Auburn Tigers Football vs Tennessee, Game 5 Photos

Auburn vs Tennessee 2008 at Jordan-Hare

This week Auburn seemed to be lucky to squeak out a win over an unranked 1-2 Tennessee team, but a win is a win, and 14-12 is a win.  The remaining games are not going to get much easier, and next week what would seem like an easy game now seems to be a tough conference game against an undefeated Vanderbilt team.  This week the game was played at 2:30 on CBS and was sunny and hot, but still made for a few good photo opportunities.  Below are some of my favorite from the game. The first shot above is a hand off to Ben Tate (#44).

Tommy Tuberville in Tiger Walk Auburn vs Tennessee 2008

Auburn vs Tennessee 2008 at Jordan-Hare

Auburn vs Tennessee 2008 at Jordan-Hare

Auburn vs Tennessee 2008 at Jordan-Hare

Auburn vs Tennessee 2008 at Jordan-Hare

If you have photos from the game I would love to see them… please post a comment below so we can take a look.  Hopefully there won’t be to many more really hot, full sun, games left, it should cool off down here sooner or later.  See you here next week for Vanderbilt.

Cindy Wall Honored as Auburn Flies Eagle vs Tennessee

eagle flying at the auburn football gameIt seems that every day since Cindy Wall [AU press release] died I have found out more and more about what a great person she was and how much she meant to so many people.  Yesterday there was a beautiful memorial service for Cindy at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Auburn where many people shared what an impact she had with the Auburn Athletics department and the Auburn students in general. Today during the Auburn vs Tennessee football game, Auburn University has said they are going to fly the traditional pre-game flight of either Nova or Spirit (sorry, don’t know which it is today), one of the eagles in the Auburn Raptor Center, in honor and memory of Cindy.

I don’t actually recall Auburn doing anything like this before but I am sure they have. Either way, it is a great show of how much Cindy meant to so many people at the Auburn Athletics department.  Below is an image from her celebration service at CUMC.  I will be at the game today and will post the images of the game later tonight (hopefully).  Let’s hope the Tigers fare better against Tennessee than they did against LSU last week.

Cindy Wall Memorial Celebration Service

Cindy Wall Honored in Auburn Football Game

[Update] The game yesterday was hot and loud but fun… the pregame did have a special memorial to Cindy Wall and the photo is posted below.  The stadium announcer did say the Auburn University eagle (Nova) was flying in her honor that day, and I took a quick photo of the AUHD sign as Nova flew.

Encounter Intensifies as Reality of Faith in a Savior is Made Real

Last night, Encounter was intense to say the least.  It was hard hitting truth and was very powerful.  I can’t speak for last year, but this week was probably the most intense gathering this year, and many students were moved by the events of the evening.  To me, it seemed like a very vertical night, lifting straight up to God the few hours of worship, study, and music.  It was that way with the photos I took last night as well.

For some reason I took a good percentage of vertical images last night and in keeping with the theme, all the images below are vertically oriented this time.  To see the entire shoot from last night please visit the Grace Campus Ministry with Encounter gallery [the full set of images should be uploaded by 12-1pm today].  On a side note, I did finally get to meet an online friend of mine, Stephen DeVries, who had just returned from a documentary trip to Haiti.  It was great to meet you Stephen, I hope we can get together again real soon.

So what made last night more intense than other nights?  I think it was just the atmosphere of the week.  Grace showed a moving video about a boy named Eliot (see Creative Chaos 28 // Dear Eliot Video, 99 Balloons, and Brave Parents), and half the people in the room were moved to tears.  After some scripture, Matt Dean (seen below) told the story and testimony of Cindy Wall who passed away on Wednesday.  Cindy worked in the Auburn Athletics department as a trainer for 17 years, and it wasn’t until Matt started telling the story again did I realize that some on campus probably knew who she was, but may not have known the whole story.  I took the image above of Matt speaking about her life’s most wonderful testimony.

