Monday, 11 September 2017 19:23

You Can Rent Me, but I’m Not for Sale!

I am a full-time missionary and have been for seven years. I work for Steiger International, an organization dedicated to reaching young people outside the church, and helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Working in music and the arts, I interact mostly with twenty-somethings. And although stepping into full-time ministry holds its challenges for everyone, I’ve noticed some unique barriers that the millennial generation is facing. I have found that for this demographic, the chasm between inspiration and action tends to be perilous and sadly, few manage to successfully navigate it.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:10

Artist Interview: Artem "R. Tech" Usov

This month, I connected with one of the most recent additions to the Come&Live! artist family, b-boy Artem “R. Tech” Usov from Ukraine. He filled me in on what he’s been up to recently, and talked about how he uses his platform as a breakdancer to share Jesus in the hip-hop scene, both in his home country and around the world.

On July 27th, Come&Live! bands No Longer Music (NLM - USA) and Nuteki (Belarus) teamed up for the third time to share the Gospel on tour in Ukraine. During the course of their 11 shows in ten cities, the two bands were able to bring the message of Jesus to over 20,000 people.

Come&Live! band No Longer Music (NLM) has been on an intensive European tour since June 10, sharing the Gospel through their bold and creative blend of music and theater. They’ve already performed in such countries as Germany, Poland, and Hungary, and the coming month will see them continuing to do shows in Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, France, Italy and Switzerland.

The last week of June, Come&Live! band DENS set out on their first of two, short, summer tours in the USA. Starting out in Pennsylvania and finishing in Illinois, they were able to share the Gospel to hundreds at festivals, bars, and venues along the way.

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 06:32

ARTIST INTERVIEW: JOANI GOMEZ OF STN

Colombian-born Joani Gomez, frontman of the metal/hardcore band Sobre Todo Nombre, is a passionate evangelist who takes advantage of every opportunity to share the Gospel. It was so good to spend some time with him and hear more about the band’s history and vision, and the impact they’ve been having everywhere they go.

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.