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  • Calgary, City of Blinding Lights
    September 25, 2009
    I would like to go just to see the Hart family dungeon :D

    ajones35


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    God's Hope for Ugly Ducklings
    September 25, 2009
    thats the problem with todays society: too much emphasis is placed on superficiality and the glitter, rather than substance or a heart of gold. i remember once at a karaoke bar, i sang "Break on Through" by The Doors and nailed the song; screams and all. one table full of mid-20 something women (i'm 30) started saying "oh my who sang that? that was awesome!" one turned around and saw all 5'6" of me and said "oh nevermind." before i had a chance to say thanks.

    ... as much as i would have loved to fire some insult back at them, i chose not to. i know this is how God made me and I love it; even if modern society doesnt think I'm that desirable. in the long run, it will filter out those who aren't worth my time, effort or energy, and make women who do find me attractive for the RIGHT reasons come to the front of the line. I often jokingly say "what good does a $500 shirt do when there's a moron wearing it?" hahaha

    always a pleasure. i dont think it's sad that that's how people get perceived; i think its downright disappointing. it should be okay to be different and unique, but how can that be possible when people are still slaves to the status quo on how the media falsely portrays what beauty is? One thing God taught me through CCD classes growing up is to Love One Another no matter the circumstances. Simplest messages are the most profound.

    eric829


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    Jesus and the joy of drinking
    September 19, 2009
    I think John is right that it's not a sin to drink. I think that by drinking himself He was setting an example for us. However the Bible makes it clear (Rom 13:13; Gal 5:21) that getting drunk is a sin. So when John said that we should drink in moderation I agree with the other comment that that needs to be defined more clearly because some people might think that to get drunk once in awhile is drinking in moderation. Also my understanding is that Jewish wine which would be what Jesus drank is 1/10 as strong as our wine.
    Glen Moore



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    Bob Dylan, Everything is Broken
    September 18, 2009
    Who cares about lyrics,videos etc, stand up from your fat ase's and dance...

    saffordinmate


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    Jesus and the joy of drinking
    September 18, 2009
    dear john,
    i grew up seventh day adventist in one of those churches of can't eat or drink anything good. i have since enjoyed studying judiasm (note i am and will always be christian.) and the jewish perspective is completely different than the conservative christian view. we are all too enjoy life, and the gifts given to us in life. i applaud you in teaching the enjoyment of living. life is wonderful, and so is your message.
    thank you, jon




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    Bob Dylan, Everything is Broken
    September 17, 2009
    Bob's just telling like it is.

    hotepmichael


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    Neil Young - God's Prophet?
    September 15, 2009
    the ability to see that war and drugs are wrong?... its wrong to worship anything that is not of the Holy Trinity. Neil Young is not a Prophet... and it is a sin to say that he is.

    MrSunshine124


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    Jesus and the Joy of Drinking
    September 09, 2009
    This guys talks are actually interesting.

    macflyfilm


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    God, faith and science
    September 08, 2009
    Science is discovery of God's infinite greatness!

    slboerum


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    God, faith and science
    September 08, 2009
    .......beautifully explained. Thanks for posting.

    slboerum


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    Jesus and the joy of drinking
    September 08, 2009
    Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, September 08 2009 @ 08:00 PM PDT
    I have to be honest, I have never really made the connection between God and alcohol or really considered it as a gift from Him. Appreciate it as I do at times, I often have a bit of an internal conflict when it comes to alcohol. I have seen too clearly the damage it can cause…like any good thing I suppose, we (people in general) have a capacity to grant it this unwarranted power in our lives.
    There is this wonderful aspect to alcohol…a beautiful wine that can be just so perfect with a wonderful meal…with its ability to warm your soul a bit and bring this calm, or an ice cold beer after a day of yard work under the sun, or a perfectly blended margarita overlooking an ocean sunset. There is something about not only the flavours, but that little bit of a buzz that you can just kind of melt in to. I sometimes try to imagine, when I’m drinking a perfect wine, what it would feel like to break bread and sip a dark red wine, or even a bubbly white wine with my friend Jesus and it always kind of makes me smile. And for that, I have this rather holy appreciation for alcohol.

