“I sing to be heard; I draw so that my pieces will be seen - I create in the hope of being appreciated.” As creators or creatives, it seems perfectly natural to feel this way. After all, that is in part, the point of the whole creative process, isn't it? Why produce or perform something if there is no audience or recipient? How can I make an impact on the World around me if I’m not concerned about who sees me, hears me and whether they accept me or what I have to say? As a musician and writer, I often find...

Tension. Some of us face it almost every day, in every situation we find ourselves in. Many of us experience it in our relationships, but a fair number of us also experience it as a deep internal struggle. For me, this tension often arises when I find myself pulled in different directions, by communities which each demand something from me – family, work, church, ministry, friends/social groups – how can I be fully present in each one, and be fully ‘me’ in each place? For those of us in the marketplace, the greatest tension we experience is found in the supposed dichotomy...

“The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.” - Ephesians 1:22 (MSG) I love that imagery. That everything flows from the Master Creator who is the original designer of all things. He is the Art Director, the Executive Producer, the Content Creator. Yet, it always bugs me that the church (and here I mean both the people and the institution) is often at the opposite end of the design chain – the church,...