Is it September Already?

Derek Ouellette —  September 1, 2011

“Wake me up when September ends” ~ Green Day

I can hardly believe it is September already. In one sense August flew by. It feels like my wife and I just arrived home from celebrating our fourth anniversary yesterday (when in fact it was back on August 6 that we returned from Niagara Falls Ontario).

Collage of Niagara Falls Trip

If you ever get a chance to visit Niagara Falls I highly recommend it. The Falls are absolutely breathtaking. We celebrated our anniversary by having dinner in the Skylon Tower. At the top it has a rotating restaurant so that in the span of one hour we can see all of Niagara Falls. In the picture to your left we can see that we had a great view of the falls themselves. There are a quadrillion things to do and see in Niagara Falls, but our highlights were 1) when we did “Maid of the Mist“, which is a boat that takes you right to the brim of the falls; 2) Bird Kingdom which is a giant bird aviary filled with tropical birds (yes, flying about freely); 3) Marineland, which was one of those things my wife and I always wanted to do as children, but for whatever reason never got to do it, like pet the Beluga’s or get splashed by killer whales (see the pictures).

But as soon as we returned home, it was back to the coal mines (figuratively speaking). So while in one sense August flew by, in another sense it feels like it lasted forever. That can be attributed to the crazy amount of things I managed to accomplish or had piled on my plate. But I won’t bore you with all of those details. Suffice it to say, I think September is going to be just as busy as August, if not more so.

  1. Tony Campolo is coming to town. I’ve been selling tickets for the event and look forward to working a table there as well.
  2. Project X – a youth event featuring such groups as Kutless and Fireflight and Brad Buser as the speaker – is immediately following Tony Campolo on my calendar. I’m on Project-X’s committee and so things are already in over-drive there.
  3. Our church is starting a youth-geared service which has been – up to this point anyways – mostly in my hands. I will be teaming up with two other guys and our wives to make this happen.

These things are aside from my already too busy work schedule and ministry/school plans. Too much, no?

Anyways, I have a few interesting topics that have caught my eye this past month and look forward to posting on them, starting with any article tomorrow explaining why I believe “myth” is an unhelpful biblical category and why we should stop using it. I’ve also recently had – yet another – run in with a KJV only advocate. But this time – since I’ve moved – my books are out of storage and I was able to reply respectfully but intellectually (not that I hadn’t responded intellectually before, but now I can back up what I’ve read by actually citing sources). And I have a fascinating interview with Ken Stewart, author of Ten Myths About Calvinism. The interview will soon be published.

Lots going on. Never a dull moment!

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Derek Ouellette

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a husband, new dad, speaker, writer, christian. see my profile here.