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Communication & Marketing

Fun Projection Art

I love this fun projection art installation. Boxes, people, and making you feel like a giant. [tentblogger-vimeo 64225728]

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Creative

Art and Light

?The world is not accidental – there is a designer. And the divine voice speaks to us through the physical world.? – Juliette Aristides When it comes to the connection between art and the church, there seems to be a misunderstanding. Taking a step back we can see that it was God who first appointed […]

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Creative

A Light Within

As I?ve been interviewing and talking to creatives the last few months, one of the questions I ask is for them to lay out their creative process. There are many things I?m looking at as they explain to me how they accomplish creating something; one of those things is how personal they make their work. […]

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Creative

Light and Darkness

Jesus wept. For nearly all my life, I’ve been confounded by this notion: God’s perfect choice to feel as Man feels, the crushing grief of losing a friend, and the struggle of simultaneously knowing eternal hope and temporal despair. Why would divinity choose to weep? What, within all infinite understanding, leads one willingly to suffer? […]

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Creative

Art that Moves

Every artist wants to make something beautiful and alive, but sometimes our creative attempts feel more like a horde of the undead, locked in the twilight realm between amazing and meh. Deadlines pile up and the stress starts to suck out every last drop of creativity, until the teat finally runs dry. Too often the […]

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Worship

Lightening Worship

“All truth is in tension,” observed the Dean of my college (Ken Malmin) as he expounded upon Old Testament principle observation. And it’s really true ? the Scriptures are rife with balancing tensions that appear as contradictions, yet when they are examined and held against one another, actually appear as ropes that hold upright the […]

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Worship

Album Reviews

All Sons & Daughters – Live The folk worship duo, All Sons & Daughters, broke into the worship music scene in 2011 with their first EP, Brokenness Aside. Since then, they?ve become a seeming overnight success, signing with Integrity Music and touring with Chris Tomlin. After a full length album and three EPs, the Tennessee […]

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Leadership

Lighting the Way

I have a small Ikea-style nightstand next to my bed that has a number of items on it ? including an alarm clock, lamp, picture frame, books, a pen, and a flashlight. Strangely enough, I use one item more than the others, the flashlight. I started thinking about the use of light in my house. […]

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Leadership

The Volunteer Bodyguard

While leading in creative arts ministry for 28 years, there?s one thing I?ve learned: there will always be critics. It can?t be escaped. I wish it could. I would honestly prefer an environment where my staff and volunteers would be free from the stings of criticism. But as long as there is human life, criticism […]

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Technology

Bright Side

Having spent 13+ years in ministry, I?ve experienced many of my personal highest highs and lowest lows there. Sadly, over the last two plus years visiting churches across the US, I?ve found that many Technical Leaders are in a season of low points.? Many are tired, beat up, and have families who are tired of […]

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Technology

Creatives and Techs

Overstatement alert: There are two types of tech people: ones that know how the gear works, and those who know how to work the gear. Here?s what I mean.?Some tech people are amazing at understanding the inner workings of the equipment that most of our churches are using.?Sound boards.?Lighting consoles.?Video switchers.?They can take it apart, […]

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Communication & Marketing

Obscuring and Illuminating

Last week our Communications team met with leaders from most of the ministries at our church. After a dozen meetings covering the individual goals and calendars of 16 distinct ministries, I found myself overwhelmed by two realities: First, God is doing a lot of amazing things in and through the people of Irving Bible Church. […]

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Communication & Marketing

Marketing Through Stories

What does your church have to offer? What is your product? Is it the events ? worship experiences, classes, seminars, small groups? The resources ? messages, books, videos? What are you really selling? What do people want and need from your church? Our church?s website is more than 5 years old. It?s ancient and due […]