Archive for May, 2006

Entertainment: Game 5.

May 31, 2006

We all know it’s in D-Wade. it’s the ability to score at will; it’s including his team mates in the game; it’s sharing the spotlight with Shaq; it’s taking the game over in the fouth quarter. it’s in D-Wade. Is it in Miami to beat Detroit? Is it in Shaq to continue dominating the inside? Is it in Udonis Haslem to be the needed rebounder and hit the open jumper? Is it in Antoine Walker to be self-controlled and not chuck up three’s when there is no one inside to rebound? Is it in Gary Payton to keep his mouth shut and let D-Wade lead this team? Is it in Pat Riley to have his guys ready to win in a hostile environment? Is it in the Miami Heat to de-throne Detroit as the beast of the east or will they have to wait? My answer. Tonight is the night. Beat the Pistons in Detroit. I say it’s in Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat to capture a game 5 victory and move on to the NBA Finals!

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Entertainment: Happy Memorial Day!

May 29, 2006

Memorial Day is the day when we remember our fallen American soldiers. There haved been hundreds of thousands of men and women who have sacrificed their lives to defend the freedoms of this country. I am forever grateful for this. Think about it, without the freedoms we have here in the US our worship would be restricted and the internet would be government run. If I wanted to take an afternoon and fire off a couple of hundred rounds from my Glock .40 I wouldn’t be allowed. There would probably be no National Basketball Association so we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the incredible talent of Dwyane Wade on the hardwood! Speaking of which, today Miami plays the Detroit Pistons in a crucial game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. What a way to celebrate the freedoms and sacrifices by watching and enjoying a great American sport! Thank you soldiers! Go Heat!

Ministry: One Crazy Summer.

May 26, 2006

It’s that time of year again, graduations and summer break. I can’t believe it! It seems as though the school year lasted but a couple of months! As a youth pastor I am hopping from school to school, venue to venue, it’s nuts. Last week a student from Jupiter High School was in a fatal car accident. This made for a lot of phone calls for counseling and encouragement. Then this week I was requested to attend the JHS graduation practice where the staff was going to present a video of the student who passed away. They asked me to be there for possible grief counseling. Thursday was 8th grade “graduation” in the morning, our last campus lunch at Jupiter Christian School in the afternoon and JHS graduation in the evening. Next week will be crazy again as Jupiter Christian has Baccalaureate, which I will be participating in, then Thursday is their graduation. On top of all of this we are preparing for our crazy summer ministry schedule. This includes a middle school Summer Surprise (Super Hero Bowling, Busch Gardens retreat, beach cookout and a day at a water park), high school Summer Tour (service project, night out and party), Summer Camp (StudentLife, Stetson University) and a mid-summer Worship Encounter. Who said a youth pastor has it easy?

I ask the Lord for strength and endurance. That He will use this summer to impact students lives for His kingdom.

Entertainment: Why I Like LOST.

May 23, 2006

I believe the ABC hit show LOST may be the single greatest television show of all time. Last year my wife started watching it from the get go and I resisted. At the end of the first season there was a review episode. After watching it I was hooked! Here is why I like LOST.
The Mystery – Most LOSTies would agree with me on this one. The greatest draw to the show is the incredible mystery. Behind every character, situation and relationship is mystery. You want to know the answers. What is the Dharma Initiative? The Hanso Foundation? Is Walt really someone special? Who are “the others”? I could go on and on.
The Characters – I love the people on the show. From Hurley to Eko to Jack to Locke. Each person is unique and complex. I would have to say the character I like the most is Sayid, the Iraqi communications officer turned interrogator. He has proven to be a valuable asset to those in the LOST community. He’s smart, tough and has a cool demeanor. I loved it when he interrogated “Henry Gale”. Here is my order of next favorite characters: Jack Shepard, John Locke, Kate Austen and Eko.
The Island – What a beautiful place. The island is it’s own character. There is mystery, intrigue, beauty. How about all of the hatches, the old boat in the middle, the airplane wrecks, etc., etc. Where in the world is this place?
“The Others” – I love “the others”. Who are they? What are they on the island for? How did they get there? Why did they want Walt so bad? Why do they want Jack, Locke, Kate and Sawyer in exchange for Walt? If it wasn’t for “the others” the show wouldn’t have its appeal. I still think that the LOSTies led by Sayid should go and kick” the others” butts!!