    But…I’ve also walked close to that place of really needing it, using it as a crutch to see me through a stressful day or to numb me to something that I don’t feel like facing. I’ve seen people I love and care about unable to control how much they drink…and I’ve seen how ugly it can be. I’ve walked in on people passed out in the middle of the day because they couldn’t (or wouldn’t) stop drinking. I’ve watched grown men make fools of themselves, and young men almost kill themselves…(and actually, at times successfully kill others. ) I’ve seen love turn to hate, wisdom turn to folly, brilliance become obscured. I’ve seen young women lose their dignity, their security and their innocence because of it. And for that, I have this very holy loathing towards alcohol.
    It is a conundrum.

    As for what it reveals to me about God…well...I haven’t arrived there yet, but I look forward to hearing other perspectives.

    Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, September 12 2009 @ 07:55 AM PDT
    (I just previewed my comment and don't know why it shows I wrote this on Dec 31/69 ... technology)

    I have just read Pastor John's article in the newspaper and would just like to comment as I have wrestled with the question whether it was wise to drink as a Christ follower. Let me tell you my conclusions:
    - Having a glass of wine is not a sin unless we've been convicted by the Holy Spirit to not drink.
    - The problem is though when someone sees me with my glass of wine they have no way of knowing whether it's my first or fifth and my goal is to be a testimony and not possibly cause someone to stumble.
    - Drinking in the privacy of my home ... my kids see me and think it's okay ... kids copy us and there is no way a teenager can drink responsibly.
    - I want to be available, be obedient and serve my Lord 24/7 and after having alcohol I have found that my mind is not as sharp. If I have opportunity to be used by God ... I'm not available.
    - Yes, I believe Jesus drank, but, our precious Lord was sinless and I do not know where that line is when I drink. Do I sin after 1 glass, 1 1/2, 2? This is one sin that I can totally avoid by abstinence. I, of course, have other areas that I struggle but I can totally shut the door on this one.
    - You say in your article to drink in moderation but what is moderation? It actually is the point of sin and for each persons body that is different. I cannot count the number of get together/parties of all Christians where alcohol was served and seldom did people drink as Jesus and his followers did. People had many drinks, got louder, laughed more, did silly things ... sounds like the world. We're to be in the world not of the world.
    - Really, what good comes from drinking? The buzz? I believe that Satan has put a big red bow on drinking and that we as believers think we can handle it but often times fail miserably. We open a door that allows the Devil a foothold that can be the beginning of all sorts of heartache.
    - My conclusion, abstinence is a wise way to live.
    Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, September 12 2009 @ 07:02 PM PDT
    I just got this email from another commentator...

    Hey John,
    How negligent of me! I meant to comment on your blog earlier this week, but then the week happened. Anyway, it will take too long to get an account to comment on your blog.
    I didn't drink until I was 29. Grew up in the SDA church where drinking was abstained from, though I had had beer and wine before, but like once a year or less. I think I was old enough to have decided on a balance and what could be consumed so that it wouldn't be detrimental to my health or anyone else's.
    Now, I am between ambivalent and excited about alcohol. I don't NEED a beer when I get home from work, but I do enjoy a couple a week. I don't NEED a glass of wine at every meal, but I do enjoy a few a month when it's special. Usually, when AMber offers me a beer, I reconsider and take water instead. I like the taste, the feeling, but it's not the best taste nor the best feeling.
    What I am excited about is being able to share a drink with a friend.
    The knowledge that both parties are going to let down their guard a bit and enter a more intimate conversation is very appealing to me. I met a Bulgarian guy who wanted to introduce me to a friend of his. I went over to his friend's house and before we could visit we each had to take a shot of some Bulgarian liquor - kind of a trust thing I think, but it was multipurposed - they offered me some of their best, a pinnacle of Bulgarian culture and they showed that they weren't going to hide anything and neither was I. We didn't get drunk, but we were open. Again this past summer, I was at a stag/staggette party which was really just a drinking party a couple days before a wedding.
    Most people's intention was to connect with others and alcohol helped that happen - some really memorable conversations about Chile, the education system, Obama, music, travel and purpose.

