You are invited to listen to the 20 online songs from our 1970s band Morning Star. Just click on Sanctuary Tapes.
It’s not often you hear the word ‘ashram’ in a Christian context – at least not outside India – but we are fortunate enough to have an annual BC Christian Ashram Retreat, this year at Trinity Western University July 14 – 16.
The term ‘ashram’ is a Sanskrit term that means ‘a’ (apart from) ‘shram’ (work), or retreat.
This year the featured speaker is Darrell Johnson, who is well known around town as an excellent preacher and a leader of integrity.
Johnson was chosen, no doubt, for those qualities, but he has also harboured a deep respect for the founder of the ashram movement, E. Stanley Jones, ever since his time in graduate school.
He emailed me about that connection:
I did not immediately know whom to choose, as I had come to seminary out of doing physics and my ‘heroes’ were scientists. It was in the second year after ordination that I encountered E. Stanley Jones, not in person, but through his books.
He is the Methodist missionary of the 20th century whom God used in powerful ways in India, so much so that the church of India refers to him as the greatest missionary since the apostle Paul!
Check out Bob Grahame’s Facebook Live insights by clicking on ‘Questioning the Technojungle’
I am meeting here with Bob Grahame at a North Shore coffee shop.
Ed: “Bob, tell me what benefit people will find from reading your book.”
Bob: ” They will begin to just see how technology is impacting their life”.
Ed: ” Tell me why would we want to see.”
Bob: “We want to be aware rather than blindly wandering in this technojungle world. We should be asking questions so we can learn to protect our humanness and humanity from dehumanization. Any garden will grow wild and out of control if we don’t prune, trim, and weed.”
“We take care of our gardens. We want as human beings to remain in control of the techno jungle. Otherwise it will overrun us. Maybe it already has with what has happened. What’s going to happen when artificially intelligent computers begin to out-think us humans? Now that’s something to think about.”
To learn more, click on the Technojungle Project.
P.s. TO DONATE to St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver
My dear mom Lorna Hird passed away into glory at 2pm June 9th Friday.
Her funeral will be this Thursday June 15th at 11am at Victory Memorial Park in 14831 28th Ave, South Surrey.
In Christ’s love,
Ed+ & Janice Hird
p.s. Here are some articles about my mother that I wrote over the years:
Free Canada 150 Celebration at Pacific Coliseum on July 1.
Plan to be there with your friends, family and church as we celebrate our great nation & our Lord with our #VoicesTogether!
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