What I tweeted the past week.

  • #notetoself – chk out ths and see if there's things I can learn for orgSeries (also upgrade my own copy of twittertools) http://bit.ly/cTndn #
  • My daughter Jenna made this for me on Sunday. http://mypict.me/52tE #
  • Looking at my schedule for this week and <wincing>. A LOT I want to get done before I take two weeks off beginning Monday. #
  • Out for a late lunch and I'm hungry! #
  • I love the look (and smell) of fresh cut grass. Yes I did my lawns tonight – finally. They were starting to get embarrassing… #
  • about to do some of my family finances… <cringe> #
  • //NLB// Reconnexion conference Live Blogging #
  • Koinonia has a beautiful church building. #
  • Difference between fame and influence – influence is about relationships – David McFarlane #
  • Is what is on the wall happening down the hall – mission statements – David M #
  • We need to be asking ourselves – who are we and why are we here – david m #
  • The church must shft its focus from istitution orientation to community orientation if it is to survive – jack dennison #
  • For those following my twitter – I'm tweeting from the Reconnexions Conference. #
  • David's observations – vibrant churches have influence in their communities. #
  • Roundtable discussion about what changes we've seen in the church in the last five years (I need to do a blog post on this) #
  • Wow – 70% of cdns think that new forms of spirituality are replacing traditional religions! (Vision TV telephone poll 2003 #
  • David M – churches are training their own people rather than relying on seminaries. (Trends) #
  • The church exists by mission as fire exists by burning. Without mission there really is no church. – Emil Brunner #
  • David M – churches need to regain their sense of mission in Canada. #
  • We need to be a people of mission – David M #
  • Wish there was wifi access here? Having to tweet on my bb is much slower than my laptop #
  • The difference between a church driven by management vs. Mission – what is the focus? Of the church? Good question. #
  • Mission MUST be in the drivers seat NOT management if there is to be any hope for the future for the church. #
  • P1 Missional church is outward focused #
  • P2 Missionall chrch is motivated by Hope #
  • Chart on breakout churches by Thom Rainer http://mypict.me/5bWf #
  • P3 missional churches are intentional #
  • P4 – Missional Churches are equipping. #
  • P5 – missional church is "community for mission" #
  • These points I'm posting flow out of Mark 2:2-5 where Jesus healed the paralytic. #
  • The missional church is "in and out" – bringing people in because of mission and sending people out with mission. #
  • Missional churches have people wh belong first, bless and move to believe. #
  • P6 Missional church is innovative. #
  • Cool thought the paralytics friends who dug the roof were being innovative! #
  • P7 – missional church is about transformation #
  • Fishing – u can't just throw the worms out they must be cooncted to the "hook" of the gospel. #
  • P8 – missional church is exciting and fruitful. #
  • http://twitpic.com/86sy9 – Got a free book. Not much choice but this is what I picked #
  • Evangelism & missional is not abt programs & systems but is abt a paridigm shift – a change of thinking 2 remember y we're doing wht we do. #
  • starting session on "igniting Your Church's Missionality" #
  • Merv Budd is speaking #
  • The church must be missional because God Himself is missional #
  • Christendom Framework: Theology->Ecclesiology->Missiology. Missional Framework: Theology->Missiology->Ecclesiology #
  • Koinonia has social networks blocked through their wifi access. WHAT? backwords thinking in my opinion… here we are at an evangelism … #
  • See 1 Peter 2:9 and Acts 1:8 to see examples of the Missional Call of God. #
  • becoming missional doesn't happen overnight and there is no formula –> the emphasis is that becoming missional is a paradigm shift. #
  • great challenge: Is your church a CLUB or a life-saving station? #
  • one way to ignite mission in a "management" church is there must be a leader who is missional (teaches,models,lives it out) #
  • The form of how the church expresses itself isn't the problem but the problem is the substance of the church – Merv Budd (paraphrased) #
  • this person needed in the church who is missional is "evangelist" #
  • Old way of looking at evangelist (not to discard but to build upon and move from): Target-non-Christians, Task->From words to sermons… #
  • Goal->people make a decision for Christ, Method->Itinerant Preacher #
  • The word Evangelist only appears in Ephesians 4:11,12 and 2 Timothy 4:3-5 #
  • New way of looking at the evangelist: Target->Christians, Task->Form People into Body (Philm 6), Goal->Revelation of Christ (1 Thes 1:6-8) #
  • Method->Local Church Equipper. #
  • P1 Have we "personalized" the salvation message to the point where people only see themselves receiving Jesus … #
  • P2 …and forgetting that He has received them and they are now a part of the community of the church? #
  • P3 – there is a corporate side to the gospel that we need to communicate well. (which is what the evangelist should do) #
  • Merv started out kind of slow BUT man can you ever see how passionate he is about this stuff!! #
  • Evangelist shift: From being a "preacher" to an "equipper". From forming words into sermons to Forming People into the body. #
  • This is stuff I'm resonating with. I really am passionate about people discovering their "fit" in the body… #
  • …and waking up to how they are a part of what God is doing through the church #
  • Want to know where I am? -> http://www.kcf.org #
  • Our work REVEALS what we believe. What are you revealing by your work? (paraphrased Merv) #
  • For those just reading my tweets, I'm live-tweeting a conference I'm at -> http://www.billygraham.ca/Ministries/ReconneXion.aspx #
  • Remember Discipleship isn't just to grow….it's to GROW to fulfill MISSION – which in the church's case is to reach lost people. YES!! #
  • (my thoughts) – Pastor's, when we preach…are tying the message into the mission? Are we connecting the words to the work? #
  • The biggest challenge in becoming missional is overcoming this humanistic mindset of "What's in it for me?" (paraphrased) #
  • Unless your vision from God is greater than the pain you face you will never endure (Merv). {Have you asked God for this kind of vision?} #
