Thursday, January 23, 2020

LISTEN! Josh Strickland chats with Michael Jr.

Josh Strickland chats with Grand Rapids' own Michael Jr. about his upcoming comedy show at Cornerstone University Christ Chapel. He also talks about Michael's nonprofit foundation and his upcoming movie, Selfie Dad. Miss it? No problem!

Hear it all here: https://soundcloud.com/smile-strickland/sets/interviews

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Church Asks Elders To Leave In Attempt to Attract New, Young Members

Church: I'm shocked by this article that I read this morning.  It is not "fake news."

Cottage Grove church to usher out gray-haired members in effort to attract more young parishioners

In response, I offer this bible verse about community:

That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (I Corinthians 12:25-27)
I have been concerned for a while, and have mentioned as much, on occasion, that the church is becoming "too cool for the room."  Pastor Keenan and I had a long discussion recently about the tragic meshing of American culture and Christianity -- so much so, that many in leadership positions, and even we, too frequently become blind to it.

There are a lot of concerning things happening in the body of Christ today, but to me, a church actively seeking to divide its members in an attempt to appear relevant to young people is, by far, the greatest concern.

I invite your thoughts and hope for the chance to explore this together further. 

Email me: josh@smile.fm

Josh Strickland

Friday, January 10, 2020

MUST-WATCH: New TobyMac Video - Tribute

TobyMac tragically lost his son Truett last year.  Truett was just 21 years old.

Through the tragedy, Toby and his family's faith and trust in God has remained at the forefront of their journey through these tough times.

On Thursday January 9th 2020, Toby released a brand new song; a tribute to Truett, called "21 years."

Watch the official video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSV-pRGbg4k

Thursday, January 09, 2020

MUST-LISTEN: Marriage Testimony

A listener, Christine, tells the story of how her marriage had all but ended and then she heard God's voice. She had filed, their house was for sale (and an offer had been made), "but God." It's a powerful testimony about listening to and trusting God.

Hear it here: 
https://soundcloud.com/smile-strickland/interview-christine-web-010920

Read Christine's full article and get more for your marriage on our MARRIAGE ENCOURAGEMENT page at smile.fm/marriage