Tag: creativity

Why not Wednesday? Soak time

Sometimes we rush things. Plan soak time. Soak time allows us to not focus in an idea, and therefore focus on it. Confused? Watch House M.D. That’s soak time. Creativity is the art of non-focus. The best ideas are obvious, simple and as a…

Why not Wednesday? Failed ideas…

Ideas can fail for a few reasons: Bad idea Bad timing Bad placing Take a look at failed ideas and think through if they will work again? People’s initial reaction to anything new is often NO! Very few people just grab on to any…

Why not Wednesday? The power of paper & pen

There is something about being able to write and sketch that will never go away. Technology cannot replicate the sheer delight of pen on paper. My tool of preference is the Moleskin Cahier Journal, ruled & pocket-sized. Whatever you choose, you really need something….

Why not Wednesday? Embrace constraints

Need means that which is essential. It is surprisingly small. In ministry you only need three things: Bible, People, A place to meet. That’s it. If necessity is the father of invention, then constraints is the mother of creativity. The little camps that do…

Steve Jobs style of preaching…

Yeah, I’m a mac fanboy. This presentation about Steve Job’s speaking style has a lot of carryover to a teaching or preaching setting. I especially like the tips on how to use Keynote. (That’s a program similar Powerpoint).

Why not Wednesday? Play

A professor told me clearly: “Play is a child’s job.” Well, really, its ours too. Think of it this way, how much did you learn while playing?  Take some time and answer these questions while thinking about how you can bring ‘play’ in your…

Why not Wednesday: Be a kid!

“Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” ~Jesus We often hear the line “child-like faith.” Jesus uses children to teach about humility and faith. Other than the disciples, children are the only group Jesus…

Three lessons from Apple…

“Everyone in silicon valley was trying to be someone else…” ~Welcome to Macintosh It is no secret that I’m a Mac. I watched Welcome to Macintosh, written and directed by filmmakers Robert Baca and Josh Rizzo, while my wife baked incredible delights. Expecting to…

We need more stained glass windows…

  “We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future, your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you can tell them…” ~ Joshua 4:6-7a NLT Where is the art? Stained glass windows were used to communicate…

Why Not Wednesday: Rearranging Deck Chairs

The cliche “that’s just rearranging deck chairs” has a negative connotation, but sometimes that is exactly what is needed. Slight changes are seemingly insignificant. Rearranging of things can open up a world of possibilities. One of the best things to help build creative muscle…