Animation is a wrap on my new Christmas video, "King of Kings". We're starting work on the sound design which could place the video's release date anywhere from Dec 1 to Dec 7. In the meantime you can read the script here to see if the video is going to be a good fit for your service. The video celebrates Jesus' inncarnation as the return of the True King. The video will be a text video (no voice). Here are some stills from the video so you can get a feel for the visuals. I can't wait to share it with you!
Jesus's presence is constant and available but it must be sought out. This was true for the shepherds and wisemen and it's true for us today. Through his Holy Spirit he draws near to those who draw near to him and he promises that those who seek will find him.
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Over the past few months God has been stoking a fire in me to do a project based on Revelation 5. It's an incredible moment at the end of history in which every person, angel, and creature in God's creation worships Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain. This is heaven's anthem that will be sung for all of eternity.
This mini-movie can be used as a part of a worship service as a way to point people towards this ultimate reality that is coming when every person is going to proclaim the name of Jesus. We have the opportunity to live into that reality here and now.
You may have noticed it's been rather quiet on the site for a few months now. Part of the reason is due to my family relocating across the country so my wife can pursue her PhD in Linguistics, and the other factor has been that the production timelines for some of my projects have gotten pushed back in order to give them some extra polish, because after all, if it's worth saying then it's worth taking the extra time to say it right (I think a wise tree told me that).
So the site is going to have a slew of new videos posted in the next three months and I thought I'd share the release schedule and a little info about each project.
Heaven's Anthem - Nov 3
A paraphrase of one of my favorite passages in scripture, Revelation 5, in which all of creation worships Jesus. This will be a perfect element to use at the start of worship to point people towards the moment when every creature "in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea and all that is in them" worships the lamb. We can live into that reality right here, right now!
Seek - Late Nov
We celebrate God's presence on earth at Christmas time but when Jesus was born the people that experienced his presence were those who were willing to seek it out. This video is an exhortation to seek after God during the Christmas season because He has promised that those who seek after Him will find Him.
The King Is Come - Late Nov
A Christmas video that celebrates the birth of Jesus as the return of the king. He is the true king who came to bring an end to the reign of sin and death and establish a new kingdomon earth. "There is no shelter from the king, but there is shelter in the king."
YHWH - Dec 1
This project started out with a simple vision: to turn a beautiful poem into an animated video. God had much bigger plans for this project and has turned it into something I could never have dreamed. 11 uniquely gifted animators and myself have come together to bring this poem to life. These animators have credits that include work on Game of Thrones, Tron, Pacific Rim, World War Z and more. But I saved the best part for last, this video will be a free resource to help you and your church share the gospel with your community during the Christmas season!
Firstfruits - Early January
I was reading a book called "The Blessed Life" and God opened my eyes to how I could truly honor God through my giving (turns out I was doing it wrong!). The concept of firstfruits is referenced throughout the Bible but I had never heard it explained in a practial way before. This video is my way of explaining the concept of firstfruits in a beautiful, applicable, and compelling way. The concept of putting God first goes far beyond our finances, it's about putting God first in every aspect of our lives.
Me & My Zombie
Earlier this year I wrote an article, that ended up being more of a confessional, about a conflict that all artists in ministry experience. I wanted to share it here in the hopes that God might speak through my story.
There's a temptation for those of us in ministry to give the appearance that we've got our act together and that we are completely selfless servants for Christ. But often appearances are deceiving. Here's my story.
When you make yourself open to God's leadings He can take you some pretty unexpected places. I definitely did not set out to make a video on Christ's ascension but God kept gently leading me back to a chapter about Christ's ascension in a book called "Encounters With God" by Tim Keller. I was struck by the life-changing implications of the ascension and also noticed a void in the church when it comes to material on the ascension. This video is the fruit of four months of work. I hope you are encouraged by its message.