Called to Question invites you to attend:
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Called to Question invites you to attend:
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 9:10:00 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
To question is not to show a lack of faith, quite the opposite, it is a sure sign of faith.
Answers are like week old leftovers. Questions are a fresh feast.
To understand answers as temporary is the viewpoint of someone who can look past the confines of logistics to the expanse of possibilities.
Not all answers are good, whereas all questions are never bad.
See the question mark curve and sway, always endeavouring night and day.
See the explanation mark stiff and straight, never doubting or hesitate.
Do not be afraid to question, nor to doubt.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 10:37:00 PM
Friday, October 31, 2014
Want to see a haunted house? Like to be afraid? Looking for a place to take your children for Halloween and give them a good spook? Well, look no further than a church nearest you. That's right. Enter a church and you too can experience a frightening, bone chilling, nail biting experience. What do they have to offer?
1. The partaking in drinking the blood and eating the flesh of a man.
2. The presence of a ghost or spirit.
3. The continual torment of a man being crucified on a wooden cross.
4. The decoration of tombs and torturous instruments i.e. nails, crosses, whips and spears.
5. The practice of the art of back stabbing your fellow attendees.
6. The repeating chants of the same message over and over again.
7. The practice of cursing others to eternal torment. Fire, Fire and more Fire.
8. The promise of being raised from the grave. ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!
9. The promise of demons.
10. The continual pressure for you to die.
11. The promise of being possessed by a spirit.
12. The need to wear a mask.
13. The fear of light(i.e. reason.)
14. The reciting of incantations.
15. Tales of sacrificing children.
16. Punishments the doubters.
17. Communicating with the dead.
18. Self mutilation
The haunted Church guarantees, "One HELL of a time!"
Can you think of more?
*Please note that this post is all done in good spooky fun. While you may not agree that what I have written is fun and/or good, one has to admit that some of the practices within the Christian church, especially from an outsiders perspective, do seem to be rather odd and perhaps even grotesque.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 12:12:00 AM
Saturday, October 11, 2014
I feel like rhyming this morning, don't judge me if its boring. I know it may be cheesy, and it may just make you queasy. I have never been very good at writing poems or rhymes, but in doing so I have committed no crimes. At least I hope.
Do you ever wonder?
Do you ever wonder what life is all about?
Do you ever wonder without a shadow of a doubt?
Do you ever wonder what the day will hold?
Do you ever wonder if there is truth in what your told?
Do you ever wonder if you will find joy?
Do you ever wonder about your favourite childhood toy?
Do you ever wonder if there is a God?
Do you ever wonder what it means to be flawed?
Do you ever wonder why the sky is blue?
Do you ever wonder if what you see is true?
Do you ever wonder if you could ever be famous?
Do you ever wonder if you could be nameless?
Do you ever wonder if you could be wrong?
Do you ever wonder where it is that you belong?
Do you ever wonder why we go to war?
Do you ever wonder why we always have to settle the score?
Do you ever wonder what to wonder about?
We all wonder, some more than others. It is, in fact, impossible to go through the day without wondering. It is a question of whether we are, or are not, aware of are wondering.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 9:17:00 AM
Saturday, July 19, 2014
What is it that supersedes the question and bears such importance?
What is the calling that we must follow?
Charity is not simply the giving of financial assistance to some charitable organization, whether it be in your community or abroad. It is not simply the feeding of the hungry, the clothing of the naked, nor the assisting of the burdened. Rather the call of Charity beckons to the deepest parts of who we are, the parts of ourselves that we reject, put aside or try to forget. Charity calls us to love all aspects of who we are, who we have been and who we will become. Charity looks upon our seemingly failures and draws our attention away from hatred towards ourselves to the forgiveness and acceptance of ourselves. Charity understands that our failures, our short fallings are but tools toward our becoming, and that without the call to be charitable to these blunders we fail not only be charitable to ourselves but to extend the loving, compassionate hand of charity to those of whom we encounter. The call to Charity is the understanding that in order to bestow charity to others we must first bestow it upon ourselves. How can a ship reach its destination if the broken rudder has not been attended to? Does the patient heal the physician, or does the physician heal the patient? How much more one can help to heal the addiction of another when they themselves have healed their own.
