Agree or Disagree: Reading Restaurant reviews impact your decision on where to eat.


Down the street from my house is a place called Gratitude Cafe. It’s a Vegetarian restaurant. It has a neat concept. There are game boards, it has a relaxing concept, and the food reviews are generally pretty strong.

However, the reviews on the service have been very negative. There were comments on how a waitress talked down to customers. Or publicly embarrassing waitress or cooks. It has got a nickname of “Attitude Cafe”.

So after a friend of mine went there, I decided to check it out. I did not have a bad experience, however in the back of my mind I wondered if I was going to get yelled at.

There are many options on where you can post or get a review on a restaurant. You would think, it should impact service, but at times it doesn’t. 

But before you go to a restaurant, do you check out reviews? Does that impact your decision?

Agree or Disagree: Angus Jones is getting bad advice


You may or may not have heard of Angus T. Jones before Monday.

He’s the “half” of the Two and a Half Men. This video is Part 2 of a video that he posted of his testimony of how he became a Christian.

At the 8:00 minute point of this, he starts talking about the negative impact of TV. This will include the statement that the show Two and a Half Men is “filth”.

For those who have seen the show, it certainly is not for the faint of heart. In an interview on the Actors Studio years ago,Charlie Sheen admitted they were able to push the boundaries.

But as much as the focus is on Jones future on the show, there is some interesting language in this video.

First, Jones talks about “taking a stand” for Jesus. He talks about compromise. He talks about not being a lukewarm Christian. He speaks of righteousness.

Now, the person on the right is an interesting person. He calls himself the Forerunner. Now here is a video of this guy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i40RV7t2WWE

And the website. http://forerunnerchronicles.com/

I’m not sure what I think of him and his motivations.No matter what you think of this guy, I would not underestimate him. First, he was able to get a celebrity to convert, That gets him some notoriety in some circles. As well as some instant attention. Based on his appearance in Jones video, I’m guessing as much as he is saying that the glory goes to God, he is in the video.

The second thing is Angus Jones is 19 years old. This is significant. Why? There are church studies that say that if you are not able to convert someone to Christianity by the age of 21, then quite likely they won’t. So, here’s a guy that was able to disciple a well known young person, which can influence other young people.

Third, when is the last time there has been any public conversation about the Seventh-Day Adventist. It has been pretty rare. But this week, we will likely be doing some research on it.

So, the question comes down to is this. If you have a young son or daughter that is youth group age. They come home and talk about a guy like the Forerunner. What would your advice be? And what do you think of Angus Jones?

Agree or Disagree: Justin Trudeau should step down for these comments


http://www.calgarysun.com/videos/1986900113001

The name Trudeau in Alberta, and in the West, can be a polarizing.

Justin Trudeau has captured many minds within the Liberal party as a potential leader. Some believe he would make a great Prime Minister. Others would strongly disagree.

Albertans still remember what his father Pierre Elliot Trudeau did with the National Energy Program. It is one of the main reasons the Liberal Party has failed to make any traction in Alberta.

This video is from the Calgary Sun. Some have been upset that he made these comments that Canada belongs to Quebec.

Do you think he should resign?

Agree or Disagree: The Calgary Stampeders will win the 100th Grey Cup


Agree or Disagree: The Calgary Stampeders will win the 100th Grey Cup

According to the experts the Toronto Argos have many edges.

They have the better QB in Ricky Ray, They have the Most Outstanding Player in Chad Owens. A tough running back in Chad Kackert. And Chris Jones, the Argos Defensive Coordinator, knows the Stampeders.

But what the experts are missing are the Stampeders have a deeper receiving core. A great running back in Jon Cornish, and a tough defence. But what no one is talking about is the edge we have in coaching. John Hufnagel is in his second Grey Cup as a coach. But Dave Dickenson outwitted Rich Stubler, the Defensive Coordinator of the B.C.Lions. They were the number 1 defence in the CFL.

But the big intangible for the Stampeders is Rick Campbell the Defensive Coordinator for the Calgary Stampeders. He use to be a coach for the Edmonton Eskimos. If anyone knows how to handle Ricky Ray, it would be him.

I say close game. Calgary 28
Toronto 25

Agree or Disagree: Prostitution shield be legalized everywhere.


Over the years, there has been  a shift in our society’s outward acceptance or prostitution. I say outward, because the law hasn’t prevented or stopped people from using the services. The recognition of this, has called for some to legalize it. And in some cases it is. For example in Canada, it is legal to exchange sex for money. However you cannot profit from prostitution. So if you encourage someone to go to a bawdy house, that is illegal.

 

 

This chart is interesting. It shows which countries where it is legal and where it isn’t. 

http://chartsbin.com/view/snb If you drop over the country, you can see where prostitution is legal and where it isn’t.

