Christ Followers, Where are you?

Last night, I stopped by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Pride was having a candlelight vigil honouring the victims of the tragedy in Orlando. About 500 people attended

It was a very respectful event,They honoured the victims in a peaceful manner. They even mentioned the names and asked the crowd to repeat the 9 that they knew at the time.

They also spoke forgiveness towards the Muslim community. Suggesting that some Muslims were afraid to show because they may feel that some are anger. They even suggested a dialogue.

They spoke up against fundamentalism of any kind.

They reminded the crowd of the battles of before and how they prevailed.

Considering the circumstances they kept it very respectful and honouring.

However, I was struck by something.

Where was the Christian Community?

There are a few churches close to the Vancouver Art Gallery. The only one that had a representation was the United Church. He was one of the speakers.

But where was everyone else?

You can say that it wasn’t a Christian that shot them. However, there are many that have pointed of the anger and the hurt from Christians towards the LGBT community. And many of those feel that this had an impact on what happened.

It seems the first time that Christians speak out is when they remind people of the Scriptures. You know, the ones that condemn homosexuality. The ones with signs and the insults. There was even a video from a certain “pastor” praising the attack.

This was an opportunity to do what churches call each other each week. Go out and reach the community.  Be as Jesus said “Salt and Light”.

Yet last night, it seemed… nothing.

Maybe you have services. But what if you actually cancel the services and go down to the vigil?

You reflect on the love of God. And how God loves all of us.

Yet in a time to show it….silence.

Which is interesting because the time to speak out  from many preachers  like Franklin Graham, John Piper is…often.

That message speaks volumes. The fact that they couldn’t attend the vigil also speaks volumes.

You say Kevin you are making a generalization. There are many Christians that love LGBT. There are very few Christians that hate LGBT. It’s only the loudest that speak. They are the minority.

II say It’s not enough anymore.

It’s  Christsplaining. It’s as useful as “Thoughts and Prayers”.

If we truly love our neighbours, this would be the time to go out and  show it.

Not hide your head in the sand.

I’m angry.



So I have a bit of a rant today.
I’m angry.
I’m angry about the layoffs at Postmedia.
I’m angry at the fact that hard working and talented writers were let go.
While Postmedia executives are reported to pocket $1 million dollars in bonuses.
I’m angry that these executives are interested in the news they want to hear. Not the news you want to hear.
I’m angry that in an industry where we need and by the way have talent, there are people that can’t find work.

I understand there are business needs. I understand that we are watching the death of the newspaper.

But it is not the death of the of information. We still seek and crave news. And stories. And information.Not just from one perspective. But from several. Not just a headline. But actual content.

There are journalists that want to tell those stories.With words. With pictures. With voices.

I’m angry that Postmedia just told people that they are not interested in that. They are interested in making their model work. Not adapt and support people who have dedicated themselves to their craft.

Yesterday  was a terrible day for journalism good journalism in Canada.

And I’m angry that people like Paul Godfrey took advantage of that.

Agree or Disagree: This restaurant owner was right yelling at a screaming child.

Perhaps you have been there.

Sitting silently in a restaurant. Enjoying the company of your friends. When, suddenly, a child is screaming. You are distracted for a moment. You mat even get frustrated. But, you are polite and understanding and stay silent.

Or, maybe you are the parent. You are having a much needed night out. Then, suddenly, your child is screaming.And screaming. And screaming. And screaming. You are embarrassed. You are getting “looks” from the other patrons.

Now, maybe you are the owner.of the restaurant. Like Daria Neugebauer from Marcy’s Diner Portland Maine. The kid is screaming for an hour. You see the patrons have had enough. You sense the frustration. Then, suddenly, you scream at the kid to SHUT UP.

Is she right? You can hear story above.

Do you Agree or Disagree with her? Would you yell at a screaming kid in public?

If you are a parent, how would you feel about this happening to you?

Normally We Agree or Disagree, But tonight I have some thoughts to share

Normally it’s time to Agree or Disagree.

But tonight I thought I would share a perspective.

This week, many have been outraged over two incidents.

We were outraged over the Edmonton Fringe Festival handling over someone within the disabled community.
Many were outraged over the behaviour of one woman (strangely not the men) and a “video” at the Calgary Stampede.

Many responded with outrage, and well, let’s be blunt, shame.

Boycott The Fringe!

Fire the Executive Director!

Fire the Social Media Person!

Fire the Woman!

And while I do agree and understand that there are consequences for people’s actions, I feel that in the midst of this that we are missing something.


In all of these situations, there are actually opportunities to learn and be better. As an example, the Edmonton Fringe Festival took some huge steps in making things right with Daniel Hughes and their family. This will be better for everyone involved. And lessons can be learned from other organizations that looks for volunteers on how to communicate.

