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UM Talks, 2004-2005… Video!

September 28, 2011

Here’s a link to the teachings from UM during the 2004-2005 school year. New videos are being added this month… and more descriptive titles will soon emerge.

UM Talks – Audio

September 28, 2011

Here are the old talks from my days teaching University Ministries for Malibu Pres. Right-click to download. Olé!

As Dearly Loved Children


Different Than The World

Digging In The Dirt




For God’s Glory


Dating Talk for Girls

Grace Changes Lives

Use Your Passions

Lord of the Past

Once and for All

One Thing

Playing Favorites

Ready to Judge

Rest: God’s Gift to His People

So Now What?

Start at Real

The Foundational Love of God

The Once and Future King

The Rich Root of Israel

The Valley of Dry Bones (UM Sunday)

The Walk, Pt. 1

The Walk, Pt. 2

The Will of God for You, Pt. 1

The Will of God for You, Pt. 2

Two People You Dont Want to Be

ROOM Talks

August 13, 2011

Here are all the ROOM talks, from back in the day.  Right-click to download.  Enjoy…

Children and Sons

Marriage 1_The Primary Purpose of Marriage

Marriage 2_ Submit to Mr. Myagi

Marriage 3_ The Faithfulness of God

Marriage 4_ Baloney

The Gospel

God Loves You

Making Decisions

The Tyranny of Self


The Hero’s Journey

Tithing Like a Servant v. Giving Like a Son


Room… What is It_

Fear of Giving

Colossians 1_ A Message for You

Colossians 2_ Drivers Ed and Replanting

Colossians 3_ By Him and For Him

Colossians 4_ Return to the Tree

Colossians 5_ Brussels Sprouts and MandMs

Colossians 6_ Christ in You

Colossians 7_ Chimp in a Cage

Colossians 8_ Agony

Colossians 9_ Desire

Colossians 10_ The Flim-Flam Man

Colossians 11_ Microtrauma

Colossians 12_ White is Their World

Colossians 13_ Rules Don’t Work

Colossians 14_ Anna and the Bog of Forgetfulness

Colossians 15_ Abigail and Nabal

Colossians 16_ Dearly Loved

Colossians 17_ Therefore…

Colossians 18_ Thanks for the Axehead

Colossians 19_ Tribes_ Teach & Warn

Colossians 20_ Why Are There Cheesy Christian Songs In My iTunes_

Colossians 22_ Whales, Birds and Accountants

Colossians 23_ God is a Screenwriter

Colossians 24_ The Message in Three Spheres

Old Time Disney Tommorowland Attraction Posters

June 6, 2009

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Nina Foch

March 14, 2009

nina-amparisWhen I was at USC film school (by the way, there’s NO way to type that without it sounding pretentious), I had to take a class called, “Directing the Actor.”  I always thought acting was a waste of time and that, like Hitchcock, actors were like cattle (to his dying day Hitch denied ever saying that, but he bore the philosophy out in how he directed).  Stepping into that class, I thought it was going to be a waste of time.

Instead, it turned out great.  My teacher was a 76 year old  grande dame of Old Hollywood named Nina Foch.  She began the class by making sure we knew who she was (starred in An American in Paris, The Ten Commandments and Spartacus… she was also once married to James Lipton, now host of “Inside the Actor’s Studio”).    She then proceeded to spend the summer tearing apart our directing (how we worked with actors) and our acting (we had to act in each other’s pieces).  Brutal but, honestly… very fun.


It was fun because of Nina.  She was the embodiment of aging glamour that was rough around the edges.  Nina dressed to the nines, composed herself elegantly, spoke with distinction… and dropped f-bombs and dirty jokes at the slightest provocation.  She would blow up when some arbitrary rule of directing (or acting) was broken, yelling a bit… then would calmly return to her stasis of control, smiling with pursed lips.  A dopey kid from Texas who didn’t buy into much of the artsiness and self-importance of “the craft of acting” got charmed by this salty Dutch fading star.  It became one of my favorite classes.

Watching the Oscars this year, during their “Here’s Who Died in 2008” tribute, Nina’s picture came up.  Apparently she passed away last December at the age of  84.  She was still teaching the class, right up to her death.

Nina used to employ a phrase that I think of, and use, very often.  She used it in regards to overacting, but it works for many other occasions as well…  


“If you’re always shouting, you’re never shouting.”

nina-in-the-reedsWise woman, that Nina Foch.  As Easter approaches, keep an eye out for her playing Pharaoh’s sister — discoverer of baby Moses — in The Ten Commandments, when it airs, as it does every year, the night before Easter.


August 27, 2008

Well, the great Gabe Dixon and his band (they’re called The Gabe Dixon Band) have a new album out.  They are wonderfully fun, old-fashioned-ish, and entertaining.  I’d be hard-pressed to find a musical outfit I listen to more often than these fellers.  Enjoy this creative video.

Cowboy Coat Rack

August 27, 2008


What a fun idea for a coat rack.  I wonder how hard it would be to home-make this guy?

What a fun idea for a coat rack. I wonder how hard it would be to home-make this guy?