up from her house in Calgary that she shared with 4 other girls, I was asked to wait in the entry while she looked for her “favourite pair of boots”. Five minutes passed. The normal sounds of a deserted house (her roommates were all out for the evening) became injected with moments of “sorry, still looking!”. … Continue reading Core 3. Who We Are