Elora Gorge

Elora.jpg Spent the day yesterday with my extended family at Elora Gorge to celebrate my mother's birthday. I have to say: I have an amazing family. I love spending time with them. I wish I could see them more. I had to go and make the day a little more painful. Tubing the rapids sounded like a good idea at the time. That was before I (and a few others) wiped out at the first rapids and spent the next few minutes being dragged down the river while being scraped along all the rocks. Do I ever hurt today. It could have been a lot worse. My daughter wiped out too. We had all kinds of kids with us, and fortunately. she was the only one who wiped out (she's okay now). I don't know what we would have done if they had all gone in. Fun, but after my brother talked about his friend breaking an arm while tubing the same area, I should have realized what I was getting into.

When do you apply faith to life?

This post is from the defunct blog "Dying Church"

Churches begin dying when they fail to bridge the gap between faith and the world. They are dying when they no longer apply the faith to the world around them. They are dying when they are seen as hypocrites and irrelevant. It appears that the common sentiment in American churches is that faith is for Sunday and not for Monday - Saturday. We have compartmentalized our faith life into a one-hour block on Sunday mornings. And woe be to any pastor that tries to politicize the gospel and tell us that the Bible expects us to vote, lobby, or act in a certain way. I wonder, "When are Christians ever supposed to apply their faith?" Certainly not in business (see Ken Lay and Enron - he is a Methodist), certainly not in foreign policy (See George W. Bush and the War against Terrorism - he is a Methodist), and certainly not in the voting booth (see the discussion of Gov. Riley and Alabama's tax reform referendum and the opponents). It appears that a religious affiliation to Christianity has more to do with our desire to belong and not with our desire to change. Seems sad. Seems like a straight road to killing off a church. Thankfully we aren't the church on our own -- God's grace has more to do with it then our ability to follow God's voice. But then maybe that is my issue and not any of yours...


This post is from the defunct blog "Dying Church"

Jim Collins writes, "There is perhaps no more corrosive trend to the health of our organizations than the rise of the celebrity CEO, the rock-star leader whose deepest ambition is first and foremost self-centric." When I read this statement, I read "celebrity or rock-star pastor". I think their ambitions are generally good, although I may be a tad naive. Could it be that one of the greatest threats to dying churches is that we're so drawn to these celebrity leaders?