Announcing Our New Book: The Way Back

How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get It Back

I’m very proud to introduce my latest book, co-written with my long time friend Jonathan Bock: “The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get it Back.” Our first review has been in Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, and we couldn’t have asked for a better opinion. It will be available

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Why Your Church Needs More Than a Communications or Media Director

In my experience most church leaders believe that hiring a creative communication or media director is all they need to worry about. Our consulting and coaching team at Cooke Pictures knows that creativity matters, and someone familiar with the process of communicating a church or ministry’s message is critical. However, we also know that something even more important is

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Taking Initiative: The Difference Between Success and Failure

My wife Kathleen and I had the opportunity to meet with Tina Konkin recently. She’s an internationally known speaker, counselor, and coach on the subject of relationships. As a result, she’s been on major networks, spoken at national conferences, and helped thousands of couples heal broken relationships. We were discussing some potential television projects with Tina, when she said something that I realized applies to so many other areas of life – including

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Is it Safe For Young People to Come to Hollywood?

Today's Headlines are Making Parent's Concerned

As the headlines continue to be filled with horror stories of sexual harassment at film studios and TV networks, I’m getting more questions from concerned parents – especially Christian parents – about their children who want to pursue a career in Hollywood. Is it safe? Particularly for a daughter? There’s no question that some of the accused were respected icons in the industry, and yet at least one had a special lock on his door he could quickly activate from his desk. The speculations range from

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What To Do When You Receive Unwanted Sexual or Provocative Messages from Admirers

Leaders: What You Do Today Could Save Your Reputation Tomorrow

You don’t have to be a leader for long before you start receiving unwanted emails, text messages, or phone calls from “admirers.” While some may be innocent, it’s difficult to tell at the start, and for the sake of your reputation and integrity, I recommend you take no chances. In our team’s work helping churches, ministries, and nonprofits tell their story, I’ve seen leaders who have stepped down or been fired because of this issue, so please take it seriously. Remember that email isn’t private. In a

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How Well Do You Do Your Job?

I Mean, Really?

Sometimes blogs don’t have to be long. When I met Seth Godin, and he gave me a wonderful endorsement for one of my books, I learned from Seth just how short – but powerful – his blog posts can be. Books, speeches, advertising copy, sermons, and other writing are similar – length doesn’t necessarily mean insight, creativity, or depth. In fact, Mark Twain was quoted saying,

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