Using Gimmicks: Be Careful When Communicating a Message

The dictionary defines “gimmick” as: an ingenious or novel device, scheme or stratagem, especially one designed to attract attention or increase appeal.  This may sound strange, but one of the biggest reasons I work in media ministry today is that growing up, I thought pastors were so embarrassing.  Being a preacher’s kid in the South during the 50s and 60s was tough. Pastors were always doing wacky stuff to attract attention. I remember one pastor who sat perched on a chair atop a three-story-high pole until Sunday attendance hit a certain number. Another one locked himself in the steeple, praying for revival. You may remember pastors who shaved their head if the youth program brought enough visitors. Witnessing to a friend at school was much more difficult when his big question was,

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Three Steps to Becoming A More Visual Storyteller

We are a visually-driven generation. Toddlers have iPads and play with cameras. We grow up with cameras in our phones, and people document every aspect of their lives. Just as important, more and more creative people are opting for a career in photography or filmmaking. The fact that YouTube spends about $1 million a day expanding their server space to accommodate all the videos being uploaded confirms the fact that millions are making short films these days. But how can you increase your ability to see what others don’t? How can you capture more compelling shots? Here’s three important keys to “seeing” at a higher level:

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The Theatrical Musical about Assisted Suicide

A Lesson on Impacting Culture through Entertainment

One of the reasons the Christian community continues to be marginalized in the culture is that we’re not engaging well in the area of arts and entertainment. We prefer to hold debates, apologetics conferences, create media for Christians, and other in-house projects that may be good, but only reach a small minority of people. Meanwhile,

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Want To Be More Creative? Start Acting Like Children

Watch How They Encounter The World

There’s a million books, articles, and blog posts on how to be more creative. For the record, I believe strongly that it’s not something you’re born with or without, it’s like a muscle you develop. The problem is, far too many people believe (wrongly) that they’re just not creative, so they never

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An Rare Interview with Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling

Most of my readers will be very familiar with the classic TV series “The Twilight Zone.”  Rod Serling, the series creator is one of the most famous television writers of all time.  So when I found this interview with Mike Wallace, I thought you’d enjoy seeing what writer’s go through – especially since this was recorded before the enormous success of The Twilight Zone:

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You Can’t Be a Leader Without Building Trust

When it comes to leadership and influence, we rarely talk about trust. When we do, it’s usually in terms of honesty and integrity. Questions like: “Can I trust you to honor your word?” or “Can you be trusted with finances?” usually come to mind. Those questions are important, but the truth is, trust is a far deeper issue, and when it comes to your team, employees, congregation, or followers, trust may be the single most important connection you can build. Especially when it comes to leading the next generation, to achieve connection, here’s four principles every leader and influencer should know:

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