Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Trouble with Trouples

It was a term I had never heard before, I understood the “Trouble with Tribbles” but what was this “Trouble with Trouples”? 

I came across an article the other day talking about trouples and I discovered that it is a term for a polyamorous unit made up of three individuals.  It could be any combination of males and females and two of them may or may not be married to each other.   It is a small polygamous relationship. 

And the trouples are getting cranky.   Because an individual can’t be married to more than one person, their relationships have no legal recognition or protection.  And you can’t really blame the trouples.  After all, if they supreme court could redefine marriage by removing the gender restrictions, surely they would be able to redefine it again removing the numerical restrictions.

John-Paul Boyd, the executive director of the Canadian National Research Institute for Law  recently stated  “The number of people in poly relationships is growing and soon the law will have to catch up to the changing structures of modern families.”

I suspect that it won’t be long before your tolerance will be questioned and you will be labeled a polyphobe if you object to the thoughts of polygamy being a socially accepted part of Canadian life.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


She had obviously never heard the old proverb “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”  Of if she heard it she wasn’t paying attention, because it appears she wanted her revenge to be hot.

I read an article this week about a Florida woman who set her ex-boyfriend’s car on fire, presumably in retribution for something he had either done or hadn’t done in their relationship.

The problem was that it wasn’t her boyfriend’s car, it just looked like her boyfriend’s car.  Oops!

And so Carmen Chamblee has been arrested and charged with second-degree arson after being apprehended by the Clearwater Police. And they didn’t have to look very hard for a suspect. It seems that Carmen’s misguided attempt at revenge had been captured on a nearby surveillance camera.  Oops, oops!

I guess she should have paid more attention in Sunday School, especially when the lesson was about Romans 12:19 “ Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.”

The reality is, more often than not, our attempts at revenge hurt us more than it hurts the person we are setting out to hurt.   And even if it’s not caught on video and even if we don’t go to jail, it will damage our soul and our relationship with God. 

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lost . . .

“The first thing I thought was that this is exactly what will happen when Donald Trump will be elected: It's good practice.” Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley may have joked about the recent invasion of his town by Americans, but he wasn’t laughing when he realized that Sarnia would have to pay to get them home.

In August, thousands of Americans set sail from Port Huron, Michigan, down the St. Clair river, on inner tubes and a variety of floaties.  A sudden change in the wind direction resulted in 1,500 of the adventurers winding up on Canadian soil.

The refugees wearing bathing suits and flip flops were provided with warm towels, food and bus rides back across the border, at an estimated cost of over $8,000.00 to the town of Sarnia.
The Bible says, “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”
Mayor Bradley said something similar, “You also can’t legislate IQ levels — and if people want to go out on a very dangerous river in the middle of a storm pattern … and drink, and be on a little life raft or a flotation device … that’s their choice.”

But, however you say it, the reality is there is often a price attached to our choices.   

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Us vs Them

Staying on a sports theme from the last couple of weeks, albeit a different time and different game,  I read an article recently about some of the original players from the 1972 Summit Series. That would be a hockey series, specifically a series between Canada and the former Soviet Union.

 I remember watching the last game of the series during grade 7 history class.  Mr. McArthur obviously knew that it would become an important part of Canadian history in years to come.  And it did.  And if you are of a certain age then you remember the chant heard from the stands, “Da, Da Ca-na-da, Nyet, Nyet Soviet”.

Forty-four years after the series, eight of the Canadian players are taking part in a cross country retrospective tour telling the inside stories.

In an interview it was interesting hearing Ken Dryden talk about how there seems to be missing a “us against them” feeling in international competition.  And with the fall of the Soviet Union, Canada has never found a new “them”. 

Sometimes I feel that Christians are always looking for a “them” to be against.

It’s almost as if we need a villain to prove our rightness.  But our rightness won’t be found by holding it up against the wrongness of others.  Our rightness is only found in the rightness and grace of Jesus. 

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Spending for Gold

I kind of like the Olympics, I don’t watch a lot of them but do enjoy what I watch and enjoy cheering on the home team.

And then I stop and think about how much the Olympics cost.  Montreal finally paid for the 1976 games in 2006.  Was it any wonder the Olympic Stadium was nicknamed “The Big Owe”?

My personal investment in the Canadian team was a little over $3.50.  Which isn’t a lot until you multiply it by our population and realize that each of our medals cost Canadians 5.5 million dollars.  Not a bad deal when you discover the Australians paid double that for their medals. And I don’t begrudge it, that’s just the price of a couple of cups of coffee over four years. 

But I wonder why countries like Brazil, where over half the population lives in poverty, feel the need to spend tens of billions of dollars to host the games?  Guess it goes back to what my Daddy used to say, “I’m spending money I don’t have, to buy things I don’t need, to impress people I don’t like.”

I will never be responsible for Olympic spending, but God expects me to be responsible with what he has given me, and that is enough of a challenge.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Here He Comes

“Planet Earth Pauses to Watch the Spectacle of Sprint”  That was the headline that caught my attention the other day, and at first I thought that if the rest of the world was like me, the headline probably wasn’t far off.  There doesn’t seem to be an Olympic event that captures the attention of the world like the men’s 100 metre sprint.  It is the sporting event that I watch faithfully… every four years.  And it’s not just a gold medal at stake, there is the entire bragging rights of being the fastest man in the world.

But then I realized that the headline was more hyperbole than reality.  Most of the world has more important things to worry about than a 10 second race, things like survival.
However, the Bible tells us that there will be an event that will capture the attention of the entire planet, and that event is the return of Jesus.

And when that happens everyone will pause, and while there were those who were indifferent to the outcome of the Olympic event there will be no one, not one, who will be indifferent to the return of Christ.  And the only person who can decide what the return of Christ will mean to you, is you.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The worth of a life

What is a life worth?  Are some lives worth more than others?   Human decency would say that all lives are worth the same, and society in general and the media in particular would declare that any other view is racist. However, the truth is that we apparently place more or less value on lives depending on where they are.

Over the past few years we have seen the media coverage and outpouring of sympathy and support when there is a terrorist attack or mass shooting in the States or Europe.  Facebook profiles take on the various hues of national flags or rainbows, and when they don’t, the absence is neither noticed or commented on. 
This past weekend ISSIS targeted a square in Kabul, Afghanistan.   Thousands of the Shia Hazara minority had gathered to protest the fact that powerlines were bypassing their communities when two suicide bombers set off explosives.  80 dead, over 230 injured, and the silence of the world was deafening. 

There were no Facebook tributes, nobody changed their profiles, no national leaders stood to voice their support for the victims or their contempt for the villains. 

Sometimes we need to remember that the Bible says: For God so loved the world. . . not just parts of the world.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.