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New Years Resolution

“Speak little. Do much. Words may show a man’s wit, but actions his meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

Happy New Year, everyone, from all of us at Northview Church! I pray that your 2013 will be blessed and that God will empower you to follow Him well, and serve His people with compassion and integrity. – Greg

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Holidays

 

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Downtown Indy

This is our walk-in look this weekend. It’s a photo-realistic shot of downtown Indianapolis at Christmas. A neat look, but also a great “homey” touch. Homey touches are important – we have some of our Sunday School (we call it Northview Kids) rooms themed with kid-friendly paintings of sites around the city. The thing that makes it special is that it’s the opposite of generic. It’s specialized, and those touch-points can help us to feel at home in a wildly turbulent and changeable world. It’s a great way to welcome people home…
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Ideas That Didn’t Work: Screen Placement

Sometimes, I forget what the staging is going to be for a given weekend, which causes anxiety and aggravation to our graphic artists (sorry)! Here’s a backscreen title graphic that had to be redone, since half of it was in a forest – thankfully, we put everything up during the week to check it, so there’s usually time to fix mistakes…
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The Opposite Of Indifference

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel

We’re about to jump into a sermon series based on the Bible. The whole Bible. It’ll run for 31 weeks. That’s a long time – an eternity from a programming standpoint! I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out how we’re going to keep things fresh to help people to stay engaged. But that’s my problem – because we need to do this. There are too many forces in our world pushing against a trust in God and His Word, for us to let things slide and play church. My fear isn’t the “haters” – it’s that many people just don’t care or see any value in a relationship with God. They’ve become “comfortably numb,” like the old Pink Floyd song said (or – in reality – probably uncomfortably numb). Something inside of them (and me, from time to time, if I’m honest) has gone to sleep, and we need to help wake it up.

So in 2013, we jump deep into the Bible. Pray for us – it’s my prayer for you that you’ll also help people desperately in need of God to move in His direction.

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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Creative Planning

 

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Sometimes…

Sometimes evil things happen in the world…
Our role is not to offer answers – I don’t have any for what happened last Friday. All I have is hope that there is something better, Someone who wants things to be different – different than the evil we’ve seen in the school shootings.
We changed our services for this past weekend. We had planned an upbeat, get ready for Christmas-type of service. Instead, we dropped “Joy To The World” and sang “Amazing Grace.” We changed many other elements, and had a candle for each one who died in the senseless violence. And then prayer – prayer at various times throughout the service…
We’ll celebrate in the days to come. We’ll offer praise and thanksgiving. We’ll sing “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night.” But, at this moment, we pray.

 

Be Careful What You Ask For!

Making a “big ask” from the platform at Christmastime can yield some great results – you just have to be ready for the results! Thankfully, we were pretty set for the incredibly generous response of our congregation, having seen how they rise to make incredible things happen when there’s a need. All of the stuff that you see (and a lot more) is going to disadvantaged kids in Indianapolis. One thing I’ve learned over time: this kind of ask is usually much more effective when made by the Senior Pastor…
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The Christmas Story

A common mistake that I think that we make these days in the church world is assuming Biblical knowledge. Everybody knows what Christmas and Easter are about, right? Not so much… I was shocked years ago when we did a walkthrough event at the church I was serving at in those days which recreated the events of Easter. We had two ladies that worked in the large room where we were representing the Crucifixion. As we rehearsed and they saw the events graphically portrayed in front of them, one of the ladies said: “I had no idea that was what happened!” They had attended church FOR YEARS and didn’t know the most basic events that our faith is built on. And I realized in that stunning moment that it was because we never told them. We just assumed they knew…
So this year – make sure that you tell the Story…

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