Pastors: Why You Shouldn’t Be Like Joel Osteen

I met Joel Osteen many years ago when he asked me to direct a series of TV specials featuring his father, Pastor John Osteen. We became friends, and when his dad passed away and Joel became pastor of Lakewood Church, I once again helped him create the television program you see every week today featuring Joel’s messages. Since that time, I’ve had an enormous number of pastors ask me questions like:

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A 2,000 Year Old Strategy for Engaging Culture with the Christian Faith

The thing I love about reading is that you never know where you’ll find creative advice. I was reading recently about the Christian writer and theologian Tatian who was a Syrian who lived in the second century. He was born in Assyria (Mesopotamia), and as an adult he journeyed to Rome, where he first discovered Christianity. He was shocked at the pagan cults he witnessed throughout the city and as a result, began reflecting on religious issues. During his investigation, he read the Old Testament, and the more he read, the more he

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How Hollywood Works (Part 2)

A few weeks ago I started a series on how Hollywood works where I collected quotes from friends in the entertainment industry sharing their insights on breaking in and becoming successful. I’ve discovered that an enormous number of projects fail – not because they’re not good ideas from talented people – but because the filmmakers, writers, or other creative people simply don’t know how the industry works. So from time to time I’ll continue dishing up some great advice from talented professionals about producing, directing, acting, writing, and all the other avenues to making your dream happen:

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The Digital Secret: 0-1-2-3

I had an incredible opportunity a few years ago to speak to business leaders in Singapore at the Eagles Leadership Conference. After my keynote talk, I was able to partner with Lucas Chow, former CEO of the Singapore mobile phone company Singtel Mobile to lead a workshop on how the digital revolution has changed the way we live. During that session, he taught a principle from his days at Singtel that I’ve never forgotten:

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Media Leaders: What’s the Most Important Skill You Bring to Your Job?

At this year’s “Produced By Conference” sponsored by The Producer’s Guild in Hollywood, there was a panel of media executives who discussed the future of our converging media world. During the Q&A with the audience, one producer asked each of them “What’s the most important skill you bring to the table as you lead your media company?” I thought their answers were worth thinking about and applying to our own work. I may have paraphrased a bit since it was a live event, but these comments captured their responses:

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What Hollywood Producers Are Thinking About Right Now

As a member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), I attended our annual “Produced By” Conference yesterday at Fox Studios. It’s a gathering of producers from feature films, television, digital media, special effects, commercials, and more, all discussing changes in the industry, projects we’re focusing on, and especially to hear from industry leaders about what’s happening in today’s

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