Monday, December 19, 2011

12 Days

Not much action on the blog lately. I've been busy trying to secure some end of year donations and put together a special little number for the LIFE Christmas party this past weekend.

Here it is, the LIFE 100.3 version of the 12 Days Of Christmas

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Movember - The Mo Is No More!


After 30 days of growing the crumb catcher, Movember has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who supported the 'stache and offered encouragement (and the occasional jab).

And a big thanks to Crystal, who put up with the whiskers for an entire month. Love ya babe!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Movember - The Final Day

After one month of growth, we could be brothers!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Movember - Almost Done

Tomorrow is the final day of Movember, and it's been an interesting month.

I've started to get used to the feeling of my facial hair tickling the sides of my coffee mug, people telling me I look old, and feeling the wind flow through my long blonde locks... on my lip.

As fun as it has been, I think tomorrow night when midnight hits the "mo" will meet its untimely demise.

There's still time to support Prostate Cancer Research on my "MoSpace" HERE.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Movember - One Week To Go

One week to go and then I can shave this mustache off!

I thought it would be fun to grow a "mo" when November showed up on the calendar, but the itchiness, weird looks, lack of kisses from my wife, and the fact I'm a messy eater has be rethinking the long-term validity of the lip sweater.

It's been a fun experience, but I think when December hits my lip will find itself naked once again.

(This proves blonde people should not grow facial hair)

Feel free to click HERE and support Prostate Cancer Research and offer some encouragement.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Movember Update - Nov 21

Monday, November 21 and I'm starting to find the mo a little irritating. As a guy who has never grown facial hair before (and now you see why) this is going to take some getting used to.

I take a sip of coffee and it tickles the edges of the cup.
My cereal gets stuck in it.
My father-in-law says I look like I should be coming to your house to turn your cable back on.

What do you think? Should I keep it come December 1?
It's not too late to support prostate cancer research and show the Wonderdog some love and encouragement.
Click HERE.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Movember Update

It's starting to drive me crazy!

It's not too late to support prostate cancer research. Click HERE and join team Wonderdog.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mat Kearney

I had the chance to head down to Toronto last night to see Mat Kearney play the Opera House, (maybe my favourite venue), and it was as good as expected.

His new album is a return to some of the spoken word stylings that endeared him to me, so I was anxious to see him perform some of the new material live. It was a great night, with some great friends.

Here's a sample of the awesomeness that was Mat Kearney, courtesy of Allie Spencer

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Movember - One Week In

One week in, and it's visible!
Support prostate cancer reseach (and the teen-stache) HERE.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Growing The Mo

I'm starting to think Movember was created as an excuse for blonde-haired people to grow facial hair. I have yet to see a blonde moustache that looks good, so why would anyone do it?

To raise money for a good cause of course!

So I've thrown my hat into the ring. I'm going to grow facial hair, and even though the blonde teen-stache is more likely to have parents hiding their children than applauding, I plan to keep it until the end of the month.

Feel free to send some encouraging words this way and support the Mo HERE.

The "Mo" on November 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween At The Wonderdog House

Getting ready to go out for candy.

Kentucky Fried Kai

5 Houses and he's done. That's one tired chicken.

Chicken Kai with Snax the giraffe

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Losing A Lighthouse

By now you have no doubt heard of the passing of Steve Jobs. The man was a visionary leader who had a HUGE impact on all of our lives. (Even Mac haters) From the Macintosh computer, to the iPod, to the iPhone, we've all been impacted by his work.

No matter what I write, I don't think I could say it any better than THIS BLOG.

For all those who think different, the rebels, the misfits, those who see the world differently, Jobs gave us language. He gave us a way to show people who we are, what we believe. He gave us symbols, like beacons, so that we can more easily find those who believe what we believe. And most of all, he made us feel like we belong. He reminded us that the ones who see things differently are the ones who change the world.

I often feel like an outcast, like I don't belong. I tend to see the world differently from other people and Steve Jobs story gives me hope that I can still do something to impact the world for the better.

It's a lengthy video, but totally worth the 15 minutes to watch.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Maybe Tomorrow

I know it's been a while, but things have been kind of busy on this end. If you have 5 minutes (on your smoke break) check out this video about procrastination and why you should do it (whatever "it" is) today.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Red Bandana

This Sunday marks the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and it's one of those moments that you remember exactly where you were when you heard the news.

I was in my room getting ready to go to school, watching CP24 to get the weather forecast for the day. On the screen they were showing one of the WTC towers smoking from a plane crashing into it.

What happened next I can not describe.

It felt so surreal.

Like I was watching a movie, not the news.

I couldn't believe my eyes. My parents were in stuck Hawaii on business, (I can think of worse places to be stuck), and I became the surrogate parent to my brother and sister.

I remember driving to school and driving by the airport, amazed at the number of planes on the ground. It was a truly disturbing feeling.

But out of the confusion, the death and the anger towards the terrorists responsible, came some truly inspiring stories.

One like this one about Welles Crowther. An investment banker who became a hero, and showed the kind of love we read about in John 15.

If you have 15 minutes, grab some tissues and soak this in.

[RSS readers click HERE to view the video]

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

One Thousand Premieres

In his book Roaring Lambs, Bob Briner encourages Christians to do more than criticize what "the world" (I hate that term) produces, he says we as believers need to create something to replace it.

So instead of bashing Harry Potter or signing petitions for a tv station to drop The Playboy Club, create something of value that might replace it.

