Faded (A Post For Video Store Day 2015)

For 2 and a half years in high school and college I worked at a pair of video rental stores. It’s still one of my favorite jobs I’ve ever had.

There were a lot of perks when I worked at the video store. Free rentals. Getting new movies before they were released. Easy access to giant tubs of buttery popcorn.

The most underrated perk of the job? Free movie posters.

Every month we’d get a new shipment of movie posters to plaster in the windows of the store promoting the coming attractions. Whenever new posters came in the old ones came down. Before they went in the dumpster these old posters were fair game for any of the employees to take home.

To a college kid this was a jackpot. My walls were covered by posters for “Batman Begins” and “Wallace and Gromit” – high art to a 20-year-old.

FullSizeRender(3)There was one problem. Often by the time they came off the wall many of the movie posters were faded. Continue reading

POP GOD POPcast: Episode 19 – Summer Movie Preview with Josh Gibbs

slide.001Welcome to Episode 19 of the POP GOD POPcast – an exploration of into the lives of people seeking God in the present tense.

This week we’re doing something a little different with the podcast – a preview of this summer’s biggest movies. My good friend and fellow movie buff Josh Gibbs sits down with me as we break down the movies we’re most (and least) excited about. We give our thoughts on Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: Age of Extinction, 22 Jump Street, The Fault In Our Stars, TMNT and many more sequels, superheroes, cartoons, and even chick flicks.

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Enjoy this exploration into the movies which will inspire a whole slew of POP GOD posts over the summer. I challenge you to seek the presence of God out in these blockbusters as well.

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Why The Church Should Not Evolve

blockbuster_1250Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. (Matthew 24:35)

The video store is dead.

This is not really news. The video store has been on life support for years. And in some rural communities Mom and Pop movie rental shops are still hanging in there.

But after years of fighting a terminal, self-inlicted disease, Blockbuster finally decided to shutter its final 300 stores. Continue reading

The Blockbuster Of The Summer

despicable-me-2-poster-01Seen any good movies this summer? What was your favorite: Iron Man 3? Despicable Me 2? Fast And The Furious 6? Something without a number in the title?

When advertising a new film, a marketing company’s job is to make you feel like you need to see a movie immediately. And now with Twitter if you don’t see a movie the moment its out you’re also subject to spoilers across social media.

In the summer season success is not measured in how much money the movie makes during the 8 or so weeks it sits in theaters. It’s all about the opening weekend. Continue reading