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What Spiderman and Don Draper Can Teach Christians [Video]

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Well if this title doesn’t get your attention, I’m not sure what will. “Mike Cosper, pastor of worship & arts at Sojourn Community Church, explains why the stories told in secular TV shows and movies should matter to believers.” A great talk. Take the time to watch it: Can’t see the video in your RSS […]


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How Big Is Your Church?

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I have attended little churches, medium churches, big churches and yes, even a mega church. Since 1980, the number of evangelical megachurches in the United States has gone from 50 to 880 — and that number increases a few times every month according to the infographic below. While this infographic below focuses a lot of attention on […]


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A Creative Photo Project: Movies on My iPhone

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Photographer Francois Dourlen takes movie scenes from his iPhone and photographs it with strategically situated backgrounds. Sometimes what he captures looks like he was filming the movie from his iPhone and sometimes the background creates a funny mashup. He’s been posting these on Facebook and has over 15,000 fans. Here’s why: You can see more and […]


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271 Years Before Pantone

271 Years Before Pantone

271 years before Pantone came into existence, there was this. From the amazing Colossal: “In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on […]


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Please Use This Song [Video]

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This song by Jon Lajoie is hilarious! Now this is the part of the blog post that I write a little something for SEO and those that actually read blogs instead of skimming them. Now that I have created enough space between the top image and the video, let’s go ahead and watch it (as if I […]


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The Most Boring Ad Ever Made or The Most Effective?

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It’s titled, The Most Boring Ad Ever Made? Good question. You might think this 45-minute ad for Lecia Camera is boring, aka: bad marketing, but in fact, it’s rather brilliant. Not only does it show-off the unique features of their latest model — the Lecia T — but it uniquely highlights Lecia’s obsessive craftsmanship. The Most Boring Ad […]


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Disney’s 12 Principles of Animation [Video]

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Back in the 1930s, Walt Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston established 12 basic principles of animation (a tribute to them in the Pixar film The Incredibles is pictured above). Just as other creative spaces have established rules, animation is no stranger to established fundamentals. In the video, below, these 12 principles are presented in this animation […]


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Chess Clock Jenga [Video]

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Having been a youth worker for nine years, I was always looking for ways to have games and activities for every week’s youth group that was not too messy but memorable and fun. Sometimes I was limited by space and other times I simply did not have the manpower to do big activities. So Family […]


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8-Bit Watercolors by Adam Lister

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Adam Lister has brought together a collection of creative pop culture watercolor paintings that are inspired by the 8-bit look of retro gaming. You can see the humor, relate to his adoration of iconic pop culture icons, and admire his creative use of watercolors. Amazing. This is just a small snapshot of his work. If you liked […]


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Psychology of Color: How Colors Impact What We Purchase [Infographic]

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When you go to McDonalds, did you know that they try to get you to hurry up and order with the colors in their logo as well as the design of their menu? Starbucks is pushing “premium coffee” just by showing you their green mermaid even before you figure out the cost of a Venti. […]


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This Never-Before-Seen Star Wars: Rebels Concept Art

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Concept art from Star Wars Rebels has been released and it looks amazing. Star Wars Rebels is an upcoming CGI animated series that will be produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. To put this concept art into context and give you a lot more info on this upcoming animated series, check this out: Can’t see the […]


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Effective Storytelling with Social Media [Infographic]

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If you are running the blog for your ministry, the social media account for your church, or some kind of marketing for your brand, you need effective storytelling for who you are representing. How do you share a church’s story that might include hundreds or thousands of people over five, ten, or one hundred years? Even more […]


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Typekit Practice: A Collection of Typography Resources

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It’s just a font, right? It can’t be that hard to pick a font… Wrong. We’ve recently published some helpful resource on helping you navigate combining the right fonts as well as figuring out which fonts to use in the first place. Now here’s a font resource to really help you take your typographical knowledge and skill to the […]


