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Creative

Creativity Becomes Flesh

I was an art major in college. By mistake, really. My love of film and video took me down many roads in my education. And in order to get my chance behind the camera, I had to paint, sculpt, and engage in some bizarre performance art. (Don?t ask.) In the beginning, all of my art […]

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Creative

Trinity Creativity

As God breathed his breath into humanity, he imparted in us a soul. The Hebrew word is nephesh meaning ?soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion?. It?s distinct from the other parts of what makes us human. Watchman Nee, a Chinese Christian teacher and author from the first half of […]

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Creative

Putting Skin on Your Idea

It happens every time. I?m getting ready to start on a new design, gathering together all my ideas, notes, musings…you know the drill. But then I open up a new document, set all the sizes and resolutions, and then… Oh crap! I actually have to make this idea work. Don?t get me wrong. I am […]

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Creative

Life is Messy, Art Shouldn’t Be

I still remember the moment of panic vividly. I was on a backpacking trip with a youth group. I was their leader. And I had made a horrible mistake. It was night and everyone had settled down in their sleeping bags for a night under the stars. I had wandered away from camp to use […]

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Worship

Being Down to Earth

I thank God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit; I don?t have to wear a suit every Sunday morning. I despise suits. I live in a sauna (Houston, TX). 10/12 months of the year it?s humid, sticky, sweaty?it?s hot. Last week it was 58 on a Sunday, and yesterday it was 82. […]

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Worship

Working Through Awkward Times

There are very few things that are more feared or fiercely dreaded in a worship set than extremely awkward moments. I cringe at the thought of the ones I have personally created over the years. Some were just accidental mishaps while others were epic failures in judgment. Whatever causes them, the fact is that awkward […]

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Leadership

A Pound of Flesh

I started working at Church on the Move right out of high school 18 years ago (Dear God, has it been that long?). My dad, being the wise father and leader that he was, started me out at the bottom, and I mean the very bottom. In fact, my first job was to lay sod […]

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Leadership

How to Limit Those Under You

Decision-making lies at the heart of what a leader does. Every day they make decisions. Some are small, simple, and harmless. Others are much more important, stirring the people led, and often touching the core of the organization. It?s inevitable, leaders must make choices. But what about the creative leader? When they make leadership errors, […]

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Technology

Stretching Yourself as an Artist

I really love live production. Some days I can’t believe I get paid to be a part of creating amazing moments for our congregation through the technical arts. Because I love what I do so much, it?s easy to get tunnel vision. At times I get focused solely on production: new equipment + a better […]

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Technology

Leader or Doer

I?m not a leader, and that?s OK. I?m a doer. I don?t like being in front of people. I don?t motivate the masses like William Wallace, and I?ve never inspired anyone to higher heights because of a rousing speech. In fact, I really don?t even like talking very much. I?d rather just sit here, do […]

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Communication & Marketing

Attention!

The average attention span of a goldfish? 9 seconds. The average attention span of people in 2012? 8 seconds. In today’s culture, there are more things fighting for our attention than ever before. Everywhere we go, we are bombarded by advertisements, messages, images, videos and agendas that are all fighting for the valuable commodity of […]

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Communication & Marketing

Embracing a New Medium

Sitting in my college classroom years ago, I was given the assignment to create a Twitter account and tweet for a week. As a communications student, my reaction wasn?t normal. I had no desire to do this assignment?actually I had no desire to create a Twitter account. Even being in a communications classroom where learning […]