I like netflix. I'm a fan. I quit using their DVD service this fall and lately I've been streaming the content instead. I was a bit concerned about lack of access to new releases (especially since Blockbuster seems to have vanished entirely from the face of Long Island) but the truth is, I've been trying to read more lately anyhow and there's a LOT of content available for streaming.
So I'm cruising through the menu a few weeks ago when I saw a Bruce Lee movie I had never seen. It's called Game of Death. Fans of martial arts movies are ...
James Bond Obsession
** Heads up: there is absolutely zero spiritual content in the following entry.
Unless discussing James Bond somehow brings you closer to God.
Which is decidedly possible.
I got a couple of gift cards for Christmas this year, which I used to complete my collection of James Bond films. I now own all of the 22 movies in the series, plus the extra non-canonical 'Never Say Never Again,' which is basically a remake of Thunderball.
There are many of the films I haven't seen yet and I'm having a great time slowly working my way through the set. I intend to stretch this out ...
Even if you're not an NBA fan, you've probably heard the name 'Jeremy Lin.' And you've probably suffered through many of the bad puns that his name has given birth to. But you may not know the back story.
Simply by virtue of the fact that he's one of the few Chinese players in the NBA, Lin has a huge following in the Asian community. Earlier this year, he was thrust into the limelight after leading the Knicks on a 7 game winning streak.
Lin had been cut by the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. He was sent down to ...
First World Problems
This past Sunday at True North, we wrapped up a message series called "How to Be Rich." If you missed it, you can check out the audio here, at our message archive.
It was a pretty heavy three weeks and I got a ton of positive feedback on it, which really encouraged me because talking about money always sets me off balance.
We talked at length about how blessed we are and how no matter what, we're all convinced that we're broke and that "rich" is a title for someone else. The truth is, if you live indoors, you have indoor plumbing, ...
Each time we do a message series, we form a list of songs, movie clips and other ideas that might do a good job of illustrating the main idea of the message. Some we use, and some end up on the proverbial cutting room floor.
This is a video we almost used in the ‘Friends on Facebook’ series. Not quite ready for airtime in a Sunday service, but certainly blog worthy and hilarious.
Even if you’re not an NBA fan, you’ve probably heard the name ‘Jeremy Lin.’ And you’ve probably suffered through many of the bad puns that his name has given birth to. But you may not know the back story.
Simply by virtue of the fact that he’s one of the few Chinese players in the NBA, Lin has a huge following in the Asian community. Earlier this year, he was thrust into the limelight after leading the Knicks on a 7 game winning streak.
Lin had been cut by the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. He was sent down to the D-League (stands for ‘Developmental’ – the NBA equivalent of the minors) 3 times in his career. It is rumored that he wasn’t more than a week away from being cut by the Knicks when he was inserted into the fourth quarter of a blowout in Carmelo Anthony’s absence.
Some of you guys may remember my pal Dan O’Leary, Lead Pastor at Arise Community Church. Dan was with our church a couple of Sundays last spring and was actually scheduled to preach at True North the week we cancelled services due to Hurricane Irene. That was a loss for us and we will remedy that this year.
Last month this article on Dan ran in the King’s Park Patch, and I thought it was worth sharing. Dan and the team at Arise are doing an incredible job and their potential as an organization is HUGE. True North is supporting them financially as they get off the ground and it goes without saying that I really believe in them.
I respect Dan for a number of reasons and among them is that he’s out there working a second job to supplement his income as a pastor. He’s not complaining about how bad things are, even though he’d obviously prefer to work full time at Arise. He’s doing whatever it takes to provide for his family. Huge thumbs up.