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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Just back from a couple of days shooting for Shattered in San Francisco and the Berkeley area.
It was eye opening. Granted, California means extremes and that holds true for spiritual counterfeits. The coast often imports strange fire and it spreads east. In particular, Satanism is deeply ingrained in the bay area. It may seem dramatic, but the National Church of Satan is alive and well. We interviewed a former Church of Satan member (see below) and went to one of several active 'fellowships.' Trippy, and not to be taken lightly.
Also interviewed Tal Brooke and shot an interview with Todd Spitzer in Peoples Park near UC Berkeley. This was the famous stomping grounds for radicals and activism in the 60's. Today, it is filled with burnouts and the homeless.
So how did the whole utopian summer of love deal work out? Not too well.
This is an illustration of how Satan still is rolling out the lies of Genesis 3.
'You can be your own God!' When that blows up, he leaves man in the dust.
Same old song and dance.
An old friend, Todd Spitzer, lives in Berkeley and runs a primo coffee enterprise. Todd and I go way back to ABQ, and he hooked us up with an excellent interview, and we ate some rocking Indian food.
Yes, this is the senior pastor of CCABQ, we are at the address in San Francisco where the church of Satan began. Skip is amusing himself and cutting what will end up as an out take.
Interviewing Chris, he was in the National Church of Satan, and on staff. His job? Going to Christian churches in the Bay and recruiting the disaffected. Nice tactic.
But, alas, one day he heard a teaching in John 15 and came out of Satanism and into the real church. Isn't that just like the Lord? Satan is doomed.
Alcatraz on the right. Don't want to go there.
The best part of traveling (when I must go alone)? Coming home, here is the greeting committee at the airport, Larissa and Jaxon.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
A week ago, I woke up in Philadelphia, on the tail end of a week vacation. Of the 50 largest cities in the USA, this is one I had never been to. Boston, Austin and San Antonio are the only other signifcant cities that remain. I mean really, do I need to see Tulsa, Pittsburgh & Jacksonville? Eventually, I will see Boston for the history and Austin for the biking. (Lance lives here) I will go to San Antonio just because of the Alamo. We cannot forget the Alamo.
Anyway, Philly was a pleasant surprise. We stayed right downtown by the major historical sites, so I took an early morning hike around the highlights. Loved it.
People in Philly were friendly and outrageously out of shape.
Washington Park. 2,000 + Rev war casualties are buried here, right in downtown Philadelphia.
Man, you can FEEL the history here.
Independence Hall. You know this story, but very cool.
Random photo on the iphone this week. Which is faster, Skip's Harley or My Little Pony?
Neither, they are sitting still at P.F. Changs.
Heidi Summer on the backside of a cross country race Saturday in Elena Gallegos. 2.8 miles in the foothills. See the endorphins in her eyes?
Jesse Jeremiah, best man in a wedding Saturday. He & Bekah are just about 100 days away.
Larissa and Jaxon at the petting zoo of the State Fair. Note that the sheeps coat and Larissa's hair are nearly identical. Jaxon is amused by this.
The week is wrapping up with a reenactment of a chapter of Skip's life for Shattered. Here's Daniel in director mode.
Rebecca and a 'young Skip' getting ready for his close up.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
One good thing about the New Mexico State Fair this year is the tigers.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
September 11th, my son Daniel released his latest documentary: Inside the Revolution. Sobering content about radical Islam, amazing content about revival in Muslim countries.
Daniel did a nice job producing and directing this project.
Check out the trailer below. And the website: www.insidetherevolution.org
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I was in town last week to lock down KFLF, Fresh Life Radio. Think teaching by Greg Laurie followed by Switchfoot & Blindside. Christian radio with an attitude that won't hurt your ears. Just imagine the anti-K-LOVE! Imaging Liner: KFLF, You're welcome to listen, but we don't really care, we like this song.
KFLF radio, 91.3 FM. When this lights up later in the month, it will turbo charge the church.
How to know when you need to expand: When people sit on the street to watch service on TV.
The Strand Theatre, full to the gills on Sundays.
Solution: Buy the Liberty Theatre across the street. Kind of the ultimate video campus.
Friday, September 4, 2009
How could I miss this?
Off to a Fresh Life 'staff meeting,' at Alpine Slide of Whitefish Mountain. Very competitive, we timed ourselves on our Iphones. Josh Bowers claimed to win.
Angry eyes from Lenya at Famous Daves. She wanted dessert.
Alivia- and a moving rendition of 'One Way Jesus.'