Archive for May, 2008

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It’s about time

May 29, 2008

Here’s to you Vlade Divac, Manu Ginobli, and pretty much all of the Sacramento Kings of the past few years. Your days are done. You are no longer allowed to flop.  “Flopping” is pretty much acting like you were fouled when you weren’t.  The league has had enough of it, and so have I. Check out this story from ESPN:

“The NBA announced to its teams this week at its annual pre-draft camp that fines will be imposed on players starting next season for clear cases of “flopping,” ESPN.com has learned.                                                                                                                                                       

The league office has yet to determine exact fine amounts for offending flops and how fines might escalate for repeat offenders, but in-game arena observers and video reviewers will be instructed to report instances of theatrical flopping for potential punishment as part of postgame reports on officiating and other matters.                                                                                                                                                        The league’s pledge to crack down on flopping was conveyed to team representatives at Tuesday’s competition committee meeting in Orlando.

NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson confirmed the new policy Wednesday night saying: “What was clearly expressed to the committee is that we would begin imposing fines next season for the most egregious type of flops. When players are taking a dive, for lack of a better term.”

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Anderson Varejao

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The Cavs’ Anderson Varejao, left, may be fined next season if his actions are found to be a clear case of flopping.

Because a precise penalty system has not yet been structured, it is not yet known whether serial floppers will be subject to possible suspensions after a certain number of fines for flopping, as seen with the league’s protocol on technical fouls. Players who accrue 16 technicals during the regular season are hit with a one-game suspension when they get to No. 16 — the limit is seven technicals during the playoffs — and receive one-game suspensions for every other technical thereafter (No. 18, 20, etc.).

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Bittersweet Symphony

May 27, 2008

That’s how I would describe my last official youth service here at Uturn.  It was one of the most amazing nights, but I am really sad to leave these kids.  If you didn’t know, I am moving back home in a few weeks to prepare and raise support to be a missionary in southern Africa.  It was an awesome night. I got to share a short message, and explained to the kids how God was calling me to Africa.  Then all 100+ students gathered around and prayed for me.  It was powerful.  People had some powerful prophetic words for me and others had great things to say about me. I was truly humbled.  Then to cap off the night, I was pushed on stage to dance and sing during the last song, “You Deserve”.  That was incredibly fun and a dream come true.  I love music and worship, but don’t have much of a voice.  This has been one of the hardest years of my life, but I feel I am closer to God than ever before.  Like I said in my sermon, I am finally ready to give my life entirely to God and know that His way is best.  Thanks to everyone who has impacted my life this year. I love you all.

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Laundry Love

May 25, 2008

Charles Lee is a professor, pastor, and cultural catalyst.  I had the great opportunity of having him as one of my professors in college. He started an organization called Just One, a non profit organization that was formed to stimulate greater global awareness about extreme poverty, and to provoke compassionate ideas and intelligent giving in order to provide sustainable relief.  One of the things that has birthed out of Just One is the Laundry Love Project.

” Laundry Love Projects are regular opportunities to help people who are struggling financially by assisting them with doing their laundry. Relationships are built, and projects become small communities of common concern in which participants often find that they receive assistance and benefit with other areas of their lives. Many homeless people need a feeling of dignity and having clean clothes encourages their self-confidence. Here is a video just released sharing some of the stories from Laundry Love.”

Check out this video:

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Sad News

May 22, 2008

 

In the midst of rejoicing about my Lakers coming back from 20 to win game 1 of the Western Conference Finals and David Cook winning American Idol, my heart is deeply saddenned.  Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest daughter, Maria, was killed in the driveway of their house yesterday.  It was a tragic accident.  Steven is one of the all-time great Christian singers, and one of the all-time great men of God.  He has three naturally born children, and three daughters that he adopted from China. More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife MaryBeth founded The Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. My thoughts and prayers are with the Chapman family. 

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Talk is Cheap

May 19, 2008

I am tired of just talking about changing the world, and am ready to actually do something.  Jesus constantly tells his disciples to give everything they have to follow him.  Why don’t I live this way? Am I afraid? Is any earthly reward (even a wife and family) going to compare to having more of Jesus? Father, would you cause me to put actions to my words, but ultimately…action to your Word.

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Expelled

May 13, 2008

Ben Stein is known for people winning his money, “Ferris Beueller’s Day Off”, and writing speeches for President Nixon.  Now he is on to a very important project.  In this movie he shares stories of those in the academic world who have gotten fired for standing up for their belief in intelligent design.  Check out this trailer

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If you got 9 minutes to kill

May 10, 2008

Watch this video I made a few years ago. It’s for a Campus Crusade conference called “Experiencing Jesus”.  It is the first and last movie I made.  Thank you AJ Harbison for writing and playing the music for it.  It’s probably the only 9 minute promo video out there, but I guess I didn’t get the basics of editing.