Why I Am Giving Away Free Photos with ChurchMag

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One of the biggest problems I’ve faced in my main years writing blog posts has been finding good images to use. Sometimes it’s simply a case of struggling to think of the right idea, but more often it’s wading through the hundreds of cheesy stock photos or settling for a, at best, loosely connected image that comes from one of the free image providers. Over time I’ve manage to find a variety of solution including free sites which offer great images and premium offerings like Lightstock. However, ... Continue Reading

Ultron and the Creature/Creator Relationship

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Are you a creator? Do you write, draw, paint? Do you craft stories or crochet? Do you sculpt in marble or in marble rye? (Sandwich artists, anyone?) I assume that you've said 'yes' to at least one of those because you were made in the image of God, the consummate, quintessential, original Creator. He made us to be creators, like Him, though not on the same scale. Of course, we rebelled against our Creator and messed everything up, including, especially, the Creator/creature relationship ... Continue Reading

Unleash the Writer Within You Write Away

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Some things in life require talent. Singing for instance, though watching some auditions not everybody agrees with me on that one. Competitive sports for sure, or playing an instrument well. But there are also things that can be taught. Like writing. Improving your writing skills is not dependent on talent. It helps of course if you have an innate sense of language, but it’s not a requirement for writing success. To unleash the writer within you, all you need is motivation, discipline, and ... Continue Reading

Top 5 Web Trends of 2015 [Infographic]

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Church websites are coming a long way and with the help of a great guide by Jonathan Malm on Rethinking Your Church Website Strategy, your ministry has a great chance of creating something amazing for your digital audience. But 2015 has some challenges that have to be overcome to keep up with the competition and stay relevant online. Here are some of what I believe are the most important stats online: ... Continue Reading

Terrible at Design? Canva is for You

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I’m not the best person at design in the world. Sure I can take an okay photo and I know a thing or two about okay fonts, colors and where to place text on a screen, but that’s where my skills really end. Anything beyond simple editing is a huge issue for me and I’m sure that the majority of people reading this are the same. If you’re a professional designer you may well still find this interesting (and I’d love your more informed feedback) but this isn’t aimed at you. This is for the average ... Continue Reading

Is a Custom Built Church Website for You?

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There are a lot of challenges and risks you can encounter when setting out to build a church website. What should your domain name be? Where should you host it? CMS or static site? It can be a little bit overwhelming. When I set out to build my church's website, I encountered these same things. The biggest decision we made, however, was deciding whether or not to get a template and built it on an existing platform or to custom build our own solution. ... Continue Reading

‘I Will Follow’ by Jeremy Camp [Saturday Morning Review]

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After two weeks of reminiscing on the Christian albums that rocked 2014, I reckon it’s time we come back to the present. If not for anything but for the fact that we have another electrifying album in our hands. This time from Jeremy Camp. To Christian music lovers Jeremy Camp needs no formal introduction; the 37-year-old father of three has sold over four million albums including four RIAA Gold-certified albums, a RIAA Multi-Platinum long-form video and a Gold-certified digital single. He has ... Continue Reading

Amazing Solar Time Lapse from NASA [Video]

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We all love a good time lapse and this one is pretty special. The video has been released by NASA to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Solar Dynamics Observatory, a satellite which observes the earth facing side of the sun. The SDO takes a photo nearly once a second and since its launch has captured over 200 million photos and 2,600 terabytes of data! The results are truly spectacular and look like something from Doctor Who or a Jonathan Nolan film - but it's real! ... Continue Reading

7 Websites to Get Free High Quality Images

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[Editor's Note: ChurchMag has just announced a new way to get free high quality images! Learn more.] For folks into creative functions, the hunt for free high quality images is a never ending one, right? Whether it’s for a blog post, book/album cover, or church website, it’s always useful to have as many options as possible. Below is a list of great websites that I love to use to find free photos for my projects, hope you find them useful too. ... Continue Reading