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
Who is Jesus? I could take a poll today and get a whole pile of answers to that one… What I’m wondering is “who did God say that Jesus was?” I could pontificate about cricket all I want, but though some very nice man from Pakistan took his time to explain it to me I still don’t have a clue how to play cricket. … Continue reading Core 2: Who He is.
You’re a mixed bag. Some good, some bad. We all are. The good is cool but the bad is a problem. The bad is what separates us in our relationships, like when you yelled at your mom after school or reacted in anger to your children. It separates. In fact, sin separates. But you already knew that… Does the good outweigh the bad? Like in the … Continue reading Core 1: Who You Are
Rabbits reproduce. They were made to. So were humans. You don’t have to really understand how it all works to be able to do it. You don’t have to believe in it either. I spent a whole week wondering how to GET a Christ follower to reproduce him or herself before it hit me…. we reproduce ourselves no matter what anyways. I guess the real … Continue reading Grow 6. Reproduce.
My mom had a professor of English Literature who was a tough old bird. Mom wasn’t used to failing, but she did. Her prof wasn’t particularly interested in the comfort or feelings of her students, only in the material. In fact, she was probably trying to weed out those students not overly committed to her process so she came down hard on their first assignment. … Continue reading Grow 5. Fruit
Your dreams. Most of us can’t even remember what they were. Life just piles on “reality” in stressful doses, and over time they fade away. Granted some of our dreams shouldn’t come true. Like wishing you could marry a girl whose father owns a liquor store… A boy in our church told us he wished he could grow up to be a fire… wait for it… truck! Now that’s … Continue reading Grow 4 Dreams.
I was raised by the eyebrows of my father. Stage 1. Eyebrows From across the room my dad’s eyebrows would slowly ascend as my behaviour descended. I could escape this stage relatively unscathed. Meaning… the eyebrows were a warning that I would do well to heed. But normally I just continued to: Stage 2. Verbal Not as subtle as eyebrows but harder to ignore. It normally sounded like “Corey…” … Continue reading Grow 3. Pruning