Sunnybrook In the News

The local news ran a great story about Sunnybrook and our video venue last week. Watch for my brief camera appearance where I look like I’ve had at least 15 cups of coffee (I’d only had 1…I swear!)

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When Technology Fails Miserably

It was another Sunday morning at Vale. The line up was set, the media was loaded, the band was rehearsed, the singers were warmed up, the click tracks were rolling and the in ear monitors were snug in our ear canals. Song number one (“Majestic” by Lincoln Brewster) went off just like we’d practiced it. Then came song number two (Lincoln Brewster’s new song “Today is the Day”) The click began…click, click, click, click…one, two, three, fo……uh oh!

My greatest fear about using clicks had come true. The in ears died and left the band hanging on for dear life. Fortunately, I haven’t made the switch to in ears for our singers. So, after about 2 measures of playing and singing deaf, I rip my monitors out of my ears, caught the track playing through the wedges and to my relief…we were right on tempo. Our drummer followed my foot, our guitar player ripped his monitors out and followed the drummer, the bass player and keys did the same. No one (including the singers…AND the sound tech) ever noticed the near disaster unfolding in front of them.

I didn’t really know how the song had come off until several people stopped me in the lobby to tell me how much they loved the new tune. Whew…crisis averted!

Plans have changed for tomorrow, instead of editing video, I’ll be fixing gear…

No…I Didn’t Wait in Line

I thought about getting up and heading to the local AT&T store to score my new iPhone this morning, but decided to pass. According to this post, I may have made a wise decision. Here’s my thought process.

Stand in line for an hour and half or sleep in, have a nice breakfast, then head off to the pool with the kids.

Deal with the frustration of getting my iPhone in the middle of chaos or wait a few days, stroll casually into the AT&T store and get my iPhone without the stress of a crowd.

In the end, I figured having my iPhone today wouldn’t alter my life enough to make the hassle worth it. I’m not sure how long I’ll have to wait, but I do know that my iPhone purchase will be under a whole lot less fanfare than what was happening today.

Now…if Bloomington had an Apple Store, that would have been a different story!

The Projector of the Future

Coming soon to a worship service near you…

Why This Way?

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Anytime you work in an innovative church environment, the question of “why” comes up a lot.

  • Why do you use animated lights?
  • Why do you play a “Foo Fighters” song on a Sunday morning?
  • Why do you teach on a topic instead of reading 30 bible verses at a time?
  • Why do you have 5 screens instead of an overhead projector?
  • Why do you do a 65 minute service?
  • Why are the children jumping up and down instead of sitting next to a flannel graph in “Sunday School”?
  • Why, Why, Why…

For me, the answer is simple. We do it because we want to change lives. We do it, because we believe that the way to engage the hearts of the lost is to share the gospel in a way that meets them where they’re at. We do it because the Word of God challenges us to.

In Acts 17, Paul heads into Athens and completely changes his approach to sharing the gospel. He takes time to observe the people, their beliefs, their systems, their ways. Then he engages them based on those findings. He never changes the message…he simply changes the delivery. That’s why Sunday mornings at Vale are not the same as the little church with the steeple I grew up in. People here aren’t looking for that environment…they’re looking for something that is real and pertinent to their lives today. Not a truth that seems unattainable, but a relationship that is life changing. Not the guilt of religion, but the grace of God.

I love this environment. I love seeing constant life change in people. I love watching God move in tangible ways week in and week out. I often wonder how different my early walk would have been if church had been like this growing up. I may never know the answer to that, but I do know that today, I have the great joy of serving in a place that is making a difference for Christ…and what an honor that is!

The Consumer Electronics Show

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Here it is folks…150″ of television bliss. This monster features an 11′ x 6′ screen with 8.84 million pixels of resolution. Panasonic has all but stolen the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year. All other flat panel companies have pulled any signage showing the size of their T.V.’s…Can you blame them? I can just picture a couple of these beauties lighting up our worship center…of course I can also picture one in my living room! Here’s a great article on the happenings at the CES.

Animoto

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Have you ever been asked to take a bunch of digital pictures from the latest youth trip or church event and create a highlight video or slide show for Sunday morning? If you’re in Creative Ministries, you’ve probably been asked to do this more times than you can remember. Let’s face it…it’s a pain and can be very time consuming.

Well, here’s a great solution to the problem. Animoto.com

At Animoto, you can upload your photos, pick from a nice selection of stock audio (or upload your own), then sit back and let Animoto do the rest. In a few minutes you’ll have a unique video that (as of last week) is fully downloadable. If you don’t like the show that was created, simply re-render the project and you will get an entirely different presentation.

For $30.00 a year, you can create unlimited, full length videos. The quality is top notch and would take hours of editing to duplicate. It’s a great investment and well worth a look. Check it out at Animoto.com.