  • Need to discover the vision that inspires people (David McFarlane) #
  • back to live tweeting at http://www.billygraham.ca/Ministries/ReconneXion.aspx – just had a GREAT lunch!! #
  • Hearing from David McFarlane as he talks about "Sparking Imagination" #
  • IDEAS – Innovative, Discussion and Questions, Environment of Creativity, Adaptive People, Success Oriented #
  • Attracting Imagination: The normal reaction of most of us to a new idea is to ignore it. (John Williams) #
  • When Creativity Works: Creative Event, a friend, Invitation, Value, Excellence, Gospel, Response #
  • David is a funny guy, has the room laughing! #
  • Biblical example of creativity: Acts 9:24 and 2 Corinthians 11:33 #
  • Creative Evolution: Define Problem, Collect Ideas, Implement Solutions #
  • The most difficult part of Creative Solutions (not evolution) is learning what the problem is. #
  • When defining the problem there must be NO JUDGING of ideas otherwise the creative solution process will be killed before it even gets o … #
  • In creative solution meetings don't meet longer than 2 hours…FINISH ON TIME! (David) #
  • David is talking about a way of creative thinking (6 Hat Thinking by Debono) – interesting. #
  • 6 Hat Thinking is a way of evaluating ideas through different hats. I.E. Yellow=Benefits, Black=Cautions, Green=New Ideas, Wht=Info nee … #
  • …Blue=Controls/systems/structure, Red=Emotional Reaction. Wear each hat while evaluating an idea. #
  • When being creative, there must a connect between what you are doing and the problem you are solving… (my thoughts) #
  • #fuelingimagination: 1. Lighten UP!, 2. Read Widely, 3. Become curious., 4. Change your routine, 5. Take time to think #
  • #fuelingimagination: 6. Enlarge your circle, 7. Be healthy., 8. Write, 9. Develop a Creative "spot", 10. Keep passionate. #
  • Do we empower our people to come up and communicate great ideas? #
  • Imagination = Risk. Failure seldom stops you, what stops you is the fear of failure." (Jack Lemmon) #
  • God of the New (Isaiah 43:19; Mark 2:22) #
  • Courage is the art of being the only one who knows that you are scared to death! {ha! I like that one} #
  • Another way of being creative (specifically regarding Outreach) – look for transitional moments in peoples lives and connect with them. #
  • The more you pray, the more you step out in faith, the more "coincendences" you see! (David) #
  • What you pray for and what you celebrate gets done (David) #
  • Back to Merv Budd for the next session, "Igniting an Evangelistic Atmosphere" #
  • Evangelism in America…will be harder than most of us ever imagined" (Gordon Scoville) #
  • The Western world is now the toughest mission field on earth" – Allan Walker #
  • Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: 1. Personal Level #
  • won't you fully engage in your faith by giving it away to others (personal evangelism) #
  • Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: Program Level – Community+Congregation=Concept #
  • Interesting thought: Have we forgotten what it feels like for people who've never been to church to go to a service? #
  • Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: 3. Perception Level #
  • A church that wants to be evangelistic needs to be intentional about the image it presents. #
  • What's your church's reputation in your community? Ask around! (and I don't think Merv means people who attend your church…) #
  • Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: 4. Paradigm Level #
  • four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: 1. Unwritten Rules #
  • four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: 2. Hidden forces. #
  • four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: Secret Messages #
  • four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: Wholeness – dealing with the big picture. #
  • //ELB// closed in prayer great conference #
  • VERY cool tool for realtime communication in different languages —> BabelWith.Me http://bit.ly/3yBkA #
  • Gateway church chooses WordPress – validating my recommendation that WPA's website be built on WordPress. http://bit.ly/13SJc5 #
  • Setting up for the volunteer appreciation dinner – all worth it to thank our volunteers! #
  • RT @CatalystLeader SAVE BIG on Catalyst Atlanta! Special Twitter discount + gift! http://bit.ly/kff5I #
  • I just registered 4 the Catalyst-Atlanta conference – so excited! Just wish thr was sum peeps I know going w/ me… http://bit.ly/1806Ai #
  • Volunteer apreciation dinner is ON! Awesome! Food smells soooo good. #
  • Had a blast doing a skit with @janettie at the volunteer appreciation! So much fun! #
  • Another church website I really like. Love how they've integrated video. http://bit.ly/TIA0k #
  • Going to bed early tonite – can't keep my eyes open! #
  • It has not pleased God that the distinction between a sin and a duty should turn on fine feelings. – C.S. Lewis #
  • an interesting read – do we have too many expectations of people in our church? http://bit.ly/1l6yMb #
  • Getting ready for the twins birthday. Just got 175 water baloons filled – my hands are rlly sore now! #
  • On to the regular baloons (faint) where's an air tank when you need it? #
  • Beautiful day for the twins birthday party! #
  • I just can't wait to get the candy floss machine going…mmmmm.. #
  • Jenna with her facepaint – my wife is so talented! http://mypict.me/5QYv #
  • Here's Liam's pic http://mypict.me/5R1X #
  • Out having dessert with friends – a beautiful night! #
  • Up and at 'em. I guess for some this is sleeping in. For me, I'm getting up earlier than I wanted to today… #
  • Making a list of the things I wnt 2 accomplish 4 the 2 weeks that I'm on holidays. Have a feeling the list is going 2 B lngr than I thot… #
  • having trouble finding motivation to do anything today…reeaaallly tired. I might just veg today (been a while since I've done that) #
  • Some great tricks for finding info using Google -> http://bit.ly/TwB8w #
  • "Pixton" looks like something I might use to whip up a quick comic to illustrate smthng or add some funnies to a talk… http://bit.ly/oHnYK #
  • gotta remember to point this list to people when they ask me, "how did you do that so fast?" –> http://bit.ly/bUceb #keyboardshortcuts #
  • Getting ready for a great morning at WPA! #

