When Cartoons Start the Faith Conversation

From the episode, "Dipper vs. Manliness" from Disney Channel Original Series "Gravity Falls."

During my childhood, Sonic the Hedgehog challenged me on the issue of where my confidence rested. During college, Timmy Turner of "The Fairly OddParents" showed me that not everything you wish and desire for your life is necessarily beneficial. During my late 20's, Dipper Pines of "Gravity Falls" challenged me on the topic of Manhood. And during my early 30's, Ed Elric of "Fullmetal Alchemist" showed me what happens when you try to play the role of God in certain areas of your life. Each ... Continue Reading

Organize Your Desk to Be Happier and Healthier [Infographic]

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There is not much to this infographic like I normally do, where I draw out key points and such. But as a blogger who values desktop space, I loved this. Over the years I have tried to do desktops in a variety of situations. What I know I like personally is post-it notes everywhere as reminders, my coffee cup, and whiteboard marker within arms reach, but little more. What does your desktop look like? ... Continue Reading

Developing a Child’s Creativity Through Church Playgrounds

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Play time is a crucial part of children development. A child's environment and leisure time can help shape their social and cognitive development. Depending on the playground, structured or unstructured, they also play an important role in physical strength and balance. The right equipment and playground design offer your child the best way to grow and develop essential skills. Choosing the right leisure space for your kid entails knowing how it can affect their overall growth. Whether it would ... Continue Reading

Spaceship Simulator Built with Old RV

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These DIY hackers built an amazing spaceship simulator from an old RV camper and old computer parts they had around. Mixed with some newer tech, this has got to be one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. Check this out: ... Continue Reading

Church Conference Etiquette … Don’t Be That Guy!

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Well, the day has finally come. You've been waiting for weeks. Your flight itinerary is printed out, your bags are packed with that perfect not-too-stuffy brand of business casual, and you can't wait to be out of the office for a few days. Yes, it's time for a conference. Oh, and this isn't just any ministry conference. This is THAT ministry conference that will solve all of your woes, give you renewed vision and perspective, ensuring a lifetime of happy, healthy service to God and ... Continue Reading

What Happens When People Have Fun?

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Have fun. Please, have fun? I firmly believe Christians could use some help in this area of their lives. In fact, in our recent reader survey, a few submissions specifically noted that ChurchMag would be better if there was less fun. I have not figured out exactly why fun can be such an aversion for some, but when I see stuff like this (pictured below), it reinforces to me the importance of bringing fun and joy alongside whatever you do. Take a look at this live chat screenshot that was taken ... Continue Reading

2 Things Church Tech Volunteers Need

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Depending on the size of your church, your technology budget, and the core vision of your church, ministries can function in very different ways. Before you can build a team you need to know why the team exists. My team’s purpose is to spend time together growing in relationship and serving all those who call our church home. On the tech team we have the distinct privilege of serving not only the body, but the musicians, the teachers, and each other—literally everyone within our Sunday morning ... Continue Reading

A Year Without Video Backgrounds

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With the advent of cheaper projection systems and the "digital age," we have moved from hymnals to stage screens. Screens are more cost efficient and easier for everyone in the church body. Hymnals are hard to revise and as Christian worship music continues to increase in diversity and hit our culture at a much quicker pace, so we are able to be more dynamic. However, that doesn't mean we should throw the kitchen sink at it. ... Continue Reading