…you might be a redneck!

HT: Ken Davis’ blog


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I Am Legend…

March 7, 2008 — Leave a comment

I loved the movie, I Am Legend. It was wonderfully creepy and scared the heck out of me both times I saw it.

Then I bought I read the book by Richard Matheson. I was amazed that the movie was nothing like the book. Same basic idea, but not as much impact.

Here’s the basic plot of the book (from FirstShowing.net)…

Without spoiling too much (in case you want to read it), the entire purpose of the title I Am Legend is that in the book, Robert Neville actually is the last man on the planet. And he has switched places from our reality of what we perceive as legend, to actually being the legend. As in, vampires are “legendary” to us because they’re a myth from fantasy. In the book, Robert Neville is “legendary” because he is that myth and goes out day after day hunting them.

The original ending of the book didn’t really deal with that, But now, the ORIGINAL theatrical ending (which is now the alternate ending) is out in cyberspace.

If you loved I Am Legend, check out the original ending over at FirstShowing.net. It is AMAZING!


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As a part of Watercooler Wednesday, I thought I would write about my artist-in-residence.

These are pictures on my office wall. They are from the youngest blonde boy. He is my artist. He approaches life with open-eyed wonder and sees magic everywhere.

Gordon Mackenzie, in his book Orbiting the Giant Hairball believes that every child is born an artist, but that it is taught out of them as time goes on. When he speaks at schools the younger the class, the more believe they are artists. But by the 6th grade hardly a one will raise their hand when asked, “Are there any artists here today?”

One of the ways I have decided to nurture the artist in Chase is I bought him a sketch book and colored pencils. Then we schedule artist dates where we go sketch stuff (I am terrible!). It has really been great and he continues to grow and bloom as a young artist.

Check out a few of his other pieces HERE and HERE.


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“I’m like a fighter that has been counted out but refuses to be knocked out!”

Hilary Clinton
Just so we’re clear, Hilary… if you’re counted out, you still lose!


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Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

Here’s the interesting info:

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!

Here’s the facts:

  1. The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you’re 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that).
  2. The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818.

So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

Behold… the first iPhone band:


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It was a great morning this morning after an INCREDIBLY LONG WEEK getting ready for the new series. Randy probably put in somewhere between 90 and 100 hours getting the set built and dialed in and getting lighting and sound just right.

We opened up the morning with Every Man sung by Jeremy and Natalie. During the song, we kicked on the video prayer wall with the pictures of the people we are praying that will cross the line of faith this Easter. It was so powerful! Then we did Mighty to Save and the NorthPoint /Passion version of Jesus Paid it All. During the prayer time we sang Sweetly Broken. We closed the morning with Rescue by Jared Anderson.

Here are the songs (with iTunes links where available)…

Keep an eye on the NewCov Production blog or Randy’s blog for pictures from today…

Pictures from the service and a video of the last song are on the NewCov Production blog. Check them out! (Thanks, Randy!)

Nothing really went sideways today. I had some “wiring issues” right before I went out due to not being able to change into my “show shirt” quickly enough. Long story… Suffice it to say, everything went really well. It was a great morning, and the much needed afternoon nap felt GREAT!


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Check out this article from Phil Cooke’s blog:

The day after the Oscars, Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein wrote a searing column in the Times about the need for the Oscar telecast to get a reality check. He wrote that it’s now painfully obvious that the Oscars need a face-lift. Ratings are down dramatically, and younger viewers are leaving in droves – 25% down from last year. But as I read his post, I couldn’t help think of comparing his criticism to religious media, which needs to wake up from a similar dream. The truth is, many of Goldstein’s complaints about the Oscars really parallel religious media.
For instance:

  • As I said before, it’s losing young people in droves.
  • It’s a holdover from the age of “appointment television.” Does anyone watch TV live anymore? I pretty much watch TV based on my TIVO. On a massive scale, the only thing people still see regularly on schedule is the Super Bowl, because it’s a live, competitive event, it showcases state of the art graphics and production values, and with the halftime show, boasts a show within a show – not to mention the commercials (which brings a pretty massive audience just for that). Yes, there are still folks without digital media recorders who watch it live, but if you want to reach younger viewers, “time shifting” is the new theme.
  • Something that I’ve been preaching for years is length. The Oscar telecast is a 3 hour show. In religious media, with a sermon based program, I doubt many watch for more than 15 minutes. Remember, no one watches TV anymore. Yes, they might say they are, but in truth, they have the set turned on while they are eating dinner, getting dressed, or answering email. If the success of your program is based on them getting intensively involved, forget it.
  • Goldstein makes the point that the Oscars should be streamed online. The MTV awards does a live streaming event, with multiple hosts and backstage views to give online fans a glimpse of the behind the scenes action. It opens up the program and gives online viewers something different than what’s happening on TV.
  • He also says to cut the show length by doing more technical awards in the afternoon at a different ceremony. They do that now, but only on a limited basis. The major audience wants to just see the stars anyway, so shifting more awards to the afternoon will help keep the event moving.
  • A more casual atmosphere is needed. I’ve noted before that when the 9/11 Committee in NYC had their anniversary event a few years ago, it was decided that there wouldn’t be a formal speaker. The thought was that today’s culture has grown so casual, the presence of a formal speech seems inauthentic and lacks feeling or emotion. Right or wrong, it’s worth noting.
  • Today’s audience loves being inside the bubble. Want great examples? Watch ESPN or Fox Sports. Those guys put a mike on coaches and cameras in the locker room, and let us eavesdrop. Some of the most exciting stuff on TV these days is done by the sports guys. Check them out and see how you could adapt some of those ideas to your program concept.

Read the article by Goldstein in the Times. He’s got a great point, and it’s worth comparing to what we see on religious radio and TV. As he says about the Oscars, the camera placement and program structure hasn’t changed much since the Carol Burnett Show – except Carol Burnett was actually funny. And like Goldstein points out about the Oscars, religious media doesn’t need a little Botox, it needs serious plastic surgery.


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Tomorrow…

March 3, 2008 — Leave a comment

Tomorrow morning from 9-11 I will be at the orthodontist getting braces on.

Let the brace-face/metal-mouth jokes begin in earnest:

A blonde went to the dentist and the dentist told her she needed braces. The blonde said, ”Why? I can walk just fine.” When the dentist explained to her that braces are for her teeth, she said, ”But my teeth don’t walk…”


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Tonight…

March 3, 2008 — Leave a comment

We just got back from a lovely dinner with some great friends and ministry partners at one of my favorite restaurants, Vini Vidi Vici.

  • I had the Penne with Tiger Shrimp, Snap Peas, and Portobello Mushrooms
  • Chad had the New York Steak.
  • Liege had the Linguini with Sausage.
  • Mrs. Two Blonde Boys, otherwise known as She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Photographed (also known as She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) had the Pizza.

We also enjoyed a bottle of 2004 Justin Isosceles. Very tasty!