Musical Mediocrity

A few months ago I visited a church with a musician-friend I know.  I’ve been to this church before.  They are well established in the community near where he lives, have great Bible-oriented preaching and a warm friendly environment.  So, when my musician-friend began looking for a church to call home I recommended that he visit this church with me and check it out. He visited twice and then stopped.  I asked why. I could tell he was uncomfortable communicating…

Medium and Message

A while back Phil Cooke wrote an article which appeared on his website entitled, “The Medium is Really the Message.” I have to admit even now many months later I am uncomfortable with the brashness of his title. Upon first reading it I wanted to scream out, “Jesus’ work on the cross is the message, Phil!” Or, “God’s love for us is the message, not the medium!” You get the picture. My church-upbringing causes a kneejerk reaction to defend what…

Building Arks

“Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” – Warren Buffett When stormy seasons come I am reminded of Warren Buffett’s statement, “Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” I wonder, if God through Noah had only warned of the coming flood, what good would that have been? Love is shown only through the fabrication, provision and the opportunity to be rescued by the Ark. As a technical artist (in church or elsewhere) I am called to be a problem solver,…

It’s All About Transitions

Three proverbs for Tech Artists considering career changes Tech people often talk about the importance of transitions. Usually this is within the context of cues, as in one song to the next, one lighting look to the next, a pattern of camera shots, etc. But what about career transitions? One of my favorite verses in the Bible is, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men” –…