culture relevant church conversations

Faith, Ponderings, Work

The Most Meaningful Conversations Your Church Can Have

28 Oct , 2016  

Do you see this group having a conversation together? Can you see who’s in that mass of people? Can you tell what they’re talking about? Can you tell me if you can easily join that group if you wanted to? Why am I asking these questions? Because I think your church is stuck in a […]

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Catalyst Bloggers

Ponderings, Resources, Work

Post Catalyst Atlanta Meet-Up Video Report

10 Oct , 2016  

The Catalyst Blogger Meet-Up was a blast! But things were in its favor, as always when returning to Duluth, GA and the Infinite Energy Center (it will always fondly be known as the Gwinnett Arena to me haha!) in October. Catalyst continues to march on in the post-Brad Lominick world — Although Brad was an inspiring […]

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Ponderings, Work

Honor In Your Work

7 Oct , 2016  

Today I got a piece of direct mail. Instead of throwing it out into the recycle bin, I am keeping this one for good. It’s the first official printed piece from my alma mater, Princeton Theological Seminary, with its new logo mark on the envelope in the return address area. I’m keeping it because it […]

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gratitude journaling

Faith, Ponderings

Gratitude Journal: The 4 Questions I Ask Myself Everyday

27 Jul , 2016  

I was recently asked to share about my gratitude journal praxis at ChurchMarketingSucks.com for an article talking about survival methods for the craziness we encounter as church communicators. So true that when there’s a big event coming, or a PR campaign underway, it’s all a about full throttle, 24/7, all-in mindset, right?! One of the “counter-measures” that […]

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#prayfor memes

Faith, Ponderings, Work

5 Reasons Why Churches Need To Pay More Attention To #PrayFor ____ Memes

8 Jul , 2016  

#PrayFor ______. We see the graphics all the time now. Love ’em or Hate ’em. The church social media communications community recently saw a nicely assembled #rant post by Justin Dean. It is a good post.     In his article, Justin points out that the recent string of #PrayFor_____ opportunities create scenarios that feeds a […]

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Ponderings, Resources

How Sharks Brought 7-Eleven and Discovery Channel Together

14 Jun , 2016  

Walking into my local 7-Eleven convenience store, you can’t help but notice the current promotion “GRAB A BITE: Shark Week!” Usually these promotions are reserved for two Hollywood blockbuster films and tie in to large licensing franchises. But this month, it’s all about a cable television station and a week of its programming. You’ve probably […]

Play, Ponderings

Yuor Mnid Is Azmnaig. Sorielusy.

31 May , 2016  

Are you part of the 55 percent of people that can decipher all of the text in this image on the fly?  Or are you a part of the 45 percent of the population who has trouble reading all of this? The human brain is amazing. 55% of the time in this case, I guess!

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OKGO band - gravity music video

Play, Ponderings

CREATIVITY BREAK: OK GO.

23 May , 2016  

Have you ever had one of those days? Your mind is in overdrive. You’re trying to knock things off your to-do list at breakneck speed. You don’t even know what you’re thinking anymore. You’re burning the candle at both ends. How are you ever going to keep this up? What to do? How about you […]

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james ka smith the spiritual power of habit

Faith, Ponderings

Can Ritual Be Redeemed? James KA Smith Things So.

5 Apr , 2016   Video

Today, I’m reflecting on this talk by author @James_KA_Smith about ritual. So much of the contemporary church is allergic to things that feel like the all-too-quickly condemned old, dying denominational church expression: Liturgy. Ritual. Habit. Surely, our mainline denominational churches aren’t doing a good job of passing the baton forward to the next generation.  That’s a […]

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