Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
This Sunday marks the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and it's one of those moments that you remember exactly where you were when you heard the news.
I was in my room getting ready to go to school, watching CP24 to get the weather forecast for the day. On the screen they were showing one of the WTC towers smoking from a plane crashing into it.
What happened next I can not describe.
It felt so surreal.
Like I was watching a movie, not the news.
I couldn't believe my eyes. My parents were in stuck Hawaii on business, (I can think of worse places to be stuck), and I became the surrogate parent to my brother and sister.
I remember driving to school and driving by the airport, amazed at the number of planes on the ground. It was a truly disturbing feeling.
But out of the confusion, the death and the anger towards the terrorists responsible, came some truly inspiring stories.
One like this one about Welles Crowther. An investment banker who became a hero, and showed the kind of love we read about in John 15.
If you have 15 minutes, grab some tissues and soak this in.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
In his book Roaring Lambs, Bob Briner encourages Christians to do more than criticize what "the world" (I hate that term) produces, he says we as believers need to create something to replace it.
So instead of bashing Harry Potter or signing petitions for a tv station to drop The Playboy Club, create something of value that might replace it.
Ben Arment is a guy I have a lot of respect for. Each year he puts on a conference for the creative class called Story. (Attending the conference is on my bucket list) Ben has assembled a team and they are undertaking an exciting new project called One Thousand Premieres. The idea is simple, create a modern film, (read: on par with Hollywood) re-telling one of the epic stories in the Bible. Like what they did with Saving Private Ryan.
When I read about the project earlier today I cannot tell you how excited I got. I've been waiting for a film like this, one that pushes the envelope of christian media and wants to compare itself to regular cinema.
Here's a quick summeray of the project from their website:
One Thousand Premieres is a campaign to bring one of the greatest faith stories to the silver screen. It's the story of David and Goliath, in its time period, but presented in a progressive cinematic style for the next generation. Rather than distributing it through conventional theaters, we’re building a network of 1,000 visionaries who will help bring this film to life and present it as a gift to their communities.
It's set to debut in October 2012, but you have my permission to get excited now. Check it out at www.onethousandpremieres.com
Thursday, September 1, 2011
2 weeks from today is my birthday, I will be another year older but I feel as if my body has aged 30 years in the past 2 months.
Amazing what having a baby will do to you.
I go to bed much earlier and my back is in a semi-permanent state of ache. I've started going to the chiropractor for regular adjustments.
So much for aging gracefully.