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Breakthrough With Rod Parsley

For those of you wanting to read the next chapter in my interview with Ted Haggard, do not despair! I promise, it will get here. The reasons I haven’t yet released it are rather boring, but there ARE reasons. Just stick with me for a few…  it’ll be worth the wait.

Today I’d like to share some TV footage with you. If you watch TBN, you’ve undoubtedly seen Breakthrough with Rod Parsley, as I’ve been told it’s one of their top three programs.  In April of this year, I received an email asking if I would be interested in appearing on the show.  At the time, I’d never heard of Pastor Parsley, so I searched Google for information about him and the show.  What I found from that search led me to believe that Rod is very… hmm, how do I describe this… “televangelist”, and to be honest, some of the things I found reminded me of my childhood and could easily have turned my stomach, but I chose to look for positives.  And there were plenty of positives to be found once I landed in Columbus, Ohio to meet with his staff and begin filming.  Positives such as this morsel:  did you know that Rod Parsley’s World Harvest Church has a team that attempts to be amongst the first on scene helping when natural disasters strike?  Tidbits like that ensured my heart remained soft towards Rod’s ministry.

Rod Parsey's "Breakthrough" Studio

Rod Parsey's "Breakthrough" Studio

Besides… the people there treated me like an absolute KING.  I was put up in a decent hotel room, had an “attendant” that anticipated my every need, and didn’t meet an unfriendly person during my entire stay.  The experience was beautiful!

But I had to wear a suit 😦 (which I found, still brand new, for $7 at a Salvation Army thrift store – Yes, I said SEVEN DOLLARS)!  Fortunately they didn’t require a tie.

Although we’d only planned to film one show (actually, half of one show – the other half to be shared with another guest), upon discussions with Rod and his staff I was asked if I’d come back the next morning for another filming.  They felt there was so much that needed to be shared, the original time allotted just wasn’t going to be enough.

In the first show, after Rod Parsley’s opening segment he and I speak for awhile, then the second half of the show is spent talking with Pat Trueman, former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, U. S. Department of Justice – a man who used to argue in front of the Supreme Court.  He speaks about how there are anti-porn laws already in existence that simply aren’t being enforced.  If you’ve been a long time reader of mine you know it is my opinion that legislation will never change hearts, and only education done with a big fat dose of Jesus’ Love can do so.  That being said, many of you will undoubtedly find Pat’s segment interesting.  I know my mother definitely did!

Here’s a Rebroadcast of that first show, shared with permission of Rod Parsley:

For the second show, Rod had Debbie Stacy, the Director of his Center for Moral Clarity, do an in depth interview with me.  My segment takes up the majority of the show, and there are no other guests.

Here’s the second show:

Even as I write this article, I’ve been direct messaged on twitter to let me know TBN is re-broadcasting one of the shows today.  It’s been on several times in the last month, so I am assuming feedback has been positive.  I’ve received emails from around the world from people who have seen it.  What a small world we live in!

Let me know what you think!


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iPhone 2.0 Update

iPHONE 3G

Since the 3G network isn’t available in Redding or Chico yet I have no reason to purchase the new phone, especially since Apple is making many of the new features available to existing iPhone users via a software update.

UPDATING MY iPHONE

Although it started off looking very promising, upgrading my iPhone to version 2.0 was quite a pain. I plugged my phone into my MacBook Pro and opened iTunes. When I was alerted that a new update was available I gave iTunes permission to download the software. After downloading the 225 MB file, the update was ready to install. All was going well at this point.

My troubles began when the phone restarted after the updated software was installed. Apparently, the phone has to be verified through iTunes. For more than an hour I kept receiving this message:

We could not complete your iTunes Store request.  An unknown error occurred (-4).  </p> <p>Ther was an error in the iTunes Store.  Please try again later.

iPhone 2.0 update error

My phone became an iBrick. I couldn’t make or receive calls or do anything with it other than to look at it and wish I was able to play with the new features.

Doing a google search, I discovered many other people have been having the same problem. Apple’s servers are simply overwhelmed with traffic. But from the reading I did, I learned that my update would finally complete itself if I just kept trying, so that’s what I did. Eventually, it worked.

The new features and “App Store” make that short hour of inconvenience well worth the wait. The first application I added was the Bible application from Lifechurch.tv. It offers 12 versions of the Bible in English (and 3 in spanish) at the touch of a button, has a “Daily Reader” feature and allows for easy search. I’m lovin’ it!

