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We can be 100% invested wherever we are. Even if some of us feel like we are in transition, we can be confident that our purpose and signifigance is not dictated by our circumstance.

Created “Living in hope no matter the circumstance” while listening to a talk by Ann Voskamp, author of best selling book One Thousand Gifts.

Scripture referenced from “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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Father’s Day is just a week away and we are cleaning out the garage and getting ready for an incredible weekend. I’m already geekin’ to see the cars and bikes lined up in the parking out and excited for the dude that takes home “Best of Show” this year. FatherPalooza is going to be awesome. At the same time we kick-off a brand new series “Under The Hood” an inside look at a life of spiritual discipline.

I’ll upload the high resolution artwork for your use. I just need a couple of days to play catch up! Shoot me a link to what’s going on in your neck of the woods. Later!

Posting a quick screen grab of this year’s PZ Kids Camp promotion design concept! All fun. I use Adobe Illustrator CS4 for 3D lettering and custom vector objects. Adobe Photoshop for layout. for printing.


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Custom Die-Cut proof – front & back

Keeping up with appearances even when you don’t feel like it. It happens. It’s the norm to be “fine” when you’re not. It’s expected and almost required. But if you stay there; ungrateful, conflicted and bitter and try to fake a smile or put on a show you will eventually wind up in an extremely dangerous place.

We were not meant to fake it. We were never meant to walk dead. It goes against everything we are about. You even feel the twist internally when you try and do it. Two scriptures come to mind when I think about this topic. One is towards all of us and the other is pointed directly at religious leaders who claim to know Jesus.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

Don’t pretend like you can get away with this kind of living. You were never meant to bear the full weight of this fallen world. So why try it alone?

Artwork available for download (Photoshop PSD):
The Walking Dead

Just a quick exercise on a custom vector icon. Wanted to apply some of the new tools in Adobe Illustrator. Infinite detail is possible but here is a 20-minute sketch for you to download. So this is a first attempt. Need to add more detail and tweak for a bit more realism. Also available via Gumroad if you feel like throwing in $1. Thanks for that.

Recently drove to Santa Fe, New Mexico with the family. It was absolutely beautiful. I think I may start painting again soon. Until then digital will have to do. Woke up one morning about 3:45am and could not go back to sleep. I decided to drive into the mountains, hike a bit in the snow and snap some shots of the sunrise over the peaks. It was incredible and I’ll never forget that morning. Inspired — a quick typography sketch with Adobe Garamond, photo from Santa Fe mountain basin and a piece of paper.

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Every now and then I run across great design and work that is simply more than just inspiring. Work so good that it actually helps break the notion to stay in a pattern that has worked for a while and even if your clients love it — it may be time for a change. It may be time to reinvent.

If you are a leader, designer or creative you know what I am talking about. Every few years and often sooner you have to reinvent what you do and how you do it. Today I stumbled onto Josh Hemsley’s design site. I am truly digging the attention to detail. Good work man. See Josh’s work and other talented designers on

Is it time for you to reinvent? Post who inspires you.

Just to warn you. This is a response to a challenge to define what my BIG DREAM was and if I still had it in me to go for it.  If you don’t know my story this may seem a bit odd but here you go. This is the bullet point version with many gaps but it’s a start.

Part I – Us

I am working daily to clarify my BIG DREAM but as of right now it’s making sure our kiddos know they are loved and that they have a solid foundation for life. To find out how to consistently love my wife Myra in the way she needs. We are both so broken it’s tough sometimes. By broken, I mean we have survived excruciating loss. I’ll have to write a book on all that but trust me when I say broken for us is sometimes best described as a black hole. So the first part of my ‘dream’ is to get ‘us’ right. That’s a huge deal.

Part II – Connected 

I would love to start a “connected” community hub that integrates tech/design/new media & a mentor/relationship with real accountability for people who want to step off a path that leads to nowhere onto a path with possibility. Accountability for personal goals but also measurement for real world – real impact goals.

