8/27/2007

Two Much of a Good Thing...

What do you get when you combine two things (Seinfeld and Star Wars) that everybody loves? You get this picture. Josh, this is for you...

C'mon In...

I love having people over to my place. I think that God gave me a serious dose of the gift of hospitality and generosity. But there are times when I would rather not have visitors. Times like about an hour ago... Here's what happened:

Mondays are my day off and, as per the norm, the day that I usually do my laundry and cleaning. So, after lunch, I grabbed my laundry and detergent and headed downstairs to do the wash. I put it in, swiped my card, and set my cell phone alarm to alert me to the time that my wash would be clean. I made my way back upstairs to begin my game of Super Paper Mario.

Just as I was saving my game, my front door swung open. A man was standing in the doorway and began to pull his bicycle into the apartment. Editor's Note: Now, I should say that I always keep my front door locked. Always. This story is another item in the long list of reasons why. I looked up to see who it was and, upon seeing that it was a complete stranger, said "Excuse me?"

He immediately, and in a thick East Indian accent, apologized and closed the door. I suppose he went to the wrong building and thought that he was going into his own place. But, who doesn't look at the number on the door? And, who doesn't notice that their apartment is unlocked when they didn't leave it that way?

Afterwards, I kind of felt like you do when you almost get into a car accident. That feeling of "this could have been bad".

So now I will be double-checking to make sure that my door is locked every time...

8/26/2007

Climb On a Back That's Strong...

Today, Jarred and I went climbing at the local rock climbing gym, Solid Rock. Here's the deal: I love climbing. I love climbing trees, rocks, rock climbing walls; pretty much anything. I love it.

And today was no different.

Here's two things that I learned today:
·I need to get back in the gym more. Climbing requires a ton of strength. Even now, as I type, I can barely close my hands all the way. It's actually kind of an awesome feeling.

·Jarred is freakishly strong and good at everything. If we were characters in a teen movie, he'd be the QB who gets the girl and learns the lesson and I'd be the class clown best friend who is naked underneath his gown at graduation. I love the dude, but he might be bad for my self esteem.

Ok, I have to go rest my hands...

8/24/2007

Just Because I Think It's Funny...

Oh political cartoonists... Your satirization of current events have been helping us laugh at modern culture by dipicting it through the medium of illustration for so long. I wish I had your skill...

8/23/2007

Ocean's 13 and Rush Hour 3 Advance...

First off, I'd like to acknowledge that this is my 500th post. Yay me.

Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the pay off. In what I consider a crying shame, Ocean's 13 beat out Stardust in a vote of 6 to 1. Rush Hour 3 went over Surf's Up in a 6 to 4 vote. They move on to face Shrek the Third and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix respectively.


So now, we've arrived at the quarter finals. Let's start the next vote!

Remember, vote for the movie you liked more. This vote will be open from tonight, August 23rd through Monday night, August 27th.

Your vote will help determine which movie wins the inaugural "Part of the Process Best Summer Movie of 2007".

By the way, I tried my best to make it through this whole week without posting about movies. I made it to Thursday night. Not bad...

8/22/2007

Claire de Lune...

I did some writing a few weeks ago and decided that I needed to be out of the office to do it. So, I went to a local coffee shop in North Park called Claire de Lune. I love the atmosphere and the food... oh, the food. Take a look at what I had for breakfast. Such an amazing waffle with strawberries, bananas, and whipped cream. I also randomly ran into someone who I used to work with in Orange County.

If you're down in San Diego, and want to kill an hour or two, check out Claire de Lune's. I'll be there later on this week typing away...

8/20/2007

In Case of Emergency...

One of the features on my new phone is an "In Case of Emergency" call list. It's the first thing in the contact section and includes three people in my regular contacts who should be notified in the case that I'm mostly, or all the way, dead. So far, I only have two people on the list: my boss, Brian, and my mom. I put Brian on the list first because, if something were to happen, he would be able to respond before my mom, who lives in South Carolina. It also has a "notes" section where I have my blood type and medication listed.

This new feature has brought up what has become a regular pattern of thought in my mind. What would happen if something would happen to me. I live, by myself, 2335 miles away (I mapquested it) from my family. So who would I want notified if something happened? Who would respond? Should I get one of those medical alert bracelets?

Maybe it's just good old fashioned fear that spurs this kind of thinking on. I'm not sure.

Maybe it's a bit morbid but, is it too early to begin thinking about making out a will...

Weekly Experiment...

One of the speakers at this year's Willow Leadership Summit was Marcus Buckingham. He's written a couple of different books, like Now Discover Your Strengths, on maximizing your strengths to improve your productivity.