Ben Arment is a guy I have a lot of respect for. Each year he puts on a conference for the creative class called Story. (Attending the conference is on my bucket list) Ben has assembled a team and they are undertaking an exciting new project called One Thousand Premieres. The idea is simple, create a modern film, (read: on par with Hollywood) re-telling one of the epic stories in the Bible. Like what they did with Saving Private Ryan.

When I read about the project earlier today I cannot tell you how excited I got. I've been waiting for a film like this, one that pushes the envelope of christian media and wants to compare itself to regular cinema.

Here's a quick summeray of the project from their website:
One Thousand Premieres is a campaign to bring one of the greatest faith stories to the silver screen. It's the story of David and Goliath, in its time period, but presented in a progressive cinematic style for the next generation. Rather than distributing it through conventional theaters, we’re building a network of 1,000 visionaries who will help bring this film to life and present it as a gift to their communities.

It's set to debut in October 2012, but you have my permission to get excited now. Check it out at

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Aging Gracefully

2 weeks from today is my birthday, I will be another year older but I feel as if my body has aged 30 years in the past 2 months.

Amazing what having a baby will do to you.

I go to bed much earlier and my back is in a semi-permanent state of ache. I've started going to the chiropractor for regular adjustments.

So much for aging gracefully.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Machine Gun Preacher

While I was scanning the blogosphere today I came across a post about a movie coming out this fall about missionary Sam Childers. Here's a quick summary of his story.

After giving his life to Christ, Sam went on a missions trip to help repair damaged huts in Sudan. During this trip Sam stumbled across the body of a child torn apart by a landmine. He fell to his knees and made a pledge to God to do whatever it took to help the people of Southern Sudan.

Rev. Sam Childers is a former drug dealing, outlaw biker who now risks his life to rescue children in Southern Sudan from one of the world’s most vicious terrorists.

For the last 13 years Sam has been battling to rescue children from horrific violence in Southern Sudan where Joseph Kony and his rebel army known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been relentlessly terrorizing thousands of innocent people. Over 100,000 children have been captured and enslaved into Kony’s rebel army. These children are often forced to kill their parents or be killed themselves.

Sam is on a mission to rescue as many children as he can and put an end to Kony’s reign of terror. He fights on the front line of the war zone, at times sleeping in the bush with an AK-47 on one side and a bible on the other. The people of Sudan call him the “Machine Gun Preacher”

To date he’s rescued over 1000 children and reunited 700 of them with their families. The other 300 children live in an orphanage that Sam built, where they are protected and rehabilitated to reclaim some semblance of their childhood.

This is a truly remarkable story and Sam’s biography, Another Man’s War, is currently being made into a Hollywood feature film starring Gerard Butler. The film is due for release in September 2011.

Anyone else encouraged that Hollywood is starting to tell more stories about real people and their encounters with God? Shouldn't people in a relationship with God have the best stories to tell?

Friday, August 12, 2011


Do you ever feel like that?
Like you are singing someone else's song?
Living someone else's story?
Imitating someone else?

It happens so easily doesn't it. You don't know where you started to go off track, but before you know it you're singing someone else's song, living someone else's story, imitating someone else.

God wants to write a story with your life, a story that is unique to you. Complete with hurt and happiness. Brokenness and victory. A story that is yours to own.

We try to hide the aspects of our story that are less than perfect. We hide the ugly parts so that we appear to be flawless. So we are more appealing and palatable. Truth is people don't want the shinny, plastic, packaged version of you. They want the real you.

Cover bands don't change the world. Stop imitating people and find your unique voice.
Start living the story God is writing with your life.
Your story.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Feeling Good - Pt2

Shortly after I finished yesterday's post, YouTube emailed me with an update of all the videos posted by people I follow. Devin (who does amazing work) posted a new video caled "Epic Tower Jump".

I think this sums up what I was trying to get at yesterday.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Feeling Good

I was talking with some friends last night about how we need to go mountain biking, kite-boarding, cliff jumping or wakeboarding. I admit I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, and I'm going through withdrawal.

There's no better feeling in the world than when you huck yourself off that cliff, or when you're bombing down the mountain (Ontario mountains) just a little bit faster than you're comfortable with. The feeling of flying when you hit a kicker, or flying across the water with the throttle wide open. The feeling that you might not make it out in one piece.

It's unreal.

The rush, the exhilaration, the ecstasy.

What do you think is the best feeling in the world?
(Don't even think about trying to pull a Jesus Juke on this one.)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cash Money

It's got Brad Pitt.
It's about baseball.
It's a biopic.

How can you not be excited about it?

Friday, August 5, 2011


Something light,


and AMAZING for your Friday.

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August Long Weekend

This past weekend Crystal and I ventured away from home for the first time since Kai was born 3 weeks ago. The three of us made our way north to spend some time with my family at the cottage. While it took us a good couple hours packing the car and transporting everything we own (at least that's what it felt like) up to the cottage, it was well worth it.

My parents cooked for us and looked after Kai, allowing Crystal and I to spend some time at the beach and nap in the hammock. I cannot express how thankful I am for my parents. Over the past 3 weeks they have been so helpful.

Sure, they probably want to spend time with Kai, but their first priority is to make life easier for us. Not that there is anything wrong with people coming over to see the baby, it's just so nice when they come over and clean the house for us, or cook us dinner and take care of the dishes afterwards. Then, if time allows they'll take turns holding Kai.

