C.S. Lewis and the Role of Imagination in Making Meaning

C.S. Lewis helped the Christian community rediscover Christian imagination, and that imagination isn’t in conflict with reason. If the imagination leads us in an irrational direction to an ultimately irrational area, it is a failure of the imagination as well as a failure of reason.

How To Find Your Creative Vision – Or Make It Better

Creative vision is a clearly defined, unrealized image of the future, based on our source of un-peace, that inspires others to join together in co-labor to inherit God’s lost gift. Every one of us has a creative vision for the future, but many of us don’t know it. If your vision isn’t something that makes you want to jump up and run around the room, then it’s not good enough. Here’s how to make it better.

A Note About this Blog

As my thoughts have evolved, I have realized that it is helpful to split my posts up into two basic categories: the creative process, and creative arts in ministry. Here is my plan for these two specific audiences.

Pixar’s 5 Tips for Growing an Awesome Workplace Environment for Creativity

Dysfunction in the creative process is the number one complaint I hear from leaders and artists in churches and other organizations. The solution starts with establishing a healthy creative culture. Here are 6 signs of dysfunctions and 5 things to do to encourage creativity and allow artistry to thrive.

Critics and Creators

In life you can either be a creator or a critic. Being a critic is easier. Most people are critics. But critics don’t change the world.

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

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.

Bob Dylan’s 5 Ways You Can Reclaim Lost Inspiration

In the book, I define creativity as having fun and making stuff. The problem for many of us is that we used to do it without thinking, and now we can’t find that same spark to save our lives. As Dylan said, we’re an empty, burned out wreck. There’s perhaps no worse fear to an artist. How did these iconic musicians rise from their discomfiture and recover their spark? Here are 5 crucial things you can do to find your missing inspiration, keep making stuff and having fun.

My 3 Part Plan to Help Church Become More Meaningful for People

This blog exists to live out a life mission statement I’ve followed since I was a young student, frustrated with the esoteric language and symbols of the church. I have dedicated my career to helping the local church improve its ability to tell the story of Jesus. Here is why I do what I do and the core commitments I believe can make a difference.