Reconnexion conference Live Blogging

8:58:33 AM: Koinonia has a beautiful church building.

9:14:11 AM: Difference between fame and influence – influence is about relationships – David McFarlane

9:21:47 AM: Is what is on the wall happening down the hall – mission statements – David M

9:23:12 AM: We need to be asking ourselves – who are we and why are we here – david m

9:27:02 AM: The church must shft its focus from istitution orientation to community orientation if it is to survive – jack dennison

9:28:21 AM: For those following my twitter – I’m tweeting from the Reconnexions Conference.

9:30:31 AM: David’s observations – vibrant churches have influence in their communities.

9:36:34 AM: Roundtable discussion about what changes we’ve seen in the church in the last five years (I need to do a blog post on this)

9:37:55 AM: Wow – 70% of cdns think that new forms of spirituality are replacing traditional religions! (Vision TV telephone poll 2003

9:44:19 AM: David M – churches are training their own people rather than relying on seminaries. (Trends)

9:45:46 AM: The church exists by mission as fire exists by burning. Without mission there really is no church. – Emil Brunner

9:47:17 AM: David M – churches need to regain their sense of mission in Canada.

9:49:07 AM: We need to be a people of mission – David M

9:56:09 AM: Wish there was wifi access here? Having to tweet on my bb is much slower than my laptop

9:59:51 AM: The difference between a church driven by management vs. Mission – what is the focus? Of the church? Good question.

10:00:39 AM: Mission MUST be in the drivers seat NOT management if there is to be any hope for the future for the church.

10:01:24 AM: P1 Missional church is outward focused

10:02:07 AM: P2 Missionall chrch is motivated by Hope

10:08:09 AM: Chart on breakout churches by Thom Rainer http://mypict.me/5bWf

10:08:58 AM: P3 missional churches are intentional

10:09:31 AM: P4 – Missional Churches are equipping.

10:10:16 AM: P5 – missional church is “community for mission”

10:11:24 AM: These points I’m posting flow out of Mark 2:2-5 where Jesus healed the paralytic.

10:13:10 AM: The missional church is “in and out” – bringing people in because of mission and sending people out with mission.

10:15:09 AM: Missional churches have people wh belong first, bless and move to believe.

10:15:44 AM: P6 Missional church is innovative.

10:17:20 AM: Cool thought the paralytics friends who dug the roof were being innovative!

10:19:06 AM: P7 – missional church is about transformation

10:21:06 AM: Fishing – u can’t just throw the worms out they must be cooncted to the “hook” of the gospel.

10:21:42 AM: P8 – missional church is exciting and fruitful.

10:26:34 AM: http://twitpic.com/86sy9 – Got a free book. Not much choice but this is what I picked

10:27:32 AM: Evangelism & missional is not abt programs & systems but is abt a paridigm shift – a change of thinking 2 remember y we’re doing wht we do.

10:55:45 AM: starting session on “igniting Your Church’s Missionality”

10:57:37 AM: Merv Budd is speaking

10:58:22 AM: The church must be missional because God Himself is missional

11:00:13 AM: Christendom Framework: Theology->Ecclesiology->Missiology. Missional Framework: Theology->Missiology->Ecclesiology

11:01:31 AM: Koinonia has social networks blocked through their wifi access. WHAT? backwords thinking in my opinion… here we are at an evangelism …

11:02:14 AM: See 1 Peter 2:9 and Acts 1:8 to see examples of the Missional Call of God.

11:04:47 AM: becoming missional doesn’t happen overnight and there is no formula –> the emphasis is that becoming missional is a paradigm shift.

11:06:14 AM: great challenge: Is your church a CLUB or a life-saving station?

