Some Thoughts for the Church Regarding the “Ghost Ship” Fire

(This post originally appeared in edited form as “The Most Ignored Gifts in the Church” at Relevantmagazine.com) Just before midnight on Friday, Dec 2nd, an artist’s collective in Oakland, CA called “The Ghost Ship” was rapidly and without warning engulfed in flames.  A ramshackle, graffiti-covered warehouse in the rough Fruitvale area, “The Ghost Ship” was home to a colorful collection … Read More

10 Lessons from Colombia’s Incredible Cultural Transformation

How Creativity Rescued a Nation The TV program 60 Minutes ran a segment last week that made my heart sing. It was the story an ad agency in the South American country of Colombia that used creativity to help end a 52-year-long war between the military and rebel guerilla fighters. The conflict had cost the country 220,000 lives, but now … Read More

The Pleasure in Perseverance

“…but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance…”(Romans 5:3 NKJV) Several years ago my parents got an “Award of Perseverance” from their church; a little framed certificate of recognition that was probably designed on a pastor’s computer. But it was a big deal for our family; an acknowledgment of two people who “gloried in their tribulations”. For … Read More

Creative Ministry in Tragic Times

We’ve just experienced a national tragedy in Orlando, the worst of its kind to date; another confirmation that violence and terrorism seem to be on the rise worldwide. For most of us this is at least mildly distressing, even though we may be thousands of miles away. How should a creative Christian respond? I work with artists and churches to … Read More

The Creative Church C__f____ce with M__oto F_j___ra is Happening, June 3-5

The Creative Church Conference, Indy is less than 2 weeks away, June 3-5. God has brought some amazing things together to make this event spectacular. My wife has forbidden me from saying “conference” or “Makoto Fujimura” in her presence, because she’s heard these words too many times. Everything is as it should be. It’s a c___f__ce whirlwind here but I … Read More

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