From the monthly archives:

March 2010

Earth Hour 2010

by Lon on March 25, 2010

Don’t forget Earth Hour Canada This Saturday March 27th 8:30pm.

5 Things we want the world to know about Earth Hour

  1. We can solve 3/4 of climate change by changing the energy we use.
    First step is cutting down our use. Do those lights really have to be on? Can the computers be turned off at night? Think before you switch on.
  2. 10 million Canadians care about leadership on climate change.
    Every person who participates in Earth Hour is sending a clear and inspiring message to our leaders to take further action needed to help our planet.
  3. We’re in the hot seat this summer – and it’s not on the beach!
    Canada is hosting the G8 and G20 Summits in Huntsville and Toronto in June, and climate change is on the agenda. Let’s show the world what we are capable of.
  4. Wildlife’s best hope is avoiding 2 degrees Celsius.
    Global warming is already threatening our coral reefs, the base of ocean life. If we can limit the warming, we can stop 1/3 of species from risking extinction.
  5. WWF wants to help you make ever hour Earth Hour.
    There’s a big growing community online of people wanting to do more and looking for support. Join us at http://community.wwf.ca

Impacts of Climate Change

  1. Because of climate change, the loss of Arctic sea ice is destroying the habitats of polar bears and walruses, threatening their survival.
  2. Because of climate change, in the Caribbean, warmer temperatures are skewing gender ratios of sea turtles, undermining the stability of the species.
  3. While balmier climates may actually boost tourism in Canada, other key sectors of the economy – including fisheries, agriculture, forestry and oil and gas – won’t be as fortunate.
  4. Most of us will experience climate change in the form of extreme weather: floods, droughts, heat waves and stronger storms and hurricanes.
  5. Globally, climate change is causing glacial melt, sea level rise, loss of Arctic sea ice, increased insect infestation, wider spread of diseases and extreme weather events.

Understanding your carbon footprint

  1. Most greenhouse gases are caused by the burning of fossil fuels for electricity generation and transportation.
  2. Deforestation is another major driver of climate change, responsible for more carbon pollution than the entire global transportation sector.
  3. A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of carbon pollution produced.
  4. Simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint include: walk more, use public transportation, only buy what you need and recycle.

Tips to living green

  1. Drive Less. Instead of taking the car, why not walk, bike or take transit. Cars and trucks run on fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
  2. Buy local and sustainable food. The average food product travels about 2,000 kilometres before it reaches your table. Along the way it burns up energy – creating greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change – as it’s packaged, shipped and stored. WWF-Canada has created Sustainable Food Buying Guides for regions across the country to help Canadians shop sustainably. The guides are free and available at http://wwf.ca/foodguide.
  3. Recycle, reduce and reuse. Recycling saves a lot of energy needed to extract, process, transport and make new materials and products. Recycle 100% of your glass, aluminium, plastic, and paper and compost your organic waste.
  4. Stay grounded. Airplanes are one of the biggest culprits for pumping carbon emissions high into the atmosphere. If you must fly, then purchase carbon offsets to reduce the impact of your flight. WWF recommends gold standard carbon offsets, such as Climate Friendly (https://climatefriendly.com).
  5. Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are always full before you run them as this will save energy and money.
  6. Weather-proofing your home is a great way to save energy. Caulk your doors and windows, add insulation or add shades to use in the summer!
  7. Leaving your computer for a while? Put it on stand-by and it will take less energy than shutting down and restarting.
  8. Fix leaking faucets. The constant drip wastes water, energy and money, so repair them as soon as possible.
  9. Unplug appliances and phone chargers when they aren’t in use. If they’re plugged in, they’re drawing energy and costing you money.

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Haiti – Unshaken

by Lon on March 23, 2010

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John 5:1-15

by Lon on March 23, 2010

Continuing our study through the gospel of John

1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty?eight years.

6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. 
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” 

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” 

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” 

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. 
14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Who are the lame, the blind, and the paralyzed today?  Literally or metaphorically.

Where do they gather today, and why?

Jesus approached the man with a question, not a presumption.

Ponder the NIV translation of the man’s condition as ‘invalid’.  A better translation may be infirmity, frailty, or weakness.

Jesus caused a man to break the ‘sabbath’ in the healing.  How do you respond when ‘good works’ are done by others who don’t fit within your paradigm?

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The Gospel according to John Piper

by Lon on March 18, 2010

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John 4:43-54

by Lon on March 15, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of john

43 After the two days he left for Galilee.44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)

45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there. 
46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.

47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. 

48 “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” 

49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 

50 Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” 
The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.

52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.” 

53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his household believed. 

54 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.

Key verse here is in v48 “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

This is completely fascinating to me, because there are also places in scripture that record Jesus refusing to give signs.  It’s a bit of a mystery.

One take could be that they ‘royal official’ may not have been acquainted of the prophecies of Jesus, and so when Jesus referred to ‘you people’ he meant gentiles.

Another take could be that there are times for miraculous signs, and at other times there are better ways for Christ to express himself.

The trust of this passage though is clearly to reveal Christ’s divine nature and capacity to perform miracles.  And maybe sometime’s that’s just what we need.

The problem is when we’ve insulated ourselves from the need for miracles, and wonder why they don’t happen any more.

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Young Canadian Artists for Haiti

by Lon on March 12, 2010

When I get older…

Thanks for sharing this Kadia.

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Video on beauty

by Lon on March 9, 2010

Here’s the silly clip we showed on the beauty of our planet, as well as the desire for beauty within every one of us, even if it seems impossible or ridiculous.

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Don’t ask about our meetings

by Lon on March 9, 2010

The following is a post by Tim Chester that shares some insights on where our own community might be at

For many Christians church is an event. It is a meeting you attend or a place you enter. Churches may talk about being a family, but most of their resources go into the Sunday morning event. Acquiring a building. Preparing the sermon. Producing the bulletin. Equipping a venue with sound and light. Planning the show. Practicing the band. That’s were their money and their staff time go. We talk about being family and community, but when you look at how we spend our time and money it becomes clear that in practice we view church as an event.

People often ask me about our meetings. ‘When do you meet? Where? What do you do when you meet together?’ But if you ask those questions then you have completely missed the point! We’re not advocating a new way of doing meetings. Actually our meetings are not good! The music is poor and the teaching is nothing you’d go out of your way to hear. What matters to us is our shared life: sharing our lives, doing ordinary life with gospel intentionality.

The church will never out perform TV shows and music videos. But there is nothing like the community life of the church. There is nowhere else where diverse people come together. There is nowhere else were broken people find a home. There is nowhere else when grace is experienced. There is nowhere else where God is present by his Spirit.

Your thoughts?

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