Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Appalachia

"HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed."
-Luke 1:53
Last week, I spent three days in the Appalachia Mountains with four other City on a Hill Productions staff members. We are making a video for Backpack Mission, which is run by Diane Durham.

For many children in Appalachia, the only meals that are guaranteed are those paid for and supplied by their public schools. This means kids often come to school on Monday morning having not eaten since Friday afternoon. Diane, in conjunction with certain sympathetic resource teachers, supplies the children with food (that they can carry home and conceal in backpacks) so that they can eat over the weekends.

I think what hit me most was seeing first hand how poverty makes people susceptible to tragedies that most of us will never know. For example, I met a young woman (about my age) whose face and hands had been severely burned. She was lighting a kerosene heater (to heat their house) and it exploded in her face. Every person we interviewed, and they were not strategically chosen, was closely related to a small child with serious medical problems.

I can't get into specifics at this time, but I was also struck by the depth of the problems we encountered. You quickly realize that you can easily create problems by trying to solve problems. It becomes overwhelming.

I hope and pray that our video helps feed more children.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

RBP on Rooftop Comedy


Ramsey Bros. Pictures' comedy shorts are now online at Rooftop Comedy. If you haven't seen them (let's face it, if you visit my blog, you most likely have) check them out.

Monday, April 20, 2009

An Inconvenient Girth


According to this article, obesity leads to global warming. It also leads to indisputably real things like heart disease and diabetes.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 15th


Posted this before, but it seems appropriate to post today. Luke 20:22-25.

Leave Me



Fellow Christian Filmmaker, Ryan Dunlap, recently won the ChristianFilmmakers.org 36-hour film contest with the above short (3 min), "Leave Me." I'm not sure of all the contest rules, but I gather from the name that all entries had to be made within 36 hours.

The above film is beautifully done and features both a very creative story and wonderful performance by Ryan. He is currently working on a film called "Greyscale," which I very much look forward to seeing. For more info and video clips about Ryan and his upcoming film, visit his Daros Films Blog.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Meet City on a Hill Productions

CITY comes to KATY! from City on a Hill Productions on Vimeo.

"Story is the language of our hearts. Media is the language of our times. We use both to share Jesus with the world.

We extend to you a unique opportunity - to join us in our mission to capture hearts and minds for Christ through media that matters. So please watch...then pray...then join us in person to learn more!"
City on a Hill Productions will he having an open house on Sunday, April 26th from 12:30-4:30. Also, CHP will be in Katy, Texas (outside Houston) on May 7th. So, Houston Area readers can join us at Grace Christian Church from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Bible Experience


I'm not one to plug things (at least, I don't think I am), but I have over the past six weeks downloaded and listened to audio books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If I can be perfectly honest, I have found it very laborious to develop a habit of daily Bible reading (though I do like reading, and I like reading thought-provoking Christian literature). However, for the past few weeks, I have found myself looking forward to those times each night when I can listen to the Gospels from "The Bible Experience" produced by "Inspired By Media." I downloaded them from itunes, but they are also available on CD.
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I just perused my blog. Maybe I am one to plug things.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Chick-fil-a Tribute



Christian comedian Tim Hawkins is obviously a man after my own heart and, I just found out, an acquaintance of my brother's (John). Enjoy Tim combining two of my greatest loves.

Friday, April 3, 2009