Media Prayer Day 2012

Media Prayer Day 2012

I just caught hold of this initiative coming up for the 5th August and thought it was worth dropping into your lap for you to think about. Media speaks and because of this it has an opinion. Sometimes its the voice of the presenter, the agenda of the organisation or the heart of the writer but it will always have ‘a’ voice. What we can lose sight of are the people, the individuals who make up ‘the’ media.

When it comes to mass media we would be right to say that a lot is driven by profit margins. Many are businesses who are accountable to shareholders. That being said we are the audience who choose and so the media folk are always trying to keep one step ahead of our life and aspirations so they can meet us in our space. They are trying to understand us as much as we try to ‘get’ them.

Whether you think of media as the person in front of camera, the voice on the radio dial or the journalist behind the article, for a moment think about their life and pray for them. They live real lives with challenges in the same areas as you. We may think they’re “rich and famous” but take away the echelon of celebrity rich and all media people deal with the same things as you when it comes to family, health, career, children.

Get your church behind Media Prayer Day 2012 and connect!

Some great ideas including this video are on the website www.mediaprayerday.com

Up to Heaven

Up to Heaven

I wrote this when the father of a family I knew passed away. It was hard to see a soft quiet godly man die and yet you knew he was going to be with His Lord and Saviour. Sometimes words fail to express what is being felt inside.

Up to Heaven

I knew a man, so strong with silent features

Quite a man

He loved his own so dearly and even me

Quite a man

It’s hard to understand why God led him by the hand

Up to Heaven

But deep inside we know it was a better place to go

Up to Heaven

 

Author: Andrew Pitchford

Movie Review: MIB3

Movie Review: MIB3

2012 is a major year for launching, rebooting and finalising franchises. It has so far been a successful year for movies following this pattern and Barry Sonnenfeld has now done for the Men in Black franchise what Brad Bird did for the Mission Impossible storyline. In this Movie Review MIB3 (Men in Black III) we find out how the resurrection occurred. The quirky sci-fi humour that connected Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith at their black suited hips in the first edition has been rejuvenated and the Will Smith fan club can breathe a sigh of relief. The movie is a brilliant vehicle for fun and comedy. Don’t go trying to hold the writers to account on quantum physics and instead kick back with a friend, a coke and your snack of choice for the fun experience it is.

The storyline has just enough comedy combined with great camera angles of Will Smith’s nose to give you that comic book feel. As one movie goer commented, this is less about aliens and more about time travel and chocolate milk. The release of an alien prisoner from our Moon based prison Lunamax sets the world to DEFCON 6 as they consider the invasion of a race of predator beings. The earth, once saved from this race by Tommy Lee Jones character ‘K’ 40 years ago must be saved again as the alien Boris goes back in time to work his evil upon the earth.

Kudos goes to Jemaine Clement’s role as Boris. The Flight of the Conchords star has reinvented himself as the evil alien in a way that ranks alongside how Vincent D’Onofrio did it in the first MIB as the buggy alien cockroach. I was thrown at first trying to find in my mind which British actor had embodied the alien scum. Still amazing how many American movies have British accented bad guys. Are they not over the Boston Tea Party or what? This role has to be a major stepping stone for Jemaine both because of the profile of the movie as well as the incredible delivery he pushes into your mind even with the CGi that brings his alien body to life. You’re going to wonder who that alien ‘girlfriend’ is during the opening scene and only a Pussycat can help you with that one.

From the promotional posters through to the trailers we’ve all been looking forward to see Josh Brolin bring a young Agent ‘K’ to life embodying a youthful portrayal of Tommy Lee Jones. Everything from the entry lines of the story through the time travel and back to present ensures smooth transitions and a believable character for Josh Brolin to drive. Call it a hunch but I think we will find somewhere along the line that Jones and Brolin share DNA. The posters just couldn’t be photo-shopped to make the two look as alike as they really do. The dry grin smile is superb, the jawline is straight and the eyes are deep. This must have been a joy for Brolin and he works the relationship with Smith to just the right level.

Emma Thompson enters the franchise as ‘O’, lead agent of the MIB team to bring some class to the role once filled by Rip Torn as ‘Zed’. Her youthful 1960’s version is also well placed as Alice Eve. There’s a nice love connection that appears as Agent J, Will Smith follows Boris in order to save ‘K’ and the world from imminent destruction. The story line from Etan Cohen is based on the Lowell Cunningham comics and brilliantly set against the backdrop of 60s America so that we see the sense of culture and a changing society. The space race is in full swing and expression of art and colour shows across the fashion and revelation of Andy Warhol’s (Bill Hader) real place in history. A nice touch was also seeing David Rasche (Sledge Hammer) in a cameo as the Agent ‘X’. However the character of Griffin played by Michael Stuhlbarg is the character that steals your heart and connects the characters as an emphatic narrator taking you where you want to go. Sweet, sensitive and vulnerable, Stuhlbarg will remind you of a younger version of one the world’s greatest comedians.

While I saw this one as a 3D version of the movie I don’t think 3D will make or break the movie. The question everyone will ask is whether MIB3 has closed the book that had been badly left as a tragedy on the highway by MIB2 or whether it has opened the door for the next exciting episode.

I’m giving this four out of five popcorns hoping we might have another opportunity to save the world from the scum of the universe.

Willing to Live Again

I Hope - Willing to Live Again

Thanks to the wonders of email I received an update promotional email from Willow Creek today from their team preparing for the GLS 2012 – Global Leadership Summit. I know its not a new technology but how do they know how to deliver the right stuff on the right day? Amazing Smile with tongue out  It included this YouTube video from Pastor Ben Snyder. My reason for posting this is because many spikey haired 18-19 year olds need to know they can live again. I remember the stuff-ups that I racked up like high scores in my late teens and early twenties. It seemed I took the advice of “keep failing forward” as a mandate for high velocity speed wobbles. As I recognised my failure in amongst life's joys and sorrows part of me wants to do the whole early adult years again. Partly so I can put right a few wrongs and partly so I can remember what it was like to feel the wind in my hair and the gentle massage of a comb.

If you’re wondering about life after stupidity before you deal with life after death, then know that you’re in good company. As we live we find in amongst the things we do are the hopes we dream. I’ve learned my first step in the right direction is to accept God’s forgiveness. That one seemed easy but was actually hard for a while. I needed to look more at God’s character in his faithfulness to forgive rather than expecting God to act like me. And now the second step is to look forward and let the new day deliver fresh hope. Behind me is rust and decay so I’ll look ahead where I see new growth, fresh bread, clear water and brighter days.

Things that should be said

Things that should be said

Things that should be said

There are many things I'd like to say
and there are many things I could
But if all I do is say them
then I guess I never should

You see words without meaning are like
flowers without their petals
or morning without its dew
like a puppy without its soft wet tongue
or me without my you.

I know that I don't own you
You've given that honour to the Lord
All I want is to be your friend
then I can love you to the end

My heart has turned full circle
and twisted like a rung out cloth
Tears fall like rung out water
as I come to face my fear of loss

I've let you down and this you know
but now I lift you up to show
You are my love I'm not ashamed
I'm proud because you bear my name

Your smile has always brought me joy
It helps me remember life's to enjoy
To God I lift my song of praise
Your beauty is defined, there is no more

You've dedicated yourself to Abbey and me
Our little family at this time only three
But I feel it is my turn to make a stand
I love you, I need you, I care for you
Please hold my hand.

Love Andrew

Author: Andrew Pitchford
Written: 1992