So... to Mom and Dad (Grandma and Grandpa), thanks so much for helping to make this transition into parenthood as smooth as possible.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Music On The Horizon

I'm excited for the next couple of months in music.

August 3rd sees the new Mat Kearney album released.

September 27th we get the new Switchfoot.

AND October 4th Jack's Mannequin releases their latest offering.

It's going to be a solid couple of months.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Letter To Kyler Jace Martin

Hi Buddy, I was sitting beside your crib watching you sleep (not as creepy as it sounds) and an idea came to me… I wanted to write you a letter. So… here goes.

Dear Kai,
You are now 4 days old. It’s hard to believe it’s only been 4 days, but when you don’t sleep I guess you lose track of time.

People told me my life would change once you arrived. It actually changed a lot even before you got here. Your mom carried you around for 9 months, and despite her loss of energy, limited mobility and swelling feet, never complained once. We would be sitting on the couch watching a movie and she’d grab my hand and put it just under her ribs where you were kicking.

I couldn’t believe there was a little person inside of her!

You grew inside of your mom and your room inside her started to get a little tight, so you’d squirm and kick a little harder trying to find some more space. I guess you liked it in there, because the day the doctor told us you’d arrive came and went without any action.

One week later we went to the hospital to see if the doctors could encourage you to give up the soft, warm bubble you were living in and come meet your mom and me. This was when I discovered just how tough your mom is. She walked around for a couple hours even though she was in a lot of pain. (We’d take frequent breaks so she could bend over and try to catch her breath after the wave of pain hit)

After the doctor said we can stop walking, your mom’s body started to get ready to let you come out. This is very painful, and because you are a boy (like me), you’ll never have to feel pain like this. She asked for some medication to help the pain go down, but the doctor was very busy and couldn’t come give her the medication for a long time. But your mom never complained, never got mad, never said anything bad. She did her breathing just like she was taught and fought her way through it.

The doctor came later that night with the medication and it made a big difference. Instead of making a scrunchy face because it hurt, your mom was laughing and joking and playing a game with Scraps and me.

The doctor said you were going to be a big baby, but no one knew just how big you were going to be. (11lbs is very big!) Your mom pushed for about and hour before the doctor had to leave for an emergency, so we took a break for about an hour.

When the doctor came back, your mom started pushing again, trying to help you escape from your cramped quarters inside of her. Two hours later you were so close we could see the top of your head! We were all very tired, especially your mom, but you were so close we decided to give it another couple of tries. The doctor asked your mom if she wanted to use a vacuum or some big tongs to help get you out, but she was determined to do it herself. I knew she could do it.

One more (big) push and out you came! You looked like an alien. You were purple, covered in goo and kind of floppy. The doctor’s grabbed you and rushed you over to their baby station to clean you off. You had already had your first poop, and they wanted to clean you off before we started taking pictures.

After the doctors cleaned you and your mom up, Grandma, Grandpa, Grand-dad, Scraps and even aunt Sandra came in to see you. You were so cute!

We stayed in the hospital for another 2 nights, just to make sure you and your mom were ok before they sent us home.

You seem to like your new room. You’ve been opening your eyes and looking around at the giraffes, monkeys, elephants and tigers on your wall. We’ve still got some schedule problems, you like to sleep during the day when I want to play, and at night when I want to sleep, you’re awake. That’s okay though, we’ll get used to each other soon.

She’ll never tell you this because she doesn’t like to brag, but your mom is amazing. She was so tough on the day you were born, and she loves you so much. You’re going to get to spend the next year home with her, and I’m kind of jealous I don’t get to hang out with you guys.

Your dog Snax isn’t sure about you yet, but she’ll love you once you start to play with her.

I’m glad you’re finally here buddy. I can’t wait to watch you grow up and discover all the wonder this world holds.

I love you little buddy.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

City Chase 2011

City Chase 2011 is now in the record books, and I'd say it was a successful one.

My partner dropped out of the race a couple months ago due to a pregnancy, so I asked my sister to fill-in and she agreed. I don't think she knew what was in store for her.

City Chase is a race to 10 points or 10 completed challenges. Last year we finished those 10 challenges in just over 4 hours. This year we picked up our tenth point before the 3 hour mark, but since a few teams had already crossed the finish line ahead of us, we decided to keep going and see how many points we could get. We ended up with 16 points in just under 6 hours.

We completed challenges that involved diving into a pool to find a hockey puck with our number, pulling/pushing a car into a parking spot, ice cream taste testing, sled hockey, wheelchair basketball, hitting a target with water from a fire hose,
having a tarantula crawl up my shoulder,

and navigating a hamster ball through a water course.

I was impressed with how well we did, and how well my 100-pound sister held up to the running, gross challenges and frustrations with her Blackberry.

She has already said she wants to do it next year, but she'll have to find another partner. In our wedding vows Crystal and I promised to be partners in these sorts of races.

Friday, June 24, 2011

City Chase

Regular readers may remember Crystal and I competed in City Chase Toronto last year, and we signed up to compete again this year.

Well, City Chase is tomorrow and Crystal is nine months pregnant, so she won't be racing with me. Luckily my sister agreed to race with me, so while Crystal is relaxing and taking it easy my sister and I will be running around Toronto performing a series of crazy stunts.

Rumor has it the CN Tower Edgewalk is one of the challenges this year.

