The weblog of Darren Friesen

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

This is the cover from a book my friend Brent Nelson just finished. He's an associate prof in the U of S English depatrment. The book was five years in the making, and I'm looking forward to working my way through it. Congratulations, Brent.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

One Week Left

I'vw been off work for 6 months (I can't believe it), and next Thursday I start my new job as Saskatoon Community Chaplain. I'm a little nervous, as I know very little of what I'll be filling my time with, but I have some good teachers, one of which used to do this job in Winnipeg. Also, it could be tough going from an office with 20+ people down to an office built for one. No one to bounce ideas off of or kick my butt when I need it (right, Gloria??).

On the other hand, it will be good to get a routine. I could do the Mr. Mom thing for a while longer if I had to, but I need to dig my teeth into something that draws me out of myself and into the lives of other people who need help. I've also booked my first trip, going to Toronto in October for a week for a prison chaplains' conference. Although I am not a prison chaplain, I have a lot of connection with different institutions in the area, including the Regional Psych. center, and the pen in Prince Albert.

The other big news is that my parents are just finishing a trip to Germany, where my uncle is a missionary. They have never been off the continent, and from a brief phone call, it seems they have been quite moved and expanded in their ideas of what the world is like. They had the chance to visit the castle where Martin Luther translated the New Testament, and also went to a concentration camp. I look forward to seeing the hundreds of pictures I know my Mom took, and hearing the stories. They already know I'm more than a little jealous, as I have wanted to go to Europe for many years. Maybe someday...

I just finished watching "All the Presidents' Men"; I have always found the whole Watergate thing fascinating, and have read a few books on it. It was also cool to see Woodward and Bernstein on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" a few weeks ago. That's what I did tonight.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Update from the Unemployed guy

and aunt are missionaries there, and will be retiring in a couple of years, so this is the last chance my parents had to visot and Just to let you know that I'm still alive and kicking. My friend is doing much better. Honesty and freedom cannot be overrated.
Other than that, my personal life is not too exciting. My family and I are going camping for a few days to a lake near Saskatoon. My parents spent their first full day in Germany today. My uncle and aunt are missionaries there, and this is the last chance mom and dad had to visit and see a little bit of the world. I have to admit I'm more than a little jealous. They are travelling with my two world-wise, world travelling aunts, so I know they are in good hands.

I am starting to count down the days until I start work again. I'm getting a little antsy to dig into something, adn it looks like I'll have lots to keep me busy and learning. Corrections, parole office, MCC, halfway houses, penitentiaries, lots of new worlds to explore.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Someone needs prayer.

I'd really appreciate your prayers right now for a friend of mine who has got himself in some deep shit. He is in over his head and needs all the prayer he can get. So if you could stop whatever you're doing right now and say a prayer for him, that would be great.I can't say any more right now, but will fill you in when appropriate. Thanks

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Have Bible, will travel: Businesses finding chaplains useful hires

Washington Examiner: FeaturesSince I am now officially in the land of the chaplains, I found this article interesting. In fact, I had a conversation with a friend about this exact idea, which he finds intriging and would like to see happen in Saskatoon.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

I had a chance to see dome fireworks in my wife's hometown this weekend, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy them. Especially when you're close enoughn to feel them. (My mother-in-law had a couple of horses out near her house; they didn't think too much of them.)

What is your model of the church? [Dulles]
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