New City Baptist Church

My friends Ian Clary and John Bell are planting a church in downtown Toronto. Say the words "church planting" and "downtown Toronto" and you have me excited.

Ian tells you a little more about the church here.

A few of us are hoping to go to their service this coming Sunday. I love what they're doing. You can check out their new website, and, if you remember, pray for them.

Posted on January 29, 2009 and filed under Church.

Michael Kaeshammer & other great music

One problem with CBC Radio 2 is that I keep finding new music to buy. Just heard Michael Kaeshammer on Sunday night. Love his music!

Speaking of CBC Radio and great music, the audio from a Daniel Lanois concert I attended in December is up. Lanois is an amazing musician, and the concert was one to remember. The audio was a bit funky in the first song, but don't let that stop you. Lanois is a musician's musician.

Posted on January 27, 2009 and filed under Music.

Things I like about being 41

I've been feeling really blessed these days. There are lots of things I like about my 40s so far.

  • Having kids who are transitioning to new stages of maturity. Old enough to talk with but not old enough to not need us.
  • Enjoying the type of relationship you can't have unless you've been married almost a couple of decades with somebody.
  • Feeling old enough to have matured some, but not old enough to quit.
  • Most everything still works, plus or minus a few hair follicles.
  • Felling like I know what I'm good at, and being okay with the things that aren't on the list.
  • Sitting with 20-year-olds and realizing that I'm not facing their pressures. Also - remembering a world (without cell-phone texting and 24/7 connections to the Internet) that they have never known.

Things I don't like about being 40:

  • Thinking that 80 isn't so old after all.
  • Counting down (25 years to go) rather than up (I've been at this for 10 years).
  • Being shocked when I meet people who are in important positions who were born in the 1980s (soon to be 1990s).
  • Not realizing how old I really am until someone asks me if I have a kid in university.

Last night, a Kenyan friend told me how back home they would brag about age. It's not something to hide; it's something to celebrate. He said he can't wait to get gray hair. Me, I'd just settle for hair.

I think we need to recover that view of aging. But you'd expect that from someone who now really gets the statement, "Youth is wasted on the young." Wouldn't you?

Posted on January 26, 2009 and filed under Life, Quotes.