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Happy New Year 2014!

1 Jan

Several years ago (on my Myspace blog, if you’re looking for a time stamp), I started what would become a yearly tradition for me.  At the beginning of every new year, I look back at movies that were released ten years prior.  At first, it was a way to get nostalgic and make myself feel old.  However, as time has gone on, I’ve really come to enjoy looking back at some of the more notable movies that have been around- either in the pop culture or in my head- for a full decade.  Just thinking about these movies in relation to one another makes me think back fondly to who I was as a person and as a movie watcher ten years ago.  Some movies that I only kind of liked have grown significantly in my head, while others that I really enjoyed have faded from my memory.  I saw a good number of these films with my girlfriend, who I asked to marry me ten years ago, shortly before I graduated from college.  It was ten years ago that I got a job at Blockbuster, right around the time that it made the official change from VHS to DVD and tried to implement its “No More Late Fees” policy to try to keep up with Netflix; of course, we now know how that turned out.

Indeed, 2004 was a significant year in my life and thinking back on the films that were important to me provides a nice framework with which to reflect on how far I have come in that time.  I would welcome you all to do the same.

Happy New Year!

The following movies are now ten years old:

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
DAWN OF THE DEAD
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
HELLBOY
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
KILL BILL VOL. 2
MEAN GIRLS
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
DODGEBALL
FAHRENHEIT 9/11
THE NOTEBOOK
SPIDER-MAN 2
ANCHORMAN
THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
GARDEN STATE
COLLATERAL
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR
SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
SAW
I HEART HUCKABEES
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE
SIDEWAYS
FINDING NEVERLAND
RAY
THE INCREDIBLES
THE POLAR EXPRESS
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
THE AVIATOR
THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU

Minisode 29: Home

24 Dec

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In this minisode, Tyler discusses the idea of home.

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Episode 88: with special guest Robert Hornak

11 Sep

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In this episode, Robert Hornak returns to discuss his life and faith.

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Minisode 19: Walking on Water

24 Jul

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In this minisode, Tyler discusses his experience with Leos Carax’s Holy Motors.

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Pray for Will & Angie Gray

3 Apr

Help Will Gray

20 Jan

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A few months ago, musician and friend-of-the-show Will Gray found that he had a tumor in his sinus, and that it was cancerous.  He has had surgery to remove the tumor in his sinus, but will be undergoing both chemotherapy and radiation.

The friends and family of Will and his wife, Angie, have come together to help them with meals, rides to the hospital, and financial assistance.  However, this is not going to be a quick process.

So, we at More Than One Lesson ask that you please donate to help Will and Angie.  They are insured, but Will is unable to work, so they need all the help they can get.  You can find out more by going to the website below.

Thank you.

CLICK HERE TO HELP WILL

Minisode 7: Ten Years

18 Apr

Tyler reflects on the life of his father.

Clarity in Waiting, by Tyler Gunstream

7 Feb

When I was in kindergarten, we were told to create a book and write about what we want to be when we grow up.  Based on my answer to this premise, I should have known that my career goals in my adult life would be all over the board.  In my book I explained that I wanted to be a cop, and if that didn’t work out I wanted to be the Karate Kid.  Ralph Macchio would have been so proud.

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Randy Edwards Memorial Message

15 Jan

In my testimony episode, I mentioned my former youth pastor, Randy Edwards, being instrumental in my coming to Christ. Shortly after that episode aired, Randy passed away of cancer. This video was played at his funeral.

My Problem of Pain, by Jim Rohner

1 Sep

What follows is a tale of love and loss, of wooing and woe, and of the God that has yet to speak on how He fits into it all.  It is long, intimate, melodramatic and at times, rambling, written, I suppose, as a type of catharsis for myself or for any other believer who, when it comes to the topic of romantic love, finds some truth and relation in the words of C.S. Lewis when he said:

“When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of ‘No answer.’ It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, ‘Peace, child; you don’t understand.’”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
- Jeremiah 29:11

On July 6th of this year, I was laid off from my job.  I’ll always remember that day because, contrary to the wisdom bestowed upon us by Office Space, I was let go on a Wednesday and told that my dismissal was immediate.  Without any job prospects, any real idea of what I wanted to do next, and without even an updated resume, any normal person in my situation would’ve probably been concerned with the situation.  I was now forced into facing the unenviable task of job searching without so much as the slightest inkling of career goals or a plan of attack to achieve them. [...]