Summer of Somebodies is BACK! We know you are going to love our somebodies! Mark your calendars out for these 5 weekends so you can get to SCG to hear some amazing special guest artists and speakers!
Guest Speaker: J.P. Moreland | Guest Aritist: For All Seasons
About J.P. Moreland...
J.P. Moreland is an American philosopher, theologian, and Christian apologist. He is also the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has earned four degrees: a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M. A. in philosophy from the University of California-Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California.
During the course of his life, he has co-planted three churches, spoken and debated on over 175 college campuses around the country, and served with Campus Crusade for Christ for 10 years. For eight years, he served as a bioethicist for PersonaCare Nursing Homes, Inc. headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.
His ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the New Scientist and PBS’s “Closer to Truth,” Christianity Today and WORLD magazine. J.P. Moreland has authored or co-authored 30 books, including Kingdom Triangle, Scaling the Secular City, Consciousness and the Existence of God, The Recalcitrant Imago Dei, Love Your God With All Your Mind, The God Question, and Body and Soul. He has also published over 70 articles in journals, which include Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Philosophia Christi, and Faith and Philosophy.
About For All Seasons...
For All Seasons began leading worship at Biola University of Southern California in 2007 with the vision to see God receive honor, glory and praise in all areas of life. And now, after the last 10 years of ministering across the country, lead vocalist and songwriter Emily Hamilton says what still matters most is that they inspire listeners to embrace a true heart and lifestyle of worship:
“The God we serve is constantly good, constantly powerful, constantly loving. We long to match that consistency with hearts that worship Him regardless of the circumstances we are in. Our desire is to challenge people to lift their eyes up above their current circumstance and worship God with what He deserves: Everything.”
In the Summer of 2014, after spending several years leading worship at Hume Lake Christian Camps, the band decided to switch gears and devote all of their time to touring and releasing original songs that inspire authentic worship. This decision coincided with the release of the their self-titled album For All Seasons, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts in late July. While it was a significant achievement for the young band, they refused to be uprooted from their driving purpose: To use their gifts to usher people into His presence by creating music that manifests the joy of knowing their Creator and encouraging people to know Him deeper. As they continue writing new music, For All Seasons feels empowered and ready to continue encouraging communities, near and far, to worship God in every season of life.
Jeremy Lin is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. Lin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he earned Northern California player of the year honors as a senior in high school. After receiving no athletic scholarship offers, he attended Harvard University, where he was a three-time all-conference player in the Ivy League. Undrafted out of college, Lin reached a partially guaranteed contract deal in 2010 with his hometown Golden State Warriors. He seldom played in his rookie season and was assigned to the NBA Development League (D-League) three times. He was waived by the Warriors and the Houston Rockets the following preseason before joining the New York Knicks early in the 2011–12 season. Lin continued to be played sparingly and again spent time in the D-League. He unexpectedly led a winning turnaround with the New York Knicks in 2012, which generated a global following known as "Linsanity" and lead to a promotion to the starting lineup. Since that time Lin has had some highs and lows in his career but that did not get him down. Lin now acknowledges that he would not have been able to come out of the pitfalls of his career without his strong Christian faith. During the last NBA season, Lin suffered from the worst lows in his stint with the Houston Rockets and even lost his starting position. That terrible season was enough to make anyone depressed, but not Lin. During a recent trip to Taiwan, he revealed how he was able to cope and find peace amid the trials.
"I can't promise next season will go well," Lin said in an interview. "As badly as I want it to go perfectly, I know it could also be a disaster. But the one thing I can promise is that God's bigger and better than anything that can happen."
Lin said he does not view God as "Santa Claus" who is only there during good times. The basketball star understands that everyone must encounter difficulties in life because it helps shape attitude, strengthen character, and test Christians' true faith in God.
Visit Jeremy's website here.
Andrew Collins & Jameel McGee
A former Benton Harbor cop has formed an unlikely friendship with the man he wrongfully sent to prison.
Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee are good friends and co-workers who met when Collins arrested McGee more than 10 years ago. As odd as that sounds, both Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins say prison time was a defining moment in that it was the place where they found faith.
McGee says not only does he forgive Collins, but the two now spend their days working together.
Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee can sit enjoying a meal like old friends. That's not to say they don't share a rocky past. “Since then, we've had these conversations like, 'hey man, if you ever feel like hauling off hitting me, just give me a warning'. And he laughs and says, 'no man, it's not like that',” Collins said. Their paths crossed for the first time more than 10 years ago when Collins was a narcotics officer in Benton Harbor who spotted McGee coming out of a store. “I had decided that he was now a part of the case. And by the end of that day, I had fabricated a story that basically put an ounce of crack cocaine in his possession,” Collins said. “He kept insisting I had it, and I'm saying, 'I don't have any idea what you're talking about',” McGee said. McGee was convicted and given a 10-year sentence. Collins would later face a conviction of his own in federal court.
