65Insight: Guardians 2 Batteries

For the next five week, I continue the 65 Roses 65 Mile challenge – indoor biking 65miles a week. I am also giving insights into the movies I watch as I bike – right after hopping off the bike, hence out of breath. (I am also out of breath when I hop off the couch, but that is another story…)

Want to help my campaign? You can go here to donate.

65Roses 65 Mile Challenge

Those of you who know me understand my love of the art of the couch potato. The one thing in the past that has gotten me off the couch is raising fund for Cystic Fibrosis research, in honor of my niece Harper.

Harper is now 13 -older than in the picture above. Which means that I am also getting older. My knees no longer let me run part of a marathon for fundraising. Instead I am joining the 65Roses 65 mile challenge – on my stationary bike. Every week for six weeks, I am pledging to hit 65 miles.

Week #1 is done – I’ve clocked 66.68 miles. Now on to week #2…

Please consider supporting this effort. Visit my challenge page, click on “Donate to Me” and get added to my honor roll.

As a bonus, since I am exercising in front of a TV, I’ll include in my blog what I’m learning from the movies and shows I watch while spinning.

Thanks for considering!



Where’s this Cel from?

More on the walls at Asbury University: This one, with fashion model Catherine standing next to it, is an animation cel used in a movie. A few clues: the bird in the picture may not look it, but it is a robin; the film was not animated; and… okay, I doubt you need any more clues.

Eutychus – The Superbook Show

My favorite type of episode to write for the Superbook Show are the Bizarre Bible Bytes. Morgan kills this one (sorry, pun unintended!). Directed and edited by Kara Roberts. Enjoy!

Arm Badge of Courage

Ongoing guessing game: Where’s this prop from? This patch for costuming hangs on the walls at Asbury University in part because the TV show was shot, in part, in Kentucky.

That should be plenty of clues. What TV show was this used in?

Scam Artist and Love

This is a bit of a continuation of the conversation from my Sunday School group that I was relating last week: the-hero-of-the-story-part-one

My wife’s favorite time to eye-roll is when I get a call from a telemarketer or a scammer. If the telemarketer won’t take a simple “no” for an answer, I am often too happy to keep them on the line.

I once read a particularly obnoxious newspaper salesman the entire “Green Eggs and Ham” book, substituting in the name of his paper for the green eggs, and “read” with “eat.” “I will not read it here or there, I will not read it anywhere!” He hung up before I got all the way to the end.

My brothers are better at this game than I am. When one brother was told that the caller’s monitor indicated his computer had a virus, my brother refused to go to the computer until his scammer could assure him that the virus was not contagious to humans.

Great fun. Then I read this article from Readers Digest. (Go ahead, and read it.)

Could I see an internet scammer as the hero of a story? Answer the phone thinking, “How can I love this person?” Probably not.

To be clear: no one is saying we need to fall for the scam – that’s not love either. But to think of the other person as a child of God, misplaced, broken, but still a child of God. Hmmm.

My friend, aptly named Faith, once got an obscene phone call. Her response? Pity. She told the man that she understood how lonely and desperate he must be to making this call. She told him that he was loved; that Jesus wanted more and better for him.

It wasn’t a joke to her, or a way to get the caller off the phone. She genuinely hurt seeing the fallen nature at work in this fellow human being.

I’m still working on that.



The Motorcycle Goes To…

Apparently this one was trickier than expected. The closest we got was Omar Poppenlander’s guess of Stuart Little. To be honest, the first time I saw it on the wall at Asbury, my first thought was Stuart Little.

Alas, it was from the apparently little watched Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeaquel. Below are some storyboards from the movie as well.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Setups

Here is my take on one of the areas of Fallen Kingdom that helps teach us a nugget about Setups. 

The Hero of the Story, Part One

In our Sunday School class, we took a deeper look at a parable we all knew. Before we started, we watched this video:


After viewing the short, we then looked again at the parable of the Good Samaritan.

“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[e] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ •36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

Luke 10:33-36, NLT

I know this parable, I know it well. And I get it – I’m supposed to love the Other; I’m supposed to think of the Samaritan equivalent in my life as my neighbor. And if I come across that Other in peril, I’m supposed to stop and help.

But Jesus was much more subversive than that in this parable. Jesus doesn’t say that we should stop and love on the Samaritan. He says we are to see the Samaritan as the hero in our story. The Other wasn’t helped by the Good Us.

The Other was the hero of the story.

More than loving the enemy, more than loving the person that we have already pre-judged, or even rightfully judged, more than that:

Are we will to look at them as the potential hero of the story?

The guy with the MAGA hat? The guy with the Obama bumper sticker? The TV preacher? The professional atheist speaker? The guy bumming change on the corner? The CEO with the $100 million golden parachute?

Can we see them as a hero?

Is our love that subversive?



Dialogue as Choreography

A tidbit on approaching dialogue from a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.