I have discovered, more often than not, that the very things that drive me to utter rage about others are the very things that I loathe about myself. What I detest in others, I detest within myself.
It is easy enough to give money to an organization that assists the needs of the poor in some third world country. It is easy enough to give food to the local food bank in order to assist in the feeding of the hungry. It is easy enough to voice our outrage at some injustice committed upon another individual or group of human beings. Why is it then, that we continually fail to bestow the same charitable outlook upon the very vessel with which we give our charity?
I can think of no greater call then that of the call to charity. To see the other, whether friend or foe, as intrinsically valuable. To enter all conversation with respect and esteem for those of whom you are in dialogue with. To embrace them as precious, dear and worthy of mind. Giving to them, freely, the space to hold opinion. Expressing, not only for the sake of oneself, but rather, for the whole of community. While in our charity we must never forget, not only those present, but those at large; those of whom have not yet received such charity or come by it meagrely.
While adhering to the call to charity, one must not neglect the criticalness of giving charity to one's own-self. This is often the most difficult of all; to be charitable to oneself, but as it is with all things difficult, it is most rewarding not only to oneself, but also to that of others. Charity is not solely valuing and considering the other but also ourselves. It is not a submission to that of another, but rather a joining together in conversation, that of each owns' hearts and minds. Charity is not a dumbing down of who we are and what we believe, rather, it allows for the growth thereof within community.
Charity must always lay forefront to the question, always remaining present during and after the question is put forth.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 9:41:00 AM
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Twelve years married and I would not change a thing.
The story begins longer than twelve years ago, indeed, it all began in May 2001 thirteen years past. I was finishing up my last year of high school at the local public school. I had applied to a near by college in order that I may attend the upcoming fall of 2001. Well, that May I received a letter of acceptance from enrolment at the college, but this was no ordinary letter of acceptance. Oh sure, the regular congratulation of approval was all there and I was happy to receive it, however as I continued to read the letter I was amazed to discover that another congratulation had been issued to me, I had been accepted to court the director of enrolments daughter. I was astonished, excited and full of wonder as I had not the slightest idea of who the director of enrolment was nor who his daughter was. (And she had no idea her father had added that to the letter. We did not know each other. Her father knew of me though and thought we would be a fun match.)
Immediately my curiosity took the best of me. I could not allow a moment to pass without searching out who the director of enrollment was and if his daughter was attractive enough for myself to desire any form of pursuit. So I inquired the best that I could from the people I knew (I am no Sherlock Holmes), but eventually I discovered that the daughter worked as a cashier at the local grocery store. The same day I discovered where she worked, I knew a visit to the grocery store was in order. So, dressed in my best baggy pants, my cleanest, and slightly too tight, muscle shirt (I was in much better shape back then) and branding my skateboard I rode down to the store, bought something entirely useless and made my way to the cash register where she was working. She was absolutely stunning, the most beautiful women that I had ever seen. She had become aware of what her father had done at that point, with the letter, much to her embarrassment, and knew who I was, so when I arrived at her cash register there was a bit of embarrassment on both our parts but I tried to play it as cool as possible. As I was leaving the store I turned around for one more look at her radiant beauty and as I did she smiled a smile that put the glory of all angels to shame. I will never forget that trip to the grocery store nor that majestic smile on that beautiful woman.
That letter and that grocery store meeting were the beginnings of a wonderful relationship. Just a little over a year later from that meeting we were married and beginning a new journey together. When we got married I was a month nineteen and my wife eighteen. We were a year out of high school with no real direction but we knew we loved each other and that was all that mattered. And so here we are twelve years later still married, with three wonderful children, and a home to call our own. My wife is even more beautiful today as she was when I first met her. I have discovered not only her outward beauty but her inner beauty as well. She is one of a kind. Life really could not get much better.
