What God is Doing in Holywood – 4/3/19

Shalom Holywood!
As always, we are happy to be back with the good news!

Today’s post is going to be a little bit unique. Rather than talk about celebrity news or big action-packed blockbuster tabloid scoops, we are going to simply pray in each tradition’s own unique way for justice.

The essence of God’s love is felt and understood through charity. Therefore, we are going to dedicate this post to prayers for justice.

Here’s a visual to support the promises of God to help those in need of justice from the three major monotheistic faiths.



Surat An-Nisa 4:40 – “Indeed, Allah (does) no injustice (as much as) weight (of) an atom. And if there is a good He doubles it and gives from near Him a reward great.

Surat An-Nisa 4: 135 – “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.”

You can find a t-shirt that we’ve just made of this art, created by artist Robert Harkness, @ Hear T-Shirt. Please support us and pick one up!

Lastly is a whole series of quotations from the Psalms and a worship album by Radiance International titled Radiant.

I’ve included the artwork for the non-profit “Justice Speaks” to accompany the quotes on justice. Justice Speaks is having its gala event in Beverly Hills soon on April 6th. It works on behalf of oppressed and trafficked women all over the world.

Psalms of Justice to Turn Hollywood into Holywood

Psalm 9: 9 “The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

Psalm 10:16-18 “The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations have perished out of His land. Lord, you have heard the desire of the humble. You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more.”

Psalm 12: 5 “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”

Psalms 68: 4-6 “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name Yah, and rejoice before Him. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity…”

Psalm 72: 1-2, 4 “Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.”

Psalm 79: 11 “Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; according to the greatness of Your power preserve those who are appointed to die.”

Psalm 82: 1-4 “God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.”

Psalm 86: 1-5 “Bow down your ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; Save your servant who trusts in You! Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I cry to You all day long. Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you.”
Psalm 103: 6 “The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.”

Psalm 107: 41-42 “Yet He sets the poor on high, far from afflictions, and makes their families like a flock. The righteous see it and rejoice, and all iniquity stops its mouth.”
Psalm 113: 4-8 “The Lord is high above the nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens in the earth?”

Psalm 140: 12 “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted and justice for the poor.”

Psalm 145: 8-9 “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”

Psalm 146: 7-9 “(The Lord) Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down.”

This is all, truly, the good news of Holywood. What’s our prayer?

God of creation, Lord of heaven and earth, purveyor and King of justice, hastily come to the aid of those who are crying out for you today, tonight, impoverished and suffering from injustice. Wield your sword and hack off chains that are binding the arms, legs, and hands of those who are meant to be free. Take the veil off of the eyes of those who are oppressing them. Remove hearts of greed, lust, and control that are bringing these injustices to the city of Los Angeles and, specifically, Hollywood and replace them with hearts for you, oh God, above all else.

We thank you that you have a listening ear that never stops hearing the desires and needs of those who turn to seek your face. Come speedily and break them out of prison, comfort them with words of wisdom and peace, lift them up from the dirt and mud and clean them off and set them next to your throne with power to wield authority over their lives to do good and to speak truth in love.

Wipe away the slates and pasts of the many who have made grave mistakes. Give them confidence and understanding that you are a forgiving and a merciful God that is slow to wrath and quick to console and bless.

Let justice and equality rain over Hollywood and break any droughts of spiritual rain that is meant for this time, this season, on the lives of certain individuals, families, faith-organizations, creative artists and collectives, and unleash your favor and prosperity over them for the purpose of healing and making holy this land. Unify those who are seeking to do good and to amplify justice and confuse and scatter the organizations and bodies that are intent on doing evil.

For those who pray in Jesus’ name, we pray in Jesus name. For those who do not, we pray in the demonstrations and actions that embody the being of Christ and the lives and ministries that reflect the motives and intentions worthy of the Messiah.


