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Creative

Creating Healthy Boundaries

When I first read Boundaries, that now-classic relational handbook by Cloud and Townsend rocked my world. As a full-time worship pastor, I remember reading that the most basic boundary-setting word was ?no?. More importantly, I remember the distinct feeling that God was giving me the beautiful freedom to say it. So much of my life […]

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Creative

Non-Political Brainstorming

We enter the room for the brainstorming meeting. We know there?s an expectation to be our creative best and deliver amazing ideas?because we are a “creative person”. We feel the insecurity of actually sharing those ideas?what if they get rejected? What if people think the ideas are cheesy? What if I?m a fraud? Worse, what […]

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Creative

Tools Don’t Make the Designer

From washing machines to Photoshop to map applications, we have tools for everything and anything we need to do during the day. Breathing, eating and sleeping ? I?m sure you can find an app for that too. Tools in every form are such a big part of our lives. Sometimes we become numb to them […]

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Creative

Breaching Simplicity

Subtlety and simplicity are wonderful things. Or so I?ve heard. I don?t really use either of them. As a designer, I get paid to ?make it pop?. I don?t always understand what that means, so to compensate for my ignorance, I pummel your senses with color and light and texture and drop shadows. This is […]

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Worship

Between Congregation, Band, and God

Honest worship of the one true God is not the natural state of human behavior. Our normal course of activity doesn’t lead us to approach the Lord and respond in worship. Our typical behavior does not lend itself, primarily, to praise God. In a way there are too many barriers between us and our worship […]

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Worship

Removing Boundaries from Worship

“This song is going to melt people’s faces off…in worship.” I may have never said that out loud when I led worship, but I sure felt it. There was always some new song, some new arrangement, something that would change the congregation’s lives forever. They would finally know what it’s like to worship at the […]

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Worship

Worship Album Reviews

Jared Anderson – The Narrow Road When I like an artist, I get legitimately scared that I?ll be disappointed with their new albums. I?ve always loved Jared Anderson?s music. And I can say I definitely wasn?t disappointed. The album can drag a bit at times ? specifically between tracks 7 and 10. But it?has so […]

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Leadership

Empowering Creative Voices

This past month, I got to be part of the Echo Conference ? a wonderful group of people who desire to see the Church emulate the heart of the Creator as we gathered to worship. This year, I noticed a consistent thread that seems to have far reaching implications into every aspect of church life […]

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Leadership

A Culture of Responsibility

“A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make.” – Denis Waitley, author and coach You could find the following scenario in churches all across […]

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Technology

Never Say No

It was a beautiful December afternoon. The church office was quiet as the leadership team was out doing some strategic planning. It was a chance for Steve to finish his pile of To-Dos. He’d already finished up the video intro for the weekend services, the stage plots for the setup team, and had ProPresenter loaded […]

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Technology

A Tech’s Boundaries

It seems like tech workers in the local church talk quite a bit about boundaries.?Mostly that someone is always breaking them for you.?Unfortunately, many of us are our own worst enemy when it comes to making and breaking boundaries. I had a co-worker who was single. He also worked 80 hours a week ? which […]

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Communication & Marketing

When Viral Communication Goes Bad

Dan Cathy didn’t set out to start controversy. He answered a question from Ken Coleman regarding a previous interview with the Baptist Press’s Allan Blume and, well, you know the rest. “Guilty as charged,” became a rallying cry protest of Cathy, Chick-fil-A, and traditional, conservative marriage values. But what can all this clucking about a […]

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Communication & Marketing

The Volunteer Communication Gap

With tears in her eyes and a quiver in her voice, she pleaded for my help. Sally was new to our church and was desperately trying to find her place. She had moved to Nashville all alone ? not knowing a single person ? to pursue her dream job for a company that abruptly downsized […]