Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
The best phrase I have heard in a long time that has wiggled it's way into my heart, mind and theology is this:
POSITIONED BY DESIGN.
that will for sure make it into, I'm sure, several conversations in the both near and distant future.
it came in the form of B.Bradshaw with Hiebs and myself, "just me and the speck, shooting the breeze" by the Mission river the other night, eating Cobbs' apple strudel, fireside, and sharing the Deep of our summers together.
and it was noted that we are, as Christians, "positioned by design."
Here is a song that although not directly related, represents the New on my music scene and should be on your scene too. Infinite thanks to M.Froese for zipping me an email from Berlin with the head's up on Will Reagan and United Pursuit. See the sidebar.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Here is an odd thing about the asparagus barn that I just cannot get over:
at the end of the day, the barn "DJ" staff have appointed a song as the "end-of-day" song, meaning, 10 minutes before the end of each work day, this song is played. The closest thing in my experience to the end-of-the day song of the barn is the reaction of swimmers in a wave pool.
West Edmonton Mall. All the little families paddling away in the pool and suddenly!
The bell is tolled, a collective scream arises, and the much-anticipated waves are artificially generated from...somewhere....and....yeah. That is what the barn is like.
"Waving Flag" by K'naan strikes the first chord on the sound system spread throughout the packhouse and that collective scream goes up. Teenage girls high-five each other mid-bunch of asparagus, production goes up, smiles alight, voices cue in on the chorus to sing along and Kat goes into a confused stupor; her production goes down, she is neither smiling nor frowning but rather assumes a slightly glazed and (dazed) look, her bunch of asparagus lies idly and forgotten in her hand, mid-way to the conveyor belt and she is stuck in a surreal moment wondering: am I in a movie right now? seriously. this is staged. this has to be staged. nobody responds like this. what is going on in this moment.
really surreal is the only word to describe my own personal feelings at this moment of 10 minutes to closing time on those days when I happen to be in the barn at that precise moment. Really, perhaps my teammates hit a '3' on the Surreal Spectrum and I am around a '9' and as a result, I am sure that I alone appreciate the truly bizarre nature of this daily event.
We aborted Star Wars and went instead to a Lord of the Rings trilogy. I hope to stay awake until the Lothlorien scene and perhaps re-awake for the theme music of Rohan in the sequel. and the exorcism.
you should listen to the K'naan song. I feel you will understand this post better if you do. see the right-hand column.
Guatemala: 11 days!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
well, wild, folks, not enough time in the day to do everything. i just wrote a wicked long blog entry for our ministry website. go there. it's a powerful testimony. Praise the Lord I was able to be part of what He was doing that night. The Lord is just doing so much unbelievable, unprecedented, off-the-charts, awesome, Spirit-of-God stuff that I don't even know where to start. but i wrote one testimony out. and put it on the ministry blog. Man. Worship is powerful. don't ever be fooled into thinking you're just working your vocal chords to a pretty song. Noooooo. Way more is going on there, or at least, the potential for way more to go on during worship is definitely available. BELIEVE!
Monday, May 30, 2011
I would only add that $5 sunglasses stands at Kensington Market are the bomb, as are specialty cheese stores, specialty bread stores, Colin's new faux glasses and the general variety of people and ethnicity that make up the Toronto down-town core.
And seeing as the only sporting event this girl has ever gone to was a BC Lions game, and seeing as I am generally disgusted by the obsession that sports seem to bring on (especially a certain national game that is rather violent), I was delighted, de-lighted, with my first ball game and couldn't have been with a better group for my initiation. GO JAYS!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
so, what is currently occupying the mind of Kat....
Well, the reason I have a second to write anything at all is because I am exporting some iMovie videos that I've put together, and that means sitting here twiddling my thumbs for a few minutes. They are five short 1-2 minute movies of some of our students from Guatemala and the transformations that they've undergone in the last number of years. Pretty impacting. I called my boss up to review the content and made him tear up during the very first one! In this case, that was a good thing. If you are from BC and reading this, and furthermore from Northview and will be at the Global Connections weekend the church is soon to host, stop by the "Global Shore" booth manned by my lovely family and check out some of these said videos which will be looping around on a laptop.
Do you know what is a fact and not fiction? The time it takes to disciple people. That is a looooooong process. It's a long process in my own life and has been a long process in some lives that I've had the opportunity to walk alongside. It doesn't happen overnight. It doesn't even happen over a year. It just plain takes a really long time.
It is all very worth it though when one does understand a truth and their life begins to change to reflect that. Sometimes I catch myself reacting in a certain way to a situation or a person, reacting in the "old way," losing patience or getting frustrated, but more often than not it feels a little out-dated even to my own skin. Like I almost have to conjure up that old reaction because it's not quite in me anymore to just default to it, the "former self" reaction and yet I'm not quite fully swinging the other direction either where there is an automatic, full embrace of this new and better response. It's like I've outgrown something, not because it's too small, or even that it was excessively immature, but because I'm just not the same anymore and I see that as a mild and subtle form of something fantastic and it's the molding of character as only Jesus can do.
and those are my random thoughts this day of May 5 at 4:51 in the afternoon.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I discovered the most remarkable thing just now in my studying.
Book of John. Jesus encounters Nathanael, gives him the word of knowledge of, “I saw you under the fig tree” (Jn 1: 48) which stuns Nathanael and elicits the response, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (:49) to which Jesus responds, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these…Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Now we are all very familiar with this passage, but when the study notes from my “Excellencies of Christ” course made the statement that Jesus depicts himself as a ladder in this passage, my response was, “what? Where? I don’t see the word 'ladder' anywhere.”
But then of course, we are drawn back to the reference of the story of Jacob in the Old Testament (Gen 28:10+). Jacob sees angels ascending and descending upon a ladder and the Lord in this dream declares his faithful presence with Jacob and that through his offspring, all the families of the earth would be blessed.
This must have been quite a comfort for Jacob to hear considering he was hiding away from his murderous brother Esau.
Fast-forward again to Jesus, his use of the same language, and you see that he truly IS calling himself a ladder: “you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (emphasis mine.) This open heaven that Jesus speaks of is the same open heaven that Jacob dreamed of: The direct line of heaven touching earth, only with the arrival of Jesus, He himself became the direct line through which this open passage of the Kingdom of Heaven coming down to the earth was/is made possible.
He is the Mediator of the Kingdom.
He, the Divine Son of Man, is the ladder.
He is the one bringing the divine activity of God down to overthrow the kingdom of darkness with the very finger of God.
Post accompanied by, "What does it Sound Like." Bethel Live (see "Toons" list on the right)