    One of the comments on your blog and several of my friends bring up the "stumbling block" issue. I prefer setting an example to my children or my students or my friends as to how alcohol can be enjoyed in a God honouring way. I hope that my son or daughter will never find me like Noah's sons found him. Instead I hope that when they partake, they will follow their parents' lead and drink in moderation (or even a little more when it's safe) with good intentions and a desire for relationship.

    ... And I think people can easily tell if it's your first of second glass or your seventh or eighth glass of wine.
    I look forward to hearing your talk. Should stir the pot a bit.

    Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, September 18 2009 @ 01:14 PM PDT
    i grew up seventh day adventist in one of those churches of can't eat or drink anything good. i have since enjoyed studying judiasm (note i am and will always be christian.) and the jewish perspective is completely different than the conservative christian view. we are all too enjoy life, and the gifts given to us in life. i applaud you in teaching the enjoyment of living. life is wonderful, and so is your message.
    (originally sent at an email to NHC)

    Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, September 19 2009 @ 12:12 PM PDT
    After reading the article that ran in the Calgary Sun today entitled "In the name of the father, son, holy spirits," I found myself both surprised and annoyed by the issues presented within the article. I understand the need to make a church "relevant" and accessible, however, I do not believe that we do this by means of watering down the word of God or twisting it to suit our own needs. Alcohol was not meant, in my opinion, as a gift from God in order to help us relax or cover pain. Far too many people have fallen into the trap of self medicating their own pain as opposed to going to God with it, and knowing that God is not far off from us when we are in pain and emotional distress. My fear is that people who are young and impressionable, ones who look to you for your guidance and leadership, will now find themselves with an excuse to use alcohol in a way that is damaging to their own well- being. God never meant for us to cover our pain, by means of anything, but to go to Him with our pain and know that He is our healer, and "ever present help in time of need."

    You stated that " No drinking and driving, and we want to avoid the debauchery." Yet you also stated within the article that alcohol is a gift in which it "lubricates communities and allows us to drop our walls and inhibitions." The fact of the matter is that when our inhibitations are lowered by means of alcohol, the brain and body do not function they way that they do sober, and you will end up with people who drink and drive, people who fall much easier onto paths that they should not go down, and end up with regrets. You will also have individuals who find themselves addicted to the easy, fast and cheap way to cover their pain, and not know when to stop.

    I believe that you need to consider these factors, your audience and the rationale before such a message is delievered. Without a doubt, there will be people in your audience who are wear and vulnerable, and do not know when to put down the bottle. There will also be people who do not yet know that one night of drinking may be too much and find themselves struggling...their struggle beginning in the roots of your message.

    I do not think that a drink here and there is necessarily wrong. What I do strongly believe, however, is alcohol is NOT a gift in covering pain, as you say. It simply draws out the healing process and instead of going to a bottle, people should know how they can go to God and close friends to help them heal from their pain.

    Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, September 23 2009 @ 11:01 AM PDT

    As someone who was present for Part 1 and Part 2 of the Sunday messages that Pastor John gave I can tell you that the Sun article does not give a good representation of what he is actually saying. The tone is completely different. It looks like they just picked out pieces that they thought would make an interesting article. I suggest you listen to the messages online. I do believe, however, that alcohol IS a gift from God, just like sex is or food. It almost seems like the greater the gift, the greater the possibility for abuse is. God gives us these gifts and its up to us to practice self control. As a society we tend to over-indulge on just about everything and then we blame the product instead of our own lack of self control.
    via John's blog


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    World of Warcraft - Interview with a guild master
    September 02, 2009
    I really liked how this interview put some perspective on the types of relationships developed in WoW. I do have to admit, while they come no where near to my family/close friends/girl friends, the people I gamed with saw a part of me that most people i will encounter on a day to day basis will never know. Whether that is the part of me I hide out of following social norms or simply to appear more acceptable is the question.
    Myrm1don23


