Hobby, Not Hobby: What the Church Can Learn from Apple TV

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The Apple TV and I go back quite a ways. I've been a proud owner for about four years and have previously written about their use in a church environment. Today, however, we'll be looking not at how to use the Apple TV but what we can learn from Apple's attitude to the Apple TV and how we can apply that to what we do in the Church. ... Continue Reading

Ultimate Guide to Creating Visually Appealing Content [Infographic]


If you are posting on social media or doing any kind of other communication for your church to the congregation and community, the content of what you are presenting is important, but it is not necessarily all about the words you post. Visually appealing content, while more an art than science, is necessary in how we communicate. Whether it is an announcement video, the bulletins we hand out, or the social media post we share, we need to be cognizant of the impact design and creativity has on ... Continue Reading

Canva for Work (and Churches)

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For most modern churches, design matters. Unless you are still using old hymn books, don’t have a newsletter, and certainly don’t use social media (in which case I’d really wonder why you check out ChurchMag) then I’m sure you’ll be aware of those little elements of design that go a long way. The sharp looking slides to accompany the sermon, the great looking social media graphic to invite people along, the useful handout with good information about the church service and the strong blog post ... Continue Reading

Design Basics: Alignment and Grids [Series]

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[ Be sure to read more from the Design Basics series. ] One of the roles of design is to bring clarity to the message,and one of the ways we do this is through alignment. Aligning elements to a grid can be a great way to bring order and structure to your design, and also provide a framework for you to break out and make things look different. Grid-based design can sometimes get a bad wrap for being too ordered, and lacking creativity, but I hope you will see the great value in using grids as a ... Continue Reading

Nerdy Illustrative Optical Illusions [Pictures]

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I am a fan of great optical illusions, so when they become funny and nerdy, I absolutely have to share them. I actually found these a couple of months ago but have been terrible about cleaning out my "need to blog" folder. I have only included some of them, but you can see the full collection over at Bored Panda. So hopefully this gives you a smile for your day and gives you a push to finish out the week strongly and creatively. Keep going! ... Continue Reading

Louder Is Better Sometimes (Most of the Time)

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The explosive growth of the multi site model for churches in America has created a whole new world for sound engineers. We have moved from acoustically designed, built from the ground up, sanctuaries to pre-existing buildings of many kinds that were never intended for live audio. My home church has two campuses that are both re-purposed warehouse spaces. I am lucky enough to get to speak into how our spaces are outfitted for sound and media, but even in our spaces you cannot eliminate all of the ... Continue Reading

How Long Have You Lived, Doctor? [Infographic]


You a fan of Doctor Who? We are too and with the new season beginning today, we figured we would celebrate with some fun Doctor Who greatness. This one features the full airtime each doctor reincarnation has had. The shortest is the 8th doctor before it went off air for a time at 1 hour and 4 minutes and the longest was the 4th doctor at 71 hours and 37 minutes. Which of the doctors is your favorite? ... Continue Reading

Want A Doctor Who Phone Background? How About 13? [Pictures]


Let me just say up front that these images were not originally to be used as a phone wallpaper, but I have decided to share them as such. They are actually part of a 12 doctor story series of children's books you can see here. But I have made them my own. Catch them all after the jump. I've intentionally posted them out of order, can you figure out which outfit goes with which doctor? ... Continue Reading