Posts Tagged ‘TV’



Warning Signs of Bad Christian Television

In my book “The Last TV Evangelist: Why The Next Generation Couldn’t Care Less About Christian Media – And Why It Matters,” I released a list of mistakes that reveal when Christians are dropping the ball – particularly on television. Some readers have called it “TV Evangelist Porn.” While that may be a stretch, it does echo just how out of sync with good taste these “offenses” are: Read the full article »

Does God Need a Better Publicist at the Oscars?

Recently, Dr. Larry Poland, founder of Mastermedia International showed me some interesting figures first published in Slate on the number of times God gets thanks at the Oscars.  As Dr. Poland put it:  “Nathaniel Rogers and Chris Kirk crunched the numbers on who gets thanked in Oscar acceptances speeches. The title of their piece says it all: “Meryl Streep Gets Thanked More Than God.” Rogers and Kirk note that over the past twelve years, 47 actors have given acceptance speeches at the Oscar ceremony. Analyzing who got thanked in each speech, they discovered that God was number Read the full article »

When (If Ever) Is It OK To Criticize Other Christians?

I’m not sure if this puts my salvation in doubt, but here’s a link that’s absolutely must see.  It’s a compilation someone posted on the “5 Worst Christian Videos on the Internet.”  Now these are truly award worthy. I’ve seen some terrible things – and you could probably add a few more – but these are really bad. So while we hate to criticize other believers, the question becomes – Read the full article »

For Sharing a Christian Message, Television Still Matters – A Lot

Churches, ministries, nonprofits, and others – if you have a message to share, don’t think TV’s days as a viable content delivery system are over. In an upcoming report to be released by the audience research firm Nielsen, here’s some interesting new facts: Read the full article »

The Future Of The Church

Recently, Steven Siwek and the team from Glory Unlimited did an interview with me on media, culture, and the future of the Church.   I’d love to know what you think:

Filming in Israel? Here’s The Man to Call

I met Israeli film and television producer Eitan Alon many years ago in Tel Aviv, when I was producing and directing a documentary on the Holy Land. Since that time, I’ve produced feature films, documentaries, TV specials, and plenty of other media projects in Israel – and my first call is always to Eitan. He’s a consummate producer and production manager on all kinds of shoots – plus, Israel has fantastic crews and access to the latest equipment. And if your project is Read the full article »

Government Technology Looks Better on Prime Time TV

As the Obamacare website continues it’s botched roll-out (in November HHS reported that 30-40% of the back end isn’t even built yet), I’m reminded of the massive gulf between what we see of government agencies on prime time TV and the apparent reality. Just watch a few episodes of “CSI,” “NCIS,” “The Blacklist,” or “Hawaii 5-0” to see just how sophisticated the government computer systems are portrayed. Distorted, massively out of focus pictures can be instantly corrected, the most trivial personal information from decades ago can be Read the full article »

What To Do When Producers Won’t Read Your Script

If I’m not careful, at any given moment I could have a stack of movie scripts or book manuscripts on my desk that have been mailed to me, and are waiting to be read. In fact, it’s been that way too many times in the past.  I totally understand that many well-intentioned, passionate, and sometimes desperate writers (I’ve been there) are eager to get someone they respect to read their work and give them thoughts and feedback. But the fact is, if most producers said yes to everyone that asks, Read the full article »

The Lausanne Movement and Global Media

I was quite honored recently to be invited to speak and participate in the first Lausanne Movement Consultation on Global Media.  It was a group of about 50 representatives from around the world working in media.  The meeting was an extension of the famous Lausanne Movement launched by Read the full article »

Television May Be Killing You

I talk a lot about adapting to change on this blog, but one of the most significant changes that have happened over the last 40 years is the number of hours we spend in front of a TV set or computer.  The sedentary aspect of all that sitting has a real impact on our health. Different studies abound, but a recent Nielson report indicates the average TV is on for 8 hours and 18 minutes a day. In his book “Manage Your Day to Day,” productivity expert Scott Belsky writes that Read the full article »


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