Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Red Light, Green Light

Last night I had the opportunity to host Red Light, Green Light at the Uptown Theatre in Barrie.

side note: my favourite movie theatre in Central Ontario

What a night! Almost 150 people came out to support Voice For The Trafficked and this film. The film itself was great. Beautifully shot, compelling and very timely.

We also had the good fortune of having the filmmakers in house, so after the film there was a Q&A, which was more of a "How can we help you with this initiative?" session than anything else.

The hilite for me however, was on the street outside the theatre once everyone had left. I got to talk to Jared & Michelle one-on-one and the stories of how God repeatedly came through in the making of this film was amazing.

This project was funded by donations, so J & Michelle wanted to be good stewards of the resources given to them. This meant they weren't going to book a trip to Vegas unless they had some confirmed interviews. After a couple weeks of trying to nail down interviews and coming up empty, J felt God telling them to just book the trip. They struggled with the decision, but eventually gave in and bought plane tickets. When they arrived at their host home they were told the week they chose was the best possible week to come and shoot. "Why is that?" J inquired. "It's Sex Trafficking Awareness Week in Vegas"


They ended up getting to sit down with a number of high profile people. From ministry leaders, to ex-sex workers, to former johns. Talk about a God moment!

J & Michelle are travelling across Canada for the next 10 months, showing the film and raising awareness about sex trafficking around the world and in Canada.

With the pending changes to prostitution laws in Canada, the timing is so right for this film. Like J & Michelle said as we stood outside the Uptown, God is all over this film. I really feel like He is going to use it to impact lives across the country.

If you'd like to host a screening (I recommend it) or support this mission in any way, visit http://redlightgreenlightfilm.com.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Favorite Things Friday - October 25

Good Reads
Honest Slogans
Making Your Ideas Come To Life from Charles T Lee
How We Are Stealing Ambition From Our Kids from Tim Elmore

Adrenaline Rush

Creating A Church That Unchurched People Love To Attend

Lack Of Originality

Making The Impossible, Possible


Friday, October 18, 2013

Favorite Things Friday - October 18

Good Reads
Why Entrepreneurs Should Start $1000 Startups from The Next Web
The Inverted Golden Rule from Leadership Freak
Vision And Innovation Come From Seeing Past The Map from Chris Brogan

Potential Vacation Location

Explanation Of A Seemingly Complex Concept

Behind The Scenes Look

Optical Illusion

Magic Trick

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How I Saw Jesus In A 16 Year Old Girl

Malala Yousafzai was named an honorary Canadian Citizen today.

Before yesterday I had no idea who she was. That was until a video appeared throughout my Facebook feed. When I saw it was from The Daily Show I expected it to be funny. I didn't expect to see Jesus in a 16 year-old girl from Pakistan.

The good stuff starts at 4:19

I feel like that is how Jesus would want us to react.

Don't push your beliefs on someone, but stand strong in telling them what you believe.
(We aren't pitchmen trying to sell Jesus to someone.)

I believe in a higher power
I believe in love
I believe in second chances
I believe in redemption
I believe our failure is never final
I believe you are a part of a much bigger story
I believe there is a God and he wants to have a relationship with you.
Now do with me what you will

I don't know about you, but I'm challenged.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Favorite Things Friday - October 11

Good Reads
19 Idiotic (But Real) Travel Complaints from Huffington Post
Why Aren't You Fired Yet? TV Characters That Somehow Held On To Their Jobs from The A.V. Club
Better When from Jamie The Very Worst Missionary

Favourite Marketing Stunt

Favourite Mix Of Skill And Artistry

Favourite Behinds The Scenes Look At Someone I Speak With Regularly

Favourite Retelling Of A Bible Story

Favourite Advertisement

Friday, October 4, 2013

Favorite Things Friday - October 4

Good Reads
8 Common Thinking Mistakes by Belle Beth Cooper
Don't Look Before You Leap by Matt Appling
Why You Should Look Past Your Peers by Donald Miller

Favourite Places To Go On Vacation

Favourite Motivational Video

Favourite Retro Steve Carrell Video

Favourite Explanation Of Why I Make Dumb Decisions

Favourite Group Outing

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Book That Changed My Life

Wow! What a response!

This morning on The Wonderdog Show I asked for your input; "Other than the Bible, what one book has changed your life?"

Here are your responses:
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne
No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green by Melody Green
Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Overcoming Through Jesus by Bill Liversidge
Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference by Max Lucado
The Saving Life of Christ by Major Ian Thomas
The Heavenly Man - by Brother Yun
Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
To Heaven and Back by Dr Mary C Neil
Run Baby Run by Nicky Cruz
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
The Cross: Finding Life in Jesus' Death by Mike Cleveland
The Shack by Paul Young
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young
The Beginner's Guide to Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels
Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen
Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God who Speaks by Brad Jersak
Mamma Called the Doctor: A Mother and Child's Final Journey by Antoinette Romana
Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible by Steven Furtick

And the book that impacted me... The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin McManus

How many have you read?
What book would you add?