11:09:45 AM: one way to ignite mission in a “management” church is there must be a leader who is missional (teaches,models,lives it out)

11:11:24 AM: The form of how the church expresses itself isn’t the problem but the problem is the substance of the church – Merv Budd (paraphrased)

11:12:47 AM: this person needed in the church who is missional is “evangelist”

11:16:54 AM: Old way of looking at evangelist (not to discard but to build upon and move from): Target-non-Christians, Task->From words to sermons…

11:17:50 AM: Goal->people make a decision for Christ, Method->Itinerant Preacher

11:18:25 AM: The word Evangelist only appears in Ephesians 4:11,12 and 2 Timothy 4:3-5

11:20:35 AM: New way of looking at the evangelist: Target->Christians, Task->Form People into Body (Philm 6), Goal->Revelation of Christ (1 Thes 1:6-8)

11:21:09 AM: Method->Local Church Equipper.

11:22:54 AM: P1 Have we “personalized” the salvation message to the point where people only see themselves receiving Jesus …

11:23:40 AM: P2 …and forgetting that He has received them and they are now a part of the community of the church?

11:24:37 AM: P3 – there is a corporate side to the gospel that we need to communicate well. (which is what the evangelist should do)

11:25:35 AM: Merv started out kind of slow BUT man can you ever see how passionate he is about this stuff!!

11:26:54 AM: Evangelist shift: From being a “preacher” to an “equipper”. From forming words into sermons to Forming People into the body.

11:28:13 AM: This is stuff I’m resonating with. I really am passionate about people discovering their “fit” in the body…

11:28:36 AM: …and waking up to how they are a part of what God is doing through the church

11:32:36 AM: Want to know where I am? -> http://www.kcf.org

11:33:42 AM: Our work REVEALS what we believe. What are you revealing by your work? (paraphrased Merv)

11:38:32 AM: For those just reading my tweets, I’m live-tweeting a conference I’m at -> http://www.billygraham.ca/Ministries/ReconneXion.aspx

11:40:47 AM: Remember Discipleship isn’t just to grow….it’s to GROW to fulfill MISSION – which in the church’s case is to reach lost people. YES!!

11:42:03 AM: (my thoughts) – Pastor’s, when we preach…are tying the message into the mission? Are we connecting the words to the work?

11:43:34 AM: The biggest challenge in becoming missional is overcoming this humanistic mindset of “What’s in it for me?” (paraphrased)

11:46:33 AM: Unless your vision from God is greater than the pain you face you will never endure (Merv). {Have you asked God for this kind of vision?}

11:58:22 AM: Need to discover the vision that inspires people (David McFarlane)

11:58:22 AM: Need to discover the vision that inspires people (David McFarlane)

12:48:14 PM: back to live tweeting at http://www.billygraham.ca/Ministries/ReconneXion.aspx – just had a GREAT lunch!!

12:51:36 PM: Hearing from David McFarlane as he talks about “Sparking Imagination”

12:54:20 PM: IDEAS – Innovative, Discussion and Questions, Environment of Creativity, Adaptive People, Success Oriented

12:57:39 PM: Attracting Imagination: The normal reaction of most of us to a new idea is to ignore it. (John Williams)

12:59:53 PM: When Creativity Works: Creative Event, a friend, Invitation, Value, Excellence, Gospel, Response

1:00:55 PM: David is a funny guy, has the room laughing!

1:03:37 PM: Biblical example of creativity: Acts 9:24 and 2 Corinthians 11:33

1:06:49 PM: Creative Evolution: Define Problem, Collect Ideas, Implement Solutions

1:08:05 PM: The most difficult part of Creative Solutions (not evolution) is learning what the problem is.

1:11:07 PM: When defining the problem there must be NO JUDGING of ideas otherwise the creative solution process will be killed before it even gets o …

1:12:24 PM: In creative solution meetings don’t meet longer than 2 hours…FINISH ON TIME! (David)

1:14:59 PM: David is talking about a way of creative thinking (6 Hat Thinking by Debono) – interesting.

1:14:59 PM: David is talking about a way of creative thinking (6 Hat Thinking by Debono) – interesting.

1:14:59 PM: David is talking about a way of creative thinking (6 Hat Thinking by Debono) – interesting.

1:16:34 PM: 6 Hat Thinking is a way of evaluating ideas through different hats. I.E. Yellow=Benefits, Black=Cautions, Green=New Ideas, Wht=Info nee …

1:17:34 PM: …Blue=Controls/systems/structure, Red=Emotional Reaction. Wear each hat while evaluating an idea.

1:30:21 PM: When being creative, there must a connect between what you are doing and the problem you are solving… (my thoughts)

1:31:49 PM: #fuelingimagination: 1. Lighten UP!, 2. Read Widely, 3. Become curious., 4. Change your routine, 5. Take time to think

1:32:45 PM: #fuelingimagination: 6. Enlarge your circle, 7. Be healthy., 8. Write, 9. Develop a Creative “spot”, 10. Keep passionate.

1:33:39 PM: Do we empower our people to come up and communicate great ideas?

1:34:46 PM: Imagination = Risk. Failure seldom stops you, what stops you is the fear of failure.” (Jack Lemmon)

1:35:30 PM: God of the New (Isaiah 43:19; Mark 2:22)

1:36:17 PM: Courage is the art of being the only one who knows that you are scared to death! {ha! I like that one}

1:47:35 PM: Another way of being creative (specifically regarding Outreach) – look for transitional moments in peoples lives and connect with them.