Now those twelve years have not always been peachy, rather there have been many struggles and hardships for the both of us. My poor wife has had to deal with my A.D.D. and intensive depression, but she has lovingly stuck with me. Many said we would not see it past five years but we proved them wrong.
Thank you my dear wife for being married to me for these last twelve years, you're the best. Happy twelfth anniversary.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 11:15:00 AM
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Recently I have had some inquiry about the letter that I had written to the editor of our local newspaper back in January 2013, and I would like to share it once more on this blog. This letter resulted in the gathering of a variety of people looking for something outside of the religious norms of the community. It brought people together, but at the same time drew people apart. as you can imagine the letter was not well RECEIVED by some and led to...lets just say, Im going to hell. If you have not read this before, give it a read and Let me know what you think. I would love to hear your opinion, Im sure it can't get any worse than being CONDEMNED to eternal damnation. :)
CALLED TO QUESTION
WEDNESDAY JAN 30, 2013 PHILIP A
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 12:08:00 PM
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Last nights Called to Question was a wonderful success. It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful these gatherings are. As a host I constantly worry whether or not everyone is enjoying their time or if they feel comfortable. But as the evening progresses I begin to feel more and more secure as everyone settles in, has some food and drink, and absorb the topic at hand. It could just be the wine that makes this so, but what I really think this is due to is my beautiful wife. She is a big factor in making everyone comfortable with the decor and warmth of our home. She has truly made our home a safe place, a haven and a sanctuary for all who enter our doors. So thank you sweet maiden, thou art the fairest of them all, thou splendour is far more radiant than that of the sun. :) Seriously, my wife is a great contributor to the success of these events. So thank you my dear.
Thank you to all who attended, shared their thoughts and gave community through perspectives, laughter, food and drink. You are all deeply appreciated and are important people to the larger community. I would like to specifically thank Nate Phelps and his beautiful wife for travelling out to attend and speak at Called to Question. It is a brave thing that one does when they speak of their own stances and ideals to a group that may not necessarily share the same perspectives. While Called to Question is always a safe place for questions and differing perspectives it is still not always easy for a speaker, or attendee, to open ones self to a group of strangers. It is brave, indeed. So on behalf of everyone who attended Called to Question, I would like to thank Nate for his gentleness, his honesty and his wisdom. You are always welcome back! :)
To the reader:
Did you attend? Tell us your thoughts on the event. What did you think? Did you agree with Nate's perspectives on faith? Did you enjoy the evening? What would you like to discuss in the future? Did you think your host was awesome, wonderful and devilishly handsome?
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 6:47:00 AM
Monday, June 16, 2014
The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 11:53:00 PM
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
For quite some time, my town enjoyed the operation of a local gas station and convenience store that had been run by a local white family. However, when they decided to sell the business, it was purchased by the convenience store chain, 'Mac's'. Immediately conversations carried throughout the community as to what type of ethnic group would be managing the store. Racial comments were made that were degrading and dehumanizing; proving the ignorant mind set that exists within this town. Discrimination, like the notion of superiority, is not as prevalent, as are the prejudices, nonetheless, it does exist and is evident from time to time. An example of this relates back to the convenience store. I clearly recall members of my community vowing to avoid, boycott and, in a sense, punish this establishment solely because the new managers were not white, but Iranian. Ironically, after a period of time, these individuals returned, albeit reluctantly, to shopping at this convenience store, because it offered better prices than other local establishments.
The operation of power over other races, is again, difficult to notice. This may be due to the large gap in numbers between the white majority and those of differing ethnic groups. For instance, the gap is so large, that such occurrences would more than likely go unnoticed; perhaps, due to a lack of care on the behalf of the dominant, or, perhaps, due to the fear, the minority may have, of repercussions for expressing the occurrence.
Have you ever been a victim of racism of any form?
