Snow Day from Brian Hickey on Vimeo.

A quick video of the boys playing in the snow on the last day of Christmas Break

Shot on: Panasonic GH2 with Driftwood’s Intravenus, Smooth -2 -2 -1 -2
Tripod: Manfrotto 561BHDV Monopod
Lenses used: Rokinon 35mm 1.4
Edited with: Premiere Pro CS6
Color Graded: After Effects CS6, Color Finesse & ColorGHear

CreativeRush “Beauty in the Decay” - October 2nd, 2012 from Brian Hickey on Vimeo.

A quick collection of highlights and candid captures of the host, panelists, and attendees at the May, 2012 CreativeRush!

- Creative Rush CreativeRush aims to create a platform for people to learn across all creative mediums and channel this knowledge and inspiration into improving their own work and discovering new creative possibilities. By providing a monthly topic on which to think and a diverse panel of speakers from whom to learn, CreativeRush will build and foster a community of creatives that constantly challenges its idea of the term “creativity.”

Shot on: Panasonic GH2 with Driftwood’s Canis Majoris Night, Smooth -2 -2 -1 -2
Tripod: Manfrotto 561BHDV Monopod
Lenses used: Rokinon 35mm 1.4, Rokinon 85mm 1.4
Edited with: Premiere Pro CS6
Color Graded: After Effects CS6, Color Finesse & ColorGHear
Music Snippet: “Carry On”, Fun ©2012 Fueled by Ramen Records

Just thought I would create one, to add to the viral internet wave of “what others think i do”, for us missional folks.

Just thought I would create one, to add to the viral internet wave of “what others think i do”, for us missional folks.

A visual metaphor for the attractional Church?
I remember the first time I swam in the ocean. What an experience - the shock of the salt water, the challenge of keeping up with the power and rhythm of the waves, the danger of the undertow as I was reminded by my mom every 5 minutes, and the complete peace with my surroundings. I even saw a stingray - It was awesome! Then I remembered going to a ‘wave’ pool at the water park. It was not quite the same experience to say the least, but it was easy to get in and relatively safe.
Too often, instead of going out into the ‘Kingdom’ to spread the ‘Good News’ to our community by sharing in life and relationships, we busy ourselves with trying to recreate the wonders and richness of the world to get people to come in. We try so hard to be the ‘ocean’ with our church services, music, coffee bars, bookstores, gyms, gift bags, and assorted targeted programs all in the relatively safe environment of the ‘pool’. Sadly, it can never truly compare, with the worlds offerings, and usually goes unnoticed except by other churches who attempt to clone or critique it. Instead, we should focus on being out in the ocean, living life with our community and being an example of Jesus where they are. This is how the kingdom will be built and was modeled by Jesus!
It’s still good to meet with our friends & family in the comfort & safety of the ‘pool’, but let us never forget to stick our feet in and brave the ocean!

A visual metaphor for the attractional Church?

I remember the first time I swam in the ocean. What an experience - the shock of the salt water, the challenge of keeping up with the power and rhythm of the waves, the danger of the undertow as I was reminded by my mom every 5 minutes, and the complete peace with my surroundings. I even saw a stingray - It was awesome! Then I remembered going to a ‘wave’ pool at the water park. It was not quite the same experience to say the least, but it was easy to get in and relatively safe.

Too often, instead of going out into the ‘Kingdom’ to spread the ‘Good News’ to our community by sharing in life and relationships, we busy ourselves with trying to recreate the wonders and richness of the world to get people to come in. We try so hard to be the ‘ocean’ with our church services, music, coffee bars, bookstores, gyms, gift bags, and assorted targeted programs all in the relatively safe environment of the ‘pool’. Sadly, it can never truly compare, with the worlds offerings, and usually goes unnoticed except by other churches who attempt to clone or critique it. Instead, we should focus on being out in the ocean, living life with our community and being an example of Jesus where they are. This is how the kingdom will be built and was modeled by Jesus!

It’s still good to meet with our friends & family in the comfort & safety of the ‘pool’, but let us never forget to stick our feet in and brave the ocean!

Amazing COLOR photography from the 30’s & 40’s. The color, detail and simplicity of these images make you feel like you are there. If you are passionate about photography or historical American nostalgia check this out!

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security  Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color  photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural  and small town populations. The photographs and captions are the  property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit  Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Check it out!

Amazing COLOR photography from the 30’s & 40’s. The color, detail and simplicity of these images make you feel like you are there. If you are passionate about photography or historical American nostalgia check this out!

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Check it out!

How strong is your faith in Jesus? Would you die for it? Shahbaz Bhatti was willing!
Here is an Amazing interview with Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s slain Minister for Minorities Affairs. It was to be released in the event of his assassination. He was aware of the death threats that he faced in Pakistan but thought “it is with the Muslim world I want to share the message of love. That is the only message that can bring the Muslim world out of the circle of hate and killings”.