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Creative

The Foolishness of Art

There?s an improv game called Blind Freeze. It goes like this: Actors line up at the back of the stage. Two players step out and improvise a scene while one of the other players has his back to the scene. At some point, one of the actors from the ensemble will yell, ?Freeze!? The improvisors […]

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Creative

Learning from Fools

I?ve been called an idiot. But there?s something about the word ?fool? that feels harsher. To me, it sounds like a word that you save for those who belong in an upper tier of stupidity ? people that you might even think are a little crazy. But as history has shown us, people who were […]

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Creative

Tricking the Eyes

As designers in the church, is it our job to trick people’s eyes with beauty? Is that what we are ? layout magicians? ?Federal agents don?t learn to spot counterfeit money by studying the counterfeits. They study genuine bills until they master the look of the real thing. Then when they see the bogus money […]

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Creative

Working Backwards

Brainstorming sessions can be amazing. People can bring ideas based on their own life experiences. Ideas can be batted around in a safe environment ? building and escalating until it seems like the heavens part and doves descend. But there?s also another type of brainstorming session. One that makes my hands sweat. I don?t like […]

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Worship

Tricking People Into Worshiping

Ok, so you may already be offended at the title of this article. So was I when I began to write it. But let’s first stop and examine several of God’s biggest and sneakiest tricks on us, then develop our hypothesis. Firstly, consider His lovingkindness and goodness?which defies human logic?luring us into repentance quite unexpectedly. […]

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Worship

When You’re Out of the Picture

I?m sure mine is not the only church with a running joke about staff only having to work one day a week. Worship pastors get to take this to the next level when we say, ?And all I have to do is play guitar!? If only this were true. Worship leaders are passionate about leading. […]

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Leadership

Rookie Mistakes

Remember the first day on the job? You arrived early, butterflies running sprints in your belly, excitement in the air, and the belief that anything is possible. Being a rookie is not only awesome, it?s filled with potentially disastrous land mines. If only there was a manual for how to navigate the ?new? parts of […]

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Worship

Album Reviews

Passion ? Let The Future Begin Although I?m in love with the Passion Conference, I?m actually pretty disappointed by this album. Five of the fourteen songs are sung by Chris Tomlin, while another four are sung by Kristian Stanfill. Every other artist featured only gets one song on the latest release. Additionally, this album seems […]

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Leadership

Ignoring the Squeaky Wheel

Let’s be honest, when it comes to church culture, the idea that it’s possible to initiate changes that please everyone in our congregations is a pipe dream. I mean really, if anyone could have done it it would have been Jesus and we all know what they did to him. The fact is, making changes […]

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Technology

Tech as Part of the Story

Two guys walk into a Starbucks. They grab their coffee and sit down. One pulls out a book to read and flips to the first page. The second guy pulls out a tablet and quickly loads up the first page of the book. Question: which version communicates the message better? Exactly…they both communicate just as […]

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Technology

Stop Work and Spend Time with Your Volunteers

As the technical complexity of church production has increased over the last two decades, the need for a qualified Technical Director (TD) or possibly even an entire group of qualified technicians has become important in many churches. While most churches don?t have a full time tech staff, let alone a paid TD, most of those […]

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Communication & Marketing

Thinking from the Outside In

There he was, sitting just an arm’s length away. More precisely, the stranger was slumped over in the chair directly in front of me, sobbing uncontrollably. Tears, heaving sobs, snot bubbles. The works. He was, as they say, a hot mess. I could feel my discomfort level rising by the millisecond. Thoughts began to rush […]

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Communication & Marketing

Communications and Volunteers

Do you remember that game, Telephone, you used to play as a kid? You’d line up a bunch of friends, then the person in front would whisper a short phrase to the person next to them. That would continue on down the line until it reached the last person in the chain. They’d announce what […]