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Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Using Little Big Planet as a Creative for Church

January 15, 2009

Here it is! For those of you who haven’t been following the blog, I work at a church, overseeing all the arts there from music to drama to the visual arts. We’re doing a series right now called Heroes and Villains, which is taking some of the most classic bible stories you heard as a […]

Guitar Praise Stirs Up A Conversation (a.k.a.–Can There Be Such a Thing as a Christian Video Game?)

September 4, 2008

[Editors Note:  If the subject of Christianity or religion in general is something you can’t handle in a mature way, then read no further.  Trolling will not be tolerated, so don’t bother.] First off, if you haven’t already, read this article on Gamastutra, and then come back. Seriously. Why are you still here? Let me […]

Church Uses Video Games to Talk About Community

April 21, 2008

For those of you who don’t know, I’m actually a licensed pastor for a church in Pennsylvania. I spend my weekends playing acoustic and electric guitar and leading three different teams of musicians, a youth band, and a choir. It’s also my job to oversee all of the creative elements in the service, and I […]

Is Halo 3 Really Inappropriate For Senior High Students?

October 16, 2007

I covered a story a few weeks ago that the New York Times ran about churches across the country who have been using Halo 3 in their youth groups, and ever since then the debate has gone on as to whether or not it’s appropriate to play Bungie’s latest hit at church. The criticism is […]

Halo 3 as an Evangelism Tool?

October 8, 2007

  The New York Times did a story recently about the growing trend in some churches across America to use the Halo series as a way to engage and attract youth in their community.  From the article: Across the country, hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern and criticism […]

Pastor Preaches the Gospel of Wii

September 3, 2007

Apparently, Jesus is into the Wii. Pastor Al Detter, who presides over Grace Church in Erie, PA was speaking yesterday about honoring God in everything that you do–in your work, at home, etc. As part of his sermon, he made the point that the Bible says in Ecclesiastes that it’s as big of a mistake […]