May 21 2008

Creative Process Videos

For you creative gurus out there, head over to this blog and check out the creative process at Fellowship Church in Texas. Fellowship has been a leader in creative design for the church for a long time, and their C3 Conference is phenomenal!

Pace is doing a great job – make sure and leave him a comment!

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May 16 2008

Beauty In Action

My wife and daughter accompanied me to a video shoot last night and we decided to take the “back way home.” What is normally a very beautiful drive turned into a fantastic display of God’s beauty in action. Check out this pics below – this spot is only 12 miles from our house! Unbelievable! (sorry for the quality…shot from my Blackberry!)

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May 15 2008

Say Hello to Mr. Toilet

I’ve made the statement before that two of the best places for creative thinking are the shower and the toilet. Don’t ask me why, but I have a sneaking suspicion that those of us with kids know the answer!

Tonight’s question:

Where’s your best spot for creative thinking?

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May 13 2008

What A Day For A Daydream

Love this quote from Butch Whitmire’s blog:

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…I get most joy in life out of music.

– Albert Einstein

Music has always been something near and dear to my heart, or perhaps I should say my soul. No one in my immediate family had much musical expertise, but somehow God found a way to take a small town boy and give him a lifetime of experiences.

Most of what I learned at an early age came from John Howser. John and I are kindred spirits, soul mates, or whatever other “trendy” title you want to put on it. Most of who I am should also be credited to John as well. I appreciate him more than he’ll ever know – both musical and life lessons have captured my heart for eternity.

I’ve been fortunate enough to play saxophone at many different venues, from an audience of one to an audience of over 15,000. I’ve played in countless states, been in the studio, recorded jingles for everything from car dealerships to the St. Louis Cardinals. I’ve played for big bands, small bands and every other band from jazz, funk, swing, hip-hop, rock and other styles I can’t pronounce.

But more important than all the adventures God has blessed me with are the countless stories of changed lives from my previous students. Even though I find great joy in music, I find even greater joy in watching others experience music. Some of the most enjoyable conversations are from those who write, email or simply stop by to tell you how much they appreciated the time invested in their lives. Those are moments to be cherished forever.

I pray that we will all be lifelong students – learners until the end. Everyone is a student of something; weaving a story to be told through the ages.

I just prefer to find that story through music.

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Apr 30 2008

Hearing From God

There’s no doubt that it’s important to hear from God. But it’s more important to listen to God. There is a difference. I sometimes think that God is humored by people – they want to hear from Him so badly, but they don’t slow down enough to listen.

You know how to tell if you’re hearing from God or listening to God? By what follows next. Are you being obedient? Are you following up your conversation by doing something? Far too often, I’m afraid, we’re scared to death that we’ll “hear” from God (which ultimately means we have to “do” something) that we just pretend that God hasn’t spoken yet. Have you been guilty of this?

I pray that we will not only listen to God as individuals, but as a church body as well. And because of what we do that our communities will begin to understand more about the incredible relationship that God wants to have with each and every one of us. I pray that we will be consumed by finding God and our world will be changed forever because of those small moments when we stopped to breathe life in and listened to God.

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