It'll be an early morning and a tiring day, but I'm pumped!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hey Mama

I'm going to see Mat Kearney tonight!

Friday, June 17, 2011

When Tragedy Strikes

Found this video of an interview with Rev Run, talking about the death of his daughter.

It's funny how he reacted to the news that his baby was sick. I think we all tend to do that. We think if we give more, serve more, read the Bible more, then God has to give us what we're looking for. It doesn't work like that does it?

I don't know why God chooses to heal some people and not others. I don't know how hard you have to pray/fast/give to change God's mind, I don't know if you can change God's mind.

It's just another series of questions I have when I finally meet God.

Check out the interview with Rev Run...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Blue Like Jazz

I remember reading Blue Like Jazz.

I loved it.

I saw a lot of myself in Don, and remember finishing the book thinking "I can do this Jesus thing."

The book has become a movie, and I've added it to my "must-see" list. Check out the trailer and tell me what you think. (of the book or the movie)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Air Raid 19 - Recap

Air Raid 19, were you there?

You should have been, 'cause it was epic.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kickin' It Old School

I don't know what inspired it, but I'm on an old school Jars Of Clay kick.

Actually that's a lie. I stumbled across Dan Haseltine's blog, where he has been writing about the stories/inspiration behind a number of Jars Of Clay songs. Reading these posts reminded me of how much I loved (and still love) Jars Of Clay.

So, let's take an audio trip down memory lane.

LIQUID is still one of my favourite songs. (Check out the hair!)

WORLDS APART was probably one of my favourite songs off Jars Of Clay. I love it even more after reading Dan's post about the song.

BOY ON A STRING is another one I'm spinning on a regular basis.

There were so many solid tunes on that album. What's your favourite?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Different Strokes

This past weekend my family threw a baby shower for Crystal and me, so we spent a couple days in Mississauga.

Sunday morning we went to the church I grew up in, a church I haven't been to in a long time. It's a more traditional church; we sang a lot of older songs and the tempo was slower than what I am used to.

At first I was a little bit frustrated. Slow reflective songs are what I like during my alone time with God. In a large corporate worship setting I want upbeat, energetic music that people sing at the top of their lungs. (Song Of Hope, Everything, Bless Your Name, Rise And Sing) If someone walked in off the street and came into a room of people singing about "Jehovah Rapha" or "Jehovah Nissi", would they understand what's going on? Would they feel comfortable?

But then it hit me. I looked around and saw a room filled with people who were loving it. Arms raised, crying out to God, tears rolling down their face. In that moment God spoke to me and said "Don't you see what I'm doing here?"

Crap. AJ you're an idiot.

I'm sure the church wants to reach the lost, but their primary "target" is someone who already has a relationship with God. They are a church for baby boomers. If all churches planned a service the way I think it should be done, 90% of people in the community would not go to church.

That's why we need a different array of churches. Some target young families, others on boomers and empty-nesters, others on seniors (who love hymns). Some churches emphasize a deeper relationship with God, others want to bring people into a relationship with God.

Different strokes for different folks. The message is still the same, the method of delivery is different. If the church is growing, (which it is), then we should be rejoicing. People are growing in their relationship with God and that is always a win, no matter what the method is.

Sunday the pastor's message was on doubt, but God spoke to me about something totally different. I'm far from perfect and He still has a lot of work to do.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Great Diaper Dilemma

Baby Martin is about 6 weeks away, and I'd say Crystal and I are almost ready.

I've assembled the crib, change table, playpen, stroller and we have a car seat ready to go. The baby's room is painted and decorated, we've been through the lamaze/getting ready for baby classes and last night we went on our hospital tour. Pretty good right?

Almost... One roadblock stands in our way.

We haven't decided on diapers yet.

I'm a cloth diaper fanboy, while Crystal wants whatever is easiest. The idea of having to clean poop out of a diaper before you put it in the bucket was not something Crystal found appealing. She'd rather just fold it up and toss it in the garbage. Much easier.

A couple weeks ago we hung out with friends who are very "green" and they gave us a quick demo on the cloth diapers they use. It looks so easy! They even have a water-gun that attaches to the toilet so you don't have to touch the poop! That night Crystal left thinking cloth was an option. #winning

We took a trip over to Serenity in the south end of Barrie to take a look at cloth diaper options, and I think we left more confused than we entered. So many different options! Do we want bamboo, stay dry or organic? Do we want an all-in-one or linered? Do we want Bum Genius, FuzziBuns or Mother-Eaze? Snaps or Velcro? It was overwhelming.

Crystal looked up cloth diapers on Kijiji, but the idea of someone else's diapers is kinda weird to me. Would you buy someone else's used underwear? So we're still trying to figure out what to do, but I think Crystal is leaning towards the cloth.

They are cheaper (especially if you have more than one kid).
They are better for the environment.
They work better than disposables. (Don't believe me? Read THIS)
Seems like a no-brainer to me.

So let's hear from you, have you used cloth? What do you recommend?

Shallow Small Groups

Because it's Friday... some lighthearted fun.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

AJ Is Excited

Words cannot express how excited I am for the new Mat Kearney album.

This guy is easily my favourite artist, and I'm feeling this next album could be fantastic! I'm pumped for the June 21 show where he'll give us our first look at his new material.

Until then... enjoy.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Flash Mob Muskoka

A flash mob at Robinson's in Huntsville!

Were you there?