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    World of Warcraft - Interview with a guild master
    September 01, 2009
    its not a waste of time, if you enjoy it then your not wasting your time your having fun. if your sick of it and just playing cuz you got nothing better to do its a waste of time.

    plolpuppy7


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    God and Gamers - World of Warcraft
    September 01, 2009
    Reality is the fantasy
    Reality is the game simuation world
    reality is not the real world
    we are just all living a lie in a program
    the matrix film is just a sign and 13th floor and the film tron all signs showing we are in the unreal

    RealityGameWorld


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    Coldplay - knowing God
    August 31, 2009
    This is the most ridiculous, theologically incorrect message I have ever heard in a Christian church. I would even go so far as to say this is heretical. God moves in our lives through Scripture or his Holy Spirit.

    I love Coldplay's music, and there may be some spiritual influence in it, but God speaks far more eloquently, powerfully and precisely through the Bible than he does through Coldplay. Rely on Scripture, not a person's lovey dovey showtunes!

    Oct. 24, 2009
    maybe this will help, part of New Hope's and Pastor John Van Slotens vision statement.
    "New Hope believes that God's truth in the bible and His truth in creation complement and enhance one another.
    It is only by studying both books together that we can begin to understand His vast love. "

    By no means do we want to do away with scripture, but we have come to recognize that God hasn't given up on the world and is part of all of our culture, weather we acknowledge it or not.
    Keith for NHC

    Oct. 26, 2009
    bhamcubfan has replied to your comment on Coldplay - knowing God:
    I agree with most of that Keith, especially the fact that God has not given up on the world and is active in it today. However I think you're elevating the importance of culture and putting it on the same level as Scripture.

    I also wonder what this Pastor believes "CHRISTIANITY is really about." Who was Jesus? Why should I be a Christian?

    bhamcubfan


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    World of Warcraft - Interview with a guild master
    August 29, 2009
    going to church is not a waste of time is much better than playing games all day and siting on our butts which i reget but yeah church is better than playing games

    samxgamemaster


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    Henry Bekkering - pastor slam dunk
    August 25, 2009
    Simply awesome amen

    CanadaBasketball18


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    Bob Dylan, Everything is Broken
    August 23, 2009
    seems like the aftermath of a nuclear bomb

    Majordejavoo14


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    Finding God through the Fear of Public Speaking
    August 23, 2009
    Usually the more nervous you are, the more important what you have to say is.

    macflyfilm


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    World of Warcraft - Interview with a guild master
    August 21, 2009
    If you call someone that plays wow a nerd.....thats calling everyone else that uses any technology like a computer....ps3,xbox etc.....so yeh..

    Bmxftw1993


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    World of Warcraft - Interview with a guild master
    August 21, 2009
    hi, my name is kevin.. and i'm a wow addict.. : )

    charlaie13


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    Billie Holiday; On the Love of God
    August 20, 2009
    Fasinating Im not really religous i appreciate a good sermon. This was unique!

    jahlaune


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    World of Warcraft - Interview with a guild master
    August 16, 2009
    whats wrong with playing wow. Going to work is a social issue. dont get enough time to spend with family + friends, i dont see anyone complain about that. Going 2 church is a waste of time, bcus all u do is listen to a man preach for hours n hours. Playing WOW, gives me space, from the real world, So what if a person wants 2 play wow, why does it bcome a addiction ??
    wowsamoa


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    Anger and Metallica
    August 16, 2009
    the gospel according to metallica. never thought I'd see the day. maybe that's why they outlasted all the other thrash bands from the 80's that sung about satan and stuff

    MrDeadphish


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    Coldplay - knowing God
    August 15, 2009
    I do not like organized religion one bit. But individual faith I am all for.
    Fix You is an amazing song. Chris Martin wrote it for his wife Gwyneth Paltrow when her father died.
    Coldplay is my life, not God. Maybe one day that will change. But if one day do start to believe in God, I will not define myself as a "christian" or other. I will not be apart of a fear based religion.
    Coldplay is what I love unconditionally, and THAT will never change.
    VLVLOVE42


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