I’ve been spending a lot of time working on a new online learning platform that Artists in Christian Testimony Intl is launching this month called uSeminary. It is an online learning platform that will provide low-cost, high-quality Biblical and practical training for ministry practitioners worldwide. This is the online component of the Arts Ministry Training Institute, which will also include short modular courses and in-person classes.
However, we believe that people who are not artists will also want to take uSeminary courses; pastors in distant and Emerging Nations contexts, home-schoolers, church staffers, dedicated volunteers and anyone desiring enrichment. Courses will be offered in areas such as worship ministry, small group worship, instrumental and vocal music, discipleship, evangelism, church history, theology, Biblical worldview and many more.
So —- watch this space!
I can barely keep up with politics, current events, things happening in the Christian world (major doctrinal shifts and at the same time revival and persecution) and still keep my eyes on Jesus and the ministry He has called me to do. I am reminded of the verses Hebrews 12:26,27 “And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVENS.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
So now that many things we are tempted to trust in are being shaken: leaders, organizations, denominations, political parties, doctrinal positions, etc . let us remember that the verses that come NEXT are about the coming Kingdom of God in its eschatological fullness – something I am more and more prone to welcome as the days, months and years go by.
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” Heb. 12:28,29. I don’t know exactly what that means but I do know what we are experiencing now will not go on forever. Are we ready for some shaking?? Are we confident in what will remain? I ask myself as well as you, dear reader!
I’m working hard to create some new content for you. Meanwhile, if you have the stomach to watch the HBO series “Orange is the New Black,” you’ll hear me singing a song I wrote with Danny Flower years ago in Season 6, Episode 2; in an early scene where tow prison guards are talking in their car. That’s me “singing” on the radio in the background. The song is called “Angel,” highly reminiscent of the Springsteen and John Mellencamp songs of the era. Funny how it just sat around in our catalog all these years until our publisher started pitching it for film and TV along with some other old nuggets. I guess art never goes out of style and may eventually find an audience. The durability of art is something I learned the hard way many years ago when I let a song lyric with some pretty amoral ideas slip out thinking it would probably never see the light of day. Turns out that demo made its way to Kerry Livgren and the band Kansas who kept our rhymes and all our music but turned it from a cheesy seduction song, “Stay With Me Tonight” into a thoughtful song about the price we pay for fame “Play the Game Tonight,” which became one of their last big hits. I was already somewhat known in the Christian music world so I was, shall we say, a little embarrassed when Kerry told the story in his autobiography! Moral of the story to artists: Always be prepared to stand behind what you create because you never know how far it may go.