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Creative

Level Up Your Art

Anyone who is worth their salt creatively struggles with the idea of getting up tomorrow and doing the same thing they did last week. As creative people, we have the spirit of a pioneer and it is that spirit that forces us to explore something new. At the core of moving from where we are […]

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Creative

Cheat Codes

Up up, down down, B A, B A, select, start. If only creativity were that easy! Unfortunately, even the very best around have to work hard for the ideas they develop. With that said, there are some techniques, or “cheat codes” (disguised as really hard work!), I’ve stumbled onto that may help to take your […]

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Creative

Extreme Limitations

Anyone reading this section of Sunday| Mag has run into the concept of constraints. It?s what we as designers do day in and day out. In our minds we believe the lie that having constraints limits us as designers. But when they?re looked at through the correct lens and embraced, constraints are truly the key […]

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Creative

Swapping Cartridges

I used to be a Joust freak. If you don’t immediately know what Joust is, I can only pity either your clearly deprived childhood or inelegant timing in being born. The premise, while somewhat implausible, was pretty simple ? you are a gladiator riding a flying ostrich, and you try to kill the other gladiators […]

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Worship

Annoying 8-bit Music

If you were alive in 1986 and owned an Atari, you know that after a couple hours of Qbert, it was time to turn the volume down. Our parents couldn?t survive the sound of Qbert jumping onto one more cube. 8-bit music drives us crazy for the same reason any music can. Worship music can […]

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Worship

Game Over

I began my trajectory as a worship leader while I was in high school, playing keyboards or guitar for my youth group at the church where I first met Jesus. We weren?t part of a church family when I was a kid, so when I found Jesus I had that insatiable appetite of wanting to […]

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Leadership

Defeating the Bad Guys

I hate to badmouth people. But there is a guy at work that I?ve just about had enough of. If I could slap him and get away with it ? I?d do it. The other day I had a great idea for how to expand our ministry. But of course, Mr. Negative decided to open […]

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Leadership

Collecting Coins

I grew up in the video game boom of the 80s and 90s. My brother and I wore out our old NES console playing games like TECMO Bowl, Contra, Excitebike, and of course Super Mario Brothers. We played until our thumbs were too sore to go on or until we fell asleep, controller in hand. […]

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Technology

Making Magic with 8-bit Technology

I think Steve Jobs created little monsters in all of us when he coined the phrase ?one more thing?. It is the tech version of keeping up with the Joneses. We are constantly looking for new gear or exciting tech that is going to make life easier or better. Budgets are strained in today?s economy […]

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Technology

Putting the Game on Pause

I will never forget my first electronic gaming system purchase. It was 1989 when I plunked down my $149 plus tax and purchased what was, at the time, the holy grail of gaming systems ? the Nintendo NES. I only had three games, Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, and arguably the worst game ever to […]

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Communication & Marketing

Traveling Pipelines

As a kid who grew up in the late 1980s, Super Mario Brothers was one of my favorite video games. While Mario and his faithful friend Luigi confronted Koopa Troopers and other-worldly creatures, they navigated complex levels and challenges through magical pipelines. They were plumbers, after all. These pipelines would let them advance ahead to […]

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Communication & Marketing

Making Sense of Mushrooms, Turtles, and Plumbers

I remember a family friend showing my siblings and me how to beat Nintendo?s Super Mario Brothers in less than an hour. We sat around him with baited breath while he flew through each level with tremendous ease and impossible speed. He never went for the mushrooms, stars, or fireball plants. He only ventured down […]