What God is Doing in Holywood – 2/6/18

Good morning, Holywood!
As always, there are some great things happening in the Kingdom of God and we are really happy to be able to share them with you today. We’re going to be looking at a few articles here that cover the most widely observed “Christian celebrities” out there right now. Now, we’re not doing this to try to idolize or increase the stress of personality on them, but rather to keep them in our heart of prayer. It has recently been talked about in the Body of Christ that God is definitely doing a “new thing” on earth with his Church and his People. Here is a breakdown of what this is and why it is important to our work in reporting on Holywood.

Traditionally, there have been Church pastors, Church apostles, Church preachers, Church prophets, Church teachers, etc. that the body of Christ has reported on. This is done through wonderful sites such as Christianity Today, the Christian Broadcast Network, Charisma News, and others. However, there has recently been discussion about God doing a new thing as in Acts Chapter 6. Let’s take a quick look at that Scripture:

“And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6: 2-4, ESV). That’s for the traditional Bible readers.

We’ll also examine the Message Translation,

“It wouldn’t be right for us to abandon our responsibilities for preaching and teaching the word of God to help with the care of the poor. So, friends, choose seven men from among you whom everyone trusts, men full of the Holy Spirit and good sense, and we’ll assign them this task. Meanwhile, we’ll stick to our assigned tasks of prayer and speaking God’s Word!”

This is happening right now! The traditional teachers, wonderful men like John Piper, John McArthur, T.D. Jakes, Bill Johnson, Francis Chan, and many others, are focused on the flock, focused on the Church and, in the times we are living, very rightly engaged in prayer and speaking God’s word!

However, there is a new function developing in the body of Christ and, for the sake of practicality, we will call it Kingdom Ministry. The Kingdom Ministry is not about supporting the existing Church and its population, but rather bringing the gospel in full force to the many people who are outside of the Church walls and yet still poor in spirit (wiling to receive the teachings of Christ). In this way, we can actually see – most clearly – that God is doing this in a huge way through Christian actors, musicians, and artists that have gained experience and wisdom from Hollywood. Most importantly, these individuals do not avoid or ignore the existing structure of the Church, but participate and reference as is helpful and appropriate.

This will lead to nothing less than exactly what it did in the early Church, “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient in the faith” (Acts 6: 7).

Very briefly, we will look at the concept of priesthood in a post-modern and, dare we say, post-Christian world. Levitical priesthood was focused on two main things: care for the tabernacle (later the temple as described in Numbers 1: 48:53)  while the New Covenant priests would become the living temple of God (I Corinthians 3: 16-17). Many scriptures could be used to support this idea, but let it suffice to say that in Christ Jesus all believers are made kings and priests and now have the power to worship in the presence of the Lord wherever they go – including into places sometimes thought of as “unholy” and “evil” by the larger Church community. One last scripture from Isaiah clarifies the type of heart and character these priests should have (in addition to having the character and heart of Christ, of course), “He who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66: 2).

These are the new priests that God is calling up out of the entertainment spheres of Hollywood and we will get to look at good news from three of them today – very exciting! In the not so distant future, we will also begin to look at examples of the way that God is raising up Kings for Holywood out of the marketplaces of technology and business. But we’ll wait a little while longer before we add that into the mix.

With that said, let’s look at the good news from Chris Pratt, Justin and Hailey Bieber, and Stephen Baldwin.

This video from the Late Show provides excellent detail to this new thing God is doing. The conversation between Chris Pratt and Stephen Colbert shows, very clearly, the three elements previously described: care for the tabernacle, being a living temple of God, and being humble and unashamed of God’s word. Watch this video, “Chris Pratt discusses the Daniel Fast” and at around 3:48 when Stephen Colbert first mentions “The Daniel Fast.” What’s so beautiful in watching this clip is realizing that Mr. Pratt is quite self-aware that he is discussing the Bible and a religious teaching, but he is able to do it in a way that still seems very attractive to people who would otherwise stay away from religion.