To underline that while we have this awesome time on Earth we also are a part of a larger plan. We were created to love Him and love others. To share His story of sacrifice for us. He could have come to this earth to destroy us… to punish us… which is what we have seemed to do very well on our own. But He chose to send His son to let us know there is a different choice, even in pain, hurt and wounds — we could still choose to love.

Part III – Discovery

I think my dream is to be what I have always wanted. A real encouraging, loving, friend. The issue, for me at least to is being able to look past my own void and actually be just that. Most of the time I am the exact opposite. Especially to those I love the most. Not cool but true.

That’s a start for me. What’s your BIG DREAM?

When a client wants a major refresh or even a small project I have always done my best work when told “Pretend like it’s your company and do whatever you want with it. If you like it. We’ll love it.” Can’t tell you how those words energize. It’s gives credibility, empowerment, trust, creative license and much more. I love the idea of being the CEO or CIO breaking new ground and setting the bar high.

Back in the good ol’ days when I started a small new media agency I used to love to tell clients ‘You pick the best brand and website in your industry and I’ll make yours better.’ I love a big challenge, I love the risk and the pressure. Give me a big vision and empower me to solve and execute that bad boy — you won’t be disappointed.

If you are the client. Pick a designer with a portfolio that you like! That’s the key. Then let them run with your project. If they are insightful and visionary and have some skills, you won’t be disappointed.

Design it like you own it. It’s like living someone else’s success even if for a short while. 

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School Yearbook Cover, Easter Concept, Student Summer Camp

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Our staff is going through Cracking Your Churches Culture Code by Samuel Chand this month and BJ had us commit to a NO PETS policy on our staff.

No Problems
There are no more problems in our organization. Only challenges or opportunities. Problems are negativity and the solution is usually to get rid of them. Instead take some time to learn from whatever is going on and improve. Offer solutions and ideas instead of marinating on the issue. I talked with our Innovation Team about this constantly, that we are problem-solvers, we provide solutions — and we were not going to settle on complaints and issues unless someone wanted to figure out how to address it, creatively and constructively.

No Excuses
Excuses happen when things are not going so well. It’s a defense mechanism. How many organizations do you know that give an excuse for how and why they do what they do? Take Responsibility. Address the hard truth about performance and effectiveness. If one approach is not working then try a different approach. I read once how Michael Dell empowers his employees to take risks and if the venture fails or not working out as expected the leader had to know when to pull the plug. That’s it. We are all going to mess up, our ideas do not always work — we’re human. Just don’t expect to clean a mess up by pouring more stuff on top of it or even worse make excuses for why it is not effective.

No “They”
I hear this at least once a week. They said… Usually they is one person who decides that they are representing a whole group of people. How many times are we guilty of building a case and adding a few extra people? Stop giving power to they. If you have something to say, say it directly to the person who can do something about it. Matthew 18:15 says something about that.

No Secrets
We recently listened to The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey. Every team and organization must operate in a culture of trust. Without it your cost will go up and speed will go down. Trust is simply “Character + Competence”. To have trust you must be able to communicate directly with one another. To kill trust, do just the opposite: don’t communicate directly others, just complain or gossip to everyone else — or keep “secrets”. Secrets are the not-so-silent trust killer. If you are going to solve problems or opportunities together you have to be willing to communicate openly and honestly.

Sorry, PET lovers. There not allowed here anymore.

When designing, developing, drafting a marketing plan or trying to problem solve in general I like to boil things down to the basics and use what is necessary and/or effective. Here is a quick list of the organizations and sites that I have peeked at most this year. Some are simple and some complex. Each of these sites have a different purpose and focus but all do a good job of carving out their own path.

BTW, All of these organizations have something in common — their culture, brand and purpose is clear and well executed. Online and Off.

Ready to rock out a new solution for my church. It’s clean and simple for sure but it needs to integrate better with what’s happening online. We should integrate a GFC blog stream video & text, add a layer over Facebook (API) and even look for a more integrated media toolset to feed the rapidly growing demand for mobile devices. Also, while we are under the hood, ramp up analytics and CRM functionality to improve our connection/communication.

