How “Clutter” Can Kill Your Creativity

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I’ve written many times on this blog about the danger of “clutter.”  Clutter comes in all forms – from the media voices screaming for our attention, to the messy desk in front of us (where was that file again?) to the million other options that keep us from pursuing our creative calling.  Now, The Wall Street Journal reminds us how William Zinsser, author of the writing classic “On Writing Well” (1976) and who died May 12 at age 92, felt about clutter in our writing.  It’s worth the read:

There Is No Formula For Success, But….

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Whenever a book, seminar, or speaker pitches you on a “success formula,” walk away. There is no proven formula for success, because if there was, everyone would be following it. Success happens in different ways to different people and it’s nearly impossible to forecast. But you can have the elements in place to make success worth betting on. Remember – life isn’t fair, and there’s no guarantee about anything. But if you can get these 5 elements in place, then you open the door to the possibility of the miraculous:

Hillary Clinton: The Perfect President for a Nation That’s Given Up

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I rarely write about politics on this blog, but I do write about leadership. And I have to admit that the most disturbing leadership issue in this country is the strong possibility of Hillary Clinton becoming the next President of the United States. When evaluating any leader, a track record means something, and when that track record is surrounded with decades of ethical lapses, mistakes, and scandals, it’s worth noting. And the scandals that have followed her since her early years in politics continue unabated. Remember

Why Can’t Churches and Other Christian Organizations Work Together?

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I’m in South Africa speaking at the African Christian Media Conference, and one of the biggest questions leaders in this country face is how to partner to make a greater impact in the culture. Getting churches, ministries, nonprofits and similar organizations to join together to launch a nationwide campaign – particularly in the media – is a challenge everywhere. But that challenge isn’t new. The Bible charts the story of leaders like Moses, David, Paul, and even Jesus struggling to unite the people of their time. After all, one of the last

What President Bill Clinton Thought About Religious Freedom

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With all the uproar from the Hobby Lobby decision to the religious freedom legislation in Indiana, it seems the Left has become very clear that they want restrictions on religious freedom.  That’s why it may be instructive to read President Bill Clinton’s remarks at the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on the White House South Lawn on Nov. 16, 1993:

What We Encountered At Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall

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For the last 10 days, we’ve been filming around Israel for The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. We’ve interviewed archeologists, researchers, antiquities dealers, and filmed artifacts that date back to Abraham. We’ve also been to the most remote archeological sites, as well as deep into the Palestinian territory to film the remaining community of Samaritans. But no matter how far back into history we go, how deep into the desert, how remote the location, or out of contact the people, we can’t get away from

Hollywood Quote: “Lost” Producer Carlton Cuse on Pastor Rob Bell

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“Did I tell you about the spiritual special I’ve been working on with Rob Bell?” The producer of the hit TV series “Lost” recently asked “Variety” magazine. Carlton Cuse said he thought Bell was “Smart, funny and insightful, and approached religion and spirituality from a very different perspective.” He’s been trying to help Bell find a place on the TV landscape after shooting several programs for the OWN Network. “If you claim to be

The Hillsong Movie “Let Hope Rise” Will Be Released Nationwide May 29

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I’ve been privileged to be an Executive Producer on the feature film “Let Hope Rise,” that tells the story of the world’s most popular worship band – Hillsong United, based at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.  The picture is finally locked, and as Deadline Hollywood reports, Relativity Media will be releasing the movie to theaters nationwide starting May 29th.  We’re proud of

Should Christians See The Movie “50 Shades of Grey?”

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Actually, no – or anyone else for that matter.  But that headline got you this far in the post, right?  Which is our lesson for today: The power of a provocative headline. Most people wade through hundreds – if not thousands – of web articles, videos, and other online content every day, so what’s the hook that will get them to read yours? One study indicates that most people take