Stick-tap to Erin for sharing.

Monday, April 18, 2011

True Love

Good Friday is one of my favourite church services of the year.

I know Easter Sunday is the fun one, with the bright colours and happy music, but there's something about Good Friday that moves me.

I think Good Friday allows for more creativity in the service presentation. It's more than just the pastor preaching on stage. Good Friday usually means a video message, and that allows for a more dynamic message. The service programming deaprtment can be more creative in their approach and (in my opinion) makes the service that much better.

Last year the band performed True Love, and it moved me to tears. Musically, they nailed it, and the video playing in the background added that extra "umph".

This isn't the video they used, but it was something similar. Check it out!

Friday, April 15, 2011

$100 For Fries?

$100 for McDonald's fries!?!?!

I must admit this is pretty clever. I don't seem to remember it though. Maybe it was only in Alberta or B.C.?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

English 101

"Christian is a great noun, and a poor adjective."
- Rob Bell

As believers we tend to slap the "Christian" disclaimer on a lot of things. Maybe in an effort to let people know this is good. Whether it's music, books, films, clothing... even candy.

But what makes something/someone Christian?

They have confessed their sins and believe that Jesus died on the cross to pardon them of those transgressions... They have said the sinner's prayer.

OK, so let's use that criteria against these other "Christian" things.

Did that song say the sinner's prayer?

Did my t-shirt confess its sinful nature and accept Jesus into its life?

What about that christian film? Did my DVD raise its hand and walk up to the front of the church to accept Jesus?

I think we need to be careful when we use the word "Christian" in an effort to sell a product to a church-going audience.

It's English 101, Christian is a noun, not an adjective.

Feel free to disagree in the comment section below.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Cell Cycle

I have had the same cell phone for 6 years. Why don't I upgrade to a smartphone? Because I don't want to enter the "cell cycle". Thanks to MATT for the graphic.

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Life or No Life?

Last night we had dinner with friends who have 2 girls, (A thought I have warmed up to... a girl) and it was a lot of fun. Their 2 girls were blast. We were treated to a puppet show, heard some funny stories from their oldest, and had a great night hanging out with people outside of the typical church setting.

One thing from the night struck me; their house was full of energy and life! Kids running around, laughing, giggling and constantly making me smile. We got home and it seemed quiet, empty and (mostly) tidy.

If you would have asked me 2 years ago about being a father I would have turned and run in fear. I'd have to give up travel, skimboarding, hockey... my life would effectively end.

But I don't think that's the case anymore.

While I still have friends that have become shut-ins since having children, I also have a number of friends that despite having kids, still kiteboard, go to the movies, and have a social life.

So thank you Tim, Andy, Enn, Pete, Los, and the rest of you fathers that have shown me that a new life in the house doesn't mean the end of yours... In fact I think it might even make it better!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Selling Out

Morgan Spurlock is an interesting guy.

I've never really been a big fan of his, but after watching this TED talk, I like him a little bit more.
The idea for his movie is pretty interesting actually...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

In Need Of An Ocean Refill

In case you haven't heard, we've been promoting the new Soul Surfer movie pretty heavy on LIFE. (I started the book last night.)

I'm excited to go see the movie this weekend, but there is a problem. All this buzz and excitement around the movie has stirred something within me that I thought died a while ago.

This feeling that I need to get into the water. I can't explain it, but there is this excitement... anxiety... feeling that if I don't throw on boardshorts and a tank, things could go very badly.

I love the smell of the salty air, the feel of boardshorts against my skin, the smell of sunscreen, the roar of waves crashing, the feel of sand between my toes, the warmth of sun on my skin, the smell of surf wax, the feel of my hair and skin after some time in the ocean... I feel like my soul needs that right now.

Like my survival depends on it.

Sounds dumb, I know.

I understand most people will think this is asinine, but it's me.

Has anyone else ever felt this way?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring Surprise - Part 2

Saturday I decided I would go out and rake (what used to be) my lawn.

Why not? It was sunny, warm and I felt like being outside.

After a couple hours of raking, here's what I was left with:

Looks like I've got a lot of work ahead of me.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools

Every year Ben & Woody come up with a crazy stunt for April Fools day on the Breakfast Club. This year was no exception.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sticks And Stones

We've been hearing a lot about bullying over the past number of months and while I believe it's a problem, I've often dismissed it as something I don;t need to worry about.

I don't beat-up kids for their lunch money.
I don't use derogatory terms when talking with people.
I try to be kind to the people I come across every day.

I'm not a bully... At least I don't think I am.

I saw this video today and I felt convicted. Maybe I am a bully.

I will jokingly call someone a "knob".
I will give people "fun" nicknames that they might not feel are complimentary.
I will give someone a shot in the arm, or mess up their hair to say hi.
I will tease Tim Maassarany for being a fan of the Leafs.

Sure I'm smiling and joking when I do it, but that doesn't excuse me from being a bully. It may be good-natured but no doubt it can still hurt the victim.

That video served as a bit of a wake-up call for me. I need to be careful when I joke and play that it isn't being taken the wrong way.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Surprise

Now that the snow has melted I can see my lawn... or what used to be my lawn.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

An All-Star Cover Tune

Now this is fun! Mercy Me, Jars Of Clay, TFK, The Afters, Lecrae... Yeah it's an all-star lineup.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Crystal and I use gift cards very differently. I spend them, she hoards them. If you were to open her purse at any point in time there would likely be 15+ unused gift cards in there.

