Sunday, March 29, 2009

Film Festival

This weekend I went to a film festival in Norfolk. On Friday night, I saw a series of short films, and short short films. I watched about, say 10 short films. The best of the ones I saw were the following:

Hot Dog
Buckets
Gone Fishing
About Face
Canned

Hot Dog was an animated short about a fire dog by a man named Bill Plympton. It was hilarious.

Buckets was my favorite, about a day in the life of a guy who plays buckets as drums for a living and the struggles he deals with and how music defines him.

Gone Fishing was my second favorite, but ended up taking home the best short prize. You can find more about it at www.livingspirit.com

The following day, Saturday, I saw the winners of the festival, which were the following

Best Short Short: Hot Dog
Best Short: Gone Fishing
Best Documentary and Best Environmental Film: The Last Days of Shishmaref (really, really good)
Best Feature: Under the Snow (Spanish film about factory workers and subsidizing)
Grand Jury Prize: Pinhas (a film about Jewish life and the conflict of one child in deciding his beliefs. Great child acting.)

All the films I saw that day, as one would expect were good that day. My favorite that they showed that day was probably the Last Days of Shishmaref. It is a very touching and heart-wrenching story about how nature is destroying a small village on the coast of Alaska.

But Buckets ended up being the one that stuck with me the most.

So, next year, I plan to go again. Maybe some of you would like to come too! Later dudes!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Collision

A quote that I've always loved came to my mind this week. The funny thing is, I have no idea why. Maybe it was because I've had some pretty eye opening experiences this week or maybe it's because I've come to understand a little bit more of how little I am compared to my Creator. Anyway, the quote goes like this:

When divinity meets depravity it is a beautiful collision.


This is something that I've always found fascinating about God. That no matter how depraved or lost we are, He will meet us where we are. All we have to do is believe. But there's more to this quote than that. It also holds a promise to the believer. For in times of struggle, in times of darkness, when God meets us, its like nothing else. Words fail to describe the emotions and thoughts I have when God comes to meet me.

This quote not only is an encouragement to me, but also spurs me on to be a light to someone else and maybe help someone collide with God.

Now, some of you maybe be wondering where the quote originated. Well, the quote used to be said regularly after a David Crowder * Band show. This tradition along with other circumstances led the band to write a song entitled "A Beautiful Collision", which I have placed on the top of my playlist.

Just listen to the song and soak in what God wants to tell you and may you encounter a collision of your own.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A little creeped out, but I'm ok

So, something really bizarre and scary happened yesterday. I came home from work with my dad and we rounded the corner to find cop cars surrounding a house literally around the corner from where I live. It's behind the house that's across the street from us. I came to find out later that someone was murdered. Yeah. I and my neighbors are fine and the police are doing everything they can to sort this out. It will probably take a while until the police leave, but it's scary to think that something that horrible happened so close. I read murder mysteries growing up, never thinking that one would be in my own backyard! Please pray for the family members of the victim and the surrounding neighbors peace. Something like this can really take a toll. It's weird that I'm typing this right after my previous blog entry. Anyway, I'll see you guys later. Take care.

In Christ,
David

Monday, March 09, 2009

In the Dark

So yesterday, my pastor, whom almost all of you who read this blog know, talked about being in the dark. In other words, being in pain and suffering, that sometimes we can't see God. This is a subject that has always intrigued me and fascinated me. Our God is so big and powerful, but yet he allows suffering in the world. Why? Well, it's something I've studied and there's not really an easy answer, but here's my answer. God gave us free will and by giving us free will he let us choose right or wrong. He loves us so much and has so much respect for us that He will let us choose not to follow Him because by giving us a choice He also allows us to choose to truly love Him and by having that choice, we are loving God by our own volition and are not puppets on a string. But God took it one step further when He placed His Son on a cross. When Jesus died, he entered into our suffering. Imagine all the pain and hurt in the world being slowly swallowed and digested, that's what Christ did for us. He bore all the sins of the world when he hung on that tree and bled so that we might one day be reconciled with the Father. Wow.

I had the opportunity to lead my Community Group today on the subject and presented this to them. I think they took the truth to their hearts. It was great to be able to share God's truth to the people I care about.

So what about you? Do you wonder where God is when you're in the dark? My answer for you is to focus your eyes on the cross. It is there that God's love broke through our suffering.

I love you guys.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Family Day

My sister and brother came home today. We had a great time hanging out. We started out having lunch and getting caught up with each other. After lunch we played one of my all time favorite outdoor games. We played best out of 3 and needless to say I whooped on the competition. My sister and I won 2, my brother and dad won 1.

After that we went over to the nearest elementary school and played 3 rounds of horse. Except for my dad, we each won one game. The final game was a battle of epic proportions between myself and my brother. I ended up winning by a free throw.

After that we went to my grandma's house and she had soup for us. My grandfather does what he always does and tells one of his stories. We only stayed for a little while because now my mom has for us an amazing meatloaf dinner. So I'm gonna go eat now.