SCREENSHOTS

I was very happy to learn that the iPhone allows me to capture screenshots of whatever is on my screen by simply holding down the “home” button and pressing the power button at the top of the phone… so instead of telling you about the apps I’ve added so far I’ll simply post a few screenshots. Here’s what I have on my iPhone so far:

iPhone Screenshot #1

iPhone Screenshot

In the photo above you’ll see several different apps I’ve installed. The only one I paid for is Tetris. Tetris is a lot of fun. The Exposure app is great, too. With Exposure, you can access your Flickr photos, or those of your contacts. But what I REALLY like is the feature that allows you to find photos on Flickr that were taken near you. The iPhone determines your GPS location and then finds photos on Flickr that were taken nearby. It rocks!

Here is a look at a few of the top “free applications” available for iPhone:

iPhone Screenshot #3

And a look at a few of the top “paid apps” for iPhone:

iPhone Screenshot #4

I am SUCH a gadget geek, and am feeling on top of the world today with all of these new nifty “things” to play with. If you’re an iPhone user let me know what your favorite “apps” are so far. And check back, ’cause I might update this post or talk more about my faves in the comments section.


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A Fun Thing To Do With an iPhone

A little over a week ago I wrote about buying an iPhone. I haven’t regretted it. This phone is great!

Oftentimes when I’m out walking I’ll think of something I want to write about, but by the time I’m back home I’ve forgotten what it was. Yesterday I started using the Notes feature on my iPhone to write down the ideas that came to me. No big deal, but handy.

That’s definitely not what I want to tell you about. This is:

I started yet another blog! Yeah, I know, I know – I already have two blogs I write for, so why another? Because I’m not gonna do all that much “writing” to it! I’m just gonna play a bit and have fun with it.

I’m calling it Donny’s iPhone Photo Blog (go ahead, click that link – you know you wanna).

So how does it work?

I’m glad you asked ’cause I’m dyin’ to tell ya! I’m sure you’ve heard of Flickr, right? I’ve been using Flickr for the photos I post here for quite awhile now. I recently opened another account specifically for my iPhone. See, Flickr has this really cool feature where they give you an email address you can use to send your photos to them directly from your cell phone or the email client on your computer. But they take it a step further: they’ve made it so that a person can snap a photo on their cell phone, email it to Flickr, and have Flickr automatically post it to a blog. So that’s what I have set up.

I attended two different church services this morning. Both churches have high speed internet access available in the sanctuary. Why? I don’t know. But I love it. In the first service I couldn’t resist: I picked up my phone and took a photo of Kris Vallotton on stage. Then I emailed the photo to my Flickr account and it showed up on the page I just linked you to. The “subject” line of the email became the title of the blog entry. The text I wrote in the “body” of my email became the body of the blog entry. Fun!

A few days ago I was showing the iPhone to my friend Teresa. I pointed the camera toward her and she made some silly faces. After showing her the images that resulted we had the following conversation about one of them:

“Don’t show anyone that photo, Donny!”

“I won’t. I promise!”

So, everyone, do not click on this link. Or this one either. (hee hee) This one, however, is okay to click.

(Teresa, I told them NOT to click. You’re okay with that, right? 😉 )

This new iPhone-to-blog thing is just gonna be WAY TOO MUCH FUN. Check it out.


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Give In To Temptation? Decisions…Decisions…

I told myself I’d wait until Generation 2 at least. I told myself there was no reason to switch carriers or to spend the money right now.

I’d read article after article. I read review after review. I watched videos. Yeah, it looked really cool, but I could wait.

The local Cingular/AT&T store had a demo in stock.

“I’ll check it out, but just for fun,” I told myself.

I played with the phone for a good 20 minutes and then walked away, proud of myself for not purchasing one.

A few days went by. I couldn’t get it out of my head.

“I’ll just check and see how much of a credit deposit they want from me,” I told myself. “After all, I have really crappy credit after having the house foreclosed upon, 2 cars repo’d, and misc other credit problems. I’m sure the deposit will be HUGE. That will keep me away.”

It wasn’t as bad as I thought. But I walked away again, proud of myself for doing so.

The day before yesterday I succumbed to temptation. I couldn’t take it any longer: I had to have one!

I bought an iPhone.

It rocks!

(Wendy uses AT&T wireless, as does my best friend John. My calls to them are now free.  I have therefore saved myself some money, you see?!  At least that’s how I’m justifying this decision.)