At the Summit, he layed a challenge out before us. In an effort to help us identify what activities energize and drain us, he asked that we simply record them. Everytime you do something that you love or that pumps you up, record that in one column. Everytime you do something that drains you or frustrates you, record that in another column. At the end of the week, look at your list and search for patterns or clues to what your strengths may be. Then, begin to shift your energies behind those things.

So, starting tomorrow, for one week I'll be recording these things. Hopefully, it'll help me to begin to shift my work habits around my strengths.

Anybody want to join me...

8/19/2007

Tag Team Back Again...

Brian and I have been working on ways for our ministries to work better together. So far, we've come up with three things. Here they are:

·Occasionally switch Sunday morning teaching. This Sunday is the first time we're doing this. I'd love to see this happen at least four times a year for a couple of different reasons. One is that Brian is a great teacher who's fun and poignant at the same time. I want my kids to be able to benifit from his wisdom. Two is that some of my kids have no idea who he is and they'll be in his group in no time. Either way, it's a win/win.

·Assist each other in big events. If Brian is getting ready to leave for camp on the morning of, I can run his registration while he meets parents and welcomes students. We haven't put this into practice yet, but I love the idea.

·Get our students to work together on big initiatives. This past May/June, our church entered into a campaign to raise money to buy the property our church sits on. Both Middle and High School were involved in the effort. Over the next 3 years, we'll be doing some baby-sitting nights together. Uniting the students under a common goal is a great way to improve relations between the ministries.

Anybody else have any tips on improving relations between Middle/High School ministries...

8/17/2007

Stardust vs. Ocean's 13 & Surf's Up vs. Rush Hour 3...

Here it is folks: the last two votes of the preliminary round. Stardust vs. Ocean's 13 and Surf's Up vs. Rush Hour 3. I figured I'd do these two votes at the same time because we need to speed up the tournament to determine our winner before the end of the summer.

As always, vote for the movie that you liked the most. This vote will last from today, August 17th, through Monday, August 20th.

The winners will go on to face Shrek the Third and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix respectively...

For David Hughes...

If you love Super Mario Bros. (who doesn't?) and you love music, then you will love this video....

More Dark Knight Photos...

Some pictures from The Dark Knight showed up online last night, but Warner Bros. has already had them taken down from a lot of sights. Well not here. For the full reel of photos, click here...









After All, I Am a Ticking Time Bomb of Fury...

This afternoon after work (for the second day in a row), Jarred and I went for supper at Pt. Loma Seafoods. If you're in San Diego and you want amazing, fresh seafood, then you have to go to this place! Anyway, while there, I experienced something that kills me every time I experience it: the public cell phone ringer.

Ladies and gentlemen, the good Lord created vibrate mode on your cell phone for a reason. It's so I don't have to hear your Sprint phone's techno "I came standard with the phone" ringer. If I'm trying to enjoy a quiet meal of shrimp by the ocean, the last thing I want to have to deal with as I try to not get grossed out by Jarred eating tartar sauce on his french fries is your phone blaring a midi version of Summer Love. Please for the love of those around you, turn your phone on vibrate.

So, for the record, I've said that my pet peeves are cell phones ringing in public, strangers standing too close to me, and people blowing their nose in public. If you were to do all three of these things at the same time around me, I'd be on you like a spider monkey...

8/16/2007

I, Robot...

I just ran across a quiz that determines which Transformer you're most like. Wouldn't you know it, I'm a lot like Optimus Prime. It makes perfect sense. Want to find out which Transformer suits you? Just click on the picture...

I AM
64%
OPTIMUS PRIME

8/12/2007

Body Double 15: Papa Burgundy...

I went to Best Buy last night to pick up a copy of What About Bob? to use in my message this morning. As I walked along the isles, my eye caught sight of a CD in the bargain section. After doing a little research, I discovered that Marty Robbins was a country singer and NASCAR driver. But, is it just me, or does he bear a striking resemblance to a certain co-anchor of the San Diego evening news?

I think we have a body double. You stay classy...

The Simpsons Movie Advances...

I have to say that the latest victory in our battle of the summer movies turned out to be quite surprising to me. In our sixth head-to-head contest of the tournament The Simpsons Movie triumphed over Live Free or Die Hard in a vote of 9 to 6. I have to say, I liked both of these movies, but The Simpsons over John McClane? C'mon... McClane shot the bad guy through his own shoulder! But, as any good reporter knows, it's my job to report the story, not comment on it. So, now that The Simpsons Movie has won out, it moves on to the quarter finals to face off against this summer's juggernaut, Transformers. That should be an interesting match up.

The next vote will be between Stardust and Ocean's 13. Stardust is a movie based on the graphic novel by Neil Gaimen. Pretty cool fantasy/fairy tale type of thing. I'll check it out today or Tuesday...