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 8:03:00 PM
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Fairly recently some one called me a "Christian Hater". Now I took offence to this charge and felt the need to explain to the individual that I am, indeed, not what was said of me. So, I thought that I would forward my thoughts on to this site in case there are others who may think that I am a "Christian Hater".
I am not a"Christian Hater"
After having that conversation with that particular individual I told some others within my working community what I was called in that previous conversation and to my surprise they did not disagree. I was shocked! How could they too think that I was a "Christian Hater"? I proceeded to inquire why they felt that I was, to which they responded that I always seem to be coming down on Christianity. Here again, I felt the need to explain to these individuals that I am not a "hater" and that just because I challenge and ask questions and/or even disagree does not mean that I hate Christianity or its followers. *I feel it is important to note that all those that have labeled me as a "hater" are Christians.* I reassured them that I do not hate Christians and that I have never insulted them, called them names or belittled them in any way, shape or form. While I critique, challenge and disagree, both silently and vocally, with much of Christian theology and its ideals this does not mean that I am a "Christian Hater". Yes I can be a thorn in a Christian side but it all depends on what type of Christian we are talking about. A liberal Christian may not exactly have the same problem with me that a conservative Christian does, though I take argument with them also.
If Christians take offence to what I say, how I act or what I believe than maybe they need a little more sleep, a little more wine, a little more sex or just a little more fun. I love you Christians, seriously I do! You may drive me up the wall sometimes, but hey life would be pretty mundane without you. So just relax, lighten up and continue the conversation with this heathen. I won't hate you if you don't hate me. :)
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 11:09:00 PM
Thursday, May 15, 2014
My wife and I have been told we are going to Hell on numerous occasions. Whether it be from a passer by on the street spouting some 'gospel' message, or a track left under the wiper blades of our vehicle, or a door to door salesman selling their religion, coworkers or ( and this is probably the worst of all) family. All of them holding to some ideal that they believe to be true and if others do not believe it, well, they go to Hell.
Everyone has their own idea of truth and that that truth is the only true truth. We have gotten so focused on having the 'right' truth that the word truth/true can no longer be uttered without it being preceded by an adjective of some sort. Truth no longer stands on its own but must be supported by the crutches of other words. For example; pure truth, extreme truth, right truth, absolutely true, positively true, only truth, godly truth, and (my personal favourite) true truth... but you get the point. So, who really can be reliable to present any sort of absolute or any kind of truth?
So here is the kicker of it all. There will always be someone more conservative, more liberal or more right, more wrong, more loud, more quite, more more more. However, I would not take it to heart when someone informs you your going to Hell. Just tell them you look forward to seeing them there. Besides who says there is a hell anyways? Teehehe :) Just had to throw that in there.
Have you been told your going to Hell? Or have you told others they are?
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 10:45:00 PM
Friday, May 9, 2014
Undoubtedly there will be those that say that it is really mankind's fault for the punishment by not opening that door, but really who is it that is dealing out the punishment in the end?
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 10:26:00 PM
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Star Wars has always been some of my all time favourite movies, minus episode one through three (I'm sure many others will agree). I was introduced to the movies at a very young age, probably too young, by my oldest brother who loved the movies. Star Wars did not quite frighten me as much as other movies I somehow managed to watch (probably when my parents were out of the house and all my older siblings wanted to watch a movie without the presence of mom and dad. I learned a lot that way).
