Creativity: Learning To Forget How Things Work

Back when our granddaughter Kennady was a year old, she hadn’t had a lot of time to learn how things worked. As a result, the first few times I gave her a book, she had no idea what “reading” was, so she walked on it, set it up like an A-frame house, or used it for a plate. Back then it was that way with everything. Since she didn’t know the way things were “supposed” to be used, she just made it up, and she came up with some pretty remarkable uses for things like

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Why You Should Value Creative Misfits

I wrote recently about Leonardo da Vinci, who by some accounts was a brilliant misfit. Some speculate that he may have had Asperger’s, but at the very least, he didn’t socialize well. Writing that post about da Vinci reminded me of a friend who worked for a very large national nonprofit organization. She was remarkably creative, and she showed them how to use digital media in some very innovative ways. She made deals with outside firms to create apps, helped them integrate new platforms to share their message, and

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The 20th Anniversary of “Starting Over”

The Impact of a Single Television Program

One thing that slipped by without my noticing a couple of years ago was the 20th anniversary of a TV special we produced for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association called “Starting Over.” Back then I was approached by the late Bob Williams who at the time was the head of the worldwide outreach for BGEA to produce a program he hoped would be “something people who would never watch a Billy Graham program would watch.” So I took him at his word and we brought together an incredibly talented creative team that featured

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The Tragedy of Second Generation Failure

More Churches And Ministries Are At Risk Than You Think

It’s been reported that 70% of second generation businesses fail in America. That made me think of nonprofits, churches, and ministries in the same light. Is it true of those organizations as well? Over the years, I’ve consulted on numerous leadership transitions of some of the highest profile pastors and Christian leaders in America and I have to report that

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The 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts When Directing for Church IMAG Screens

How to Direct for the Live Audience

Today, thousands of churches have multiple cameras but they aren’t producing for television – they’re producing for live stream audiences and the IMAG (image magnification) screens in the sanctuary. I’ve written before about live streaming, but today, I asked my friend Clay Jacobsen to write a guest post on how to direct for the IMAG screens in the auditorium or sanctuary.  Clay has been in the television industry for many years, directing live concerts, talk shows, variety shows, telethons, beauty pageants, and sports. Some of Clay’s credits include: Entertainment Tonight, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, Dennis Miller, Prime Time Country, CMA Red Carpet and many more. He’s also a published author, having written 4 Christian thrillers dealing with behind the scenes of Hollywood. So he’s an expert when it comes to multi-camera direction.  Here’s his thoughts on directing for IMAG:

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The Internet and the Rise of Christian Mobs

Religious mobs have been around for thousands of years. After all, it was a religious mob that called for Barabbas to be freed and Jesus to be executed. It was a similar motivation for the mobs that called for the arrest of the disciples. And throughout history, Christian mobs have done plenty of damage in the name of Jesus. From the days of the Early Church, to the Crusades, to burning heretics, to racists and beyond, there’s always been a

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Two Critical Skills You Need in 2018

In the book “Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits,” writers Emma Barrett and Paul Martin explore what makes thrill seekers get such a rush from being out on the edge. “Brain imaging studies,” they write “have found that risk seeking behavior is preceded by activity in the region of the brain associated with the anticipation of pleasurable experiences like sex, drug taking, and monetary gain.” In other words,

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