Monday, September 28, 2015

Movies and Lift Locks!

Another busy weekend!

Saturday night it was off to Wasga Beach to show the movie "Do You Believe?" at Wasaga community church.  This film packs punch and I was fighting back man-tears near the end.  If you get a chance to come out and see this movie...DO IT!  For a full list of showtimes and locations click here.

Sunday we were off to Coboconk to speak at Faith Tabernacle!  Pastor Dave welcomed us warmly and I even got to sit in on the drums for worship!  We played "How Great Thou Art" with a real country flair!

I know you're asking what "Coboconk" means.  No it's not a variety of nut or a cartoon sound effect.  It means "gathering of the gulls"!  I did not see any gulls, but we did see lots of Canada geese!  The area is beautiful and I think I will be back after the leaves begin to change.

Another sight on the way to Coboconk, was the Kirkfield Lift-Lock.  This was fascinating and I did not have a whole lot of time to explore, but again, I'll be back!

Hope to see you at the next LIFE 100.3 event!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Can We Talk?

These were words made famous by comedienne, Joan Rivers.

She used them in her raunchy comedy, but I think they have quite the significance when it comes to prayer!

You may be wondering about prayer.

Maybe you're new to it or maybe you just have not done it in a while and are wondering how to start.

It's pretty simple.

We know that Jesus told us to pray by starting out saying, Father.

But then I have found this to be true...

When you go for counseling or to the doctor or a teacher, they almost always say, so, what's on your mind?

They want to know those things that right there on the top of your thinking.

Not a bunch of other stuff...what's just eating you at the moment, so we can get that out of the way.

It's no use talking about other things when you have something eating you.

So why not try that today when you pray.

What's on your mind?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Some Thoughts

This morning we awoke to the sad news that a little two year old girl was found dead, apparently murdered.

I cannot fathom the motivation behind a crime like this...what a world.

My heart hurts for those who have been deprived of this happy little life.

It has me thinking though about a popular saying supposedly based on the bible.

Maybe you have heard it...

"God won't give you more than you can handle..."

This quote is no where in the bible but at times like this, it's often heard in order to bring comfort in the midst of chaos.

I think we ALREADY live in a world that is too much to handle.

Horrible, horrible things happen every day.  Things we cannot even imagine or choose to ignore.

But they happen nonetheless, and yet we continue to live on.

This is the world we live in, it's awful and beautiful all at the same time.

How do we live here?

Suffering is universal to all.  The degree of heartache varies from person to person.

I can only conclude that we have to be here for each other to get through it, and to hopefully prevent anything like this from ever, ever happening again.

Monday, September 14, 2015


If you have been around church or Christian circles you may have heard the word "broken".

Broken before the Lord.

Do I understand this, no, but one aspect of it I do, and I think many of us do, is being brokenhearted.

Things didn't work out the way you thought, or someone has betrayed you or left you.

That pain is no fun, sometimes you think a physical injury would be easier to handle.

Here's the cool thing...this was a center piece of Jesus ministry, and it continues today.

He healed many physical ailments to be sure but what did he use as the center scripture of His mission?

The scripture he based his ministry on is Isaiah 61:1 He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.

Psalms says, The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.He cares and he can help it heal.

You can know, that in that pain, God is there to help you heal it, because He said He would.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

FanExpo 2015!

Part of being a geek is that you not only have an interest in a particular genre of sci-fi or fantasy, you are also keenly aware of what goes on behind the scenes to bring these stories and characters to life.

I don’t know why but I have always wanted to know who plays a character and how they went about creating that personality. Some of the most fascinating are the actors who provide voice talent to cartoon or video game characters.

I am the guy who watches the credits to see who it was who stood behind a mic in a soundproof room and read a script that before they read it was just word on a paper, but when they are done, it’s a story.

This past weekend I again got the chance to go to FanExpo in Toronto. It’s a huge convention of all manner of sci-fi, fantasy, comic book and video game fans! There are booths full of artwork, props, costumes and t-shirts. There are areas to meet the stars and get an autograph, but one of my favourite parts is the Q&A time with the actors. This year I only wanted to go to two seminars and both were with Tom Kenny, the voice behind the character of Spongebob Squarepants!

If you had kids in the late 90’s you know who Spongebob is better than most! The character is an eager sea sponge who is an employee of the Crusty Crab diner. He works with his neighbour, Squidward, who he annoys to no end. He also has a best friend who is a starfish named, Patrick. Spongebob has a high pitched voice, full of optimism. His laugh is like the sound of a porpoise.

I love unique characters and Spongebob is definitely one of those, so I was looking forward to getting up close to the man behind the voice!

Tom was part of a talk about the cartoon Adventure Time, in which he also plays a role. I don’t follow the show and I don’t really understand it so I had to endure most of the chit chat without a clue!

It came to Q&A time and I jumped up to ask my question behind a couple other kids at mic at the side of the auditorium. I asked someone connected with the event if I could ask a quick question about Spongebob, even though the talk was supposed to be about Adventure Time. She said it would be OK. 

My turn came and my heart was poundings! I asked him about an episode where he sings a silly song, one part of the song seems like it was from someone else so I wanted to know if he did it all! (We sing the song with the kids and it’s an inside joke thing with us) I actually did the voice in my question! Holy Cow!

Tom answered that he did do the whole song and proceeded to sing it, much to the delight of the whole crowd who cheered!


I stepped aside so more kids could ask other questions including one star-struck 15 year old girl who wanted to marry Tom!

It was a great time and Tom came over to the edge of the stage after to get quick pictures taken and to shake hands. One hand was mine! Cool!

He was so gracious with everyone and really had to be dragged away to do another thing.

FanExpo is a crowded event that can be frustrating to deal with at times, but it’s always so much fun!

Until next year!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Make Someone Cry!

Let's do some deep thinking about what it really takes to change lives.

I watched a video on YouTube, where a guy pays for peoples groceries as they are in the checkout, pats them on the shoulder and says, God is good...and then beats it out of there, leaving them stunned.

Most say thank you and are bewildered, others break down crying and that's what I want to talk about.

We are all just one act of kindness from tears.

Someone could do something for you that no matter how tough you are, you'll weep like a baby.

What could we do for someone that would touch them in such a way?

That would be worth it, I think that'ts how Jesus did it.

Interestingly, God got all the credit for something that a human mortal did!