So from the young age of six or seven Star Wars has been ever constant in my life. Who can forget those catch phrases like "use the force", "may the force be with you" and for all those poor boys named Luke whose names will never be forgotten and will always be related back to Star Wars, "Luke, I am your father". There is really no way to fully understand the impact Star Wars has had on my life and on the lives of so many others. I mean there is hardly a day that goes by when I do not reflect on the scene in episode five where Luke has been captured by the abominable snow creature and hangs from the ceiling in the creature's cave. As Luke awakens from the blow to the head he received from the creature earlier he finds his light-sabre in a snow bank far out of arms reach. Unable to free his feet from the bondages that hold him hanging from the ceiling, Luke relaxes himself, extends his arm toward his light-sabre and using the 'force' is able to retrieve his light-sabre, free himself and destroy the creature that is just about to make a meal out of him. Ever since watching that scene I continually find myself, somewhat secretly, trying to use the force when something is out of my reach, like the tv remote, tool at work, or tucking my kids in at night. My eyes close, I clear my mind of all distractions and concentrate on the issue at hand. At first nothing works but within minutes I feel something, some unexplainable type of energy begins its workings, the force has begun. However, it is not exactly the way I would have liked the force to function. Instead of doing what I wanted it to do from a distance I find the force getting me off my ass and moving my feet towards the, remote, tool or task I need completing. So you see the 'force' is real.
I can recall the excitement leading up to the release of Star Wars episode one in movie theatres. I was in grade ten and some friends and I skipped school (sorry mom and dad) to go see it. I suppose it was the large time gap in between episode six and one that led to high expectations but what I witnessed in that movie theatre was more frightening than all the scary movies I watched with my siblings when my parents were out of the house. It was not because it was scary but because it was so terrible. If only I could wash the memory from my mind. Episode one thru three is like the younger brother to episodes four, five and six who just will not leave you alone (yes, I realize that I am the younger brother, whatever! It is the only analogy I could think of.) You may not like it, but at the same time you just can not get rid of it. It is a part of the story. With the new episode seven coming in December 2015 we will see if Disney can do a better job of representing one of the greatest stories ever.
Anyways, just some sporadic thoughts on this Star Wars day.
When did you first watch Star Wars?
Who are your favourite characters?
Did you like episode one through three?
Are you excited about episode Seven?
May the force be with you, better yet May the fourth be with you!
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 11:26:00 AM
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Today is a noteworthy day. Today marks the birthday of a very special friend, Nathan Bonney. Nathan and I first got to know each other over a few drinks at a local restuarant about five or six years past. It was a 'Man'date that led to an instant friendship. Our common interests in philosophy, theology, beer, bonfires, family and our desire to wear our hearts on our sleeves has brought about a deep and wonderful relationship.
When I think of my friend, I think of how wonderful a husband he is who cares deeply about his wife and his relationship with her. I think about how he loves his children and is always quick to brag about their latest adventures. Nathan is a brilliant scholar, philosopher, and theologian. I have never met someone who can think so intently upon intellectual matters while retaining the relationships around him. His intelligence never interferes with his ability to relate to others. While others may not always agree with his perspectives he never makes them feel less or other than him. He always makes people feel human and real. Never content in the mediocre he is not afraid to challenge the 'establishment' and encourage the best in all people.
Nathan, I am so thankful that you are my friend. Thank you for all the phone calls and your dedication to our friendship. You are a Wonderful, Fantastic, Divine person, Nathan.
Happy Birthday, Good Friend, Happy Birthday!
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 2:28:00 PM
Friday, April 18, 2014
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 6:52:00 PM
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Consequently, I questioned why I scored as a Guardian Temperament before? After an in-depth discussion with my wife, we came to the conclusion that it was because I was trying to emulate Guardian ideals and living styles during a crisis period in my life. I felt that it was what I needed to be at the time, so I answered the questions accordingly. While my core temperament has always been an ENFP (looking back as a child this makes sense too) I tried to be an E (I) STJ because I was trying to be reliable, strong and dependable; no wonder I fell into a depression! We always thought there may be an additional reason for my depression, besides my occupation. In view of all this, I realized it was because I was allowing shame and a sense of who I should be, instead of who I am, control me. (This was no fault of the Kiersey test, rather my own, due to the fact that when I originally answered the Kiersey test, it was time that I was emulating what I thought was needed.) I was trying to be someone I was not. I went against the core to my being. In doing so, I caused myself to face many unnecessary issues by not embracing and accepting who I really am.
Posted by Philip CalledtoQuestion at 5:13:00 PM