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Seven Sentence Review: Gravity

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Seven Sentence Review: Gravity

Gravity, though not a perfect film, is well worth watching, as Sandra Bullock ably carries this film on her shoulders as an astronaut/scientist on a space mission that quickly turns disastrous. While on a spacewalk, Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, learns that a missile has destroyed a Russian satellite, setting off a chain reaction of space debris that destroys even more satellites as pieces hurtle through space at the speed of bullets. I won’t give away plot details, except to say that in most of the movie Bullock is the...

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The Emily Hearn Story: How a Social Media Novice Became One of the Most Recognized Faces at Echo 2013

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The Emily Hearn Story: How a Social Media Novice Became One of the Most Recognized Faces at Echo 2013

If you were at the Echo conference in Dallas this past July, you may recognize the face to the right. It belongs to Emily Hearn from Dothan, Alabama. Emily started a Twitter campaign at the conference with the hashtag #GetEmilyOnStage. Her goal? To simply get on stage at one of the main sessions. And of course, it worked. What’s surprising is how and why. Before Echo 2013, Emily didn’t even have a Twitter account. By the time the conference was over, people were asking her about her social media strategies. This is how it all went...

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Lessons for my Church from the Wonderful World of Disney

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Lessons for my Church from the Wonderful World of Disney

I just went with my family for a trip to Disney World a couple of weeks ago. It has been a while since I’ve visited there, but I was quickly reminded of why it is such an amazing place. And as I looked around, I realized there are a lot of lessons that local churches can learn from how Disney World does things.  So here are ten things that I learned that I know we can use at my own church. Maybe you can use some of these ideas at your church, too.       1. The experience begins before you enter. The front entrance to the...

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Lessons for my Church from the Wonderful World of Disney

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Lessons for my Church from the Wonderful World of Disney

I just went with my family for a trip to Disney World a couple of weeks ago. It has been a while since I’ve visited there, but I was quickly reminded of why it is such an amazing place. And as I looked around, I realized there are a lot of lessons that local churches can learn from how Disney World does things.  So here are ten things that I learned that I know we can use at my own church. Maybe you can use some of these ideas at your church, too.       1. The experience begins before you enter. It starts with the Disney...

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A New Logo

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A New Logo

I’m very pleased to reveal a new logo for the church where I work, Covenant United Methodist Church in Dothan, AL. This logo redesign is the first step in a design overhaul that we’re moving towards, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. The new logo goes “live” in the next week or two, but you, fair readers, get this sneak preview! The previous logo was lacking in a number of areas, and so the task of the new design was to have a logo that had a distinct and unique graphical element that reflected who we are,...

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A New Logo

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A New Logo

I’m very pleased to reveal a new logo for the church where I work, Covenant United Methodist Church in Dothan, AL. This logo redesign is the first step in a design overhaul that we’re moving towards, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. The new logo goes “live” in the next week or two, but you, fair readers, get this sneak preview! The previous logo was lacking in a number of areas, and so the task of the new design was to have a logo that had a distinct and unique graphical element that reflected who we are,...

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Seven Sentence Review: Les Misérables

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Seven Sentence Review: Les Misérables

Any film adaptation of the most perfect live musical (are you picking up my biases?) is bound to somehow fall short of expectations, since perfection, cross-medium, would be nearly impossible, and this review is not a critique of the story or the musical at all, but instead, focuses on the adaptation, and assumes the reader knows the story line.  First, the acting is remarkable, and the live singing really did work, creating nuanced and powerful performances with emotional intensity and subtlety not possible on the stage, but I wonder if the...

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Seven Sentence Review: Cloud Atlas

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Seven Sentence Review: Cloud Atlas

Note: In a first for me, I’m revising a review. And while both of the readers of this blog may decry such actions, it’s my blog, and I’ll do as I please. Why the revision? Because some films are better reviewed after the passage of a little bit of time. And after just a very short time, I’ve come to realize how forgettable much of Cloud Atlas is. It has kind of soured on me.  When I wrote my review of Les Misérables and realized they were only one star apart in my ratings, I also realized this was a travesty. Hence,...

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How to Light a Round Table Discussion

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How to Light a Round Table Discussion

About a year ago, I had a chance to film a long discussion with a Christian pastor and 3 Muslim American leaders to discuss 9-11 and the impact it it had on them. We wanted to do, literally, a round table discussion. This blog post is about how we filmed it. After some preliminary brainstorming and location scouting that included everything from conference rooms to living rooms to a coffee shop, we settled on something a little more isolating: A single table, with the participants being very close to each other, in a darkened room. The...

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Hello, Alabama.gov!

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Hello, Alabama.gov!

Wow! What a boost! These past couple of months, I’ve been seeing lots of you arriving at my website from Alabama.gov. I’m so delighted that some of my photos are now gracing Alabama’s website! So welcome, fellow Alabamians! I’ve just moved back to Alabama after spending 3 1/2 years in Kansas City, and let me tell you, it’s good to be home! This very week, I’m getting settled in Dothan. (I lived in Montgomery for almost a decade before my brief stint in Kansas City.) I] have a few photos here on this webpage...

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