Agree or Disagree: Jesus was simply more than a “Good Teacher”


As we head into the Easter Weekend, Christians around the world take the time to pause and reflect on the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It also is a time, particularly with many of the debates these days, to reflect on who Jesus is.

In a general sense, we know about Jesus. Some may have not read the Bible, but they have heard snippets and phrases that were sayings of Jesus. Things like

“Love your neighbours”

“Love your enemies”

“Turn the other cheek”

There’s a story of a conversation between Jesus and His disciples found in Mark Chapter 8 25:30. Jesus restored a man’s sight. Jesus asked the disciples what people were saying about who Jesus was.

The Disciples replied” Some say John the Baptist. Some say Elijah”

Jesus then turns the question around to His disciples.

“Who do you say that I am?”

For His disciples these days, they would say He is the Son of God. Maybe others would say something else. Some would say a great teacher, a prophet, or a man.

I bring this question forward to you. Who would you say that Jesus is?

More importantly, why?

Happy Easter.

Time for a little feedback.


Every once in a while, I think it’s really good to do a check in. An opportunity perhaps to have a chat around the fireplace. Oh look :)

So, for those who don’t know, I have been posting Agree or Disagree questions on Facebook for  a little over 2 years. I moved it to as blog format last March 2012.

My crack research staff, which includes me and a friend of mine, do notice some things.

Higher rate of conversation on Facebook than the blog. That is ok. I will be working on that specifically.

There are more people that read the blog, then they do comment on the blog. I get lots of feedback, and it surprises me, because I don’t expect it. They will come and say they enjoy what I do. I never have seen a comment from them.  I find that pleasant.

Recently, I have had some different conversations. They have been from people who liked to contribute, but felt like they could not anymore. There are 2 reasons they have given me. Here they are

1) They are frustrated at tones of people who disagree with their view. 

2) At times the topics go on “tangents” and off point. It becomes too difficult to follow because we end up debating something completely different then the actual topic at hand..

I really enjoy what we have going here. I think it is very valuable. And it is because people are really wanting to contribute to the topics at hand. Or, they want to think about them and read the comments. They will never comment, but they will read.

So, I’m planning to make some small adjustments going forward. However, here is my questions for you as we do.

In general, how have you found the tone and conversation. Are you or one who wants to type something but is too scared too? Or are you one that has stepped back?

Second, how about those tangents? Have they been distracting at times? Do they bother you?

Thank you for taking the time you do to read.

 

 

 

Agree or Disagree: Abuse in marriage doesn’t always look like violence


Agree or Disagree: Abuse in marriage doesn’t always look like violence

This is a post from my friend Connie Jakab. She shares a woman’s story of surviving an abusive situation of marriage.

I think this is an important post and an important topic. Hopefully it can give some hope or perspective for those who need it.

Quite frankly, it’s a topic we should discuss more often

Agree or Disagree: The Transgender Bill (Bill 279) gives rights to a “special group of people”


Agree or Disagree: The Transgender Bill (Bill 279) gives rights to a “special group of people”

“I think there is a sort of betrayal of social conservative values with this trend,

“I think we crossed over lines here. It all comes down to society just not wanting to take a stand on anything because of the fear of looking somehow prejudice.

“We’ve really gone too far with this hate speech.”

Jim Blake, Concerned Christians of Canada.

From the article above, I find it quite interesting the perspective that Jim Blake and the Concerned Christians of Canada have given in regards to Bill 279

 

From this quote, I have a few takeaways of it.

 

First of all, it seems that the Concerned Christians of Canada are more concerned about promoting a particular “value system” then they are with the actual issue of discrimination at hand.  I have not heard the CCC, or many churches for that matter, speak on issues of LGBT youth being bullied in schools.  Or a recent statistic that 40% of LGBT youth that are homeless is due to the fact that they have been disowned by their parents. As a “Concerned Christian”myself, I find these statistics quite heartbreaking.

 

Second of all, and really this is quite fascinating is the person speaking on this issue. Jim Blake seems to be a good friend of Street Church in Calgary. Street Church has been in an actual debate with the City of Calgary about what they have been allowed to do. Street Church have filmed documentaries and called on Christians to support them as they feel they are being discriminated against.

For those who are concerned that Bill 279 is simply a “bathroom bill” as MP Rob Anders has suggested, Silvia Patel has written this article giving the perspective from the transgender community on the Bill. Which you can read here.

http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2013/03/transgender-bill-supported-by-alberta-trans-advocates/

From his viewpoint, this is what Blake continues to say.

Why don’t we just say everybody has the right to be treated well. “They should not have threats against their lives because of choices that they are making that are legal and legitimate. But do we have to keep carving up the legislation and making these special groups of people. Or can we just say that people are human beings and worthy of dignity and respect.

I leave you with two questions.

