Culture Shocking

Okay, I know I’ve spent time here before.

The problem is that this time I recognize a lot, and yet still everything is a little alien. 

It’s a little like the feeling an expat gets when he returns to his home country, save that at least here everybody expects me to be a little out of it for a while.

So tonight I’m wandering around the downtown of my new city. There are still foreigners here, though they are less common than in Seoul. Koreans here are more likely to try out their English on me, and you can tell that the clothing styles and the accent are all slightly different. 

I guess that comes from being in a “small” town (about the same population as my entire home province, as opposed to the combined population of Canada’s 5 largest cities). I only hope that they’re friendly here for more than English practice. This is going to be a long 3 years if I can’t make some friends down here.

Online Reading

Truth (and epistemology): Dr. Russ Moore asks an important question of postmodern emergent, based on his earlier conversation with Tony Jones of Emergent Village.

Harry Potter: Seems some of the leaks of the Harry Potter ending are genuine.

Theology: Albert Mohler may have an example of what I termed loose thinking

Review: Tim Challies reviews “Jesus the Evangelist”, a new book by Richard Phillips

What I’m Reading Online:

Catholicism: Albert Mohler is not offended by the Pope’s recent comments.

Calvinists: Mark Dever opines why there are so many Calvinists about these days (he’s on reason 4 of 10)

Environmentalism: Tim Challies (who also does an awesome a la carte post each day like this one) explains how he thinks of environmentalism

Coffee: In a blow to it’s presence almost everywhere, Starbucks now seems to be forbidden in the Forbidden City

A Coffeeshop on St.-Denis

Hey Everybody,

Another in a long list of “travellog” blog posts. This Sunday I’m sitting in a 24 hour coffee shop down the street from the Hostel we’re staying in for the conference.

A few words on the conference. I enjoyed last evening, where a couple of us, after the sessions were done sat down to talk about the difficulties in the Angican Church (Me, a guy from Emmanuel-St. Chad, and a delegate from Vancouver School of Theology). I gotta say, all the trouble getting here and the possibility I’m going to have to sit through some pretty objectionable Theology, and the strange dismissive looks some people give to conservatives (not to mention strange arguments concerning the sinfulness of the marriage of hermaphrodites), if I get a bunch of conversations like that one. There’s something to be said for the fellowship that comes from honestly and openly talking to each other, and possibly disagreeing.

Montreal is an amazing city too, by the way. It’s beautiful here, but I keep thinking they need more churches. Maybe this would be a great place to plant one someday. I’d just have to get back to speaking French better. One of the other delegates (who’s actually from Ville de Quebec, but spends a lot of time here) was wearing a kuffiah and a bullet belt last evening (political quite a liberal guy), but had a lot of questions about the Bible and what conservative Christians believe. It was an awesome conversation, but it broke my heart a little more for a city this great with (seemingly) very little Christian witness. I’ll have a better idea by tonight’s entry, as I’m going to a nearby evangelical Church tonight.

Anyway, those of you who are into praying, could you pray a little for Montreal, and that Jesus Christ find this city in a big way?