Monday, March 26, 2007

Repentance

We had Ed Anton in town on the weekend of the 10th, who taught us about Repentance, all Saturday long. It was inspiring and encouraging. I was listening to him, and I felt inside: "YES! YES! This is Christianity! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!"
He really helped me understand how to correctly "rebuke" my brothers and sisters (Elencho in Greek), and I had a clearer idea of godly living. He describes it as a homeostatis of holiness. Essentially, we need to target perfection and see sin as unacceptable, although be full of grace when we do fall in sin. The trick is NOT to see sin as acceptable somehow. No "well, we're not perfect, we're bound to sin" kind of stuff... more of a "I'm living for God, Amen!" kind of thing.


Ministry Training

I'm catching up on my blogging... here's one more crazy thing I did: Ministry Training in Virginia.

So, me's got crazy in the head... I've decided, nearly at the last minute, to go to the Ministry Training Program in Virginia. Here is the quick breakdown of the planning.
Thursday March 1st: leave Montreal by train
Friday afternoon: arrive to Newport News by train, rest, start classes
Saturday all day: classes, try to squeeze in a date
Sunday: classes, church service, more classes, chill out, leave by bus to NYC
Monday: take the train to NYC, so that you can save yourself a day of traveling that way. Arrive in Montreal at 6PM
Can you imagine that the travel was brutal? It makes your feel like putting your environmental principles in a blender and take the plane at every single opportunity for the next year!!!
This is what more or less happened, only with a twist... I found out that they had a Virginia-wide leaders' meeting on Sunday after the classes in Richmond. I adapted my plans to leave from there, and I had the chance to arrange a date too.
The theme of the session was church history. I had one of the mandatory books read already. I read one of the required books on the way there, and another on the way back. I did the take home exam a few days later, since I couldn't find the time to do it right after coming back. I hope I did good! (I don't have the results yet)
We covered a lot of topics. I knew the Patristic story OK, and I had a background in the reformation. But it was cool to add to my medieval history knowledge to learn about scholasticism in that era. The Age of Reason was really interesting, although too short. Its crazy how our way of thinking is directly impacted by this period of history and we don't realize it.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Extremely relevant, to-the-point, editorial by Tony Long at Wired

The World? Your Oyster? Why Not?
talk about knowing what's going on in the world, and why Americans, and the new hi-tech generation, is extremely ignorant about current affairs.

Although the article talks about Americans, its been my experience that quite a few Canadians fit the profile well, as well as many Chinese students I was interacting with. I feel its generally something that belongs to our generation... more like a matter of self-centeredness.