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Communication & Marketing

Kids Correct Celebs’ Grammar

I love this concept ? a bunch of Brazilian kids correcting grammar and spelling in celebrity tweets. [tentblogger-youtube 2gEb-4r2Rug]

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Creative

The Monster Under the Bed

I was a scared kid. I can admit it. I needed a Speed Racer night light to sleep. I turned on the AM radio just to block out the random noises from my parent?s old house. If I woke from a bad dream I would lay awake frozen in fear until I fell back asleep. […]

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Creative

Reaching the Inner Child

My neighbor, Anna, lived across the street and down a little ways on the lake in our neighborhood. Between go-kart races around our suburban streets, all the neighborhood kids would spend a lot of time at Anna’s house ? catching fish, playing on her jungle gym, building forts and booby traps in the vacant lot […]

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Creative

Beyond Eye Candy

I commissioned an icon of St. Joseph for my wife this past Christmas. I had to go through a lengthy process of finding an iconographer, deciding on a subject, and determining the aesthetic. Icons, after all, have a particular style. But woven within that style is a deep meaning in every color and line. The […]

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Creative

Imagining Visual Worship

?No one?s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it? What God has arranged for those who love Him.? – 1 Corinthians 2:9 We Have No Idea Imagine being given a glimpse of the Age to come. Go ahead…imagine! My reaction would probably be something like Jodie […]

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Worship

The Worship Bully

Lift it up! Sing it out! Raise your hands! Get your praise on! Sometime worship leading can sound less like encouragement and more like jazzercise. Worship leaders, I get it. I completely understand.?You want nothing more than for your congregation to revel in and drink deeply of the blessings God has for them in worship. […]

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Worship

Story Time!

One of my least favorite things about being a part of a worship gathering is when a lead worshipper tries to tell a story that tanks. The story is undeveloped. It’s ?on the fly?. It doesn?t connect to anything. Even worse, the story is overly emotional. The only thing that tops this uncomfortable feeling is […]

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Leadership

Growing Pains

The pain of growing in leadership is like riding a bike into the wind. I know this because I ride a bike. Not a Harley motorcycle type of bike. Think less leather jacket and more tight shorts. Mental snapshot taken? You’re welcome. When I?m riding into the wind, I am anxiously anticipating the moment when […]

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Leadership

Where a Kid Can Be a Kid

Let’s take it back to 2007. Good ole “W” was still rocking the White House, the iPhone was first introduced to us, Jason Bourne was in his Ultimatum state; both the world economy and The Office?were in good standing. It was a beautiful time. Me? I had just begun working as a church musician, doing […]

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Technology

Playing Pretend

Looking back on my childhood I should have been able to pinpoint my profession. There was always something I was building or taking apart. I usually took apart some toy that I had wanted ? dismantling it to make some?kind of non-functioning imaginary device. A small jewelry box, the tops to mechanical pencils, and colored […]

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Technology

Where the Wild Things Are

It?s been said that church technical artists are damage control. We find ways to implement any and all ideas dreamed up by pastors, creative directors, worship leaders, and anyone else who wanders by. Often, we don?t get a lot of notice before having to implement these ideas, which leads to a certain amount of chaos. […]

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Communication & Marketing Social Media

What Happens When the Hype Runs Out?

?What if nobody cares?? This is the question that keeps every communicator up at night. It?s especially troubling if you?re at a church where dozens of ministries are competing for the same captive audience every week. Your initially civil bulletin, website, and Facebook page have the potential to turn into a cage fight for attention […]

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Communication & Marketing Social Media

Choosing Simplicity

I?d like to think I?m not a church newbie. Although I didn?t grow up in the church, I?ve been pretty involved in several local churches over the past eight years. I know most of the churchy lingo and am sometimes guilty of using it myself ? guilty of foregoing simplicity for Christianese. So I was […]