Encounter Live from Auburn University

Encounter Live from Auburn University

Encounter Live from Auburn University

Encounter Live from Auburn University

Encounter Live from Auburn University

The image you see on the screen in the upper left was one I took the night of her baptism.  She has such pure joy on her face, and I had seen the photo many times before, yet it wasn’t until I looked at the image on the screen and heard the reaction from the students that it hit me.  She was here and gone in my life in a blink of an eye and her life was now a testimony of faith to these students, who were now grieving.

Life is not always fun and games (although I try to make it that way) and there are needed nights like this to show real examples of living faith, to students who may not have a direction or a faith in Jesus.  The difference in life and death, and the faith, hope, and love of Jesus could be found and felt last night.  It had nothing to do with the video, the photo, the music, or the people involved, but the presence of the Lord in the house.

Auburn Tigers Football vs LSU Game Photos

Auburn vs LSU Football 2008

What an exhausting weekend last Saturday was for many people, and a 16-21 loss makes it a bit longer.  I normally have this post up on the same night as the football game but with everything going on this week, this is as good as it gets this time.  The Auburn vs LSU game started very very early for me with ESPN Gameday and through to the final shots of the stadium as people left the game (see Fans Exit Jordan-Hare Stadium After a Long Day // Auburn 21 LSU 26). So here are some of the photos from the day.  You can view the full gallery of images from the Auburn vs LSU game on the Auburn vs LSU 2008 gallery.  Images are being loaded into that gallery right now and should have about 40 photos of the day later tonight.  For now, here are a few of my favorites.

Let’s hope that this week’s game against Tennessee goes better than LSU.  I will make a quick prediction that we will see some of Kodi Burns this week, but of course that is just a guess.  It was a real heartbreaking loss to LSU, and the first time the home team had lost that game since 1999.  It wasn’t from lack of trying, the guys played their hearts out as well, we just fell a few first downs short (among other things).  Hope you enjoy the photos.

Auburn vs LSU Football 2008

Auburn vs LSU Football 2008

Auburn vs LSU Football 2008

Auburn vs LSU Football 2008

Auburn vs LSU Football 2008

Auburn vs LSU Football 2008

Dear Eliot Video, 99 Balloons, and Brave Parents

Bryan Fillmer in Colorado

This is my post for Creative Chaos // 28 (see also guidelines) over at Ragamuffin Soul for this week (which isn’t published quite yet over there but will be soon). If you haven€™t participated in Creative Chaos yet there is always time to jump in.  It is a great tool to learn some of the new and innovative ways other churches and groups are being creative in their faith.  Even if you don€™t post, just reading through a few of them is a real eye opener of what is done around the country and world in worship.

I am a little late for this video, it has been going around the Internet as of late, but I thought there might be a few of my readers that hadn’t actually seen it yet.  I watched it again for about the fourth time as it was shown to the students at Auburn for Encounter last night.  It hit me again when talking to a friend of mine at Encounter before the music started when he asked me if I had a son?  How old is he, where does he live, what does he do.  Thanks for asking Matt, I do, his name is Bryan, and his son’s name is William and he just turned three years old a few days ago (HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIAM).

99 Balloons // Dear Eliot Video

The first time I watched 99 balloons was with my good friend b/ in the middle of a busy day when Jack posted about it on his blog.  I couldn’t really comprehend it’s worth at the time (although it did bring b/ to tears).  It has been that kind of week this week and this video really goes right along with the testimony of our friend Cindy Wall but told by a 3 month old baby born with a condition called Trisomy 18 called Eliot Hartman Mooney.  The name of the video is called 99 Balloons and is narrated by a father who marks off each day as it begins on video with “Dear Eliot”.

Bryan, William, and Sara Fillmer

I am using it for my creative chaos post because the parents of Eliot chose to show the world how much they love their son, in the most creative way, with a really cool video and some photos.  It reminded me of my son Bryan with his son William (shown above) who just turned three a few days ago.å  William is the coolest three year old in the world and I know if you ask his daddy he would tell you the same thing.

There is much joy in this video, especially shown through the parents, because the Lord was part of the parents life in a very meaningful way… but today, it is my creative chaos post.