 

Now opponents of legalizing prostitution would argue that this is demeaning to woman. It has lead to many other social issues and economic issues including drug addiction, and abuse. Here is a link from a group called Prostitution Research and Education on 10 reasons why it should not be legal. http://www.prostitutionresearch.com/laws/000022.html

 

I’m sure some of you will say that there some valid arguments either way. Some would argue no.

 However, perhaps the biggest question is what does our view of prostitution say about where we are as a culture? And should or can it change?

Agree or Disagree: Israel handling of Palestine. And should the USA Step in


This book has a lot of pages with many chapters. And we have new chapters that have been written recently. 

Depending on which version of the book you read, you get a different perdpective. As a matter of fact some have argued that their “Book” tells them to support Israel has they are the chosen people.

There are others that would argue that the way the Palestinians have been treated is very sad. and unacceptable. That they are people who simply want to live on a land that they also feel their “Book” has told was theirs.

Both sides feel justified in their stance. There are so many reasons for this. But the problem is there is so many innocent people losing their life. If they are not dead, their live conditions are horrible enough.

I really liked Donald Miller wrote after his recent trip. You can read this here. http://storylineblog.com/2012/11/19/the-painful-truth-about-the-situation-in-israel/

The questions I bring up is this.

Is there someone that is “right” here?

And is it time for the US, or others to step in.

Agree or Disagree: It should be mandatory that all political candidates participate in all candidates forum.


Joan Crockatt drew the ire of Mayor Naheed Nenshi and many Calgarians.

She is a Conservative Candidate in a Calgary Centre Bye-Election. There was a debate on Sunday at Calgary Centre Riding. The debate was focusing on city issues. Crockett decided to go door knocking on Sunday instead.

This drew the ire of Mayor Nenshi, which you can read here. http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2012/11/mayor-nenshi-calls-out-tory-joan-crockatt-for-missing-debate/

Now this will not be the first or the last time candidates have missed forums. As a matter of fact, Mayor Nenshi might remember that in the previous mayoral election, there were many candidates that did is forums. It happens in provincial elections as well.

So, do you think it is a fair expectation that all candidates should go to the debates or forums? Are some overreacting to Joan Crockatt?

Agree or Disagree: A Family Unit is based “natural plumbing


Do you remember Billy Graham? He was a well respected evangelist that had the respect of Presidents and people alike. He held a moral high ground and stance. But when he spoke, you generally listened.

Billy has 2 sons and a daughter who have become ministers as well. There’s Anne Graham Lotz, Will Graham and Franklin Graham.

Franklin is the President of Samaritans Purse. And he might have the Graham name, but when he speaks , I think people might cringe.

For example, in this video seen here, Franklin has stated that a Gay couple cannot be considered a family unit because of “plumbing”

So here would be my questions for Franklin.

What about those who were unable to have children by “natural” means? They then decide to adopt children. Does this count as a family unit?

What about those who have decided to foster children? Again, does this count as a family?

As much as one can disagree with his views on whether same sex couples can adopt, I’m more dissapointed in the view of family.

The family unit dynamic has changed over time.Apart from what I mentioned, we have blended families from previous marriages and relationships. But moreover, there has been a movement towards creating community as a family or in some cases called a “tribe”.I have some close personal friends, as you might as well, that you would consider family. Not by a birth means, but by a natural deep connection that happens over time. One’s that bonds can never be broken. Moreover, some “natural” family have been broken or suffered over deep hurt. At times they do not act like a family.

I feel Franklin Graham should know this and respect this. Why? Because his father did. He was asked these questions in letters all the time and gave respectable answers.

I don’t think it’s unfair for us to expect this from Franklin Graham.

Agree or Disagree:Guys are not as straightforward as girls when it comes to dating


This idea was branched out of a conversation I was a part of on Facebook last night.

 

The premise of the discussion is based around a quote “Girls should like guys that are straightforward. If they don’t they are silly”.

 

We ended up discussing if girls are straightforward when it comes to relationships.

 

Now, I realize that there are some generalities in this statement. However, to dig this forward, let’s help break this down to two questions.

 

1)      Who should be straightforward in dating?

2)      When is the right time to be straightforward? There is no exact answer, but I’m sure there are ideas.

 

 

This leads to an idea. I notice, and I’m not the only one, that there seems to be a real logjam when it comes to the dating scene in Calgary. Particularly with Christians. I think it is happening in other places too. It feels like a junior high dance. Guys on one side. Girls on the others. No one wanting to cross the line.

 

To be blunt, for Christians, I don’t think the church has helped. Any dating discussion has been led by someone who is married. Reminding us about Gods will. And you should go to church for God, not to find a mate. And quite frankly, other things that in an attempt to be assuring, comes across trite. Especially when it comes from someone who’s married.

 

What I would like to open up is the possibility of a Dating Discussion Group. It can be open to anyone. Single, married, divorced, separated, gay or straight. Perhaps we need to beyond the “rules” and address the issues that we are currently having. The attempt would open the doors to healthier perspective of dating.

 

Would there be some interest in this discussion?