Kitchen Refresh

When we put the offer in on our new house, we did it knowing full well that the first thing we would have to do if we bought this house was refresh the kitchen. Truth be told, we were actually excited about the opportunity to take a kitchen like this and give it a facelift and a new personality. The journey began a few days later when our offer was accepted and we moved into escrow. My wife was already a Pinterest aficionado, so she got to work pinning all the... Read The Rest →

Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

Ecclisastes 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” I love that verse because it’s speaks so clearly to creativity and making art. I once had a college professor tell me “The art of Creativity is the ABILITY to copy.” So, a few weeks ago we tore a page out of Jimmy Fallon’s book and put together this little video. From the start, this was a GREAT team effort. We clearly have a pretty talented group of musicans... Read The Rest →

Breaking Through

Have you ever been in a brainstorming session and just feel like you’ve run head on into a solid brick wall? I know I have. In fact, it seems to happen quite frequently. For me and my team, the typical brainstorm session looks like this: 1st 10 minutes – LOTS OF GOOD IDEAS. 2nd 10 minutes – SOME good ideas. And then…….slowly…..but surely….. the ideas begin to fade. We get stuck. We hit the wall and silence falls over the room. Now what? For me, this can often be the_most_painful... Read The Rest →

The Creation Story

Last weekend at CCV, we kicked off Week 1 of The Story. The Story is a book created by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee that is basically an adapted version of the NIV Bible Translation, written in novel form.  For the next 30-ish weeks, our entire church will be going through this book and that will be the focus of our weekend experiences; in essense,  a year-long sermon series – yes!! Not only was this the kick-off of The Story, but it was also what we consider Fall Kick-Off weekend.... Read The Rest →

Artistic Wins

Artists need some sense of affirmation to continue making art, otherwise discouragement settles in and they are tempted to give up. I’m an artist, I’m married to an artist and have several very close friends who are also artists.  I feel like I know the artisan spirit and nature pretty well. Last week I had two very telling conversations, one with my wife about her art and how she’s currently feeling about it; the other, with a good friend and protege of mine about his current life situation – though... Read The Rest →

Hustle & Hard Work

Did you ever play little league baseball?  I did, and I there are two words that are seared my my memory from days as a little leaguer: “Hustle Up!” I don’t remember my coach’s name, or what he looked like; but I do remember him constantly yelling that phrase at every practice and every game.  It’s as if he was telling us: if you want to win,  you’re gonna HAVE to work harder! Last month, we moved our family into a new place just up the street from where we... Read The Rest →

Mikela’s Story

Most anyone who reads this blog knows that I am married to the_most_amazing woman! Mikela is truly a saint in every way. She’s a stay-at-home mom to our 3 kids and also works part-time at Trader Joes, all while trying to conquer the world of Children’s Book Illustration in her free time. She’s the most talented artist I’ve ever known and I’m seriously blessed to call her my wife. Last week, we had the opportunity to interview Mikela and she shared a small part of her life as an artist... Read The Rest →

Red Letters

We just kicked off our Summer series at CCV, entitled: Red Letters.  This is a 9-week series that will walk through parables of Jesus.  When we began to brainstorm ideas for this series we talked about several different ideas. We landed on the a “vintage typewriter” look for a couple different reasons.  More than just how cool the typewriter looks, we wanted to communicate the origin of the “red letters” concept – highlighting the words of Jesus with the red typewriter ink. We picked up this beauty of a typewriter... Read The Rest →

Dialogue on Facebook.

There are many of you in Church Communications who have been tasked with running your church’s Facebook page.  With that in mind, I wanted to share a few things that I’ve learned while running the Facebook page for CCV over the last 2 years.  Here are a couple of tips: 1. Find a rhythm in your posts. The key here is getting your church in the Newsfeed of your fans on a consistent and regular basis. Be consistent and strategic in your timing.  When you find a natural rhythm, your... Read The Rest →

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