Entertainment: I saw "The DaVinci Code" movie.

May 20, 2006

Last night a bunch of us from our young adults ministry at church went to see the movie. I was expecting superior film making with Tom Hanks and Ron Howard involved. Well what I saw wasn’t exactly superior film making. It was a snoozer, lame at best. I just could not get my attention off of Hanks hair-do and his skidish liners throughout the film. People can say what they want but this movie was horrible and to add insult to injury it really convinced me that Mr. Brown truly does have an agenda: to bring down Tom Hanks from the ranks of great modern actors. Oh by the way, the whole Mary/Jesus controversy was presented like a cheesy, non-factually based conspiracy theory that gets tangled in confusion the further it is discussed.

Entertainment: Why I like "The DaVinci Code".

May 18, 2006

A couple of months ago I wrote this. Since the big movie comes out Friday I figured I would re-post it. Enjoy.

Dan Brown’s book “The DaVinci Code” has been a huge success in many more ways than just a NYT’s Bestseller: it is soon to be a blockbuster movie starring Tom Hanks and directed by Richie Cunningham; many other books have come out like “DaVinci Code for Dummies” and one I have read “The DaVinci Deception”. It is obvious that our culture is intrigued by the whole “DaVinci Code” fad. Many Christians are ticked off about this book/movie. I’m not. It has done the opposite for me. Here is why I like “The DaVinci Code”……..

I have had to brush up on Church History. Church history is one of those subjects I have kind of avoided for a long time because I convinced myself that it was irrelevant. Well, thanks to Dan Brown I have changed my mind and I am aggressively researching our Christian history. It has been a joy looking into the early days of persecution to the middle ages of silence and ignorance. I would challenge everyone to better understand and know Church history. My pastor suggested a really good, simple, yet very informative resource here. Check it out.

It keeps you on your toes. Because of all of the recent buzz about the conspiracy attached to the book and upcoming movie, I have had to be more prepared to give an answer. I have always thought it was important to know what I believe, but this “DaVinci Code” deal has really challenged me and convinced me of better knowing my faith. This is a great thing and again, I’m thankful for Dan Brown and his novel for stirring me and keeping me on my toes.

It proves Jesus impact. Have you ever heard anyone write a fictional book about Mohammed? What about Buddah? Or Confucious? Isn’t it amazing that a man that lived 2000 years ago still gets people so worked up to the point of trying to change or manipulate His life and legacy. This just proves to me that Jesus impacts this world more than any human in history.

People are curious about Jesus.
Along the lines of the last point, Jesus is like a lightning rod. The fact is, people like to question His claims and legacy. People want to investigate more and try to add their own little spin to His life. Do you remember the movie from the middle ’80’s “Last Temptation of Christ”? It was one of those weird, twisted yet accepted by the Academy movies that just was pure sick fiction. Only Jesus, the perfect, Son of God that died for the sins of His kids and resurrected on the third day, could do that.

May 17, 2006
I have just watched the Miami Heat beat the New Jersey Nets to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year. It seems as though they are playing their best basketball of the year at the right time, the playoffs.
GO HEAT!

May 17, 2006
I have just watched the Miami Heat beat the New Jersey Nets to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year. It seems as though they are playing their best basketball of the year at the right time, the playoffs.
GO HEAT!

May 17, 2006
I have just watched the Miami Heat beat the New Jersey Nets to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year. It seems as though they are playing their best basketball of the year at the right time, the playoffs.
GO HEAT!

May 17, 2006
I have just watched the Miami Heat beat the New Jersey Nets to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year. It seems as though they are playing their best basketball of the year at the right time, the playoffs.
GO HEAT!