1)Does this bill give “A special group of people” rights?

2) Why does it seem that when issues or bills like this come up that could support a group that feels discriminated against, that some Christian groups stand against it? Yet at the same time, they will remain silent on the actual treatment that has happened to the group?

Because as a “Concerned Christian”, that really bothers me.

 

 

Agree or Disagree: Public Shaming is an effective discipline tool on children


Agree or Disagree: Public Shaming is an effective discipline tool on children

Gentry and Renee Nickel had an idea. They thought that having their teenage daughter hold a sign that she is “a self-entitled teenager w/no respect for authority. I’m also super smart, yet I have 3 ‘D’s’ because I DON’T CARE” would show some discipline.

You can read the link to the story.

This seems like a rather unorthodox way to deal with a child. I’m not really sure that this will have a positive impact on the child. What do you think?

My interview with Timothy Kurek author of Cross in the Closet


My interview with Timothy Kurek author of Cross in the Closet

First of all, I would like to give some context. For those who don’t know, I am a Citizen Reporter with Beacon News. 

 In December 2012, I interviewed Timothy Kurek about this book Cross in the Closet. Because of some circumstances, this was not published at that time. 

I decided on a whim to resend this interview to the new editor. She had a look at it and here it is.  I’m sure no matter, what side you are on, you will have something to think about.

On a whim and a conversation, I tried 

Agree or Disagree: The way we think about charity is dead wrong


If you have spent any time working in the non-profit sector, you will relate to the issues put forth in this video.

There have been huge expectations put on some non-profit workers. Countless hours. Immediate and powerful results. If you attach this with a poor wage, it is easy to see why many talented people have moved to the for profit sector.

This is a conversation many non profits have been talking about, and it’s refershing to see these issuies discussed. I think some might have some questions for him. I’m not sure all will agree with his issues on overhead cost.

I’ll let the video speak for itself. I will then look forward to your comments.

Agree or Disagree: The Law of Attraction


Don’t think I  don’t notice you.

You know who you are. Because there are many of you. Many of you in Social Media world are advertising for it. And, you have many supporters. It seems, some will spend money exploring this concept.

The Law of Attraction.

What is the Law of Attraction? It is the idea that attract into your life whatever you think about. So, what you think about your relationships or your career goals have come in part because of your thought process on these.

For many people, this works. They agree and believe it because of the things they have seen in their own life. They can tell you stories.

For others, there is skepticism. Maybe they have tried this, and it does not work. Or, they have seen a friend or family member try this philosophy and didn’t work.

So, if you are believer that there is a Law of Attraction, why?

If you do not believe that there is a Law of Attraction, why not?

Agree or Disagree: This is a good way for a dad to communicate with his son?


Agree or Disagree: This is a good way for a dad to communicate with his son?

I’m not a parent. Perhaps one day, I will be a parent. Sometimes I wonder what I would be like if I was a parent. What would be the first things I would say to my kid?

I remember one of the things that always struck me about my parents was they had uncanny instincts about us kids. There were times in my life that I didn’t have to say something happened. Somehow, my parents knew.

From my observation of my parents, it would be the same thing. Having uncanny, and unbelievable instincts about their kids. In many ways, you can argue that they know their kids better then the kids know themselves.

And yet, how many of us as kids have tried to hide a secret from their parents? Now there are varying reasons for why you keep a secret from your parents. You could get grounded. Or, maybe you would have disappointed them. Or, they could have embarrassed you.

This child has been living his life. He met someone and they are dating. The issue is, the child is gay. He is not sure he wants his parents to know.

Ah, but the parents knew, His dad knew since he was 6. And he knew he was dating someone. And he is happy.

Now, I know that every parent and every child will have a different reaction to this. I also know many of you have awful stories, parent or child about the experience. Maybe you wish you were the kid of this dad.

This is what I know. I’m not a parent. One day, I might be a parent. I do think I know the first words I would want to say. I think it would be the words that end this letter.

I have loved you since the day you were born.

Agree or Disagree: Student protesting funding to education


Agree or Disagree: Student protesting funding to education

Today in Edmonton, there was protest by Alberta Post Secondary Students about  the$147 million slashed  to the education by the Alberta Tories.

This protest is led by the Coalition of Action for Post Secondary Education. And you can read more of this in this article from Beacon News

This protest is not the first protest of education cuts and tuition hikes ever. Nor will it be the last?

 Liberal leader Raj Sherman is quoted in the article as saying “This is the worst decision the Alberta Tories have ever made”.

We all remember what happened in Quebec last summer? While some understood the issues, many questioned why Quebec students would protest when they have the lowest tuition in Canada. One of the leaders, Lexie Gill responded “Why do you not protest that your education is so high?

What do you think? Do students have a point in protesting education cuts? Or is this the sign of economic impact of the times?