You guys have a good day and don't forget to change your clock!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Watchmen review

Ok. So I finally saw the movie I've been waiting a year to see. I have to say, it was well worth the wait. This was an amazing experience. Watchmen was visually stunning. Zack Snyder has uncanny ability to recreate the world of Watchmen. But it doesn't stop there. The adaptation is very faithful to the source material, to the point of replication in some areas, including Dr. Manhattan's trip to Mars. But as I'm saying this, I know in my mind that this movie will have split opinion among movie goers. In my mind, this movie was a masterpiece, a well thought out, detailed, visually complex, character-driven movie that honors the graphic novel even while changing the ending, which while being different, produces the same effect as the original ending and maintains the messages and themes of the book. I will probably see this one again as it lends itself to multiple viewings. For now though, I give it 4 stars.

--David Ferrell

P.S. Great Soundtrack

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Watchmen

Tonight is the night. When the clock strikes midnight, I will be sitting in a theater surrounded by fans of one of the greatest, if not the greatest graphic novel of all time. The unfilmable film has finally arrived. Let's hope it lives up to the hype. For those of you who don't know anything about Watchmen. I have a few words to help you all.

First of all, shame on you! Just kidding.

The characters in Watchmen are as follows.

The Comedian / Edward Morgan Blake (Jeffrey Dean Morgan): Eddie Blake started off his career on the Minutemen team. He's one of two government sanctioned vigilantes. He is murdered at the beginning of Watchmen and his backstory unfolds as the book progresses.

Nite Owl II / Dan Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson): An avid ornothologist, Dan retired after the Keene Act forced made costumed superheroes illegal. Now he spends his days chatting with Hollis Mason (Nite Owl I) and remembering old times and longing for purpose.

Rorschach (Walter Kovacs) (Jackie Earle Haley): The only active vigilante at work at the present time. Ruthless, psychotic, Rorschach wears an ever-changing black and white that never mixes, just as in his mind there is no gray. Only good and evil.

Silk Spectre II / Laurie Juspeczyk (Malin Akerman): Daughter of Silk Spectre I (Sally Jupiter), Laurie took up the mantle to follow in her mother's footsteps. Haunted by her and her mother's past, Laurie finds answers.

Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman (Billy Crudup): The other government sanctioned superhero and the only one with real powers. Dr. Manhattan has near limitless power as he is able to manipulate matter.

This information should be enough to give you an introduction. Go see the movie, then read the graphic novel. There will be a review following my viewing of the movie.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Funny video blog

For those of you who are not aware, I'm a huge fan of British humor, especially the Monty Python team. Here is what has been dubbed as one of the greatest skits from the show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" For those of you who love Monty Python and seen this video, I hope this is a happy return. For those of you who have never seen Monty Python (shame on you), I hope this video will be only the beginning of what you see from this hilarious band of Britons.

Ladies and gentleman I give you, "Dead Parrot"

Preach the gospel at all times...

My parents are the type that are constantly speaking scripture to me and for that I am eternally grateful. There are a few verses, though, that seem to come up all the time when we have conversations. One such verse is Colossians 3:23

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men."

I have to remind myself of this verse each day because frankly, I don't like my job some days, especially lately. I'm on a project that isn't fun and that most people want to be over and done with as soon as possible, myself included. However, this verse helps me realize that the focus should not be only on your work yourself, because getting the job done is important, but also on the person for whom you are working.

What this verse is basically saying is to give God glory through the work that you do. You see, you work for God, not really your boss. This doesn't mean you should not listen to your boss. On the contrary, you should respect his or her authority and do the best you can at your job. What this does mean is that you shouldn't work half-hearted on your job. Instead you should work as if Jesus was watching your every move. This is a huge challenge for me. My work can be very monotonous and even downright boring, but when I remind myself who I am working for it makes a world of difference.

What amazes me is that when I start working in that fashion, God rewards me. Maybe not in the way I'd expect, but He blesses me nonetheless. I believe it's also one of the best ways you can point people to God. After all, actions do speak louder than words.


"Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words."

-St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, March 01, 2009

I can hear the angels play.

For those of you who don't know. I'm pretty much way open to supernatural occurrences and believe in healing, miracles, that sort of stuff. All that to say that I experienced something so out there on Friday night that some of you may not believe what I'm about to say.

So anyway, I went Friday night over to the Restoration Life Christian Center, a tiny little building over on Harpersville Rd., for a Burn meeting. What Burn does, is about once a month, a bunch of on fire Christians get together for a night of crying out to the Lord through praise, worship, dancing, art, preaching, etc. It's basically a night guided by the direction of the Holy Spirit, and it's awesome. So we're in the middle of it all, and the Holy Spirit's presence is so thick and real and the music is going great and the crowd starts dancing. Then one of the musicians says, "I think I heard flutes. But I don't see anybody playing a flute. Let's keep going with this." So the band starts playing again and I start to hear flutes all around me as loud as the music coming from the stage. I look all around me and I see no flutes. I look back on the stage, no flutes. Finally, I came to the conclusion that I was hearing a heavenly presence, more than likely angels, accompanying the band, in harmony no less, and it sounded like they were standing all around me. God was moving mightily that night and I got to be a part of it. Woooooooo! I think God's got a plan for this Peninsula and I want to be a part of it.

I want more of you Jesus! Bring the rain!

--David Ferrell