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Early thank you!

Here are some of Harper’s 2nd cousins thanking those that donated in the first few days of our campaign!

If you want to join this awesome group helping find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, it is easy! To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

CF Fundraising

Dear Friends,

CF still stands for Cystic Fibrosis, and not Cure Found, so it is that time again.

My niece Harper fights with this disease. I recorded my thoughts on what it means to be an uncle of a CF kid for my sister. You can see that here: https://vimeo.com/205985263

Some of you may remember when I used to participate with my family in running part of the Pittsburg Marathon to raise money – well my knees have decided that I am past that game.

Instead, Catherine and I have joined in the 65Roses 65 Miles campaign. Catherine and I will walk a minimum of 65 miles each over the course of the six week challenge. We walk from August 1 to September 12.

In addition, Catherine and I will video a weekly insight into media/faith every week, either during or immediately after our exercise. You can see examples by scrolling down on this blog.

Will you help me? Any size gift helps.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

Feel free to pass on this information to anyone that might wish to help.

-Sean

Older picture of Harper and me – but still one of my favorites!

65Insight Black Panther

This is week 5 of a 6 week challenge – the 65 Roses 65 Mile challenge. I’ve committed to indoor biking 65miles a week to raise money to find a cure for CF. I am also giving insights into the movies I watch as I bike – right after hopping off the bike, hence out of breath. Hope your enjoy the insights into the character of Black Panther this week.

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

65Insight Snowpiercer

I’m entering week 3 of a 6 week challenge – the 65 Roses 65 Mile challenge. I’ve committed to 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. Hope your enjoy the insights into Bong Joon-Ho’s thought-provoker this week.

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

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.

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. 

Beauty Part Two – You Are Beautiful

Part One is here.

We are continuing the conversation on beauty. Our group talked about the distortion last time. Next we turned our attention to the idea that only 2% of women think they are beautiful.

Peter (one of the Biblical letter writers) talked about inner beauty. It made us wonder how much thinking you are beautiful helps make you appear beautiful.

Which led us to watching this video. (Warning, there are some foul words ahead.)

Among the things we noticed from the experience of watching:

-Many of the subjects lit up upon hearing that they were considered beautiful. Which made them even more beautiful. This is some of that inner stuff leaking out.

-We were struck by the guy who at first lit up, but then decided he didn’t believe Shea. How often do we do the same thing with any received compliment? First feel good, then rationalize it away.

How twisted is that as a defense mechanism? To choose not to believe a compliment rather than risk confirming what we are already thinking.

-Like the woman who got angry; so far from thinking she could possibly be beautiful that she defaults to assuming that a compliment is an attack.

Shea unveils a hidden truism in her experiment – everyone is made beautiful.

God made us beautiful. Yet we struggle to believe this is true.

As people of faith, we know that God made everyone uniquely gorgeous. What if part of our view of evangelism was simply letting people know that?

What if being part of church included feeling like a worthy work of art?

What if when we look at people outside the church, we see their beauty before we see them as anything else?

What would that do for the image of the Bride of Christ?

Just wondering.

More later.

jmt,

Sean

Advice from Billy Wilder

One of my favorite sites from the past – List of Note. This one features Billy Wilder’s advice, including:

7. A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.

For the full list, head here.

Beauty Part One – Evolution

Another topic my Sunday School attacked was how our culture approaches the concept of beauty. We approached this in three steps. First, we looked at the distortion of beauty. Here is our kick-off quote.


It was pointed out that 2% of women consider themselves to be beautiful. Thanks to Dove, we had an insight to how natural our concept of the benchmark of beauty is. Check out this short:

Nothing new, we’ve known this goes on for a while now. As “All About the Bass” reinforces, “we know that ish ain’t real, come on now make it stop.” But despite knowing it ain’t real, we still as a culture fall into the trap of seeing this as natural beauty.

What does our faith tell us about this?

No mention of photoshop or even makeup. Guess Peter wasn’t hip to the media. Notice the qualities that are in focus: your looks from the inside. The “who” one is is more than important than the “what” one looks like.

So when talking about beauty, we have to realize that we are starting in distortion; we are trained to see beauty in all the wrong ways. This means we need to work at seeing rightly.

We need to work at it.

Think on that for a while. I’ll take on part two shortly.

jmt,

Sean

We have a pants winner…

Wait, that just sounds wrong.

Justin Garcia was the first to name the character; Clark Cranfill the first to figure out which one. As you can see from the pic, an Asbury alum worked on the film.