Monday, 24 July 2017 10:29

Condemnation is an Accuser

The day before I left to embark on my 1,500-mile, intensive, nine-day fundraising trip to the New England area––a trip that would end up being about the same distance as driving one way from Los Angeles to Mexico City––I felt hugely defeated. Deflated even. Everything in me was thinking about how I could back out. I wondered what excuse I could come up with that would warrant canceling on countless meetings, without harming a bunch of great friendships. Thankfully nothing sufficient came to mind, and I was forced to press through.
In the ‘70s and ‘80s, punk bands were often hailed as radical or revolutionary, challenging social conventions. Some bands today like to wear “revolutionary” images and take political or social stands in their lyrics, as well. But if Paul had had a band, their commitment to the greatest cause of all would have outplayed any other band in history. If Paul had had a band, they would have radically poured themselves out, sacrificially serving the cause of the Gospel.
Sunday, 09 July 2017 05:06

We'd Better Be Grateful

This summer will be my eleventh consecutive summer touring with No Longer Music. I have spent quite a number of years of my life on the road performing. Despite late nights and long van drives, sleeping on church floors, and living out of a suitcase, I am more grateful than ever to do what I do.

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 21:08

ARTIST INTERVIEW: SHEDDING LIGHT ON DENS

I recently chatted with Shaun Hypes and Brandon Osborne of the band DENS, who joined our family of artists earlier this year. We explored how their band came about, what their vision is, and some of the values that hold them together.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 17:56

I can feel love in your message.

Come&Live! artist, No Longer Music, is on a tour of Europe

Check out their latest tour report:

I am part of a unique band called No Longer Music, and last summer marked my tenth straight year of touring with them. In NLM, we use music and theater to present a clear Gospel message outside the church.

Over the years, I have been in many intense situations, and it hasn’t always been safe. I’ve had rocks thrown at me, fled from a riot in Lebanon, been followed by the secret police, and had our power cut just as we started to play. One time, a guy threw a cell phone at my head while I was preaching!

Saturday, 03 June 2017 08:16

I Am Only Visiting This Planet

For a long time, the idea of heaven wasn’t very appealing to me. It’s not that I didn’t believe it was real, it had just been explained to me in such a strange way. I would be in a church service, and the pastor would say, “You’d better get used to this because this is what we are going to be doing for eternity.”

I’d think to myself, “Heaven is going to be an endless church service? That sounds depressing!”
For this interview, I got to sit down with Philip Shorey from the Suitcase Sideshow, and talk to him about his new book, Kill Your Art. He shared with me the heart behind his book, where God is leading him, and how we, as a community, can be praying for him.
Over the past several years, I’ve hoped to more consistently fulfill 1 Corinthians 4:20: “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.” It hasn’t made sense to me how Christianity now could look so different to us compared with when it all started. I’m reading through the Book of Acts again, and the stories of the early church clearly spell 1 Corinthians 4:20. So, what’s wrong with me? 
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:49

If the Apostle Paul Had a Band - Part 3

I recently watched a documentary about the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine. The boldness and determination of the Ukrainian people fighting for their freedom was shocking. Many lost their lives defying the authorities and going against armed police battalions with sticks and stones. They fought for a political change and a temporal freedom.