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VIDEO: A Reading From The Christmas Song

On Christmas Eve, during the worship services at The Ascent Church, I read a piece from The Christmas Song, a musical I wrote for Brentwood-Benson in 2010.  I’ve posted the video below (thanks for my 8-year old son for being my videographer and my husband for playing such a perfectly beautiful music bed on the piano).

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“Come As You Are” – A 2-minute film you need to see

I believe in the power of God to communicate hope through story.  That’s why, when I was offered the position of Creative Director at Fellowship Bible Church in Northwest Arkansas almost 20 years ago, I jumped at the chance.  With a team of actors, writers, and directors, we learned to tell stories on both stage and

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Derrick: Former Inmate Starts New Chapter

(Let’s pretend we’re sitting down for coffee and I’m telling you this story 🙂  Click the audio link above.)   Every one of us is a storyteller. We tell stories to friends over a cup of coffee, stories to our kids while we’re tucking them into bed, stories to co-workers, relatives, neighbors. Some stories make us wince

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“Zoom in on the Tears”- 3 Safeguards Against Using Emotion to Manipulate Your Audience

It’s my Faithful to Speak workshop and we’re talking about emotion in the context of public speaking. Joanne raises her hand, “But how do you know when you’re being manipulative? Using emotion because you know it will get to your audience?” Her question makes me dig deep. And it takes me back to a late

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