Two years ago I stood in a not so brightly-lit parking lot. In the distance I could see that big yellow sign that read “Best Buy.” It was 11PM. I was cold and I am pretty sure I wasn’t the only one. I stood there with my friend as we waited for midnight. I had no intention of buying anything. In fact, I only went there because my friend wanted to get a laptop. I knew that day that it would be my last time participating on Black Friday. I didn’t want to go through it anymore.
In previous years, I actually had an intent to buy something. I would show up at Wal-Mart at midnight, wait for a bit and maybe, just maybe buy that video game at $20 cheaper than the MSRP. And the years before that, I would drive and roam around my neighborhood, looking to buy something at a great price that I am pretty sure I didn’t need.
Since then, I have given up on Black Friday. It’s not that I don’t like great deals. It’s just that I didn’t care anymore. I no longer wanted to become part of the machine that society has told me that I needed to be a part of. It’s tiring. It’s stressful. It’s not what Christmas is all about.
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Everything that God’s provided. Thankful all day, every day.
This was shared on my Facebook feed by a friend and when I read it, I was disgusted. And it had nothing to do with the 20,000 fans.
I agree that people are worshipping the wrong things, but what kind of father publicly shames his daughter like that? I know that false idols is wrong, but he’s essentially saying that he despises who Katy is as a person and everything she’s about. What she’s doing in life is leading 20,000 fans to idolatry and she is to blame for that. The fans are at fault too, but the root of the problem is Katy herself. That’s what he’s saying.
These fans wouldn’t exist if Katy doesn’t decide to sing songs about kissing other girls. They wouldn’t exist if she didn’t self-promote herself into a movie. These fans wouldn’t exist if she didn’t appear naked on an album cover. These fans wouldn’t exist if she didn’t have a music career. Blame the fans? No, blame the source. That’s what his message is telling me.
I do get critical of Jesus movies. In fact, I’ve written about it. I’ve also adamantly proclaimed that “The Passion of the Christ” is the worst Jesus film ever made.
Now 10 years after that, this movie is set to come out. I hope it’s not going to be a boring film but I feel that it’s going to be. Unless the trailer really doesn’t capture the film, I don’t know if this movie will excite me.
As much as the people today love having films about real events placed in a more novel, story-telling kind of narrative, the story of Jesus is more than that. However, to make it Hollywood, that’s the way it has to be.
There’s a certain passion about Jesus that comes from seeing his true pain. Instead, this film just looks like it’s going to go surface level of all He did but not go deep into what His true message is about. After all, doing a film of His entire life can be a huge task, so I get it. But maybe instead of trying to fit it all in, how about going deep into Jesus and His salvation?
It’s hard to be convinced by one trailer so I will wait. But so far, not impressed. It appears to be another movie of Jesus that I’ve seen before. But if someone is saved because of this, then I can’t really can’t complain, can I?
So this happened tonight and it was genius! A song that actually is pretty good and doesn’t need crazy visuals was actually made better because of it.
Miley has got to be one of the smartest celebrities in terms of self-marketing. As a young person in her 20s, she knows her strength and power in the music business and knows what to do to get talked about.
When she nastified the foam finger with Robin Thicke, the Internet was buzzing about her. It was the perfect publicity. People talked, people wanted to check out her album and most importantly, she still has a solid head on her shoulder. She’s no dummy. She knows what the people want to see and she gives it to them. Shocking yes. But so intelligent.
This came a few days ago. It rained and apparently people in LA can’t handle it. It’s somehow a newsworthy story. It wasn’t even heavy rain. It was just a light drizzle at most. And people got all out of whack trying to figure out what to do with some moisture in the air.
This is why I long to go back to the Bay. In the Bay, we don’t get crazy about rain. In LA, it’s all fake and distance from reality. Storm watch? It wasn’t a storm!
Seriously. Really? Wow.
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John F. Kennedy
Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and even though I was born more than two decades after the incident, the event itself still resonates with me.
I know that even though I didn’t live through it, something about it still captures me about it. it isn’t just the incident itself, but the aftermath of it and how it still affects us today.
Am I a conspiracy theorists that thinks Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone? Was it an inside job? Did the driver shoot JFK? I don’t know. And that adds on to the fascination with me.
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