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.