Would that have happened if we went on a firing spree like was requested or demanded by some?

Now the young lady and the men. And please hold on a moment here while I speak on this.

Imagine for a moment you made a mistake. A big mistake. A mistake that will possibly change the course of your life.

What would you want? Would you want to be isolated and alone while it seems like the whole world is laughing at you and mocking you?

Or, would you want community and support in a time you so desperately need it?

It’s easy to go on a computer and laugh and scorn people for mistakes. The problem is, and this includes me as well, we all have made mistakes. Maybe they weren’t posted on Social Media for all to see and “trend”. But, they were mistakes.

Did you learn from them? Did you have the opportunity to grow and be a better person? I know I have for mine.

There are many that say that the world owes you nothing. And perhaps they are right. But what the world is lacking in a big way is mentorship. People that walk side by side with you and support you in your decisions. The good ones and the bad ones. Maybe the world would be a better place if the world offered that.

So maybe this week is lesson for all of us, including me. Maybe the lesson is instead of asking for our entitled pound of flesh for something we know little about, we take the time to see what opportunities there are for us to learn from.

Because for every mistake we make, there is always a lesson to learn.

Agree or Disagree: This Calgary Cab Driver should be fired.

You heard about this story. A Calgary Cab Driver has been suspended because he kicked two men out of his cab for kissing.

You can read the story here.

Now for some, this is not enough. This is such an inexcusable behaviour that he should be fired.

But his perspective, which we haven’t heard until today, is interesting. This is a quote from a story in the Calgary Sun.

People try to have sex in my cab all the time. I tell anyone who is in my cab acting like that, and if they act like that I tell them to stop, and most times people co-operate and they even make fun over it,” the cabbie told the Sun.

“I’m not against people who practice gay sex or who are homosexual, because I’m not a homophobic person — I just ask them not to. There is copy of the video in my car and if you go back a week or two, you’ll come across a man and woman who I told, please don’t do it.

“Two guys come into my cab and they’re making out and so I tell them please stop until I get you to where you are going. People have started out like that, and they end up undressing themselves, until they are naked and about to have sex, and so I have to stop this kind of thing before it gets to that,” he said.

“I only told them to stop until I get them to where they are going.”

Now, I have to ask this. If you were a cab driver or in a situation like this, what would be your threshold? If you are driving over Stampede, or late at night, you may see some things you don’t want too. Yes, the person is the “customer” and some say the “customer” is always right. But, not to get too graphic here, but if A leads to B which leads to C…….there could be some cleanup needed to be done in the cab.Who pays for that? Likely the driver.

My perspective is if it was simply kicking someone out because they kissed, then yes they should be fired. However, we haven’t heard the cab drivers side of the story.And it sounds like from his perspective, he wasn’t sure what was going to happen. We heard on Facebook, “I got kicked out of a cab because we kissed”. We got outraged. But did we hear the other side of the story?

But what do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree should the Cab Driver be fired? Or, should we hear from him first?

Agree or Disagree: Political Leaders limiting media availability.

I recognize that many people will not like the article we will be using today. But it is in part of an interesting conversation going around the States and in Canada.

First, let’s look at Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided to limit media availability this week.  Which during an election year, is an interesting decision. One might think you would need a solid relationship with the media going forward.

One media person that has expressed his concern was Justin Ling. You can read that article here.

This is also an interesting article on the topic.

Now, this is also happening in the United States. Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton is also…limiting her media  availability. In a recent appearance, the media was actually roped off from speaking with her. Again, an interesting decision considering she is running a campaign. Here is the story.

This leads to a couple of questions in my head.

1) Do the media feel entitled that they can talk to who they want when they want? Just because there is a public appearance, does that mean the media should be asking questions?

2) I mentioned it’s an interesting decision by both Harper and Clinton. It may not be wrong though. Remember when some were upset that Rachel Notley didn’t appear on NewsTalk 770 the weekend before the Provincial Election? I was one that found it odd. But, it’s understandable. When you speak, you have the potential to give your opponent something to criticize. Or, someone to take comments out of context.

But, what do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree when political leaders like Harper, Clinton, or others limit the media from asking questions?

Agree or Disagree: Weapon Manufacturers can’t call themselves Christians.

This was a statement made by Pope Francis on Sunday.

He specific statement was anyone who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian.

You can read the article here.

“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he (The Pope) said to applause.

He goes on to speak about the “tragedy of the Shoah,” the Hebrew term for the holocaust.

“The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews, Christians, homosexuals, everybody. Why didn’t they bomb (the railway lines)?

Imagine for a moment that you were at the Pope’s message on Sunday. Would you stand up and applaud.

Do you Agree or Disagree with the Pope’s statement?