The secret of effective troubleshooting

This was originally published at Ok. So I was asked to explain the basics of troubleshooting. Well, it’s hard to boil a lifetime of tech work, down to just a few words. So, maybe you just need to understand, clearly, what your objective really is. The objective is to solve a problem and make […]

Perfect productions. Mastering transition.

In 2002, through a string of odd circumstances, I was given the opportunity to produce a large Christmas show. Our church had secured a nationally known singer, to feature, for a large choral production. However, six weeks before the show, the star fell from the sky. She couldn’t make it. By pure coincidence, I had […]

Finding the balance between excellence and excess

This article was originally featured on I received an interesting email from a friend this week. His church is the hub of a few satellite churches in his area. The main campus is completely tricked out with every toy a tech geek could imagine. They run the services like a massive game show, crossbred […]

Seven ways to make better equipment purchases

This article was originally published in Church Production Magazine. I have the distinction of being that freak who has crossed over multiple boundaries. I spent my time as a road dog, hired gun tech. I spent time as a studio grunt, later as a small studio owner. I spent time in the design and installation […]

The benefits of buying used gear

Over the course of my life, I have survived as a scavenger. My own dad, once, called me “the possum king.” A guy who can always find a way to survive. A guy who can live off the stuff nobody else sees value in. Not a title I want to wear, but it kinda fit. […]

Common Sense 101. Get a job. Get paid.

The purpose of this site is, mainly, coaching the younger guys into full time production. I realized how much I didn’t teach the guys I mentored. Some of this is good for any career. Like this one. We have had a few breakthroughs, with the work situations around here, recently. My oldest daughter got the […]

The Ministry of Tech

When I was younger, I wanted to be involved in ministry. I felt called. I wanted to give back and do something great for this new faith I had found. I wanted to respond to this great love from God that now made sense. Like most ambitious young men, I assumed that preaching and full […]

Why are my kids growing up so fast?

As of this moment, we have four kids ages 28, 23, 15 and 12. I honestly regret the way I handled most of my years as a father. My career ambitions and decisions left them behind too many times. Even when I had time available for them, I often found some pointless distraction to fill […]

Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Part of my evolution into a guy who isn’t a complete idiot, has been a regular date night every week. We try to find new things to do, or at least return to the things we really enjoyed. Don’t want to waste a date. If it’s lame, it doesn’t happen twice. Last night involved several […]

The Busiest Guy in the Church

This was originally published at In case you haven’t noticed, I write to men. There are plenty of ladies who read my stuff, for one reason or another, but I aim my stuff at men. Why? Because I are one. Duh. I write from the perspective of a guy who made an insane amount […]

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