Yesterday we decided to use one of them. We had some gift certificates to the downtown theatre in Barrie. We had thought of going in the past, but they usually didn't have anything we wanted to see. When we checked on Friday, we discovered TWO movies we wanted to see, but how do we decide?

We heard about the seats in theatre one being the best seats anywhere in Central Ontario, so we decided we'd see whatever was playing in theatre one. Sunday, after cghurch, Crystal called the theatre and the choice was made... The Adjustment Bureau.


I really enjoyed it. The film is about a group of people/agents (the Adjustment Bureau) whose job is to make sure you stay "on plan". Can't find your keys? Could be the work of the agents, making sure you miss that train and stay on the plan the "chairman" has for your life.

It's an interesting idea. The film is loaded with spiritual ideas, fate vs free will, God's plan for your life, etc. I think it's a film that would be a great discussion starter, regardless of your spiritual knowledge, religious views or thoughts on God.

So go to the theatre (downtown Barrie has La-Z-Boys in theatre one), take a friend from work or school, and go for a coffee afterwards to discuss and digest.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Love Wins?

There has been a lot of discussion about the trailer for Rob Bell's newest book. Most of the discussion is not favourable. Watch the video, and we'll continue after the jump.

So? What did you think?

I understand why some people are upset. He asks some hard questions, and presents some uncomfortable thoughts. I'll admit I cringed a little when he talks about Jesus rescuing us from God.

But after watching the video again I don't think that's what this book is about. I think it's about us adding extra requirements to the Christian faith, and how as a result of these extra items on the "checklist of faith" we miss the point. I doubt a christian publishing company would put out a book that claims there is no hell, or that everyone gets to heaven; ideas that go against what we read in the Bible.

Keep in mind the purpose of this video is to make people talk, and to sell more books. In that case: mission accomplished.

I think we should wait before we crucify Rob Bell... at least until March 29th and we read the book.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Fatherhood For Dummies - The Review

When we pulled into the plaza I suddenly had this sinking feeling that this might be a "Teen Dads" thing and we'd be 100 years older than anyone else in the room.

We weren't.

The room slowly filled with couples in our age group, most due around the same time (end of June). The night began with the 3 ladies who run the event explaining to us what a doula is and why everyone should have one.

We then went around the room, and the men introduced their partner and read their "affirmation" (read: cheesy inspirational saying) and share what your affirmation meant to you. Most of the men seemed to be a little skeptical of the awkward, share-your-feelings start to the night.

Once everyone was sufficiently introduced, three fathers (the doulas brought in) shared their stories. I felt like we were at one of those bait-and-switch, free weekend if you listen to our time-share pitch events. The fathers shared about how much easier the labour/delivery was with a doula, and how much better their doula-delivered kids are.

Next we broke up into groups (fathers and mothers) and took 20 minutes to make a list of things we'll need for the labour/delivery/aftermath. This part of the night was very useful. I now have an extensive list of things I need to pack for our stay at RVH. Once our 20 minutes was up we re-convened and compared lists. The guys' list was more practical, while the ladies' list included more abstract things like "patience", "support" and "listening ears".

Once we completed the practical part of the evening, we moved on to a list of encouraging things you can say to your wife during those times she wants to rip your face off. Classic lines every wife wants to hear... like "Ride the wave, it'll only take you higher." and "It's pain for a purpose. You are giving life to your baby." The goofy lines, combined with the easy listening Delilah-esque delivery, was almost more than I could handle. I had a hard time containing my laughter. I felt like it was a Saturday Night Live sketch, or maybe some hidden camera gag for Just For Laughs.

Despite the cult-ish feel of the night, I did take away some practical information. I feel like I have a better grasp on what the delivery process will be like, and what to pack for the hospital.

Would I do it again? Probably. My stress/anxiety level when thinking about the labour has decreased, so I think I'd do it again. I mean, what do you expect for free?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fatherhood For Dummies

Tonight we travel to Newmarket for a "Daddy-to-be" class at the Newmarket Pregnancy Centre. I figure I can use all the help I can get, so Crystal and I head to York Region to try and glean as much information as we can.

Look for a post tomorrow recapping the experience.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Angry Birthday Birds

Cake boss eat your heart out!

A playable Angry Birds birthday cake!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Quick Hit

It's Family Day, and because you've got the day off it's a short post.

Quote from Rework:
“When you stick with your current customers come hell or high water, you wind up cutting yourself off from new ones. Your product or service becomes so tailored to your current customers that it stops appealing to fresh blood. And that’s how your company starts to die.”

So what are you doing to attract new people to your business/church/ministry that might tick off your existing customer?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011


Valentines Day.

Chocolates, flowers, sappy greeting cards, and a celebration of having someone to journey through life with.

It wasn't always like that. Here's the real story of Valentines Day, courtesy of Relevant Magazine.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Castles In The Sky

There's a commercial on tv for a frozen pizza that says: "If there's one thing men like more than their two favourite things, it's a third thing made of those things."

That's how I would describe the latest film from Taylor Steele. I love travel, film, surfing and surf culture. Combine all these things into one and I'm hooked.

Maybe a Valentine's gift?

Are guys supposed to get gifts on Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What Makes You Tick?

Last night I had the opportunity to attend my first MTR meeting at Connexus. MTR is a group of leaders from each ministry (students, children, tech, etc) who get together once each quarter and act as a sort of sounding board for the church leadership.