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Storytelling on Steroids

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Human beings have always loved stories. We respond well to them. Television and movies are powerful storytelling mediums. Today’s movie theater is storytelling on steroids: sound louder than life, super-saturated colors. Characters are multiple times bigger than life. They often do things that are not actually possible. The storytelling experience in a cinema is totally immersive. Thus […]


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Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh [Photos]

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You may have seen this mini LEGO build (pictured above) before. It was put together by a very talented LEGO enthusiast and photographer, Chris McVeigh. McVeigh has put together several other awe inspiring mini LEGO builds, replicating retro technology. These works of art are amazing! Which one is your favorite? As much as I like […]


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The World as 100 People

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Jack Hagley took the statistics from 100people.org and has created a wonderfully visual design of what our world would look like if it was put into a 100 person sample. Honestly, the research is old (1990 and 1992) so note that there are variations and errors in the infographic, but it truly does take you […]


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Renaissance Art Mixed with Retro Video Gaming

Who would have ever thought of mixing retro video gaming with Renaissance art?
Dan Hernandez did.
And the results are impressive.

Bind. Blown.
[via Fast Co.CREATE]

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Finger-Snapping the Super Mario Bros Theme Music [Video]

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Why post a video of a guy finger-snapping the Super Mario Bros theme music? A few reasons: It’s Super Mario Bros, therefore, it’s awesome. ChurchMag is awesome, so we post about awesome things like Super Mario Bros (See how this works? With great power comes great responsibility). It’s really late at night as I write […]


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5 Social Media Marketing Design Essentials

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Creating cohesion and consistent branding is essential for marketing products and services, even within social media. In fact, you could probably argue that it is even more important, since your brand is floating in a giant sea of images and icons. Social media is a crowded space, and churches, ministries and nonprofits need to be […]


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History of Windows XP Original Wallpaper [Video]

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Do you know the story about Microsoft’s famous rolling green hills image that they use as the default background on their operating system software? The image is called Bliss and is featured on the now retired Windows XP OS. The photographer that took the image is Charles O’Rear just north of San Francisco and he […]


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A Coffee Shop Shaped Like an Enormous Rolleiflex Camera [Photos]

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And I thought I was passionate about things!?! About 60 miles outside of Seoul, South Korea, sits The Dreamy Camera, a giant Rolleiflex Camera with a coffee ship and mini camera museum located inside. Just look at this amazing place! What an amazing two-story masterpiece. How would you like to spend a day working from this cafe? [via Colossal]


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Designing Your Church Website for the Unchurched

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I recently finished reading the book Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley. The main premise of his book is about “Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend”, which just happens to be his tagline for the book. After reading it, I was really challenged to see how we could relate that to our church websites. What would […]


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How The World’s Most Creative People Scheduled Their Day [Infographic]

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If you’ve wondered how some of the most creative people who have ever lived went about their day, you’ll love this infographic. It’s easy to look at those who are successful or master in what they do as some kind of superheroes, but the truth of the matter is that they are just as human […]


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The Power of a Selfie [Video]

The #BeautyIs campaign by Dove certainly puts their product line front and center, but they have started a wonderful conversation about real beauty and the power of self portraiture, also know as: Selfies. In this video, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade follows the journey of several high school girls and their mothers as they explore […]


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The Power of a Selfie [Video]

The #BeautyIs campaign by Dove certainly puts their product line front and center, but they have started a wonderful conversation about real beauty and the power of self portraiture, also know as: Selfies. In this video, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade follows the journey of several high school girls and their mothers as they explore […]


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Iconic Pop Culture Transformers [Images]

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Transformers are awesome, but when you mix the Transformers universe with iconic pop culture cars, things begin to turn #EPIC. Take a look at these artful, 1980′s cartoon renditions: You can see more of Darren Rawlings work, including the old Batmobile and Wayne’s World Pacer, on his website. I’d give him a follow, he has some great stuff! […]


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