Tuesday, October 30, 2012


We're only days away from Air Raid 21. (Abandon, Anthem Lights, Finding Favor and Unlikely Heroes. You can probably recite the commercial by now.)

Did you know, the first Air Raid, wasn't called Air Raid 1?  Nope. Believe it or not, it was called "Youth Concert". Wow! Isn't that clever!? Haha! It was at Bethel Community Church in Barrie. As I recall we had over 250 people attend, which ain't bad for no radio promotion! The idea of Air Raid 1 was to raise money for the future LIFE 100.3. Little did I know that concerts are not a money-maker. Actually, they're a money-drainer! But, they're fun!

(From this point on, we'll call it Air Raid 1 just for clarity.)

At Air Raid 1, the Cheese Monkeys From Planet Nine opened the show. Bassist Daniel Biro is now the bass player with Hawk Nelson and drummer Marcel Preston is now the mastermind behind Sky Terminal. The rest of the show was booked and organized by a friend so the bands were unfamiliar to me. (Lyman, Lorraine Peters and Rise.)

It was at that show when I first caught the "worldly versus Christian vibe". Ya. Several teens were moshing and crowd surfing. Apparently that is worldly. I let it go while a few parents and pastors grumbled in the back row. As I look back on the photos, man....it was fun!

Air Raid 2 and 3 were also pre-LIFE events where I soon learned they were great promotional tools, but not money-makers. (I think we've made money on 5 Air Raids?!) AS we've evolved, we've tried to make the shows like an event, not just another concert. At each show, we bring out a bag of tricks - lazers, balloon, batlights, free food, QR contests - plus a healthy production of lights, sound and video.

Now, here we are ready for Air Raid 21! Get your tickets here!  We're back at Mapleview Church in Barrie - a great venue for shows!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Every year, someone says, "only a month until Christmas" and a bunch of people start groaning. Why is that?

From a Christian standpoint, Christmas represents the birth of Christ, so as a Christian, we should be thinking, "what an awesome time of year."

Christmas dinner is usually a big turkey, and a huge buffet of food that takes days to plan and prepare and we gobble it down, only to put on a few extra pounds over the holidays. But we don't mind because - well, it's Christmas! And if you have in-laws, there's often more than one Christmas dinner.

Christmas is about family members traveling a long distance to see each other after many months apart. Christmas is a time to give a gift to your friend - a gift you know they'll absolutely love and you'll make them smile. 

Christmas has it's own music, too. What other holiday has it's own music library?  There's Santa - a character that represents "being a good boy and girl".

There's TV specials like "Rudolph" with Burl Ives - that's always fun! Tom Hanks in "The Polar Express"
Ok ok.  You don't like the commercialization of Christmas.  The same thing happens at Hallowe'en but nobody says, "Arrrg - all the candy and witches!"  I've never heard someone say that. How about July 1? Talk about commercialization!  There's lots of marketing for Canada Day - red and white "everything". Plus, parades and fireworks! People's faces painted in red maple leafs. Huge newspaper ads. Politicians all proclaiming national unity. Nobody complains about Canada Day.

So why Christmas? Christians complain. Non Christians complain. Christmas is supposed to be fun.

When I hear someone say "humbug" it makes me wonder why they oppose all of those wonderful things. What a miserable attitude. Please, go away.

Merry (early) Christmas!

Friday, October 26, 2012


This message was originally sent to people working in Christian radio.  I wrote it in the aftermath of one of our friends in Christian radio who had his broadcast license revoked by the CRTC because he failed to obey the broadcast act. Here's the edited version.


Hey Friends:

When you’re driving on the highway, if you exceed the speed limit, and get caught, the police will fine you. If you speed again and get caught, you’ll probably get demerit points. If you speed again and get caught, you’ll probably burn off all your points and they’ll suspend your license. That’s how the law works. And we submit to those in authority, r-i-i-i-ght?

I’m aware that many Managers and Program Directors have never read the Broadcast Act. If that’s you, I’d encourage you to read it, soon. How can you uphold your license if you don’t know what’s expected? I read ours every year to stay fresh.

If you’re a manager, or PD, do you know your’s?

Once a year, I read our Condition of License for LIFE 100.3. And I ask my PD to read it, too. If you don’t know what the C.O.L.is, it’s the last thing on your CRTC Decision notice. These are the things you absolutely must adhere to, in addition to the basic Broadcast Act. It is a condition of having a broadcast license.

We are called to be above approach. If we try to weasel around any of the regulations, that’s being a sneak and we don’t honour the Lord. Do what’s right, always.

I’m told I have a reputation of being the Simon Cowell of Christian radio. Haha. Simon only says what everyone is thinking, right? “If you can’t sing get off the stage!” Likewise, if you don’t know the CRTC rules for radio, I say, you don’t deserve to have a license. Like it or not, that’s how it works. There are too many sneaky people, dodging the rules, getting spanked and bringing shame to the rest of the licensees.

It’s kinda like this. If you play hockey, you gotta listen to your coach and if you don’t you’re kicked off the team. Same deal in radio. Learn the rules, follow them to the tee and let your light shine before the Commission. (Gosh that sounded religious - I’m sorry.)

Got it? Good. Now let the dart-throwing begin.

Friday, October 19, 2012



They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services: 
The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
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The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM.. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Jesus.  He’s our Lord. We love him, we follow him, but sometimes our super-busy lives are like a tangled web. Long days on the job, relationship troubles, bills to pay, waking up early and never getting enough rest. It leaves us stressed and maybe, sometimes at the end of our faith.

When your heart waivers, ask God to keep you steady. When fear takes over, remember God is the master-planner and can unweave your tangled web.

Let your heart flourish. God is still on the throne.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


I love Christian music. I love it because I like to sing along to songs on the radio. People tell me NOT to sing, but I don't mind. Haha.
I've heard people say, "Christian artists always copy mainstream artists - Christian music isn't original."  Well, mainstream artists don't have a copyright on "a mainstream sound". And alot of it is very good. Music goes through cycles of styles, like boy bands, or punk music, or girl-rockers or dance songs - every few years those cycles re-emerge.

But if Christian music sounds like secular music, what's wrong with that? As Christians we want to be relevant so why not use a music style that's relevant?  If Christian artists have a sound like a mainstream artist, that's great.

Other people say the opposite. I hear "Christian music doesn't sound like mainstream music" - and that's also true. No artist, that I'm aware of sounds, like The Newboys. And nobody in mainstream sounds like Chris Tomlin. So there we are the two biggest selling artists in Christian music, loved and adored, and there is no mainstream counterpart. I guess that makes them "original".

Hmmm.  There's critics on both sides.

As long as I'm still singing along with Christian music (and nobody stops me!) I think it's all good, regardless of style.