28 September 2008

Fireproof Ignites Convictions

It's not often a movie is labeled wholesome, uplifting, inspiring, and challenging. That's a very tall order for any movie to deliver. Yet, "Fireproof" satisfies that order with healthy dashes of drama, action, and comedy.

The plot is simple. Captain Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) is a well-trained firefighter and knows how to quickly respond to an emergency. However, he doesn't know how to communicate with his wife and doesn't know his marriage is in serious trouble until it's too late. Caleb seeks a quick fix to his wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) and their marriage by seeking some fatherly wisdom. His dad, however, offers him a challenge that will shake Caleb to his very core.

"Fireproof" goes beyond tackling how to better one's marriage by touching on internet pornography and seemingly innocent flirting...something that's touched everyone on one degree or another.

My general rule of thumb with movie prices around $10 these days: it's gotta be a blockbuster full of eye candy for me to see it in the theater. "Fireproof" is an exception because it's a rare chance to support such a rare film and a ministry. Too often Hollywood forgets that people no matter their faith will go see wholesome films. I always enjoy a movie experience where the theater applauds loudly at the end.

My advice to you is to see this movie. If you're married or thinking about ever getting married, see this movie. And see it with friends and couples you care about. Additionally, the book featured in the film is worth at least a husband going through but it's written so that a either a husband or wife can go through it.

Never leave your partner behind.

23 September 2008

Fireproof: One Movie You Must See

Man or woman, married or even thinking about getting married...there are some movies that are more than entertainment. They compile snapshots of our lives and explode them before our lives in vivid emotions. Make plans now to support this movie. See it and tell others about it.







14 September 2008

Adam, Eve, and Whoopie Pies

This weekend, I had a double-whammie: the Gospel of Jesus Christ meets Broadway and a weekend in Amish country.

Sight & Sound has several theaters producing professional, amazing performances which focus on sharing the Gospel on the magnitude of a full-Broadway production. Dozens of actors, elaborate sets, incredible lighting, and much more make these shows very memorable.


In today's society of needing to be entertained, productions which focus on bringing the Gospel to life are few to none. Sight & Sound brings to life everything from the Garden of Eden to the birth of Christ and more. My family and in-laws saw "In The Beginning" along with a packed house and left truly amazed. Click here for more about the show.

There's also something really special about Amish Country. The Intercourse/Strasburg/Lancaster, PA area is a wonderful contrast from the complex city life. Huge farms, roadside stands, horses, sheep, and the frequent horse-drawn buggies. It's simplicity with enough city-life mixed in to keep it real.

I enjoyed an Amish man in one store responding to a customer's inquiry about if his store carried a specific product. "That's only made in China, so we don't carry that." Good for him! Really. How often could someone get away with in the city with only carrying products that either you, your family, community, or country made?

We stayed at Hershey Farm. It's definitely worth staying at once. The Inn reminded me of a college dorm and the rooms felt a bit outdated. Most B&B's in the area only accept older children, otherwise I'd recommend staying in one of them. However, you cannot beat the food at the phenomenal Hershey Farm restaurant. We had dinner and breakfast there and both were wonderful presentations of country food: good, plenty, healthy and not so healthy. Speaking of, possibly the most delightful sweet creation of which I've tasted is the whoopie pie. Think of two chocolate or red velvet cake cookies with the most amazing icing in between. There's also chocolate-chip and oatmeal-raisin cookies with the whoopie icing. Click here to find out more about Hershey Farms and the whoopies .

In case you missed it, yes the perfect line is "I had a whoopie in Intercourse." Ba-da-dum.

01 September 2008

Laborless Labor Day

A day to celebrate work by not working. Glorious. However, if you're in the broadcasting or retail field, you know Labor Day as hardly a holiday. For broadcasters, the show must go on. It's a 24/7 business whether its onair or online. Retailers know its a holiday when people will either be shopping or can more easily be enticed to to shop.

So, in both cases, resources are needed. Bodies need to occupy chairs. My last four Labor Days have hardly been laborless. Labor Day '04 was spent in the office and the next three were spent focusing on where content was originating for WUSA9.com or some other needs/issues requiring a phone call and or email disrupt my holiday.

Today was amazing. No calls. No emails. A true holiday with the family. Every line of work needs to understand that a break is good for workers to unplug, unwind, and powerdown. Those projects can sit for another day and the morale that is built can't be bought anywhere.