Connexus has a simple mission: "To create a church that unchurched people love to attend." I think that's why I love serving at Connexus.

I think it comes down to what makes you tick. Some people love going deep into scripture and stuidying with other people who have been believers for much of their lives. Others love to debate and discuss various aspects of the Christian life.

I love the excitement and enthusiasm of people who are experiencing God for the first time, or the first time in a long time. They don't know all the "rules" that are suddenly put in place once you say the sinner's prayer. They are rough around the edges. Their faith is a little more raw.

It's messy.

It's passionate.

It's awesome!

I got home late last night and even though I was so very tired, I couldn't sleep because I was so excited for what the next couple of months holds for the Connexus community. I don't want to give anything away, but I think we're on the brink of something HUGE!

I'm so glad/fortunate/stoked to be a part of what God is doing at Connexus. I love my church!

So... (your turn). What makes you tick?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Superbowl Entertainment

The Superbowl is one of the events that is watched by everyone. Even non-sports fans tune in to the big game, partly because of the commercials.

While we get a lot of the same lame commercials we've seen for the past 6 months, US viewers get some wildly creative ads that are (in a lot of cases) more entertaining than the game itself.

Thanks to the internet, you can watch all the commercials HERE.

This ad for VW was my favourite.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Random Friday Ramblings

- I'm liking the new Brandon Heath album. Leaving Eden is a quality album. Too bad it's not available in the iTunes Canada store.
- I had the chance to put together some videos this week. (Go to a Letters To God showing and you might see some of them.) I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to developing more video content.
- I kind of want to see the Bieber movie.
- I'm kind of excited to see my parents tomorrow. We haven't seen them since Christmas.
- Looks like the Dallas Stars are finally being bitten by the injury bug.
- SuperBowl is Sunday in Dallas, if they can dig out of the ice.
- We're switching to Bell TV, much cheaper than Rogers.
- I wish we got HalogenTV in Canada.
- Departures is still my favourite tv show.
- Sometimes I'm excited about becoming a father, sometimes it scares the crap out of me. (It changes hourly)
- Next week is halfway through the pregnancy, doesn't feel like it because Crystal is due at the end of June and it feels like summer is so far away.
- I love playing hockey. It's how I make it through winter.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Great Date Experiment

On my show earlier this week I talked about the Great Date Experiment. If it sounds like fun and you'd like to try it out yourself, HERE is the link.

Happy dating!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Leaving Eden

I'm starting to dig this Brandon Heath guy.

I like his new album, and after watching a video like this, he moves up in my musician rankings.
Plus, he's a super fun interview. Totally chill guy.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cannot Keep You

I was listening to my "Sunday Mix" on iTunes this morning and a song came on that made me stop what I was doing, and listen for a couple minutes. Gungor's "Cannot Keep You" off their Beautiful Things album.

A lot of Praise & Worship songs are... umm... fluffy, "Jesus is my boyfriend" tunes or cliche, "let's take a verse of scripture and sing it over and over" songs. The songs on Beautiful Things are not those types of songs.

I love this song because I have experienced God outside of the Christian/Church sub-culture, as much (maybe more) than inside the "Christian bubble."

We cannot keep God in a box. We cannot keep God in our church. We cannot keep God in our Bible. God is alive and at work in the world around us, using the sacred and the secular to reach people, show himself, and draw them closer to him.

Cannot Keep You
they could not keep you in a tent
they could not keep you in a temple
or any of their idols, to see and understand

we cannot keep you in a church
we cannot keep you in a Bible
or it’s just another idol to box you in

they could not keep you in their box
we cannot keep you in ours either
you are so much greater

who is like the Lord
the maker of the Heavens
who dwells with the poor
and he lifts them from the ashes
and he makes them sit with princes
who is like the Lord

We’ve tried to keep you in our tents
We’ve tried to keep you in our temples
We’ve worshiped all our idols, we want all that to end
We will find you in the streets
We will find you in the prisons
and even in our Bibles and churches

who is like the lord
the maker of the heavens
lover of my soul
who takes me from the ashes
who heals me of my blindness
who is like the Lord

Friday, January 21, 2011

Vote Summer

I got up this morning and it was -30. Last Friday morning we had a blizzard, dumping around 10cm on us. I'm not a big fan of snow.

I'd be ok with it if we were out west on a ski vacation, but not for normal living. Your feet get wet and cold if you're not wearing knee high boots. If you are wearing knee high boots, good luck driving a compact japanese car in this weather.

Winter is not in my top 3 favourite seasons. Which is why I found this video so funny!

Stella Awards

I was sent this by a friend, and thought I'd share it with you.

For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on her crotch and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her thighs while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right? That's right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S.

Here are the Stellas for the year 2010:

Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was Kathleen's own son.

Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California, won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, who was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count 'em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner's insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish.

Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th Place in the Stella's when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor's beagle - even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

Kara Walton, of Claymont , Delaware , sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms.Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000 ...... oh, yeah, plus dental expenses.

This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her -- are you sitting down? --- $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Back To The Motherland?

There are times when I dream of moving to Estonia. I've been there on a number of missions trips, and each time I have fallen more in love with the land of my ancestors.

I understand why my grandparents fled... To escape communist rule and the promise of a better life in the West, makes sense to me. And while I am very thankful for the sacrifice they made, sometimes my mind wanders and I wonder what life would be like if I was to move back to Eesti.

