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.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 18:00

How Hungry Are You?

Over the years, I’ve adopted various methods for coming into a deeper, more focused connection with God. I once quieted myself on a silent retreat for several days at a Catholic monastery in Bourbon County, Kentucky, where most of the Colombia [Esto Es Reino] script was handwritten. Since my college days twenty years ago, I’ve fasted from food on many (though far from all) Fridays. Back in those university days, a friend of mine and I worked at Pizza Hut on Friday nights. We’d push each other to refrain from eating until after the dinner rush - not out of obligation, but rather from a place of desperation to see God moving in our lives.
My band No Longer Music recently played at a Christian festival. After we had finished our show, we decided to check out the festival headliner. The arena was full when they played and their charismatic singer connected well with the audience.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 18:00

The Art That Jesus Mastered

Jesus grew up in a storytelling culture. The Greeks told fables, and the Jewish rabbis spoke in “mashal,” a very common oral and literary art form used when teaching the Torah. Storytelling was possibly the most well-known and appreciated art form of that time, and it is still very present in Middle Eastern culture and tradition today.
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 18:00

We're All Hypocrites!

Ask anyone on the street what their biggest problem with Christians is and many will undoubtedly respond, "They're all hypocrites!" This is not a recent phenomenon, as even Mahatma Gandhi is known to have said, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians.” I for one don’t need to be told that I’m a hypocrite; I already know that. And to be fair, this label is not unique to followers of Jesus - it’s a human thing.
Many Christians treat Jesus like a subject - something to study and apply to their lives. Often the motivation is that by applying “Jesus principals”, they will have a better life. I had this view growing up. I was always wondering what “Jesus facts” I needed to learn to make my life better and to avoid hell.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 09:30

Stop Being So Judgemental!

In secular culture, open-mindedness and tolerance are two inviolable codes of conduct. These ideas sound noble on the surface, but our world has changed their definitions and weaponized them against Christianity.
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 15:00

What If the Apostle Paul Had A Band - Part 2

If Paul had a band, he would care deeply about his audience. Not in the sense that we often do in the music scene: caring if people like our Facebook page, come to our shows, enjoy our music and buy our merch. Paul would care about the spiritual growth and well-being of his audience. He always cared about how others were doing in their walk with Jesus.
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