Tuesday, 15 March 2016 04:00

Becoming all things to the scene

Following and sharing Jesus in the art and music scene often presents dilemmas - how should we live in this world today? What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in the scene I’m part of? What can and can’t we do? What is sinful and what is just cultural? It seems that as the church we often fall in one of two extremes: either in our search for holiness we become isolated and alienated, not relating to the culture around us; or we sell out to the culture and forget our values and identity as a follower of Jesus. So how do we get this right?
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 10:13

We need God to break our hearts

Our band had just played a show in one of the most notorious male strip clubs in São Paulo, Brazil. There was hardcore pornography stored in the basement to be distributed to pornographic bookstores. To make room for the audience to watch our show, they had to remove a runway that ran through the center of the theater, which allowed the audience to get closer to the strippers.  
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:12

Jesus is not your homeboy

Our culture has cheapened everything. Food is instant, sex is a commodity, relationships are expendable, and art is mass produced and increasingly meaningless. 
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 09:57

Fear loves to keep love quiet

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. - Proverbs 29:25
I’ve always been a person that loves stories. Stories are powerful. They have the ability to inspire us or challenge us. They can change the way we view the world or motivate us to get out there and change the world ourselves. Storytelling is a vital part of Come&live!’s heart; we want to inspire you with the stories of our C&L! Artists.  Recently I got to sit down with Phil Shorey from the Suitcase Sideshow and hear what they’ve been up to, what God has been teaching them and to share some stories of how God has moved through their art.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves – Romans 12:10
We are all sinners doing sinful things, and yet God calls us to be Holy. He calls us to remain unstained by the world around us. Dealing with the sin in our lives is incredibly important, but what about the sins of those around us? How would Jesus want us to treat those who fall short of his standards?
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:43

Cries of the Past - the C&L! Story

Takehold Records, the record label I was running (circa 1998 - 2001) single-handedly with ZERO music or business experience, was in serious financial trouble. Though I later saw success in signing Takehold acts like Underoath - it was God’s divine mercy and intervention when Tooth and Nail Records out of Seattle agreed to acquire the failing company and pull me out of a desperate situation.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 09:40

Calling or ambition?

Some years ago we toured Eastern Turkey. It was one of the hardest tours I’ve ever been on. In the van on the way the organiser told us about radical Islamists in the area beating women for wearing the wrong clothes. I wondered how our show might go down there. We arrived in one town to play an outdoor concert and found a hole in the ground in the place where the stage was supposed to be.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:35

We Need More Riots!

The first time we played in Beirut, Lebanon, hundreds of people gathered to hear the concert. The crowd was very attentive, and I could feel the power of the Holy Spirit during our show. 
After the concert, I told them that only Jesus rose from the dead and because of that it is possible for us to know God.  Suddenly fistfights broke out in the crowd between those who wanted to attack us and those who liked what I was saying and wanted to defend us.
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