Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:00

Artist Interview: No Longer Music

No Longer Music (NLM) is an evangelistic music and theater production led by David Pierce, the founder of Steiger International. For over thirty years, NLM has used the stage to communicate the Gospel of Jesus all over the world.

This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend, Ben Pierce, the lead vocalist of No Longer Music. Ben is also the director of Come&Live! and host of the Provoke & Inspire podcast. He shared about NLM’s vision and what makes them different from other bands.

What is it about men in tights throwing a ball that can cause people to weep, climb poles, or burn down a city? Is devotion to sports an unchallenged idol in Christian culture?

While David, Chad and Ben discuss these questions Luke is apparently still being dragged around Poland by a pony.

Related links to this episode:

Revolutionary book: steiger.org/news/books

Friday, 02 February 2018 15:31

Our Weakness, His Power!

One second I was talking with my dad and Valery (one of Steiger’s Ukrainian missionaries), and an instant later, it felt as though a bomb had gone off. Stunned and covered in debris, it was hard to process what had just happened. We were on tour in Brazil with No Longer Music, and our driver had gotten into a lane not intended for the height of our bus. Traveling at well over 60 miles per hour, we smashed into a horizontal steel beam, knocking our air conditioning unit clean off the bus’s roof.

I had never experienced a more violent moment in my whole life.

The Instant reaction podcast is back!! After being away on tour for a couple of weeks, most of the regulars (except Luke) are back and rowdy as usual.

Wasting no time, the guys dive right back into controversial waters and discuss whether a small Christian University located in St Paul, Minnesota should be hosting Snoop Dogg as part of Super Bowl celebrations. Can this be justified as a business decision or a way to influence the “scene?” Not surprisingly, the guys have an opinion, and it’s not as straightforward as you might expect.

Relevant links to this episode:

Revolutionary Book: www.steiger.org/news/books
Snoop Dog at Bethel: bit.ly/2nwtd7u

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 09:22

Episode 78: Don’t Tell Me What To Do!

Does the idea of submitting to leadership scare you? Do we really need leaders over our lives? This fear of submission is very common, especially in today’s culture that worships independence and being a strong individual. While these ideals are not inherently wrong they can sometimes keep us from truly being released in our calling. The guys look at this struggle and share their opinions on the matter in this final episode of the series “Millennials in Missions”

Relevant links to this episode:
Don't Tell Me What To Do! blog post: bit.ly/2EunreL

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:07

Episode 77: I Don’t Dig Wells!

When you think of the title missionary, do you think of khaki shorts and digging wells? Or construction projects, boring presentations during church services, and never-ending requests for funds? This false perception of what it means to be a missionary will so often keep people, specifically millennials, from ever going into the mission field. The regulars (including Chad, who finally arrived in Germany) look deeper at this barrier, share their experience (including a hilarious rant from David) and give some practical tips for those feeling called to missions.

Related links to this episode:
I don't Dig Wells blog post: bit.ly/2BmlaQd

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 15:50

Episode 76: I Don’t Do Paperwork!

In continuing with our series, the guys look at another obstacle that Millennials can face when wanting to go into missions, “The Myth of Instant Specialization.” The world tells us to only contribute in a way that perfectly aligns with our skills, dreams, or passions. This mentality is a major roadblock to radically serving God. The regulars discuss the importance of having a servant heart and a willingness to “pay your dues” and how this ultimately leads to real contentment and joy.

Relevant Links to this episode: 
I don't do paperwork blog post: bit.ly/2l2RGjM

Sunday, 07 January 2018 17:22

Don’t Tell Me What to Do

Living radically for Jesus has never been easy. Throughout this blog series, I have unpacked some specific obstacles for millennials entering into a life of radical obedience to Christ. I will try to wrap things up by addressing a barrier that is arguably the most problematic of them all, and it’s this: many millennials fail to follow Jesus radically because they are unwilling to submit to institutions and the leaders that run them.

In this series, you’ll get to travel to the past, when the regulars were all together at the Steiger International Center back in October 2017. They discuss some of the unique roadblocks that Millennials face in trying to live a life of radical obedience, and how they seem to experience a particular difficulty in entering the mission field. In this first episode they talk about the fear of commitment, and how many times Millennials want to go from experience to experience without actually fully giving themselves to anything.

Relevant links to this episode:
You Can Rent Me, But I'm Not For Sale blog post: bit.ly/2BR5BRG

Brian "Head" Welch joins the guys on the podcast once again. They discuss all that God has been doing through Brian after the Korn shows, how Steiger has been able to partner with him in ministry, and the time he pranked Luke right before a seminar in Poland. Unfortunately, there is no random story from David, but this episode is full of laughter, good times, and inspiring stories of God's power!