Creatives: Perception Happens Faster Than Ever

As a speaker and writer, I’m becoming more and more fascinated with the concept of “perception.” After all, in today’s distracted and disrupted world, our perception of everything happens faster and faster. In fact, one study indicates that when we meet someone for the first time, we actually decide within the first 4-8 seconds what we think of that person. Now, scientists are looking at how quickly we make decisions, and a particular project focused on


Just Criticizing the Culture Won’t Change the Culture

When it comes to engaging in public policy and challenging today’s culture, one of the least likely strategies for success is one built around criticism. The growing number of churches and ministries that are constantly “against something” has always been a disturbing trend. On a regular basis, I see an avalanche of direct mail campaigns and magazine articles by organizations upset about


The 20th Anniversary of “Starting Over”

The Impact of a Single Television Program

One thing that slipped by without my noticing a couple of years ago was the 20th anniversary of a TV special we produced for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association called “Starting Over.” Back then I was approached by the late Bob Williams who at the time was the head of the worldwide outreach for BGEA to produce a program he hoped would be “something people who would never watch a Billy Graham program would watch.” So I took him at his word and we brought together an incredibly talented creative team that featured


The Internet and the Rise of Christian Mobs

Religious mobs have been around for thousands of years. After all, it was a religious mob that called for Barabbas to be freed and Jesus to be executed. It was a similar motivation for the mobs that called for the arrest of the disciples. And throughout history, Christian mobs have done plenty of damage in the name of Jesus. From the days of the Early Church, to the Crusades, to burning heretics, to racists and beyond, there’s always been a


Eleven Things Creative People Should Know About Leonardo da Vinci

Right now, Leonardo da Vinci is hot. My wife and I just returned from Washington, DC where the National Gallery is showing his only painting publicly on display in the United States – a portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci. A new biography is available by Walter Isaacson who wrote the highly regarded biography of Steve Jobs, and a movie is coming out with another Leonardo in the lead role. But the biography I would encourage you to read is listed at the end of this article, and here are eleven things it taught me about Leonardo that every creative leader should know:


My Top 10 Blog Posts of the Year

See What Connected with People in 2017

I’ve been looking back at 2017, and my most read blog posts of the last 12 months. It’s always fascinating to see what connects with people and I would love any ideas you have on why these particular posts made an impact. The list is in reverse order and ends with my number one most read blog post of the year. Let’s start with #10: