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August Update

September 10, 2013

I haven’t posted anything for some time, as August was busy on so many fronts. Here’s a run down.Chasing Storms



– Spent much of August doing the research and writing for the latest edition of Forcing Change magazine, which focuses on the rise of “transformational festivals.” This was a very time intensive project, but the groundbreaking report that emerged is unlike anything I’ve seen. I may be wrong, but I don’t think anyone else in the Christian research community has tackled this subject in the same way. Therefore, if you’re a member of Forcing Change, you now have access to some cutting-edge information not found elsewhere.

– Spoke at Valley View Bible Camp, offering the camp staff a primer on Biblical worldviews versus the perspective of other religions and ideologies. It was a good afternoon with many well-thought questions from the staff members.

– Spoke at Neepawa Christian Fellowship on transhumanism and the Christian response.

– Worked on editing the quarterly newsletter of Hope For The World. This included finding and working with potential articles for inclusion, doing research fact-checking, and offering editorial services to ensure flow and continuity.

– Radio shows I was interviewed on: Truth Talk, Erskine Overnight, VFTB, and Remnant X Radio.

– And of course, I did a number of shows with Forcing Change Radio! Most of August was spent tackling the topic of Freemasonry.

– Finally, I responded to lots of email queries: As this seemed to be the summer when so many personalities, ministries, and lay people were finding themselves at odds, I found much of my month was spent dealing with peer-related issues. From my experience: I soon realized my message, research methodology, and/or writings were seldom, if ever, in question. Rather, what others said or did – real or perceived – became the lightning rod. So, instead of absolutes (did Carl say, did Carl write), the vast majority of the criticism was based on a very sloppy subjectivism: guilt by proximity. Or, the loosest kind of “guilt by association.” Most of this wouldn’t have concerned me, but for the fact that research peers were themselves engaged in this kind of a loose “throw under the bus” methodology – compelling me to respond with detail as I tried to bring the focus around to absolutes rather than subjective reasoning. The result: A colossal consumption of time and energy, and I hope some food for thought and change.



– Enjoyed the wedding of friends and a pre-wedding reception for another close couple, and the chance this afforded to connect with others from our district.

– Took the family to a World War II fly-over in Brandon, Manitoba. Here we could get up-close and personal with a number of World War II aircraft; B-17, A-26 Invader, Stinson, Tiger Moth, T-28 Trojan, two Harvards, and an assortment of static displays, including partly restored Ansons, a Hurricane, and many items of interest from the Air Commonwealth Training Plan of World War II.

– My son and I spent an afternoon chasing a violent storm that crossed through our area. We watched from about a quarter-mile away as a wedge-funnel dropped from a very turbulent and rotating wall-cloud. The funnel held steady over our village of Plumas, but thankfully never touched down. The entire chase lasted about 20 miles, and the picture in this post was taken by my son, Scott, as the flank of the storm started to break apart and the sun cut through the canopy.

– Had old friends come over for a couple of days; Greatly enjoyed the time of catching up, reminiscing, and long and deep conversations. Thanks D&S!

– Had a “Vogt” family reunion at my Dad’s place, giving us the opportunity to re-connect with my Mom’s side of the family; Uncles and aunts, and cousins. This was certainly a highlight for the month of August.

– Enjoyed a day with our church at the Sunday School picnic; an afternoon of food, foot races, and visiting.


Books Read:

– Nanci des Gerlaise, Muddy Waters: An Insider’s View of North American Native Spirituality (Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2012 edition). I had the opportunity of meeting Nanci a little over a year ago, and appreciate her testimony and witness to this little-mentioned side of Native spirituality.

– Patience, Richard, and John Abbe, Around the World in Eleven Years (Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1936). What a fun and zany book! This was penned by three sibling children as they experienced moving to and living in different parts of the world. I read this to my family and we had many moments of side-splitting laughter.

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  1. September 10, 2013 9:23 pm

    I’m so glad to see you have had some recreation and family time to break up the seriousness of your research! I wondered, when reading of your challenges with peer-related criticism, whether this is part and parcel of standing up for the truth of God’s word and exposing the lies abounding in our society. If so, what joy to suffer for Christ! May the Lord continue to bless your work, and provide you and your family with his peace and ongoing provision in your lives. 🙂 Sherryn

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