Random Thoughts

So I just heard that Chewbacca got arrested. No, not that tall british guy. The poorman’s Chewbacca in Hollywood got arrested for getting into it with an Asian tour guide. The funny thing about this is I’ve seen several run in’s that this guy has had. In case you don’t know, there are a bunch of random people dressed up in front of Grauman’s Chineses Theater in Hollywood. They are all horribly cheap imitations of people like Batman, Marilyn Monroe (who i think is played by a 65 year old), Gandolph, Michael Jackson, and other creepy people. One time I was walking over to the bathroom and there was Capt. Jack Sparrow and Chewbacca having lunch and I had to walk by Marylin Monroe on a smoke break and used the bathroom next to Charlie Chaplin, who was apparently with Marilyn. When I came out there was a security guard with two Asian guys talking to Chewbacca. Chewy was apparently up to no good again and had ‘assualted’ the older Asian guy who didn’t speak English. Its just a surreal sight. So I was interested when i heard that he got arrested for another run in with another Asian guy. You all have to go if you come to SoCal.

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There were some good commercials during last nights game. Now i didn’t get to see the whole game since we had to leave for birthing class. The one I liked the most was the Robert Goulet commercial. It was just weird and brilliant. the snickers commercial really creeped me out.

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Lost back this Wednesday. Time to hop up on caffeine and be alert after 10pm.

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the little lady was watching a few minutes of Friends and it was an episode where Rachel (is that her name?) was pregnant. Now that I’m familiar with the whole process, I saw how ridiculous it was. She was very early on in her pregnancy and she felt the baby move and she put another guy’s hand on her stomach and he felt the baby immediately. Then it got ridiculous as the next day she started having big pains and they took her to the hospital and it turns out she was having Braxton Hicks contractions. so she started having the contractions within 24 hours of first feeling the baby. that’s so stupid.

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we had our Invisible Children night on Friday night and it ws really good. we had quite a few people here and it was nice chatting with the team. it turns out that it looks like they’ll be releasing a new movie with 90% new footage and it will be released into the theaters. and from what I hear, they will not be welcome back into the country by the government after they reveal what they have found out. When i had first seen the movie, they had a section in it where they got bribed by a high government official, but were told that they better take it out or they will not be welcome back into the country. Well, they decided to take it out, get things going in Uganda, and burn the bridges later. It was nice to hear that they have been making huge pogress in Acholi-land. They also said that they will be turning their attention to Burma next. Burma has the highest amount of child abductions in the world. So stay tuned!

MacArthur on Nancy Grace Show

For those of you who care, John MacArthur will be on the Nancy Grace Show on CNN HeadlineNews tonight at 8 eastern, 5 pacific. He will be on a panel discussing “A Sinner versus a Hypocrite,” regarding Pastor Ted Haggard (i know, very timely). He’ll join a local reporter to give the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your perspective), Mike Jones (the gay escort), and someone from the New Life Church. Apparently there is a chance it will be canceled, so just be aware of that.

And if you are in the San Gabriel area, you’re welcome to come to our showing of “Invisible Children” from 7-9pm. Representatives will be here with their merch and will have a Q&A session after the movie!

Blood Diamond

This past Friday evening the wife and I found ourselves with a free evening and a movie gift certificate to boot! So we made our way to our local Cineplex and checked out what we wanted to see. The wifey was interested in seeing ‘Blood Diamond’. I was somewhat hesitant because I’m a normal man who doesn’t really like Leonardo DiCaprio. But I saw it was about Africa and it appeared to have a good cast, including Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly. For those who don’t know what the story is about, here’s a summary:

“Set against the backdrop of the chaos and civil war that enveloped 1990s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories and their circumstances are as different as any can be until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond, the kind of stone that can transform a life…or end it.”

While it was definitely not the most comfortable movie to see, it was very powerful and is good to be made aware of the social disasters that are occuring in countries that don’t threaten the U.S. or have oil. Anyone that knows me, knows that Uganda has a special place in my heart, as do the Invisible Children that are suffering. This movie shows the same thing that is going on in Northern Uganda, where children are getting kidnapped to build and arm the rebellion army. They are brain washed and made into child killers.

The movie is very bloody, but it never glorified the violence. They didn’t have anything in the movie that you thought was unnecessary, and I think they presented the illegal diamond trade in a very realistic sense. they show you the innocent people it affects and the process people will go through to justify their involvement. It was just a powerful movie that makes you think about what is going on in Africa where the governments aren’t powerful or honest enough to stop the tragedies. DiCaprio plays a brilliant role, showing that he has indeed become one of the finest actors around. He pulls of ‘Africans’ and a great accent throughout that doesn’t make you cringe like most actors who attempt accents.

Battle of the Bands IV

This past weekend we were able to host our fourth annual Battle of the Bands. When I took over the Student Ministries I knew that I would have to make a call on whether we were going to do Battle of the Bands again. I wasn’t sure if it was really what we wanted to spend our time on and whether it was something that matched up with our missions statement.

Then through the winter I was greatly convicted that we could greatly use this event to minister to the bands and the visitors in a way that we never have before. As far as evangelistic events, this one wasn’t a great atmosphere for an upfront sharing of the Gospel, and I wanted to change the way we looked at it. Instead, we should them Christ through our actions, still gave a short Gospel message and gave some of our high schoolers the opportunity to brush up on their street evangelism. I figured that would be a more beneficial way of doing this.

There were a lot of things that we decided to do to make this event special. First, we decided we weren’t going to take any money from this it was all going to go to the bands and a special guest we invited. We also decided we weren’t going to sell water bottles like we did in the past. We’re going to give it away. We set a bunch of cookies and free water out for our guests. We were able to provide free pizza for the bands, as well as a stage that many of them were not able to use. Most of these kids play around in small coffee shops or clubs, not big rooms with big sound systems and room for hundreds of people. It was great to give them this opportunity.

Lastly, we invited the group “invisible children” to join us. We gave $2 from every person that came through the door and then they also had merch they were selling. We ended up being able to give them $480! “invisible children” is a movie that was made by three surfer guys from San Diego. They went to Sudan to find film what was going on there, but when they got there, there was no one to be found. They made their way south to Northern Uganda and discovered a heinous crime that was being committed. they discovered the LRA.

Now the LRA is something that I remember from my time in Uganda. They are the Lord’s Rebellion Army and they are savages. They kidnap small children and make them into killing machines. They commit horrible atrocities and dream of over throwing the government. They have connections within the government itself so no one is taking action on behalf of these children who are getting kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Hence ‘invisible children’.

These guys have done some amazing things. They have been able to show this video to many in our government and have an increasing voice in this cry for help. You should all follow my link to the right to invisible children and check it out for yourself. We’re going to be hosting a showing of their new ‘professional type’ movie hopefully in January. There, they will answer questions and talk about what is being done to interject ourselves into what’s going on.

Having ‘invisible children’ there made such a huge difference. the kids were able to see that this was about something greater than them and even though they were having fun, they were able to support this great cause. We had 8 bands, over 240 people, and a whole lot of fun and good music. Now we’re prepping for next year and how we can do this thing better and better show Christ to our visitors.