Thursday, December 3, 2009

400-408 Jeff Pries is one of the three creatives behind the awesome Liquid DVD series ( – simply the best Christian media I've ever seen!  Jeff is the Small Groups Pastor and on the Speaking Team at Mariners Church (, a father of 4, and the former 1st pick of the New York Yankees out of UCLA in 1984.  His partner, Director John Ward, is the president of Bay Ridge Films, and John wrote, produced, and directed the Liquid series.  The third guy is former baseball player Todd Zeile.  Check out the trailers at  Their new feature film is called "I AM".
413-423(2:17) Flag Pole. (CBS 6 Richmond, VA @ 12/2/09) Angela Pellaerano reporting of the story of decorated war veteran Van Barfoot ordered to take down his flag pole.
• CBS (12/2/09) Local World War II Veteran Fights Homeowner's Association.  Homeowners:  What's your crazy Homeowner's Association story?  Veterans:  Should he fight to keep the flagpole?
90 year-old Colonel Van Barfoot has until Friday to remove the flagpole from his yard.
Since this saga began, it's been played out on the radio from Washington D.C. to Boston, but many believe what is happening to this true American hero is tarnishing the image of Richmond.
Barfoot lives in the Sussex Square community in western Henrico County. He moved there in July, and was ordered to remove the flagpole from his front lawn when he flew the flag on Labor Day, and again on Veterans Day.
The homeowner's association doesn't explicitly forbid flagpoles but they must be "aesthetically appropriate". Short flags are allowed on porches, but Barfoot says that's not the way he was raised to respect the flag.
"First of all, it's not dignified, and it shows you got it in the half mast position... you can walk around here and I'll bet you the American flag is hanging out in the rain, nobody ever checks it", says Barfoot.
Family members say he's the most decorated American combat veteran alive. Barfoot has been awarded more than 20 medals, including the Medal of Honor, The Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts.
Wounded in combat three times, Barfoot fought in World War II and in Vietnam.
And he has the support of a lot of people, including Senator Mark Warner. Warner says he's outraged Barfoot's neighborhood association wants him to remove the flagpole from his yard.
Barfoot says he will take it to court.
Meanwhile, the Sussex Square Homeowner's Association issued a statement saying in part, "This is not about the American flag. This is about a flagpole... We are a neighborhood of patriotic Americans, many of whom have served our country in the military as Col. Barfoot has done.."
The homeowner's association also says Barfoot knew from the beginning that he wasn't supposed to have a flagpole without permission.

• AP (12/3/09) WWII vet fights homeowners group over Va. Flagpole.

• The Street (12/3/09) Colonel Van Barfoot Stands His Ground To Raise The American Flag.

RICHMOND – Col. Van Barfoot has until Friday at 5 pm to remove his flagpole or face a civil suit. The 90-year-old veteran is shocked and gratified by the outpouring of support from around the country.
His daughter, Margaret Nicholls said, "The response has been unbelievable. What started as a local story has grown into a national outcry to help my Dad."
The neighborhood association has yet to decide whether Colonel Barfoot will be fined $10 per day every day he raises the American Flag but the 5:00 Friday deadline is looming.
"No matter the outcome," said Margaret, "we want something good to come out of this."
To donate in honor of Colonel Barfoot, please send your donations to the address below. Make all checks payable to USO. All donations will be turned over immediately to the USO, so we can continue to support our troops.
Send donations to:  Stand Tall for Colonel Barfoot c/o The Hoople Group, 12105 Browning Court, Richmond, VA 23233.
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458-508Dallas Willard, Professor of Philosophy at USC, and the person who has had the biggest impact on my spiritual life through his books and tapes, especially his The Divine Conspiracy, his latest book is Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge (  Today, Dallas explains what Jesus really meant in his teaching about "turning the other cheek" (Mt 5:19), and why it is he said that it was "blessed to be poor in spirit" (Mt. 5:3), and Dallas even explains how we can get to the place that we can truly "love our enemies" (Mt 5:44) – like Osama bin Laden, terrorists, and mass murderers.  Central is the idea that "love" is about wanting The Good for another person.

512-523Dallas Willard

TH 524 – [2:00] Don Rohde (818) 262-2092.  For the past 37 years, Don has been a sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 19 consecutive years.  Galpin has been family-owned and operated for the past 59 years, and 90% of their business is repeat or referral.  Galpin offers Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Honda, Mazda, Saturn, Volvo, Jaguar, and Aston Martin.  Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley at Roscoe and the 405.

528-538Dallas Willard.

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544-554 Jeff Schadt, is the Executive Director of Youth Transition Network (, and their transition site for students is  Their focus is on helping young adults transition from high school to college.  In his research with thousands of Christian teens, he's found out they define "hypocrisy" as "leading an intentionally deceptive life," and they report the majority of their youth groups are filled with "hypocrites."  In fact, if you're sexually active, you actually gain status in youth group because you've been to the Forbidden Island.  The sexual pressure is intense in Christian schools, far more than in secular schools.  The bottom line is that we've got to do a far better job at preparing our kids to launch.  The problem isn't really intellectual, it's social.  The problem isn't about worldview and knowledge as much as it is about culture and obedience.  Jeff's research shows that if kids are plugged into a Christian social group before they arrive on campus, we're going to lose them.  Hence, the whole purpose of their Succeed Event coming up on February 27, 2010.
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