Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Not much rest, but we did wrap Riptide- so 18 months of shooting is at an end.
Eighteen months, four countries, fifty-five interviews. This should look good.
Daniel and Miles McPherson, former NFL player for the Chargers and a mega-church pastor at Rock Church in San Diego.
Mike MacIntosh in Joshua Tree. We found the Institute of Mental Physics for his site. Perfect for his story.
At the historic Mission Inn, looks like Hotel California.
Drive by of Disneyland on the way to Anaheim Convention Center. Back to see Mickey in May. With Jaxon!
Interviewing Joey Buran in Newport Beach. Joey is a world champion surfer at the Pipeline Masters, also coached the US Surf Team.
Larissa and our pal Kent.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Larissa- teaching about manna Tuesday at Women at Calvary. Excellent, now after Levi, Jesse and Larissa, I get to be the fourth best Lusko teacher.
Below: Sunday- Up to Colorado Springs for an interview with Ryan Dobson for Riptide. Million dollar set: Pikes Peak in the background.
Spring snowstorm at Sandia, so Friday afternoon, up the Tram with Jesse, Nathan & Skip. Great snow.
Unclear why they are flying an Arizona flag here in New Mexico.
Coffee and Snickers after a few runs always fires up the snowboard jets.
Jesse, tramming it. Just 20 minutes from church and we are up to the Crest of Sandia for snowboarding. Longest Tram span in the US. But I think Palm Springs claims this too.
Easter TV shoot at Lobo Stadium, Skip & Stephen Baldwin, with an attitude.
Rolling into Lobo Stadium in my pony.
Ready for the Easter shoot.
Above, you can tell who has practice posing. Below, they both do.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Levi, James MacDonald and Greg Laurie in the green room, causing trouble.
Pedro Garcia, a human hurricane from Miami, and the Lusko Pirates. Dinner at Chili's, not exactly my choice. But it was a fun to have the fella's together.
I had heard a lot about James MacDonald, but I had never met him or listen to him teach.
That changed in Tuscon recently at the SW Pastor's Conference. He is a character as well as a strong and biblical teacher.
This year a stellar line-up included Alistair Begg, Skip, Pedro, Levi and James. Greg Laurie came in to hang out and be a part of a pretty wild Q & A session. The theme was the life of David, and the takeaway was significant.
Skip was surgical, James was comical and powerful. Levi was... well, it is stunning to see my son in such company, but he was sharp, deep and crisp.
Pedro was passionate, while Damian Kyle, was as usual, convicting. Gayle Erwin, was Gayle Erwin!
Conference Speakers -
You can hear the teaching archive at http://www.calvarytucson.com/listen.asp
Thursday, March 11, 2010
A Few Things Darwin Wishes Weren’t Published
By Chip Lusko
I wish I had kept my fifth grade science book. It had a terrific graph showing a strange little fox-like creature who ended up as a horse, and I guess eventually as Mr. Ed.
Science books from that point on carried variations on that theme, and it was just assumed that this evolutionary chain was bedrock fact. Of course, we know now that no transitional forms exist to support this chart. This is just one of the many credibility problems I have discovered with evolution since fifth grade. Here are a few more:
"If my theory be true, numberless intermediate varieties, linking most closely all the species of the same group together, must assuredly have existed” – Charles Darwin, Origin of Species
Charles Darwin assumed that transitional forms would be discovered in the future, but they do not exist. An example of a transitional form would be the discovery of a half-fish, half-man skeleton. Evolution demands that this “missing link” must have existed somewhere, sometime (besides fifth grade science books), like maybe in the fossil record.
"In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an Atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God” – Letters of Charles Darwin
That’s hedging your bet, Charles. On the other hand, there is something known as practical atheism:
"The Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow as a sign, etc., etc., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos,(sp) or the beliefs of any barbarian.”—Autobiography of Charles Darwin
Ouch. Painful scholarship, and embarrassing for Darwin apologists on so many levels.
It would also be helpful to spell Hindu's correctly.
“There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties” - Charles Darwin, Descent of Man
As with many of Darwin’s positions, the best response is often, “Speak for yourself.”
"Now I have never systematically thought much on religion in relation to science, or on morals in relation to society" - Letters of Charles Darwin
That would be true for Darwin and Planned Parenthood.
"To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree." - Charles Darwin, Origin of Species
A rare moment of honest clarity for Charles. Now, consider:
•Your eyes are composed of more than two million working parts.
•They can process 36,000 bits of information every hour.
•Number of fibers in human optic nerve = 1,200,000
•You will see almost 24 million images of the world around you in a normal lifespan.
•The human eye can detect over 10 million different colors.
•There are 120 million rod cells in the retina of your eye.
In the glaring light of reality, it is stunning that Darwin’s theory has so many fans. Perhaps it is only out of desperate agnosticism that this absurd theory has been dressed up, propped up and allowed to be such a pretender of truth. Enough.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The NRB, (National Religious Broadcasters Convention) at one time was a big dog. a major force, in the heady days when the Christian right was rising.
In the Reagan era, I recall going to D.C. and ‘feeling the power.’ This was in the growth curve of the Christian mega church/media vibe and the President always came and addressed a session. High times. Not so much in the Obama era. NRB has been exiled to the surreal Gaylord Hotel in Nashville, America’s largest and easiest hotel to be lost in, casino or not.
A ten year deal for NRB in Nashville, so what was wrong with So Cal? Over the years I have gone to NRB locations in Anaheim, LA, Dallas and D.C., and now this. I wouldn’t have made the trek this year save for a call from Focus on the Family honoring KNKT as Radio as Station of the Year. Awards are, for the most part, not my deal. But as a matter of fact, Focus is the one media group I really admire for their pro attitude and excellent quality. So to be chosen out of all the stations they deal with was a genuine honor.
Paramount to the trip is a chance to hang out with a wide variety of friends. Truth be told, I did not even register for the Convention proper, as I have no desire to wander the floor. And any event tickets were easily available from friends. So, along with dinner with Focus President Jim Daly (great guy), I was able to catch up with KWAVE GM Rich Macintosh, the Gospel for Asia team, Doug Martin and Clive Welsh from Belize as well as many others for Calvary ABQ stuff. It is trippy to walk around and see various icons of Christian broadcasting. Or as a friend put it, ‘It’s like being in a wax museum!”
There’s David Jeremiah, or Erwin Lutzer or some TV preacher I won’t name.
Strange place indeed.
My only regret was missing the Tuesday night dinner with Charles Colson. We were invited to sit at the head table, and dinner with Mr. Colson was tempting, but I had to pass. Back to ABQ and reality.
Nice dinner with Joel. Joel spoke at the sold-out International lunchbefore speaking, Joel showed the trailer from the Inside the Revolution documentary, based on his book. Daniel was given the opportunity to direct this film.
Joel brought up a powerful guest: Mosab Hassan Yousef, new book out now, check his story:
Focus on the Family President Jim Daly gives KNKT Station of the Year Award. Co-host John Fuller on the far right, okay, this was pretty cool, they are on 3,000 stations.
Catching up with with Ryan Dobson at lunch. He agreed to be interviewed for Riptide.
He said his dad could do an interview too. I said that would be a good idea.