Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned from The Salvation Army’s Jim Knaggs

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My friend Jim Knaggs is retiring from a long leadership career in The Salvation Army. He finishes his work as the Commissioner for the Western Territory of the United States, and certainly as one of the most respected leaders in this remarkable global organization. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Jim for the last few years as we created The Salvation Army Vision Network – the first “digital street corner” for an organization that was founded by

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You’re a Church. So Why Aren’t You Live Streaming?

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There’s a persistent myth about church live streaming that needs to be put to rest: the idea that once you go live online, your members will stop coming to the services. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t have statistics, I can only give you my experience with the hundreds of churches we’ve worked with around

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Who’s Doing Media Right: The Kingstone Bible

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I’m always interested in examples of creative people doing Christian media right, and so I took notice when my friend Larry Ross recently sent me a copy of The Kingstone Bible, a graphic novel version of the Bible from Kingstone Comics based in Florida. It’s currently available in a 3 volume, full color, hardback set that adapts the entire Bible into the form of a graphic novel. A team of 45 artists, all with experience working for Marvel and DC Comics produced the illustrations. The 2,400 page project launched November 1st with a

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France Bans Media Campaign Celebrating Children with Down Syndrome

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Starting in 2014, the Jerome Lejeune Foundation in France, produced a short, two and a half minute film called “Dear Future Mom.” It was created in response to a pregnant mom who just discovered her unborn child had Down syndrome. She asked “I’m scared: what kind of life will my child have?” The short film is a powerful set of interviews of children with Down, and a compelling argument for life. Here’s the film:

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Five Keys to Successfully Working from Home

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At 37 years old, I was fired from my job. So after nearly 15 years of working in a conventional office, my wife and I made the decision to launch into a freelance career working from home. The transition wasn’t easy. Suddenly I didn’t have access to the copy machine, the office phone system, the conference room, and all the other resources a company makes available to employees. As a result, I needed to switch to guerilla mode and switch fast. Here’s a few of the key changes I made that not only allowed me to increase my productivity, but helped me eventually build my own business:

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A Filmmaker’s Experience in Cuba

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Now that the news media is slowing down their coverage of the life and death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, I thought I might post a few thoughts after filming in the country in early 2016. While most of the world seems to agree that he was a brutal dictator (according to CBS News, nearly 20% of the entire population of Cuba has fled the country since the revolution), it was surprising to see how laudatory many world leaders have been about his decades of rule. Some acted as if they were eulogizing a saint. So having traveling to Cuba to film earlier this year, I thought I’d share a few thoughts about what I encountered in the country.

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What to Do When People Reject Your Ideas

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If you’re a creative person, at some point you’ll find a boss, investor, studio, or colleague who rejects your ideas. Sometimes it will happen so often you’ll start to question your own ability, and wonder if you’re really creative at all. In these moments (which will definitely come) my advice is:

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