No longer under Russian occupation and developing at a rapid pace, it seems like a good place to live. Plus I love the old-world charm of Europe.

I came across a link today that compares countries in a number of categories. So I plugged in Canada vs Estonia. The results were surprising.

Looks like Canada is a much better place to live.

I guess we're pretty lucky.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Start With A Win

I did not sleep well last night. The dog woke us up around 2:00 with angry barking, but there was no sign of an intruder or robbery. False alarm. I struggled to fall back asleep, and flirted with a sleep-like state off and on for the next hour and a half.

Normally this wouldn't be a huge deal, but I planned on waking up one hour earlier so I could go to the gym. Would I still do it? It's understandable if I don't go... I got no sleep, and I played hockey the day before. But if I don't go, that sets a precedent. If things aren't perfect (which they seldom are) and I make that excuse, I'll never end up going.

So when my alarm went off this morning I dragged my still sleeping butt out of bed, packed my clothes, inhaled some oatmeal and made my way to the gym.

It was a rough go, but I went. I think that's a win. (No matter how bad the workout was)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Air Raid 2.0

Friday night we find out who is coming for Air Raid 19. In the past we've announced it on the air, and then tickets go on sale. This time it's going to be a little different.

Better different.

Junky Rhodes is going to Mapleview Church in Barrie to make the announcement live, and if you can't make it to Mapleview (here's the fun part) we're streaming the announcement live on our website!

How sweet is that?

We're on our way to becoming more than just Ontario's Christian (Radio) Superstation... We're going to be Ontario's Christian (Media) Superstation!

Look for more video content, some exclusive online content and more!

Exciting times on Bell Farm Road.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Coming To A Lake Near You

I know Christmas has passed, and my birthday isn't until September, so it might be a long time before I see one of these in my... garage... cottage... OK, I'll never get one.

But it looks cool.

Look for a couple to be making an appearance in Port Carling this summer.

Binary Geeks Rejoice

It's 1/11/11 at 11:11.

Math/Binary/Computer geeks rejoice!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Growing Is Forever

It's Friday, nothing too deep, heavy or serious. Just sit back and enjoy this video. Mesmerizing and beautiful!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

All The Single Ladies

One of my "must read" daily blogs is Ragamuffin Soul, written by Carlos Whittaker (or LosWhit). He is a former worship leader from Atlanta, who is now a full-time musician on Integrity Records. (Buy his album... seriously.)

LosWhit often posts videos from his personal life, and earlier in 2010 he happened to film his kids, dancing to their favourite song. His son (Losiah) joined in on the revelry and that's when Los pointed out the obvious contradiction.

That video was nominated for a People's Choice Award in the "Best Viral Video" category, and last night the Whittakers went home the proud victors!

So congrats Carlos and family, your authenticity and willingness to show us a less-than-perfect image of yourself is refreshing.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Face For Radio

I have a crappy voice for radio. I know it and a few listeners have pointed it out to me. I'm not offended, not everyone can be Ben Davy.

(I may not have the typical voice, I have been blessed with a face for radio.)

Since you usually just hear the DJ, it amazes me this guy doesn't have a job somewhere.

***UPDATE: He has been hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers as their PA Announcer, and the Cavs will pay for a mortgage so he can get a home.***

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rework - The Notes

Ever since my trip to the Google campus in Mountain View, California I have been interested in corporate culture, and how to create a great work environment. A friend recommended I check out Rework, and after skimming through it in Chapters, I put a hold on it at the Barrie Library.

Well, I just finished reading Rework (for the third time) and this time made some notes as I went along. I thought I'd post them here on the Wonderblog

- Workaholics don't save the day, they use it up. The hero is already home because he figured out a faster way to get it done.

- If no one is upset by what you're doing, you're probably not pushing hard enough. (and you're probably boring too).

- Long projects zap morale. The longer it takes to develop, the less likely it is to ship. Make the call, make progress, get something out now.

- Interruptions break your work day into a series of work moments. Productivity is like REM sleep, it takes some time to get to that level and each interruption is a reset.

- Being the "Anti-____" (Nike, Microsoft, Starbucks) is a great way to differentiate yourself and attract followers.

- You rarely regret saying "no" but often wind-up regretting saying "yes."

- Some products are in-store good, you want to be at-home good.

- Welcome obscurity. Work out the kinks while no one knows who you are.

- Earning loyalty by teaching people forms a deep bond. Emulate famous chefs, what can you teach people that is informative, educational and promotional?

- Give people a backstage pass and show them how your business works. It works for even the most obscure and dull jobs (crab fishing, truck driving, baking cakes). Letting people behind the curtain changes the relationship. They will see you as human beings, and develop a deeper appreciation for what you do.

- Show your flaws and imperfections. When something becomes too polished it loses its soul.

- Always hire the better writer. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking.

- You don't create culture, it just happens. Culture isn't a foosball table or a Christmas party. Those are objects and events, NOT culture.

- The environment has a lot more to do with great work than people realize. There is a ton of untapped potential trapped in grey cubicles, working under lame policies and stifling bureaucracies.

- When you treat people like children, you get children's work. You are creating a boss-vs-worker relationship that screams "I Don't Trust You!"

- Ideas are forever. Inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk, it expires. When inspiration grabs you, grab it back and put it to work.

Rework was a fantastic read. Head over to the library and check it out!