Bill Hybels On Inspiration...

At the last session of this week's Willow Creek Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels gave a great message on inspiration. He addressed 3 questions:
How much does it really matter that someone is motivated?
Whose job is it to keep me (the senior leader) motivated?
How do you motivate those around you?

Here are some of the things that stuck with me:
Tips on how to keep yourself inspired
·Stay crystal clear on my calling from God. (When you’re not, you start to
feel like your moving dirt piles.)
·Make sure that you leverage your spiritual gifts the way that God gave
them to you.
·Make sure the players on your teams are inspiring people (themselves).
·READ!
·Rub shoulders with exceptionally inspiring people every now and then.
·Participate in events that are exceptionally inspiring to you.
·Pay attention to your physical disciplines.
·Pay attention to your working environment
(Your workspace can add to or take away from my motivation.)
·Have an inspiring recreation outside of your work world.
·Practice daily spiritual disciplines that keep your faith fresh.

How do you motivate those around you?
·The single most powerful way to motivate those around you is to live a life of motivation in front of them.
·Connect those around you to a compelling cause, a grander vision.
·Learn the inspiration language of everyone on your team and then speak it to them.
·Identify and reduce every demotivating dynamic that you possibly can.
·Celebrate every sign of progress toward your team’s shared goals.

Great stuff...

8/10/2007

Here It Is...

Written, shot, edited, and finished... I turned the film into the up-tops yesterday and they liked it. It'll be making its Journey premiere tonight at the 7pm service. I have to say that I'm pretty proud of how it turned out.

I've left it untitled for two reasons:
1) I thought a title might reveal too much about the film.
And
2) I couldn't think of one that I thought was good enough.

Since I couldn't include these in the credits, I'll put them here:

Starring
Matt Bradford

Special Thanks To
Daniel Benitez

And so, for your viewing, I humbly submit my short film. Just so you know, it's 6 min 17 sec long...

Air Tapping...

This guy, Erik Mongrain, just performed at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit that we're attending right now. Watch, and be amazed...

8/09/2007

I Am Iron Man...

If you haven't heard anything about the Iron Man movie yet, please allow me to give you a small glimpse.

Oh yeah. Check out a brief synopsis here...

Your Will Ferrell Update...

First, here's a picture of Will at Disney on the teacups.

Looks like he might be revisiting his time on SNL playing Ted Kaczynski.

Second, here's the poster for his new movie, Semi-Pro.

Click here to check out a description.

And that's your dose of Will Ferrell news for the day...

World Premiere...

I posted here about how I've been working on a short film for our church's main worship service. Well, today I finished it. After I was done, I pushed back from my desk, and let out a long sigh. It's heavy. I mean, I'm proud of it. I love the way it turned out. But, after writing, directing, and editing a film that has a bit of a serious subject matter, I discovered that it took quite a bit out of me. I show it to higher ups tomorrow. Hopefully they'll like it.

Come back here this Friday, August 10th for the world premiere...

8/08/2007

Live Free or Die Hard vs. The Simpsons Movie...

This is our sixth vote of the summer and it's between Live Free or Die Hard and The Simpsons Movie. John McClane vs. Homer Simpson. Good thing this isn't a fist fight. The vote will run from today, August 8th through Sunday, August 12th. Let's see who takes it...

Knocked Up Advances...

In our fifth victory of the summer, Knocked Up has triumphed over I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry by a vote of 11 to 3. It moves into the second round to face off against Evan Almighty. Things are starting to shape up as the last two movies in the Tourney, Rush Hour 3 and Stardust, are released this weekend. Which movie will stand atop the mountain and be crowned Part of the Process' Best Summer Movie of 2007? Only time will tell...

Oh, and I made a new tournament bracket. It's got a resolution of 800 x 600, just in case you need a new desktop...

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday...

Tonight was officially the last night of summer for our ministry and, as follows, it was the last time that our eighth graders would be with us before they promote to high school this Sunday. Even though this was the 2nd group of students that have graduated to high school since I came to my church, the extra time I've spent with them has made it a little bittersweet to send them on. On the one hand, it's exciting to see the growth that has taken place and to look with wonder into the future with them. But on the other hand, it kind of stinks to know I won't be seeing them as much.

I guess that's how it's supposed to be though. Maybe if it wasn't hard to say goodbye, it would be an indication that I wasn't doing my job...

8/07/2007

Think Different...

Our church started a series in the main service last week called Think Different: The Parables of Jesus. One of the ways that we're trying to present the message in a way that is outside of what is normal is through a series of short films. A couple of weeks ago, they asked me to produce one. So, for the past two days I've been immersed in the production. The theme that I'm working with is "Faith of a Mustard Seed". I wrote the script yesterday and filmed it tonight.