1:50:17 PM: The more you pray, the more you step out in faith, the more “coincendences” you see! (David)

1:54:41 PM: What you pray for and what you celebrate gets done (David)

2:13:06 PM: Back to Merv Budd for the next session, “Igniting an Evangelistic Atmosphere”

2:16:43 PM: Evangelism in America…will be harder than most of us ever imagined” (Gordon Scoville)

2:17:25 PM: The Western world is now the toughest mission field on earth” – Allan Walker

2:20:40 PM: Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: 1. Personal Level

2:27:16 PM: won’t you fully engage in your faith by giving it away to others (personal evangelism)

2:32:00 PM: Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: Program Level – Community+Congregation=Concept

2:34:47 PM: Interesting thought: Have we forgotten what it feels like for people who’ve never been to church to go to a service?

2:36:58 PM: Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: 3. Perception Level

2:37:37 PM: A church that wants to be evangelistic needs to be intentional about the image it presents.

2:40:39 PM: What’s your church’s reputation in your community? Ask around! (and I don’t think Merv means people who attend your church…)

2:45:14 PM: Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: 4. Paradigm Level

2:46:32 PM: four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: 1. Unwritten Rules

2:51:28 PM: four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: 2. Hidden forces.

2:56:05 PM: four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: Secret Messages

2:59:05 PM: four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: Wholeness – dealing with the big picture.

What I tweeted the past week.

  • Think I'll hold off upgrading my blog to WP2.8 when I have more time to do any fixes I might need 🙂 #
  • Heading back to work a day earlier than planned today. Just too much to do this week. #
  • Forgot my rule of making sure my desk is clean before going on vacation…makes it harder to have that "fresh" start when I get back! #
  • P1: On standards… what "standard" are you known for when it comes to your work habits and character? Do you have any? #
  • P2: On standards… People will see you through the lense of what they perceive to be your standards. What are you known for? #
  • I've got to try for this. Hopefully I'll win an iphone in the great #squarespace giveaway! #
  • Heading for lunch at the Mandarin and I don't have to pay. Bonus! #
  • I used restraint at lunch today. Hard to do – but I think my body thanks me for it. #
  • Home after a long day. Some days seem longer than others. #
  • catching up on my feed reading…took a while to get the kids to bed tonight – they're very restless and it's a HOT evening! #
  • Just did some minor updates on my #organizeseries plugin. Thinking I might get 2.0.9 out by the end of the month if all goes well. #
  • upgraded unfoldingneurons.com to WordPress 2.8 – looks like there's no problems. #
  • Interesting article… Score one for Canada – The Capitalist Manifesto: Greed Is Good – http://bit.ly/Ha5KT #
  • Check out: "You matter" (http://twitthis.com/dl6cpy) #
  • starting work on the message for this Sunday AM – talking on David as a father. Working title for message, "How to Fail as a Father" #
  • RT @perrynoble "God does not do consulting!" @larryosborne – SO TRUE! #
  • A good point on using secular music in a church service… http://bit.ly/Bzaxr #
  • Forgot rice #
  • Someone wrote my facebook address in the dirt on my van back window. I wonder who that could have been… #
  • I'm going to try making this sometime… http://bit.ly/Jp13W #
  • upgraded waterlooassembly.org to WordPress 2.8 #
  • Off to bed early tonite. Man am I tired! #
  • Ready to start the day. Everyone seems to be dragging their feet a bit today. #
  • Here's another church website design I like – http://bit.ly/1SiBP #
  • Bible Scholars…what's the message of this story?… http://bit.ly/18hYQy #
  • See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! (1jn3:1) http://bit.ly/13Cwwm #
  • So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil…. (1 John 3:10) http://bit.ly/L1VA9 #
  • So don't be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. (1 John 3:13) http://bit.ly/2JgF7B #
  • Bang on…I wonder if we did a survey, what we'd find out about WPA people? "The Sometimes Surprising Price of Success" http://bit.ly/1RfJca #
  • Hmm…not sure what to make of my TweetPsych (got link from @tonymorganlive) http://bit.ly/ak0as #
  • been working on my message (am) for Sunday again. Studying how many children David had and what his kids did (or didn't end up doing) #
  • One reason why I'd love to have an iphone -> http://bit.ly/2m9AaK – I've been a user of logmein for a while. #squarespace #
  • my sinuses are bugging me and I'm feeling kind of nauseous…hope it's only temporary 🙁 #
  • Note to self: Check this out -> http://bit.ly/1BxhQ0 – they support my bank 🙂 #
  • Been almost two weeks since I watched any TV. #
  • Feeling convicted from the message I'm preparing for this Sunday. The Holy Spirit is working on me. #
  • woopra stats is telling me that 75% of people visiting http://unfoldingneurons.com spend 20+minutes on the site! Next is 5-10min with 15%. #
  • I'm really starting to dislike the looks/layout of my blog. It needs a new theme – problem is, I don't have time to do it 🙁 #
  • Just published the last post in my Ukraine Missions Trip series -> http://bit.ly/14Y5zA – I took the trip back in Jan – I'm slow. #
  • Judges 20:1 – Interesting. God sent the Israelites into battle 2 times whr they lost – thy stll went and won the 3rd tm http://bit.ly/SVp1d #
  • You see and recognize what is right
    but refuse to act on it.
    You hear with your ears,
    but you don't really listen. http://bit.ly/1azc3p #
  • Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. http://bit.ly/VAkJk #
  • struggling a bit on what I'm going to speak about on Sunday night. I thought I knew but I'm not sure now… #
  • In the end, I'm going to speak on what I originally planned – "Lot, the Man who Compromised" #
  • I can hear all the broken glass tinkle from the TV screens busted by this –> http://bit.ly/uYNpw #
  • still not done Sunday AM's message. Gonna work later tonight so I can get it done. #
  • just finished Sunday am message. About to go to board meeting and then after I'll work on Sunday's PM message which is about 75% done… #
  • Really excited about this coming Sunday!!! #
  • something 2 keep an eye on … http://www.monvee.com #
  • Going camping – thunderstorms in the forecast – sun shining now… Oh and supposed to be big winds. I REALLY hope we survive! #
  • I rlly hope the severe thunderstorm heading 4 R campsite doesn't show up. http://myloc.me/4vgH #
  • About to go swimming, so far no storm in sight – YAY! http://myloc.me/4wDp #
  • http://twitpic.com/7utad – My daughter Jenna enjoying our camping trip! #
  • This is what makes camping cozy…. http://mypict.me/4zio #
  • Rained last night but stayed fairly dry. Hope it clears up today. #camping http://myloc.me/4Dui #
  • Back home from the cottage. Had an awesome time BUT I still can't wait for tomorrow's service at WPA! http://myloc.me/4KFy #
  • #notetoself Gotta add this to Organize Series – > http://bit.ly/rACZZ #
  • kids gave me their handcrafted father's day gifts tonite. I LOVE Jenna, Liam, Zachary, and Karissa SOO much! Their gifts were amazing!! #
  • Just getting the ppt slides for tomorrow's messages done. I'm SOOO looking forward to the service tomorrow! #
  • Awesome service at WPA today! #
  • Zach cooked steak on the bbq for father's day today. They turned out great! #
  • Tired after today's services – but still really enjoyed today! #

