Hi! My name is Chad.
Twelve years ago I was living in Seattle as a successful Christian music industry guy climbing a great career ladder.
But, I was also living in sin.
I was addicted to drugs, pornography and myself - struggling to love Jesus, let alone anyone else.
Around the time my sin was at it’s best, someone gave me a copy of Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, which was when I realized I was doing just that: wasting my life.

While driving into the office one day, God powerfully met me. I sensed Him asking a question while simultaneously breaking through my hardness of heart; “Why are you fighting Me?” Right there, during the morning rush hour on the Seattle viaduct - hopeful none of my commuting neighbors were noticing - I broke down crying, weeping even, confessing my sin and asking Jesus to give me the kind of story He wanted to write over my life.

Fast-forward a few years and I was at a conference in Minneapolis when I still-small-voice heard the Holy Spirit answering my Seattle prayer from years earlier with four simple, bold instructions:

1. Make your life all about Jesus.
2. Stop worrying about money.
3. Make disciples of artists and others.
4. Give yourself away.

That was when my true calling came - at the peak of industry success - an unexpected, undeserved twelve year career that had securely affixed my name to an album or two. Five days after the conference, I put in my music-industry resignation to begin awkwardly stumbling after Jesus. I was one part impassioned and three parts foolish. I cashed out 401(k), gold plaques, my record collection and the unremarkable old for a messy, extravagant new that has led me - reluctantly - to every continent on the planet.

Obedience is what every single Christian is called to, even if that looks drastically different for you than it does for me. Following - actually trailing after - Jesus, wherever and whenever He leads, is the greatest joy and yet easiest place where we fail. Had I not listened to what Jesus was telling me back then, I would not have this story to share with you now.

To obey is better than sacrifice, to listen than the fat of rams. - 1 Samuel 15:22
What if you took only one risk to love God and neighbor as you love yourself? How much would your own experience - not to mention the whole global world - turn upside down?
Equipping you for a life of risk is why I'm here.
If God can move through me, He can flow through you.
Fear is not your friend.

Take a risk, your Father is King of the Universe.

Chad

VIDEOS

STORIES

What Routinely Blocks Your Hope?

19 Nov 2017

Have you ever sensed that you were being set up for something grand? Something way bigger than you could possibly pull off on your own?

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Episode 66: Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Gets Grilled and a Terrible Discussion About Netflix

Chad’s busy recording his audio book so what do we do? We record a podcast without him. In this episode, Ben, David and Luke look at a recent interview The…

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Episode 65: Harvey Weinstein, Digital Church and Chucking Cans at Possums

With the sexual abuse allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, the regulars tackle this sensitive subject, and discuss whether or not the messaging in our movies and music may be a contributing…

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Episode 64: Why Holiness is a Conversation Worth Having

After an intense discussion with Craig Gross over how you can reach the scene without being influenced by it, the regulars sat down to explain more of their views. Is…

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Why I Quit Music for Missions and What I Was Most Afraid Of

23 Oct 2017

Nine years ago, I had what you might call an epiphany, and what I would consider a spiritual awakening. Back then, I was positioned in a thriving music career, where…

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Episode 63: Porn Shows and Fifty Shades Darker with Craig Gross

Craig Gross is our guest on the podcast, discussing how XXX Church had its start and what God has been doing through his ministry. The conversation heats up, however, when…

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Episode 61: Shane Claiborne on Melting Guns and Living a Radical Gospel Life.

Join the Provoke & Inspire regulars for a weird, wild, fantastic interview with Christian activist & best-selling author, Shane Claiborne. We cover topics as broad as melting guns into tools,…

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Episode 59: Speed Metal Drumming & Getting Our Minds Blown by Greg Boyd

The guys sat down with Greg Boyd and discussed, speed metal drumming, the growing irrelevance of the church, and how not to burn out.

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Two Reasons Why I Do the Things I Hate (and Two Prayers of Repentance)

02 Oct 2017

Sometimes my heart wavers more than I want it to, or think it should. A few days ago, I had a still small conversation with Jesus about how much I…

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Episode 58: Trump Twitter Wars, the Nashville Statement, and Did Rob Bell Lead Aaron Rodgers Astray?

This time on the P&I podcast, the regulars discuss Trump's recent "twitter wars" with professional athletes, the Nashville Statement, how Rob Bell has influenced Aaron Rogers' beliefs and more!

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