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Creative

The War Against Your Art

Make no mistake. This art thing is a war. When we artists attempt to make visible an invisible God so the world sees the Great Unseen, please know there is a very real Enemy who will throw some crazy stuff in our direction. He does this in a variety of ways. But for me, it […]

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Creative

A Cliffhanger Ending

The end. When it comes to programming a service we tend to work really hard to find a tidy little bow that we can use to bring each week to a conclusion. Culturally, we love pretty little bows. I like them as well. We like the idea that God is going to help with our […]

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Creative

War, Propaganda, and Art

As history has shown us, people?s mindsets can and have been swayed through the use of art as a cultural agent of change. Specifically in times of war, countries have used art and designed propaganda to bolster support for a their cause. If you live in the United States you?ve probably seen a few wartime […]

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Creative

Telling Stories with Art

And on the first day God made everything perfect, the end. Then the good guy killed the bad guy on his first try, the end. They quickly and easily got everything they ever wanted without much effort, the end. And then everything went perfectly according to plan, the end. We all look at these one […]

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Worship

Becoming an Instrument of Peace

St. Francis famously prayed, ?Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.? Prominent in the biblical concept of peace is the Hebrew word shalom ? a peace that goes beyond the absence of conflict to experiencing life and relationship ?as it should be,? in wholeness and complete wellbeing. It?s the kind of perfect peace, the […]

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Worship

Fighting for Purpose

?When I see Your grace, there?s not a thing that I would change. ?Cuz God You?re amazing, just the way You are.? Are my ears fooling me? Or is that church doing a modified cover of Bruno Mars? ?Just the Way You Are? as a worship song? No. My ears are correct. That just happened. […]

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Leadership

Dealing with Adversaries

Do you ever feel like you?re a magnet for naysayers? It doesn?t matter how well a Sunday service goes or how effective your latest ministry event was, there always seems to be at least one critic who has questions or complaints. In fact, you probably can instantly create a mental list of the people who […]

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Leadership

Evaluation in the War Room

Before you step into your next weekend evaluation meeting, there?s something everyone in that room needs to know: war is about to break out. I don’t mean a war between the lead pastor and the worship leader over that awkward transition after the last song. I mean an all out war for your creative team’s […]

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Technology

Hiding in the Trenches

We have our weeks where things go great and we have weeks where things go…not so great. There are a number of feelings and emotions that come into play once something happens and they differ from person to person and from team to team. But, one thing?s for sure, we can?t just hide in the […]

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Technology

Yoda, Miyagi, and Shiny New Cars

?Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.? ? Benjamin Franklin It?s safe to say shiny things grab our attention. They draw us in far more than the battered and tattered. But it?s important, as church leaders, we don?t get drawn to the shiny new cars and […]

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Communication & Marketing

The War of Promotion

Last year, I saw the movie Battleship. I had been hearing about it for months through tons of advertisements and decided it looked like it was worth the price of a movie ticket. I was wrong. The movie was too long, the storyline was all over the place, and the acting was horrible. This big-budget […]

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Communication & Marketing Social Media

Building a Tribe

The landscape of church communication has shifted dramatically in the last decade. Before, if your church wanted to communicate something, it was almost always in print. Today, there’s literally an entire (digital) world of options to choose from when it comes to communicating to your congregation and broader community. In many ways, if you’re charged […]