Day Nine (Jan 5) – Last Day [Ukraine Missions Trip]

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Ukraine Missions Trip 2009
This is the ninth (and final) entry in the series I am writing about my trip to Ukraine?–?I didn’t have daily internet access while there so I recorded each day for later publishing.  And later [much later actually] is now.
  • Woke up around 9am and left the Bible College around 10am. Traveled to a square downtown Kyiv. The architecture is amazing and got lots of pictures around the square. Interesting that a lot of the shops and stuff is under the city. Some of the team traveled by subway.
  • St. Micheal's Cathedral
    St. Micheal's Cathedral

    We had a quick lunch at a McDonalds and then we made our way to St. Michael’s. We entered the church – guys had to take their hats off – ladies had to wear hats. Couldn’t put hands in pockets or take pictures or video. Incredible paintings and artwork BUT sad that it’s the church is really doing nothing for the people of

    A mural at St. Micheals
    A mural at St. Micheals

    Ukraine….(with all the money poured into the building…was this really what Christ was thinking of when He started His church?)

  • St. Andrews Cathedral
    St. Andrews Cathedral

    From there we walked down the road by St. Andrews Cathedral (known as St. Andrews descent because legend/history has it that he was led to his crucifixion down that road.

  • We stopped in a little café and crowded into there for some tea and to warm up (very cold day..was -11 to -13 degrees Celsius).
  • St. Andrew's Descent (and a VERY OLD cobblestone road)
    St. Andrew's Descent (and a VERY OLD cobblestone road)

    After the café we did some souvenir shopping. There were a bunch of different little stalls lining the road on St. Andrew’s descent. You had to bargain if you wanted to pay a fair price for the souvenir’s. I was looking at a jewelry box to get my daughters at one stall and the vendor was asking 90 grivna for it. I said no. He said 80. I said no and started to walk away and then he said 70 grivna. I told him I might be back. The very NEXT stall had the same box marked for 45 grivna! At one of the last stalls a gentleman said I could have a box for 50 grivna and I bargained to get two for 80. I realize that it’s still probably marked up an incredible amount (and that setup of stalls is probably planned somehow so that by the time the tourist makes it to the last stall they think they’re getting an incredible bargain…) but nevertheless I came away happy with the purchase – alls well.

  • From there we walked to an internet café in one of the below ground malls – man what a busy place! At least 100 computers networked together. My internet usage was sparse and limited while in Ukraine so I welcomed the few times I could get connected. I was able to get connected and chat with my wife – awesome.
  • From there some went to see “Mother Russia” while I stuck around with Walt, Ira and Johnny to shop around the area we were in. We went in various shops and I picked up some Ukrainian chocolates to take home.
  • Dinner at TGIF Ukraine
    Dinner at TGIF Ukraine

    For supper all of us went to TGIF (yes there is one in Kyiv). Then we took a cab back to the Bible College to get ready for the next day (going home yay!)

The next day was rather uneventful as we made our way back to Waterloo.  It was kind of interesting going through customs and in some ways I was more nervous getting through Canadian customs than I was through Ukrainian!  The Canadian customs agent I went through GRILLED me like crazy with all kinds of questions (while the other team members made it through no problem)…I must be special or something.

