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What's life like in the Socialist Republic of Alberta?

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Food rationing could start soon. I'm a Brit living here since 2005. Love lots about living here but some of it not so keen on. Im sorry to say that this is a province that is partially filled with not very bright people. 

 

Terry

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Well I am not a Brit (though I could pass as one) who spent all his formative years and then some in Birmingham. I think what you say is true for Alberta could be said of B'ham and I suspect much of the world and at times myself.

 

OK I won't be able to rib you about the NDP being socialists then.

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Sometimes it’s busier, sometimes it’s quieter.  

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15 hours ago, romansh said:

Well I am not a Brit (though I could pass as one) who spent all his formative years and then some in Birmingham. I think what you say is true for Alberta could be said of B'ham and I suspect much of the world and at times myself.

 

OK I won't be able to rib you about the NDP being socialists then.

"The underlying principle of socialism is the equal sharing of suffering"

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2 hours ago, apexcone said:

"The underlying principle of socialism is the equal sharing of suffering"

And how should we divvy up the suffering?

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Yeah, it's really dead on this site in stark contrast to more theologically conservative sites that a re a beehive of constant posts.  I guess Progressives just aren't very excited about their faith.  I'm thinking of starting some controversial threads here in an effort to spark more dialogue.  Otherwise, I'll just have to stick with the much more active evangelical sites.  

That reminds me of a delicious irony I see in common Progressive attitudes.  John Shelby Spong, the closest thing to a Christian Progressive Guru, wrote a book "Why Christianity Must Change or Die."  Yet :mostly under Spong's leadership (bishop of the Diocese of Newark from 1979-2000) the diocese over which he presided  has                        declined by 24,000 of its congregants or 46% of its membership since 1972.  That's nearly 3 times the average decline in the Episcopal Church nationwide."   And that's by this diocese's own admission in their recent report!   Worse, the progressive Episcopal church in general is itself experiencing steady steep decline   Indeed, young people are jumping out of the windows to leave spiritually dead and irrelevant Progressive  churches.                                                                                                                                              

Meanwhile, the Fundamentalist Global Pentecostal Charismatic movement that Spong disdains  is growing in leaps and bounds and now numbers by some estimates 600 million or a quarter of the world's Christians! Part of their phenomenal growth is their appeal to young people because of their stress on life-changing spiritual experience and the power of the Holy Spirit.  For Progressives like Spong who disparage the power of petitionary prayer evangelical charismatics would remind them of 1 Corinthians 4:19-20:

"I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out about not the [religious ] talk of these arrogant people, but their power.  For the kingdom of God depends not on talk, but on power."

 

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Spong is irrelevant.  This site is sorely lacking in souls, and only a smattering of us are believing Christians.  

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1 hour ago, apexcone said:

I’m here and believing, the real question is what are we believing in ? 

Can I suggest  … in the universe would be a good place to start?

On 3/30/2018 at 11:12 AM, apexcone said:

When I suffer you can pay, sounds fair to me. 

I see you are getting the hang of Alberta ;)  

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Aoexcone, we are both Canucks.  I grew up in Winnipeg, which, as our weather man used to say, is in "the Red River Valley, the heart of the continent, the hub of the universe."  Oh, Oh, I see that you're an Albertan.  As a rabid Jets hockey fan, I hate the Oilers and Flames!  2 observations about Americans here in northeast Washington state:

(1) They are hyper-patriotic: e. g. near Memorial weekend, someone in my church seriously asked me, "Do you feel we should sing the Canadian national anthem this Sunday?"  They asked me that because they expected me, as their pastor, to have them sing American patriotic hymns on Memorial Sunday.  I replied, "Sure, but not "O Canada;" that's too boring!  How about "The Maple Leaf Forever," a song that celebrates the British victory over the French at Quebec.  I wonder if Canadian kids still sing that in school like we did, even though several students in our class were French-Canadian!  Sigh!  I guess I grew up in a less politically correct era.

And Roman, I wonder if we both live in the same Washington state town near the Canadian border.

Oops!  I guess I'm veering off the thread's subject.  Well, it's late and I'm in a flaky mood.
 

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13 hours ago, apexcone said:

I’m here and believing, the real question is what are we believing in ? 

I believe in a theistic God, but here that is a minority opinion.

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3 hours ago, Deadworm said:

Can we post YouTube videos on this site?  If so, how?  I've tried and failed to do so.

I do it frequently.  Just paste the url.  It takes a few seconds to resolve.

 

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On 3/6/2019 at 12:31 AM, Deadworm said:

And Roman, I wonder if we both live in the same Washington state town near the Canadian border.

It sounds like you are in the Kettle Falls-Colville area. I know a couple of Rotarians there.

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22 minutes ago, romansh said:

It sounds like you are in the Kettle Falls-Colville area. I know a couple of Rotarians there.

Yes.  Maybe we know the some of the same people.  My first memory of Colville Rotarians is highly embarrassing.  I had just arrived as the new UMC pastor was invited to attend a meeting of the local ministerial association, which I was told met in the basement room of a local restaurant.  So I walked down the steps, and seeing a group of men sitting around a long table, I quipped, "Well, you guys look like a bunch of ministers!  I must have come to the right place."  They laughed as they told me this was a Rotarian meeting.  I can't recall if I found out the right restaurant basement.

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Incidentally … my middle name is Romans … pronounced a little romance with a hard oh. Rom works fine.

We are likely down to two or three degrees of connection. A miracle.

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7 hours ago, romansh said:

We are likely down to two or three degrees of connection. A miracle.

Not to butt in, but I live in the 2nd largest state in the world and have always said that in Western Australia we are only ever 2-degrees of separation from anybody else in our state (a play on the movie title 6-Degrees of Separation).  It seems no matter where I meet people in this state, somehow they know a connection of mine from somewhere, even though there is a population of over 2.5 million.

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