Chris also takes a quote from Church pastor and teacher Christine Cane in her sermon, “Be the Light in the Darkness.” The quote is, “If the spotlight that is shining on you is brighter than the light that comes from within you, it will kill you.” Chris later specified the source of the quote on his twitter the next day, “That’s it! Christine Cane…

Christine Cane’s video containing the sermon this quote is from has about 3,000 views while the Chris Pratt interview has over 150,000. The point here is not who can get more hits, but how the message that God wants to communicate is getting to everyone who should hear it regardless of religious identification. As the beautiful comments under the Late Show video shows, atheists and secularists are standing up for Chris Pratt’s right to share his faith against other people who are criticizing him for it. It is bringing the gospel not in a supernatural way, but in a very down to earth and natural way that relates to people who are not religious or self-identifying believers in Christ. This is the purpose and power of the Kingdom which is different then the purpose and power of the Church.  They work beautifully together.

The next is Justin and Hailey Bieber’s cover article from Vogue Magazine, “Justin and Hailey.” This is another perfect example of the Acts 6 paradigm. Here we have two Christians under the age of 30 who are watched and beloved by, literally, millions upon millions on the face of the earth. They are not in careers that involve preaching or teaching The Bible to others, but they clearly study the teachings of Jesus and of Scripture while also modeling and singing. This is the epitome of saltiness in our world today. Literally.

And so when the article mentions two main pastors, Judah Smith and Carl Lentz, it is doing justice to the goodness of God within the Church, also. In fact, a quick on-line search of both pastors lead directly to information about their Church rather than about them personally. This is important in driving people to faith rather than to personality. And it is also integral to the Acts 6 model – the good works that serve the poor [in spirit] by Justin and Hailey in their opening up about their marriage glorifies God, uplifts Jesus, and also points people to the Church which will, inevitably, grow the Church. Do we see how this is working? It is incredible!

As a side note, while writing this I searched Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” on YouTube because it is mentioned in the vogue article and what is fascinating is after one Justin Bieber song plays, the rest of the follow up tracks are all worship music from Bethel and Hillsong Churches. This is without searching any Church or religion related material into YouTube, yet the streams are all connected! “By their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20).

In a time where Christian-faith is being more and more connected to politics (unfortunately or not unfortunately depending on how you see it) there is also a whole stream and connection happening between Christianity and art and entertainment. This is very important for the growth of the Church.

And speaking of Church growth, our last piece of news is connected to Hailey Bieber’s (formerly Baldwin) dad, Stephen Baldwin and his new film, “The Least of These.” This movie is incredibly timely – one reason is because India is now, for the first time in recent history, one of the top ten most dangerous places to practice the Christian Faith according to Open Doors USA. But just as important in the news is a recent Barna survey that shows that “Almost Half of Practicing Christians Believe Evangelism is Wrong.” The plot of the movie deals with a law in India that banned any form of proselytizing or converting to Christianity and an Australian pastor, Graham Staines played by Stephen Baldwin, who dares to preach the gospel to the most vulnerable and detested in Indian society, lepers. The movie comes at a time when Church growth in India is threatened by murder, rape, and coordinated attacks all across the nation. A closer look at this issue can be found in this article in the UK magazine Express titled, “Christianity Crackdown.” Having a cinematic portrayal of missionary history abroad is important for Christians living in America where comfort and religious freedom have seemed to bred not only a lack of urgency in sharing the gospel, but a disdain for it!


This is a link to an Interview with Pastor Staines’ wife Gladys who tells how her husband and two sons were burnt alive for the missionary work done in India.

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Never have we here at the Holywood Blog felt more convicted that God’s plan is at work. We are hopeful that there will continue to be incredible growth in the Church and that every time we post here, we are making a difference in hastening the development of God’s Kingdom on earth.

Bless you all – let’s close it out with a prayer.

