Seeing Rachel Platten at The Peppermint Club

Rachel did a show at this small club in West Hollywood. I was afraid I was going to be late because of work but I got there before the show began. She was awesome!

It was intimate so it was cool to be kinda up close and see her interact and talk with us.

I have a few videos. I wish I stayed longer (dang parking meter) so I could see her and get her to sign her CD and/or take a photo.

She’s still awesome! A longer blog would have been nice but you already know how much I love her.

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Thoughts and prayers are needed

After today’s sad news of a shooting at a church I read a lot of people on Twitter complaining about the term “thoughts and prayers” as it is a common phrased used by right-wingers who love their guns.

But the idea of “thoughts and prayers” aren’t needed (with the victims being in a church) is false.

Thoughts and prayers are always needed. Prayer is so needed because we are calling out to God to give us comfort, safety, love and so much more. But I think the misconception is actually about the idea that prayer is the ONLY thing we are doing.

No. It’s what we do in addition to prayers. Prayers will remain and action is needed. The action is to fix this trash gun law that allows mass shootings to happen so frequently.

So don’t tell me that prayers are useless. It’s so useful and needed for a country in pain. But it’s not supposed to be the only thing. Let’s get that right.

I pray for the victims and I will vote and push to get the gun law changed.

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Moving

Today is the first day we get to move into our new house. There will be a one-week overlap of the old place and the new place so we can slowly move things around.

It’s a blessing we have a new place, especially finding one so soon. God taking care of us!

I will definitely have more on this new place. But for now, I am just exhausted and I want to get some sleep.

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Farewell Tom Petty

Three years ago I had a bucket list moment and saw Tom Petty live in person.

It was such a joy for me. I have always loved his music. The news of his death is hitting me hard.

Farewell, Tom. Thank you for being amazing.

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I had a listening party with Rachel Platten and it was so beautiful

You all know I am a huge Rachel Platten fan. It goes back more than five years ago. Look at all the things I’ve experienced with her.

It all started with an announcement:

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Meeting Chris Jericho was a dream come true

One of the best things about living in LA is that there are a lot of events everywhere with celebrities. Well, my favorite wrestler of all time Chris Jericho was having a book signing and I had to be there!

I unintentionally cut in line to get my wristband, hung out in the area all day and got back into the line when it was time for the signing. This was the entrance of Jericho above. It was a thrill to be around so many wrestling fans.

I approached Chris and told him about how awesome it was that we are both journalism majors. I shared about my idea of using his entrance at a wedding and he gave me some wise advice. I even showed him my 1,004 holds list and he told me it was Raven’s idea.

He’s a cool guy. What a trip! I love wrestling!

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Fake Christianity’s existence and our own living testimony of Jesus

We continue to pray for Houston right now. My church is part of a relief team out there. You can help by donating here.

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Did you all see this? The Joel Olsteen backlash got real heated and now people are once again accusing him of being a fake Christian. You can read the narrative yourself from the attached Today Show tweet. But this got me thinking some.

First of all, I don’t know anything about Joel Olsteen. I have never heard him preach. I don’t know what he’s about. I didn’t even know about this mega church he had. As a Christian, was I supposed to know this? Well, I can’t judge so I don’t know if he is a fake or not. And frankly I don’t care.

But here is the thing that does matter. The people are right. They were right to question how someone who is supposed to be a big face in Christianity (well, aside from Jesus I guess) didn’t do the Christian thing. Olsteen didn’t open up the doors to his church until the backlash happened and then he went to say that he wasn’t asked to help initially.

Yeah, that’s some fake Christian stuff.

The same can be said about how some people have been labeling Donald Trump and his followers who proclaim Christianity but don’t do Christian things. And of course even people from the KKK believe in Jesus but they don’t act the way Jesus would.

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