Day Eight (Jan 4) – Sunday Morning Live! [Ukraine Missions Trip]

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Ukraine Missions Trip 2009

This is the eighth entry in the series I am writing about my trip to Ukraine?–?I didn’t have daily internet access while there so I recorded each day for later publishing.  And later [much later actually] is now.

Today was our last day in Krivoy Rog.  Here’s a quick rundown of the events of the day:

  • woke up and ate Breakfast @ 10am
  • Preaching at Krivoy Rog Church
    Preaching at Krivoy Rog Church

    Church Service @ 11am – I preached – service was awesome! What was really moving for me was the response of the congregation as I preached and the freedom I felt in speaking. Having to go slower for the translator gives me time to think what I’m going to say and I often veered from my notes. Of course, that was due to the leading of the Holy Spirit as well. During the service Pastor Gregory gave me a note asking me to give the altar call for repentance – that I was nervous for BUT I followed through because I believe we give the invitation and it’s God’s job to draw people.  Well 7 people came forward and I led them through a salvation prayer with the translator using 1 john 1:9 (If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness). It was awesome! The entire church cheered for those who had given their hearts to the Lord and after praying I hugged each one of them. Pastor Gregory also had me  pray for some needs people had written down and handed in. That was cool too!  I was just blown away by this Sunday morning service and SO EXCITED about the new people joining the family of God!!

    Praying for people at Krivoy Rog church
    Praying for people at Krivoy Rog church

    Following the message Pastor Gregory had the team members and I pray for people who came to the front for prayer.

  • Following the service we packed up our bags and loaded them in Ed’s van then had lunch.
  • One of the boys I befriended at the Boys Rehab center (at farthest right is Yarris one of our translators).
    One of the boys I befriended at the Boys Rehab center (at farthest right is Yarris one of our translators).

    Then we went to the boys rehab center and they presented a program they had prepared for us. They also presented a framed picture taken of all the boys there.

    • They taught us some Ukrainian Christmas songs
    • They took us on a tour of their rooms
    • It was evident they were VERY grateful for everything we had done (hallway, showerstalls, hand washing sinks)
  • Restaurant on the road to Kyiv
    Restaurant on the road to Kyiv

    Following our time at the rehab center we then got on a rented Mushuka (bus) and started on our way to Kyiv (a 6-7hour trip). I don’t know what was worse, riding the Mushuka or taking the train! About 1 ½ hour into the trip the bus driver noted that one of his axles was hot and so we decided to have dinner at a restaurant down the road while a new bus was called in from Krivoy Rog. So we had dinner at this Ukrainian Restaurant with paintings of naked women on the wall by each table. Yeah, you read that right – it was “art”, everybody was kind of giggling like schoolkids.  And no, this wasn’t a sleazy joint – it was a genuine Ukrainian restaurant…  The food was really good however! (and no, I didn’t take any pictures of the art *rolls eyes*).

  • When the new bus finally came we got on and started off again to Kyiv. However, we think the bus driver got lost a bit because we ended up not arriving until about 3am (were expecting to get there at 1am @ the latest (even with the bus troubles). I was almost delirious by the time I arrived there from lack of sleep. Boy was the bed ever good.
  • We’re spending the day in Kyiv and sleeping overnight at the Bible College here in the dormitory rooms.  Looking forward to exploring the city tomorrow!!
The finished renovated hallway at the boys rehab center
The finished renovated hallway at the boys rehab center

Day Seven (Jan 3) – Beuleuka [Ukraine Missions Trip]

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Ukraine Missions Trip 2009

This is the seventh entry in the series I am writing about my trip to Ukraine?–?I didn’t have daily internet access while there so I recorded each day for later publishing.  And later [much later actually] is now.

Today I started out by going to the children’s hospital and holding babies in the morning. Took the Mushuka (spelling? – Ukrainian bus)

  • Me holding Konstantine
    Me holding Konstantine

    held a baby girl about 3 months old who had been taken from her mother just the day before because of poor care.

  • Held Konstatine who we had brought medicine for.  Konstantine had a problem with swallowing that would be easily solved by medication.  The hospital didn’t have the funds to pay for this medication and there was no one else as Konstantine’s caregiver.  The medication only cost about $150 USD – easily provided by our team!  Without it, his future didn’t look too well.

After that I went to one of the shops with the girls. Most Ukrainian shops are kind of neat being basically in an apartment building in stalls (kind of like what our flea market would be) – usually in the center of an apartment complex. You have to watch where you walk because of open sewers. While walking there I noticed slits in the basements of some of the apartments….they came across to me as a “defense” architectural feature where machine guns could be pointed out (but maybe not the case?).

One of the handicapped people at Beuleuga
One of the handicapped people at Beuleuga

After lunch the entire team went to a place called the Beuleuka (spelling?) home. It is a place where handicapped and deformed people are shipped out to by the city. It’s one of five such places that Ed’s ministry has got involved in helping. The first thing that hit us was the smell – it was hard trying to ignore it but it was ever present like a third person. People living there have all kinds of deformities and/or handicaps.

Feeding a banana to one of the bed-ridden at Beuleuga
Feeding a banana to one of the bed-ridden at Beuleuga

We passed out bananas and chocolate bars and just spent time with them. The place itself is in a terrible state of disrepair and honestly I don’t know how anyone could live there but Ed says you should have seen it when he first visited it! A lot of renovations and repairs have been done since he started helping out. Now there are other local churches involved in visiting, holding services and even bussing people to their services.