Father, we thank you that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church. We thank you that no force on earth can stop your plan, your will, and your glory from breaking through wherever you intend. Thank you for the evangelists, prophets, apostles, pastors, and teachers of the Church, the organized structure of Jesus’ life and love being used to communicate the gospel of his crucifixion, resurrection, and salvation to all the earth. We also thank you for the new generation of Kingdom evangelists, prophets, apostles, pastors, and teachers who are being used in creative ways to communicate the good news of Christ to the world and to help shine your light in a way that brings them into the larger Christian fold. We play for all of the hurting people scouring the internet for peace and truth and that you would use media, music, and cinema and other forms of art  to speak directly to them and bring them consolation and purpose. You are at work and we joyfully acknowledge and praise the work that you are doing. Thank you, Jesus!!! We bless all of those who you have called and anointed for priesthood and ask you to increase the unction of authority, wisdom, and revelation over them. Strengthen the bonds of Christian marriage and bless the children who are just coming into the world. Keep us all from the evil one and purify these streams of media to become living water directly from the heart and belly of Christ. Amen.







What do Holywood and Inglewood have in common?

Inglewood has a fascinating history. It was started as a Spanish land-grant that was later used to ship wheat and barley through the Playa Del Rey Wharf by Daniel Freeman, a Canadian. This brought the development of a massive train and transport infrastructure which allowed for a poultry economy to dominate Inglewood in the early 1900’s. It was incorporated officially as a city in 1908 and its air age began after a boom in the 1920s which led to the establishment of LAX. The 1930’s gained its “Champion” title as runners for the 1932 Olympics passed through Inglewood, several Inglewood high school athletes winning medals that year. In the 1960’s the “World-Famous Forum” held games played by both The Lakers and The Kings – although no sports teams are currently playing in the city. This, of course, will change in 2020 when the Football stadium plans to feature both the LA Rams and the LA Chargers.

So what does this have to do with Holywood? Isn’t Holywood only about Hollywood and entertainment? No.

Holywood is a state of mind. Holywood is a holy focus. Holywood is pure, uplifted consciousness on a corporate scale. Holywood is an elevated collective, a community that knows its Christ-centered identity and God-given purpose.

This Kanye West track, “Champion” is great. Every one of the words of that song can be applied to the beautiful city of Inglewood – and anywhere that aspires to be a place of “Holywood.”

We have received message for several years now that Inglewood will play a very important role in world missions and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is one of the last remaining African-American communities in Southern California and it is full of people of faith and love. In this way, Inglewood is Holywood.

We are committing to seeing young people in the city of Inglewood embrace the call to world missions and to traveling around the world to bring glory to God and to share the gospel with people from Asia, Europe, and even the continent of Africa!

Please pray for us as we continue to do ministry in the city. Here is a picture that I took yesterday with a homeless man who I met as well as a minister who used to be on the streets and now works to bring the gospel to people in the South LA community.


This man was very concerned for his friend who was threatening to commit suicide so I stopped to talk and pray with him. He was so grateful that he gave me some gifts after we were done. It is moments like these that I deeply treasure – and every conversation, every interaction, every engagement motivated by the Holy Spirit of love is a step closer to the realization of Holywood.

Stay tuned for more information about our Inglewood Revival event schedule for August 11th (benefit concert) and the day of preaching and teaching on August 12th!

God bless you and thank you for your prayers!



Welcome to Holywood!

When is the last time you watched a movie? Or a television show? Or caught ear of an advertisement on your smart phone or tablet while watching a digital content streaming platform? All of these creations come from Hollywood, California (and its surrounding regions).

Any native of Los Angeles and the Hollywood region will gladly tell you that things are different here. There are, what could be called, energy portals that are here in the city of Angels unlike any other. These portals, if understood and harnessed correctly, have the power to change culture in radical ways.

This blog is for anyone who wants to shift culture into the Light. It is written from a Christian perspective with hope that all Light seekers and doers will unite with Christ.

Holywood is a term used to describe a land of holiness. its chief purpose is to broadcast around the world art & science which glorifies the God of Israel with moral and spiritual excellence and defies materialistic and defiling messages and media.

This is Holywood. Holywood will be again revealed to be as it was over a hundred and twenty years ago at its inception only as there is a hunger and desire and an understood need for a radical change away from the status quo to something more – well – holy.

Thanks for your interest. There is much, much more to come!