Feeling a lack of motivation...

Maybe it's that the undergrads have the full week off, when I really should be working on accomplishing something, but my level of motivation has been quite low starting around last Friday or so. I had hoped that a trip to Edmonton would do something to bring my energy levels back but I didn't get that much academic stuff done yesterday and only a little more today.

In the process of procrastination (which also involved reading a whole lot of semi-random blogs), I also managed to get some more useful reading done. I polished off a book by Lee Strobel in short order, and also had time to still a somewhat longer statement regarding the church that my roommates attend (roughly 42 pages in length).

One thing that I found a little interesting about that second book is that it argues that the roles of husband and wife are synonomous with those of elder and deacon (respectively) in the church (It argued that the roles of elder and deacon hold on 3 levels - over the universal church, over the local church, and finally the family). It seems that that denomination also views the offices of both elder and deacon as life-long (unless they don't fall into error), and as well unelected.

What was I up to church-wise in Edmonton

I went off with my relatives for the morning service at West End Christian Reformed Church, where they are members. Digging around on the website of the church, while the CRC upholds the Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dordt, and Belgic Confession, I noticed the following statement:

We recognize as fellow-Christians all people who accept the teachings of the bible as summarized in the Apostles' Creed.

Anyways, in the afternoon I was off to St. Albert CanRC to meet up with Ian & Jolene for supper. It seemed a little unusual being in a Canadian Reformed Church again (see some comments that I posted about that last night).

It was also some interesting in that I've recently started reading From Sabbath to Lord's Day, the sermon that afternoon was on the Sabbath, and then the Bible study group I attended that evening was working their way through the Westminster Confession and happened also to be talking about that topic.

Thoughts on Calgary prompted by the trip...

One thing I realized as I did the drive home from Edmonton, is how I almost live on the prairies now. I say almost, as it's a little hard to consider yourself truly a prairie dweller when you have a ski hill almost next-door, and some reasonably steep stretches of road nearby. There's a Lutheran church nearby (haven't been inside yet) with a name something like "Our Shepherd of the Foothills" which is basically the category that I guess the area falls into.

There were some stretches along the highway from Edmonton though in which no mountains could be seen in any direction, but eventually as I got near Calgary a few distant mountains became noticable once more. I think that I prefer B.C. driving at this point, just as it's a little less boring if you have to turn the wheel occasionally. On the other hand, flat and straight means that you can make good time from point A to point B (and hypothetically could bring up weather forecasts on [one of] your cell phone's web browser[s]).

As a sidenote, using multiple web browsers on your phone probably has a high geekiness quotient. I eventually installed Opera Mini on my phone, as I couldn't get GMail's WAP interface to load with the phone's normal browser (sometimes it's nice to have unlimited data transfer included in your cell contract).

I don't know if you caught it above, but during the trip to Edmonton I started to think a little more explicitly of Calgary as "home" rather than a place containing "the townhouse" (as it was in the gallery description of the most recent set of photos added to the gallery). I've seen almost nothing of the SE sector of the city, and little of the North ... but for the rest the streets are becoming reasonably familiar.


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