This is the first convert to Christianity at the Beuleuga.  He's so on fire for Jesus that he's called the "pastor" by all the other people there!
This is the first convert to Christianity at the Beuleuga. He's so on fire for Jesus that he's called the "pastor" by all the other people there!

Ed introduced us to one of the inhabitants who was one of the first to receive Christ and is on fire for the Lord. Ed says he calls him a pastor because of all the spiritual care he gives the other inhabitants. Their spiritual fervor is amazing and they are probably closer to God than I ever will be. It’ll be neat getting the chance to meet them again in heaven someday!

After supper together with the team we all travelled together to downtown Krivoy Rog to try and find a place to do something fun together (i.e. play pool, bowling, laser tag). There was one place that had that kind of stuff but it was closed and so was another place. So we ended up going to the Grand Central pizza parlour again and enjoying coffee and a sundae. Nothing fancy but just a night out together with the team.

Latte at Grand Central Pizzeria
Latte at Grand Central Pizzeria

What I “tweeted” 2009-06-14

  • excited about starting vacation tomorrow with the family – been busy packing (yawn) MUST get to BED!!! #
  • At the cottage chillaxin, ahhhh #
  • Yahtzee is a great way to tell who’s decisive and who isn’t #
  • Day 2 the cottage: Cold, Wet but still plenty of fun. I love having the extra time with my fam! #
  • Teaching my son how to play crib #
  • “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?” – Jesus Christ (Matt. 15:3, NASB) #
  • Sittin around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and making smores…mmmm good! Love the sticky faces my kids have! #
  • My twins are 6 years old today (and they make sure to remind you) – hard to believe!!! #
  • Just finished playing tennis with my four kids – dangerous!! #
  • RT @SamRainer New Blog Post: 10 Bad Church Work Habits http://bit.ly/FnSHs //via @ThomRainer #
  • Kids at the beach playing in the water. I’m shivering watching them. I remember when I used to be able to do that… #
  • Out fishing with Ker #
  • Nice to see WP2.8 is out. All my upgrades are going to have to wait till next week though. I’m without internet service at the cottage… #
  • Being without internet at the cottage is a #goodthing #
  • My baby sister’s 10 year anniversary with her husband today. I feel old. #
  • Just clogged my arteries with some bacon and eggs on this beeeuuutiful sunny day! The lake is like glass! #
  • To those contacting me via my website and forums. I won’t be reponding – I’m on vacation. #
  • At a wedding rehearsal in 5 minutes #
  • On my way back to the cottage #
  • Just finished the ceremony for bowe and eve (nee butchart) campbell – beautiful day! #
  • The falls inn at walter’s falls is a beautiful spot #
  • Finished packing up from the cottage. Leaving soon. Boo. #
  • I hate unpacking… #
  • debating whether I’m going to work on my Organize Series plugin tonight… some nice people have sent done some coding for it hmmm… #
  • avoided the stampede and checked today…http://facebook.com/darrenethier was still available 🙂 #
  • Didn’t work on my Organize Series plugin ( http://bit.ly/pdlkT ) but DID respond to forum requests and comments regarding it. #

What I “tweeted” 2009-06-07

  • once chrome gets extensions it will ROCK. For now, I still have to boot up firefox #
  • oh and I tried IE8…shudder #
  • submitted my next column for the “Connections” mag. My topic? Twitter for Churches/Pastors…hmm… #
  • Finished posting the quotes I liked from the book “The Volunteer Revolution” by Bill Hybels see them at http://bit.ly/35YnoG #
  • Just created a unique announcement slide for Sunday to recruit for web development team. Interested in seeing the response… #
  • Just wrapping up a long day at work. whew. #
  • Preach it Perry!! –> http://bit.ly/nLNtn #
  • thinking…if I had the money and was not in a contract already…would I go for the Palm Pre? #
  • Here’s an interesting graphic… http://bit.ly/j3OCT hmm…. #
  • For when you need to tie a knot… http://bit.ly/pU42l #
  • Just finished an fun game of tennis with @jakesta – I haven’t played in a while though and my game is well…not game yet lol #
  • The polka category was dropped from the grammy’s…what? #
  • Reading: Swine flu-Is it evidence of evolution?—http://bit.ly/12fx9v #
  • Reading: MSNBC seven signs evolution show creation—http://bit.ly/HaIDV #
  • just watched the first transformers movie again. Kind of want to see the new one coming soon now #
  • “…you can’t taste it, you can’t feel or hear it. But it is so important to be free.” (D-Day Veteran on freedom) http://bit.ly/16Ncf #
  • “…you can’t taste it, you can’t feel or hear it. But it is so important to be free.” (D-Day Veteran on freedom) http://bit.ly/16Ncff #
  • Some great things to look at when hiring… http://bit.ly/j0QLl #
  • A really beautiful Saturday out today 🙂 #
  • Lost my car keys 🙁 #
  • Just finished a great evening with some friends from WPA! #
  • This is a job I wouldn’t want… http://bit.ly/PvuHa #
  • Looking forward to a great night tonite at WPA – its music finale night! #
  • Someone gave their heart to the Jesus this morning. AWESOME!!! #