Archive for the ‘Production’ category

President Bush and David Blaine

September 24, 2008

Odd title I know, but this is something that couldn’t go unsaid. As Creative Pastor I make sure that nothing technical gets in the way of the success of our creative learning environments on Sunday morning. Sound, lighting, video, music selection, drama, set design and execution are all critical elements that if done effectively will all fade into the background and go without comment.

Cue the President. During what could be one of the most important “talks to the nation” he’ll make before leaving office, a continuous mic cable noise could be heard throughout his talk – an annoying muffled low bumping noise – that was distracting and, most important – not the technical quality of presentation you expect of the White House. This is especially significant when telling the nation that the government is the only entity capable of handling the economic crisis that we all are fully aware of. Mic noise – economic stability of the free world. I know they are totally dissimilar and the audio guy was fired, but given everything else on the radar, this was a time to shine and for tech problems to disappear – and they didn’t.

Cue David Blaine. In what was heralded as one of the greatest magical experiences since the Flood, David Blain made those who were interested sit for a couple of hours until….in a moment that was to at least rival Houdini….did he explode?….did he transform into some other creature?….did he give everyone in the audience a new car?…No. He jumped off of a 40 foot truss, connected to a safety harness and then was lifted away by a large bunch of helium balloons while we all watched in awe. Awe that we had been duped into wasting a couple of hours to see a fair ride. How does this connect? As David Blaine is “disappearing into the night”, someone forgot to mute the audio of a guy saying, “Get him up. Higher, higher. Get him up.” Now I’m no magician, but that sounded a lot like a director giving cues.

The key takeaway is this: details matter – in life, in business, in family. Apparently we do need to sweat the small stuff…at least some of the time!

Opening Ceremonies

August 9, 2008

Talk about overwhelming, visually appealing, stunning, creatively astute, dynamic, ancient/future fusion, and the list could go on. By far the best Opening Ceremonies ever. The ebb and flow of intensity was so provoking. More than just your mind, your soul was drawn into the story. For a moment I think we all became Chinese, empathizing with the suffering and struggle and experiencing a kind of global pride in humanity.

There was certainly a feel that the China of old was gone and the new China was breaking out. The experience left an indelible emotional mark that will continue to be felt around the world, and change the global perspective on China in the future.

Team Shout Out

March 1, 2008


This is for everyone on the Lifepoint Production Team. You guys kicked it out for this series – The State of the Church Address. The next three weeks are going to be great and you’ve had a lot to do with it. I can’t wait to see how things go tomorrow as we begin.

The foyer looks terrific and the government blue stage walls make the “presidential” podium pop. Joe is going to wear a suit coat to complete the look.

Congrats to a great group of people who really know how to utilize their strengths to see great things happen!


November 19, 2007

You cannot have a conversation about popular culture without bringing up the subject of music. I love Mondays! It gives you the opportunity to look back and see what would have been really good if you had know ahead of time what was going to happen. Yesterday we had a great service discussing the importance, influence and impact music has on culture.

We opened the service with Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive”; moved to Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day”; Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind – 1997” for Princess Diana’s funeral, and finished with Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah”.

The Sunday was lively and literate and covering a broad range of emotions and experiences. One song we had cut from the program because of time was Daughtry’s “Home”.

At the end I challenged each person to view at least part of the American Music Awards Sunday evening. Had I known Daughtry would win so much we would have most assuredly sang “Home”.

Song is such a powerful gift to mankind. It can bring a person back to a specific time, place and event or it can inspire him to seek out greater things in life.

Whether a glorious or broken Hallelujah, we are all singing our own song.

Things People Complain About

October 22, 2007


We are looking ahead at the last week in a series of messages at Lifepoint challenging us to do, “Whatever It Takes”.

Yesterday we talked about a few things that people complain about the way we do church.

We started with music. Some say that it is too loud. In response we sang the Big and Rich song, “Loud” and gave the deep spiritual meaning behind the loud music…we like it loud!


October 17, 2007

I don’t know if I need to recant or what, but what I do know is that – though subtle – I know that the beginnings of a “reverberation” are taking place personally. The conference was, from my perspective, what I’ve written. However, I think that I’m finding that even though the production aspects weren’t what I expected, there does seem to be an awarness of some things that I previously ignored.

One of those is that the events that have the most impact, like the services we produce, may not be the ones that are the smoothest and sharpest. I strive for our services to have a high “wow” effect, but I have to admit that I would rather have “wow” impact than “wow” effect. The influence we have on others has to count for more than a good show. Something must be left when the environment is gone. In other words, Catalyst could not have been that bad if I am still earnestly thinking about it.