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Just When You Thought There Was Hope In Hollywood

It started with an apparent billboard campaign from a “J. Robert Butler” to send a message to celebrities – to cool it with with all the divorces.

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All over Los Angeles billboards and signs on buses started appearing to Read the full article »

The Price Of Constantly Checking Your Email

Ron Friedman writing on the Harvard Business Review blog has a beef with people who constantly check their email. And you know what? He’s got a point. Friedman says, “Shifting our attention from one task to another, as we do when we’re monitoring email while trying to read a report or craft a presentation, disrupts our concentration and saps our focus.” And all these distractions take their toll on your productivity. He cites a University of California-Irvine study that indicates Read the full article »

Great Art Doesn’t Tell – It Shows

The following are the remarks by Wall Street Journal drama critic and columnist Terry Teachout when he received the Bradley Prize in Washington, D.C..  When I read them, I immediately thought of writers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists who are driven by their faith.  All of us need to be reminded of what Terry says is the key to creating great art:  Read the full article »

More Verdicts Keep Coming: Pornography is Bad News for the Brain

German researchers are reporting that viewing pornography actually shrinks the brain and reduces neural activity. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association they studied MRI scans of 64 healthy men and discovered that the more porn they viewed, the less gray matter they found in the areas of the brain associated with Read the full article »

Rebranding Your Church, Ministry, or Nonprofit? Here’s Five Questions To Ask First

At times, we all get frustrated or just plain tired of the way we do things.  Maybe it’s repetition, maybe it’s competition, or maybe the culture or markets have changed.  But chances are, as I discuss at length in my book, “Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media,” you’re simply not telling your story well.  In that case, a “re-brand” or “brand refresh” might be in order.  But don’t just leap off the branding cliff or hire a costly agency.  Before you do anything drastic, start with these five questions.  They’ll help you determine if it’s really time for a re-brand, or if you just need a vacation: Read the full article »

Hollywood, Politics, and Religious Freedom in America

Every July 4th in America, we wrestle with how “patriotic” our church services and Christian programming should be. There is a massive shift in our thinking about mixing our religious faith and politics today, and recently, a magazine interviewed me on the issue. I thought you might be interested in the conversation: Read the full article »

On July 4th Sunday: Be Careful Using Militaristic Language in the Church

Something we invariably witness on July 4th Sunday is video on the wide screens at some churches featuring fighter jets, soldiers, and waving flags.  Yes – Jesus used militaristic language in the New Testament. As the Park Forum devotional puts it: “In a time when Galilee already had a powerful and dangerous ruler (Herod Antipas), Jesus was a revolutionary. When Jesus spoke of his purpose and mission, he often used war-like language. For example, in Matthew 10, he said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”” But what we can’t forget is Read the full article »

How Can We Make Christian TV More Relevant?

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court handed down a major decision in the Hobby Lobby case. It was a landmark ruling for religious protections in the marketplace, and as the Wall Street Journal wrote, it was “one of the most important rulings on religion in years.” The news was everywhere except one curious place: Christian TV. Please tell me if I missed it, but I have DirecTV, which includes the following Christian television networks: Read the full article »

Momentum: What It Is, And Why You Need It To Achieve Success In The Media

Pastors and ministry leaders come to me from time to time and ask an interesting question: “Do for me what you did for Joel Osteen.”  Apparently they think it’s easy. But whenever I’ve worked with people like Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Jack Graham, and others – or big organizations like The Salvation Army, Stella’s Voice, or The American Bible Society, it wasn’t me doing something magic – it was give and take, commitment, time, and a lot of creativity from our team and theirs – not to mention the ministry leaders themselves. But too many pastors who want to be on TV today think it’s a just a matter of buying better cameras, lighting the sanctuary better, or creating a more interesting show open.  Let me tell you what it takes: Read the full article »


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