I partner with churches across the country for all sorts of events. One critical factor for creating a successful event is defining what success looks like. It sounds obvious, but I’ve discovered that it’s often overlooked. I can’t tell you how many times an event organizer is unable to articulate what they want to get out of their event. (And it’s a lot harder for me to help them make their event a success if they can’t or won’t communicate what “success” looks like.)Continue reading “Know Your “Why””
I’m a computer nerd. Formerly a professional one. I still use my programming skills in my magic. I wrote my show control software, and do several routines that involve custom programming. Occasionally I encounter technical problems problems where my Google skills don’t turn up a clear solution. If I do find a solution, I’ll try to document it for future Googlers to find. This is one of those posts.
So, if you’re trying to integrate Facebook login into a PWA running in standalone mode, read on! Everyone else will probably want to turn away now.Continue reading “Facebook Login from a Standalone PWA”
I don’t generally get into politics here, but in light of this current election season, I thought I’d make an exception. In looking at all the turmoil on social media, Psalms 20:7 came to mind.
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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
As I travel across the country performing for churches and other Christian organizations, I am often asked whether I am a “Christian Magician” or a “Christian Illusionist.” And, for that matter, what’s the difference?
The short answer is that it is more accurate to refer to me as a magician. The longer answer is a bit more complicated. Continue reading ““Christian Magician” or “Christian Illusionist”?”
One of the things that really bugs me about social media is the number of people who believe and pass on obviously false information. I’m not talking about opinions I disagree with. I’m referring to the factually incorrect, completely disconnected from reality memes and links that clutter my feeds. I constantly feel the urge to post replies like “What are your reasons for believing this is true?” (Or, in more frustrated moments, “How can you possibly be this gullible!?”) But of course, I rarely post those sorts of things, or I wouldn’t have any friends.
It bothers me even more when churches engage in this kind of sloppy non-thinking. We must be prepared to answer the question, “What’s your reason for believing that?” Or, as the Apostle Peter put it, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)
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I hear and read a lot about the need to “make Jesus relevant.” While I understand what people generally mean when they say that, I really hate that phrase.
First, Jesus is who he is, regardless of what you, I, or the culture would prefer. We can’t “make” Jesus anything, and to attempt to do so is claim that we have authority over God himself. Second, there’s no need to “make Jesus relevant.” He is relevant to every human on the planet. Period. We are all, without exception, sinners who are lost, helpless, and deservedly hell-bound apart from Jesus. How could he possibly not be relevant?
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A few weeks ago, I shared a video about learning very basic ballooning for use in ministry. (See below.) I wanted to share a few tips about taking advantage of a moment like this with a kid in order to build them up. Although this is specifically about balloon sculpture, the principles apply in many interactions with kids.
Let’s consider the following example of a hypothetical interaction with a child getting a balloon:
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Here’s a simple magical object lesson you can do for Easter. It’s designed to use Easter eggs as a reminder of the important aspects of Easter. It can be a quick introduction to the resurrection, a lead in to a bigger lesson, or a “kicker” if you’re doing resurrection eggs.
Big changes are coming, again. This time next month, things will be a lot different for me. I expect life to be simultaneously much simpler, and much more difficult. (It’s amazing how often that seems to be the way things work.) Before I get into that, here’s a bit of history.
It’s been quite a hectic year. First a bit of background. As you may know, for the past several years in addition to working as an entertainer I’ve been moonlighting at an apologetics ministry. I had been in full-time ministry through magic for many years. Back when the economy slowed down, I didn’t respond appropriately or quickly enough and ended up getting into debt trouble. Getting a “real job” helped me get back out of that.