So far, everybody that's seen pieces of it has thought it'll turn out to be pretty powerful. I guess we'll have to see once I'm done with the finished product. I'm editing tomorrow. Once I finish, I'll put it up on youtube and post it here. I'll keep you updated...

8/04/2007

Knocked Up vs. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry...

This vote, our fifth of the summer, is a battle between old school funny (Sandler) and new school (Rogen). Remember to vote for your favorite movie. The vote will run from today, August 4th, through Wednesday, August 8th. The winner will move on to face Evan Almighty. Let's see who gets knocked out...

Chocolate Rain...

I don't even want to say anything here. Just watch the video. Thank me later...

8/03/2007

How Far Is Too Far...

I had a conversation with a student of mine yesterday that, if you're in ministry or are a human being, you've undoubtedly been on one side of before. "How far is too far?" You know what I'm talking about... So, I thought I'd share some of what I told him here...

·"How far is too far?" is the wrong question. Someone (and I've searched fruitlessly for who for the past 15 minutes) once said that if you ask the wrong question you'll always arrive at the wrong answer.

Asking "How far is too far?" implies that there is a definite point in which all preceding behaviors are "right" and all succeeding behaviors are "wrong". If this were the case then there would exist a certain physical action which would, in effect, be a "line" that, once crossed, one would enter into sin. So then, the answer that this question is really seeking is "What physical action is the "doorway" into sin and which actions, leading up to it, am I allowed to do?"

But if we were to really discover the answer to this question we would still be left wanting. Why? Because our lives aren't supposed to be about how much we can get away with up until the point that we sin. Our lives are supposed to be about honoring God. By living in such a way that says, "I don't want to sin, but I want to do as much as I can up until that point", our implied goal isn't, primarily, a God honoring life. It's more like a self pleasing life that seeks honoring God as an afterthought.

What we really ought to be asking is "How can I honor God?" Is God honored when we set out to find "the line" of sin just so that we can see how close we can creep up to it without "accidentally" falling over? Starting the search looking for a behavior will always come up short. I think that God would rather us start our search looking for Him. "God, how can I honor you with my body?" That seems like a good place to start...


·God forgives us of our past. If He can move on from it, with His help, so can we. As he looked at me from across the table, my student said to me,
"But what if I've already done this? Am I going to go to Hell?"

Alexander Pope once wrote, "To err is human, to forgive devine." This simple statement sums up our nature, as well as God's, so well. It's almost as if Pope had been reading Romans 3:22-24... If we've done something that has dishonored God, we're extremely blessed to have the shadow of His arm cast over us. The shadow is there because He's waiting for us to grab hold of His hand so that He can help us up, and teach us to walk again.

We have to accept His forgiveness, turn away from our sin, and do our best to live our life in such a way that honors God. And the good news is, that that's what He wants for us too...

8/02/2007

Unanswered Questions...

For those of you who HAVE FINISHED reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, here's a link to an interview that J.K. Rowling did with mugglenet.com where she answers some questions about the book and the lives of the characters after the story ends. SPOILER ALERT!!! Don't go here if you haven't finished yet...

8/01/2007

Holy Smokes...

I pulled back into the church office parking lot and saw this. Cowle's Mountain is on fire right now. From what everybody else is telling me, It's only about 5 miles away. Super scary to see...

Just the Facts, Ma'am...

Mindi tagged me a while ago to complete this meme. I've actually posted a couple of these before here, here, and here. So now we'll add one more to the list...

Eight Random Facts About Me...

1) I've recently discovered the my left middle finger is a little longer than my right. Seriously... After 26 years... I just noticed! Weird...

2) One of my biggest pet peeves (if not the biggest) is when people blow their nose in public. It disgusts me. I think it's the noise that it makes. It's been gross to me for as long as I can remember...

3) I rarely wear shoes. Is it possible for your feet to be claustrophobic? Because I think mine might be. The only time I ever wear shoes is when I'm going to play sports or when I know I'll be doing a lot of running or walking. Other than that, it's sandals all the way...

4) One of my favorite places to hang out is a bookstore. I could spend all day reading magazines, comics, and books on almost any subject. I hear the first stage in recovery is admitting you have a problem. This is me doing that...

5) I have a cousin who plays in the NFL. Not for the Packers, but it's pretty sweet none-the-less...

6) In high school, I was in Marching Band and Drama. I was like the perfect nerd storm...

7) When I left South Carolina, I really wanted to visit two places: Chicago and San Francisco. I've been to Chicago three times. Now, I've just got to make it to San Francisco...

8) My favorite flavor is purple. Across the board: Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Sno Cones, Kool Aid, Propel. If it comes in purple flavor, it'll probably be my favorite...