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Creative

Creating Space

My wife always tells me that I walk too fast. Others have told me they?can tell I?m ?on a mission? when they see me going somewhere. I just?like to say that I walk with a purpose. I know where I?m going next and?I want to get there as fast as I can. As artists, we […]

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Creative

The Challenger

There’s a YouTube video that people in my church will often email to me. You’ve probably gotten it, too.?The email subject lines are always something like “This is amazing!” or “We’ve gotta show this in church!” The video is of a guy?named?Wintley Phipps who explains how almost all Negro spirituals are built on the black […]

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Creative Social Media

Seeing Through the Space Junk

I woke up at 4am today. I didn?t mean to, but my brain got a jumpstart on worrying about how I was going to get everything done. There was that really important thing I thought of right before I fell asleep that I told myself I?d remember in the morning; I didn?t. There?s a stack […]

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Creative

Captain’s Log

?That?s it, I can?t design anymore. I?m going to start a lawn mowing business.? As soon as I read this message, I knew my friend was having a rough day. I?ve had those kind of days, where everything is turning out the color ?meh? and deadlines are staring me down. All those practices like going […]

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Social Media Worship

Alien Language in Worship

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day and I saw a picture of a church service. It was your typical worship moment, but something this time struck me as being excessively odd. It was a stage with your typical worship band. There was a giant screen behind them with motion backgrounds and […]

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Worship

Time Travel

Over the years, I?ve had the opportunity to lead worship for numerous events outside of my regular church role. Most of these settings involve a gathering of people from different churches, traditions, and generations. Whether it?s a weekend conference or a week-long camp, I am always acutely aware of the challenge of quickly drawing together […]

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Leadership

Dealing with Immaturity

When I get exasperated, I ramble. This particular day I was rambling to my counselor about the frustration I was feeling with my own growth challenges. After patiently waiting for me to finish my blathering, she shared a concept that I had never considered ? emotional maturity doesn?t necessarily parallel our physical maturity. Perhaps that […]

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Leadership

Crossing Your Fingers

When conducting an experiment, trying is the important thing. It is okay to fail as long as you keep trying. – Mr. Rzykruski Mr. Rzykruski is a Disney character in Frankenweenie. As an elementary science teacher, he serves as a mentor and inspiration to the main character, Victor. And Mr. Rxykruski is correct: The truth […]

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Technology

Starting from Scratch

At times we all wish we could start over. Start from scratch. Maybe our sound system is a mess. Maybe our stage is overwhelmed with wires. Perhaps we just don?t like our equipment and wish we could wipe the slate clean. Think of it as the blinking cursor like the one in the Sunday| Mag […]

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Technology

Preparing for Disasters

?By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.? -?Benjamin Franklin We?ve all heard this famous quote from old Ben before. Heck, many of us have used it to encourage our teams to come to rehearsals, listen to music ahead of time, and do whatever other weekly preparation we wished they?d do in order to […]

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Communication & Marketing Social Media

Communicating in a Vacuum

Almost as a matter of routine, new ways for us to communicate keep cropping up. Remember faxes? Then email. Now text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and a plethora of other potential up-and-comings. Our era gives us more tools than any other era to connect ? to our friends, family, staff, members, and various communities […]

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Communication & Marketing

One Small Step for Man

Growing up, I was a huge fan of daytime dating talk shows. The Love Connection, The Newlywed Game, The Dating Game…you name it, I watched it. (I?m almost ashamed of this admission, but summers in Iowa were hot and I?ve always been a hopeless romantic.) There was one show, however, that trumped the rest. It […]