Real People, Real Problems, Fake Church

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Fake Church BlogHow many times have you heard somebody reference the church and the hypocrites that fill it? Churches are filled with imperfect people. Better said, the church has no perfect people. So why the surprise when we are able to find someone imperfect? Even the pastors in every church are human and imperfect. I love the typical response that Ed Young gives when someone makes the statement that, “The church is filled with hypocrites.” He responds by saying, “No its not, there is always room for one more.” The church is filled with real people who have real problems. Other views of the church may be presenting a fake church.

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Where Pastors Should Focus: Why People Attend Church

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Pastoring a church in the United States in the 21st century is a much different endeavor than it was as recently as even 15 years ago. The rapid changes is technology, the growth of other worldviews in the fabric of the United States, and the ever-increasing distance between normalcy including the attendance of church on a Sunday morning, make it very difficult for pastors in recent years. Many churches have emerged that are “seeker-friendly” in nature; attempting to draw constituents with flare and entertainment. Jeremy Edmondson (2013) of Resurgence Church in Indiana echoed what some others have felt when he said, Continue reading

The Deleted Scenes of Holy Communion

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Última_Cena_-_Da_Vinci_5We take communion regularly in church. What about the deleted scenes from that story? The story of The Last Supper is often times abbreviated to only focus on when Jesus took the bread, broke it, and said, “This is My body,” and the wine saying, “This is My blood. . .” Sure, taking the cracker and grape juice at church helps us to remember what Christ did for us; but often times the church overlooks the deleted scenes. The only part that wasn’t deleted in this story was the plot-twisting climax at the end.

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Why Media is Important for the Church?

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Keeping up with the Willows, the Northpoints, then Saddlebacks.

The Church has its own version of “keeping up with the Joneses”. And it usually looks like keeping up with the mega church down the street.

Unfortunately, that mentality is often what drives the decisions we make in our churches. “Is Northpoint doing that? We gotta do it.” Let me tell you, that makes poor church strategy. If you’re using media in your churches because the hip, young mega churches are using media, you need to rethink what you’re doing. Continue reading

Celebrity Preachers and a Critical Culture: 3 REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T JUDGE

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There are a ton of celebrity preachers and televangelist today. I have been one to be critical of many of them at different times in my life. As I have gotten older, my approach to passing judgement on these celebrity preachers has changed. Unfortunately, our culture has maintained its constant criticism of them. Here are 3 reasons why it isn’t so wise to be critical of celebrity preachers. Continue reading

5 Don’ts for Great Nighttime Photography

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Some of the coolest pictures are taken at night without a flash. But these photos aren’t the easiest to capture without being intentional. When taking a picture at night, many people find that the picture is too dark so they use the on camera flash. The problem with this approach is that most of the time, the on camera flash wont light up the subject because it isn’t powerful enough. If it does reach it, there are shadows created that aren’t desirable. Here are 5 Don’ts for Great Nighttime Photography. Continue reading

Newest Tool in the Media Toolbox FOR JUST $6

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ShiftJonathan Malm from ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com showed me this new app this past weekend called Shift. It’s a well spent $6. I can take any photo on my phone, add effects, textures, and even video motion overlays. In the past 5 years, I have used all different screen resolutions at the church. Some were as wide as 24×6 feet which is super wide. Continue reading

5 Things to Remember when Playing Producer

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There are a few basic principles to keep in mind when taking on the role of producer. I play the role of producer in my production company. I produce a handful of television programs broadcast on various platforms domestically and abroad. But in a sense, I also play the role of producer in my responsibilities as the worship and media pastor at my local church.

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Planning Your Alaskan Cruise

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AK-19Planning your Alaskan cruise can be daunting, but don’t let your shore excursions cause you to lose any sleep. My wife, Nancy, and I just returned June 4 from our first Alaskan cruise. It was a costly cruise, and the notion of sifting through the mounds of potential shore excursions was intimidating. I didn’t want Nancy’s first trip to Alaska to lack anything. I also didn’t want to take out a second mortgage on our home to enjoy the vacation.

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It’s not the Journey but the Destination

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I enjoy photographing images that emphasize that life is a journey, but not the destination. This photo was taken on the cape of Massachusetts. The path may be rough. I may seem riggedy. Sometimes, it may be absolutely beautiful. Either way, when you get to the end of that journey, if you were on the right path, the destination is going to be fantastic!