WAR

Do Christians have a responsibility to evaluate the information presented to us? How should we evaluate the looming crisis in Syria from a godly perspective?

We are told that the reason America is gearing up for war against Syria is because of chemical weapons.

Is that the real reason, or is it because of a natural gas pipeline?

Qatar is a leader in the export of natural gas.  If they can oust the ruling Assad in Syria and if a new government could be installed, they could build a pipeline through Syria and sell natural gas to Europe.  No small task. They would need help. Enter America. If the Americans are successful at getting rid of the Assad Regime that would allow Qatar or Saudi Arabia to build a pipeline through Syria to access the European market. Why would America help them do that? Because more natural gas into Europe would hurt Russia. Europe is a major consumer of Russian gas and with additional natural gas being made available from Qatar it would undermine Russia’s advantage. Ultimately, American involvement in Syria would be about strengthening ties with Qatar and Saudi Arabia and reducing Russian power.

Ultimately, the conflict all boils down to a fight about religion, natural gas and, of course and as always, money.

If this in fact is the case, it will be the exact same rational as the war in Iraq.  Russia and China had oil contracts in Iraq before the war. Continue reading

Friends

Where would any of us be without them?

I am blessed with incredible friends. People I am honoured to know. People who have helped me. People whom I have been able to help. Friends through family, church, work, film, school, the boards I have a privilege to be a part of.

Genuine friendship is a connection that is impossible to lose.

It’s a two way street that strengthens each person.

Proverbs says: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Somebody once said that we read so that we know we are not alone. I wonder if in some sense this is why friends are so critical. That ability to connect. To listen. To share. To feel that our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs find a similar chord in another person.

Friends provide fun, laughter, critical feedback and a listening ear. As I look back on the indescribable friends that I have, all I can say is that they are a gift.

What did I ever do to deserve such great people in my life?

Nothing.

And in some sense, I think that undeserved kindness is the foundation of any great friendship.

How is it in your life? Have you had good friends? Friends that have seen you through great times and difficult times?

How would you describe your friends?

Still, not everyone has good friends. Some are out there looking. Some through their own fault or through no fault of their own find themselves on the outside and have given up looking in.

Or looking up.

Maybe there is someone around you who needs a friend. Maybe you could be that person that helps them find their way.

You never know the impact you might have.

I remember a dear friend of mine ‘happened’ to have a few minutes for me at a time when I was at a real crossroads and couldn’t see my way through. Life is full of incredible adventures. It’s the journey that matters. The destination is somewhat irrelevant. Still, there are times when the valley can get a little shadowy.  And this friend spoke words that to this day still encourage me. God really does give us people who speak the right thing in the right season.

And for all my many friends in all the different places I have been, I simply can not thank enough. You are a treasure to me and I am grateful for the many great times we have yet to share.