What sites inspired or influenced you this year? Or which did you use the most? Post a link/comment

Build it today, test on your iPhone today. (Release to app store 10 Days)

So I have wanted to build an iPhone app for about a year now and received several cost estimates from excellent companies SubSplash, MobileRoadie and a few others. We will most likely move ahead and invest a bit in the next year for mobile media but before we totally took the plunge I wanted to test just how popular and useful an iPhone mobile app would be.

If you have been looking for a simple way to build and fairly simple way to publish an iPhone app and really don’t want to invest thousands just yet, I would recommend AppMakr. You can design and build straight forward apps pretty quick and if you know some HTML and CSS you can push the functionality a bit.

Building is the easy part actually, it’s connecting and publishing to the Apple iTunes App Store that’s a bit complex, at least at first. I’ll outline that process in a future post. If you don’t want to figure the second part out AppMakr will publish for you at $1,000.00 (each release).

Give it a try, I think you’ll dig it. Here is the direct link to the Grace Fellowship Church app. Released today. Looking forward to checking out the stats. Have fun.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Who are your neighbors – do you love them?  If questionable maybe go back and read the first part – “LOVE the LORD your GOD” – with everything you are. Do you love you? Who God created you to be? On a scale of 0 to 10 how much do you really love who you are and the life you have right now? Do you have a clear understanding what you are to do today? Are you right where you are supposed to be – or is it a place that would rank high “In Your Comfort Zone”? Have you stepped out to risk in FAITH?

What are you doing TODAY that takes a large amount of FAITH? Are you still MOVABLE? Would you step out and risk if He asked you to?

If you really want to know where God wants you – I challenge you to journal over the next 30 days – read proverbs and get on your knees each morning and thank God for what he has done in your life then ask him to reveal his plan for you. He made you – YES he has a plan for you. Seriously, just ask. Or if I have totally confused you with this random blog post – feel free to drop me a question. I know any step of FAITH is the best step you will ever take – you will never regret it. Seek Him and you will find Him and you will find you as well.

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Working through the principle – What we do effects everything. We can have a positive impact on this world or the inverse – and it’s our choice. What impact are you having on the world around you? What we are doing today will eventually filter down to the next generation. It will. You can bet on it. Ripple Effect. Starting this weekend @woodlandschurch




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Great word this weekend from the “Pleasers, Perfectionists, Procrastinators and other people like me” series.  Control Freaks is the topic. So which are you? I really identify with all of them at one time or another but recently I seem to fit into the “Worry wart“. Seriously, have I always been that way and just never noticed?

Just in the past year I have really began to experience the consequences for being a control freak. I seem to be very frustrated, fatigued and honestly feel like I am failing. So what now? Lately, I feel like God is just trying to show me how to do well with what I have been given, with what is right in front of me. Make sense, but harder than it sounds. My mind tends to stay 2-5 years ahead of where we are and if I/we are not making progress towards those goals, dreams and the vision then I panic. Still working on this and other things. Feel better just writing it down though. Peace.

Oh yes, types of Control Freaks just in case you can’t read my writing:

  • The Intimidator
  • The Perfectionist
  • The Worry Wart
  • The Uber-Planner
  • The Anti-Planner
  • The Master Manipulator
  • The Micro Maniac
  • The Opinionator

Are you a Control Freak? Comments from You


Simple but cool Mars Hill iPhone application by SubSplash.

About Subsplash
We aspire to go beyond convention and deliver both amazement and delight.
Subsplash is a design-centric software company. Our approach to software design is strongly rooted in the iterative process. We love Getting Real and being Agile. By channeling our efforts through this methodology our clients get great results and the return on investment is high. We hope our customers see this benefit when using DreamStream, Timeless and our forthcoming products.

About Mars Hill Church
Mars Hill Church lives for Jesus as a city within the city – knowing culture, loving people, and seeing lives transformed to live for Jesus.
That’s our mission.

YES. You need to have your own iPhone app.