4 Rules for Getting Healthy Feedback For Your New Creative Work

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One of the great ironies of the creative process is that when we create, we want recognition and affirmation for our work, but the need to validate ourselves through other’s opinions is the very thing that almost always does damage – at times devastating – to our creativity.

The Power of Yes to Release Unique, Innovative Gifts, Part 1


Creativity is severely inhibited when surrounded by a chorus of “no.” Robert Schnase has released a short, powerful book titled Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry that identifies some of the ways to overcome “No.” Schnase, a United Methodist Bishop, writes to help local church leaders tap into deep wells of latent congregational creativity. His insights help anyone working in an organization and struggling to be creative. The Bishop and I recently dialogued about his book. Here is the first of two posts on our conversation.

Quit Punting in Football, at Work and in Your Creative Life

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In professional football, when faced with a decision, most coaches opt for the safer choice, even though evidence suggests it’s smarter to take risks. Why is this, and what can we learn from it about the nature of creativity, risk-taking and innovation?

19 Questions to Kickstart a More Creative Life


People like to talk about changing the world. Jesus makes the crazy promise that we actually can change the world. But the bar to do it is high. We need to love, fully, with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. Here are 19 questions to help you figure out the wonder of a more creative life.

Think Like a Five Year Old Study Guide (Free eBook)

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Download my new, free eBook today! This is a study and application guide to my book Think Like a Five Year Old. The goals of this 40-page eBook companion are 1) for you to develop a practical theology of creativity and 2) to walk away with the necessary next steps and to-dos for getting started on the work of creating.

5 Ways Creativity is Essential to Your Christian Discipleship


If we want to make disciples of Jesus Christ, it’s essential that we understand the relationship between a teacher and a disciple. What better way is there to accomplish this than to model our disciple-making process after the original disciple maker, Jesus?

5 Ways Creativity Will Make Your Worship More Meaningful

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I didn’t know it at the time, but for about five years I was blessed to be part of a singular experience designing worship. We didn’t think what we were doing at our church was special; we were just having fun and making stuff. But the impact was far reaching. Here are five sustainable ideas from that experience that are more relevant today than ever.

5 Ways Creativity is a Part of a Healthy Church


My favorite image of the Body of Christ is a symphony orchestra. In Christ’s Body, each of us has a part to play, and our conductor is God’s Holy Spirit. The trick is to find your part. When you choose the right instrument, develop your skills, and contribute your talents to the common score, and everyone else does the same, the result is pure beauty. A finely-tuned symphony is like a healthy church. Here are five ways creativity, and the art of playing a part, are key.

Why We’re Missing the Mark on Metaphor and What To Do About It

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If you’re like me, you were educated to make an argument by framing a proposition with statistical and anecdotal supporting evidence. While facts aren’t bad, the key to powerful communication is not analysis but the use of metaphors common to shared community life.