Atheism, New Lofts and Probably Gentrification

I went to Toronto this weekend. 

On Saturday, Bianca and I planned on going to church. We were staying downtown so getting to church was more or less impossible. This was mainly because traffic is crazy in Toronto but also because we didn’t have our cell phones and also THE CHURCH WASN’T EVEN THERE ANYMORE.  It was at the church at this location on google maps so I thought it would be nice but we got there and get this, they are converting the church into lofts. Yes. I couldn’t think of something more hipstery on my best day. Bianca and I walked up and the church was gutted out on the inside. The exterior was still intact though and they hung those “new loft” banners on the outside. 

Now, this is objectionable already, but buildings come and go or whatever. Even when they were built in 1913. Even worse was what was written on the banner. In large print there was a line that said in bold font, “PRAISE THE LOFT”.

Objectionable, disrespectful, insensitive, deplorable.

When we noticed it, I was in shock because I didn’t see any signs of anyone being angry with this. There had to be somebody in the community that went to the church that was offended by this. 101 years of existence and it dies in like this. We just stood in front for a few minutes. 

There’s something to be said about traditional values, the introduction of new ideals to a community, hipsters, Christianity, and the church on Perth Avenue but that’s for another post. This is the sign of the times though, and it shows a interesting side of worship. 

Also, I found this article about it. The comments are sad.

nxstyle:

Daft Punk for Vogue.

nxstyle:

Daft Punk for Vogue.

(via threwmyspecs)

Make it happen.

Make it happen.

living-healthy-for-life:

misscoco:

Reblogging again because it’s fucking important.

I know people are reblogging this (1,774 times to be exact) but what has been done about this. Where are the protesters? Where are the petitions?!? Can someone please tell me! 

living-healthy-for-life:

misscoco:

Reblogging again because it’s fucking important.

I know people are reblogging this (1,774 times to be exact) but what has been done about this. Where are the protesters? Where are the petitions?!? Can someone please tell me! 

(via brandonjb)

It’s important to keep the fire in the gut burning because without passion or purpose you become complacent—and complacency kills. I give myself a gut check every day to make sure I’ve still “got it” because over time it’s easy to lose sight of what matters to you and instead focus on what is important to others (think new employee versus senior leader).

For me, the connection between mental and physical fitness is important—in the SEALs and in business—and something I continually try to strengthen by doing crazy gut checks like driving across country in 42 hours straight with no (read zero) sleep (not something I recommend, by the way) or waking up at five am every day to play guitar, write my blog, and exercise—rain, sleet, or snow—before heading into work.

If you lose the fire in the gut then you lose the values that define you.

 Jeff Boss, former Navy SEAL (every list needs an ex-SEAL) and CrossLead team member at the McChrystal Group
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Left baby is abnormally strong.

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Left baby is abnormally strong.

2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. 3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.

4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:

“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.

7 “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. 8 We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you. 9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.

“Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. 12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.

15 “Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.

17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

cognitivedissonance:

Zombie bees?

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cognitivedissonance:

Zombie bees?

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