Biblical Ninjas

December 9, 2009

I am currently working on videos for the carol service when someone miss-heard what I said and repeated back to me  “The Ninja of the Lord appeared to Mary?”

Which obviously led me to wonder how many places angels are mentioned in the bible where they could be replaced by Ninjas …

  • ninjas are stealthy and only allow themselves to be seen when they want to
  • ninjas are all-powerful and just one could smite an opposing army
  • ninjas appear from the shadows and often disappear in a blinding light
  • ninjas are feared and so their first words would be ‘do not be afraid’

So, here is my depiction of the Ninja-of-the-Lord appearing to Mary in the annunciation possibly (but probably not) coming to a carol service near you this Christmas season:

Guest Blog on Musicademy site

November 2, 2009

screengrabI’m a guest blogger on the Musicademy site today.

Musicademy provides training resources for worship musicians, worship leaders and churches.  Among the resources are instructional DVDs and recently I’ve been trying to learn Bass guitar using their Beginners Worship Bass DVD.  It has been slow going because of my irregular practice, complete lack of any background in music and not really liking worship music much, but I will persevere.

Anyway, it is a privilege to blog for them about my passion, the integration of video in worship. If you read it, do let me know what you think.

DeepRiver web site

October 19, 2009

After many months of neglect I have finally managed to redesign the Deep River web pages.  These now reflect much more what we do with DeepRiver, rather than selling video, photos, DVD’s, etc. we are better placed to actually go along to a church or event and run the visuals for them or train them how to integrate visuals into what they do.

Deep River web page

Also, just wrote up a little about how we used an overhead camera at St Silas this weekend on my “Christian Visualist” blog.

it’s been a bit mental

September 18, 2009

… it’s that time of year that things at work ramp up for the start of term (always seems to come as a surprise to people that students come back and teaching starts again).  Same sort of thing happens at Church, new term new season of Deeper meetings.

On top of those regular things the building work on the church hall has started, and even though this has been talked about and planned and saved for for many years the last week or so between the contracts being signed and work starting happened very quickly.

So a new style of morning service known as ‘together‘ has started in the morning and the first 8 weeks of it uses a lot of tech so I’ve been trying to support that – the system we use for words projection needs upgrading, the PC was playing up when showing video and we are starting to use a live texting system to get responses and feedback from the congregation during a service.  I’m not trying to imply that this is all down to be, there is a team of Easy Worship (the software we use) operators, it is just that this is a little out of the ordinary so I’m making sure things are working for the first few weeks.  Also helped put together a theme video for the service.

This weekend is the first Deeper Renovation and (I think) I’ve finally managed to put together the opening video for it.  Have to say it is a blank page regarding what else I’ve to do during the event but as most of the visuals are improvised on the night that will be fine.

The other things that have kept me busy has been the growing obsession with The West Wing (now well into Season Five) and The Wire which finished a couple of weeks ago and was fantastic.  Oh and I’m trying to learn to play Bass guitar which is fun.

So, that’s a quick catch up.

The Talking Heads Worship Challenge

July 2, 2009

A Challenge to all Worship leaders and church musicians:

  • watch this video of Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
  • find a worship song that will fit this type of choreography
  • try it out with a congregation and let me know how it goes

Extreme Noticeboard Reading

April 26, 2009


Some people go to extraordinary  lengths to find out when David joined St Silas.

Easter Sunday

April 13, 2009

Photos and video from Easter Sunday