“I got caught on Tuesday and my life crumbled. My job was gone, my money was gone, my friends, who supposedly were my best friends, they were more worried about their careers than our friendship, so they were gone. And I thought about suicide,” Collins said.
Rather than taking his own life, Collins decided on reform. McGee spent four years behind bars. Once he got out, he joined the Christian Community Development Association to get back on his feet. His eventual mentor... Collins.
“He came up to me, shook my hand and said, 'Do you remember who I am?' And I shook his hand and I said, 'I do.' And I said his name. And he wouldn't let go. And he was gripping very tightly. The first thought in my mind is, this is about to get bad,” Collins said. “At that time, in my head, I'm thinking, hit him! Hit him! Hit him!” McGee said. McGee says fortunately, it didn't come to blows. He credits his faith for finding forgiveness. The two now visit places around Michiana offering advice to other men and women who are putting their lives back together.
“Whether it happened, I know, I had to go through that to get to where I am today,” McGee said.
“There's a power in apology. Apologize. Give them the opportunity to forgive. And Jameel can come from the other end and say if you're holding onto that bitter root against someone else, let it go. It's not worth it, it's eating you up,” McGee said.
While Collins' days as a police officer are behind him, he's now becoming a licensed pastor in the Wesleyan church. Right now, both men work together at Cafe Mosaic in Benton Harbor.
Guest Artist: Stevie Mackey | Guest Speaker: Mark Clark
Stevie Mackey was born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Music was a huge part of his upbringing and participation in musical arts was highly encouraged. When he was 14 years old the family moved to Huntsville, Alabama. Aside from the vast culture shock, the southern music and lifestyle had a major impact on his life going into his teen years. When it came time for college it was very clear he wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps and attend Oakwood College right there in Huntsville. He became involved with many singing groups and choirs, namely the Aeolians, which is the college choir who recently won 3 gold medals in the World Choir Games in 2012! Stevie studied graphic design with a minor in music and as soon as he graduated he moved back to Los Angeles to live with his favorite person, his grandmother. He was hired to work for the Hope Channel as a programmer but he did not feel he found his “home”. The company downsized and what seemed like a hopeless end turned into the most amazing blessing. Stevie was called by a friend to do his first professional studio session as a background vocalist on a Whitney Houston album. It was after that session that he realized he could really do what he loved and make a living. He felt at “home” singing. He began to sing for many well-known artists and TV shows such as Glee, Disney, The Voice, American Idol, Dancing with the stars. Between these jobs he began to vocal coach for friends and soon it turned into a full time job.
Today, Stevie continues to work in the music industry singing for various artists, working full time for the TV show “The Voice”, vocal coaching many current and aspiring artists and singing for his church families. When he is not singing he is playing the piano, drawing, or making people laugh on Facebook. Stevie believes that God has an amazing plan for everyone’s life if we only trust His ways.
I was born and raised in Toronto, and became a follower of Jesus in my late teen years. I first felt called into pastoral ministry when I was 20 years old, and eventually moved to Vancouver in 2004 with my wife, Erin, to do a Masters Degree in New Testament Studies at Regent College. Since arriving, I also had three daughter – what – who I love with all my heart!
In January 2010 I planted Village Church with a group of amazing people, which has since grown to a vibrant, multi-site church with a heart to reach the greater Vancouver area and beyond into Canada. I love blogging about theology, culture, leadership, church planting and whatever else I think about in a given day!
My passions are connecting the message of Jesus to our culture and seeing people in that culture transformed by Jesus. Beyond that: reading, movies, golf & spending time with loving people who are passionate about life!
Visit Mark's website here.
Sam Childers grew up in the hills of Pennsylvania. His parents were decent, honest people but at an early age Sam started to show a knack for getting into trouble. His father, a former marine, grew fond of saying “Boy, somebody’s gonna kill you one of these days!” By his early teens Sam was constantly in fistfights, selling hard drugs and sleeping with married women. He continued to slide deeper into a life of violence and crime until he became a Shotgunner – an armed guard for drug dealers. Sam, haunted by his father’s words, became increasingly concerned that he was going to be killed because of drugs and slowly began to distance himself from his former life. He found a job in construction and prospered despite his continuing drug and alcohol habit. Sam also sought to re-establish his relationship with God and began to live a clean life. Slowly, things began to change for the better. In 1998, Sam arrived in the village of Yei, Southern Sudan. The African nation was in the midst of the Second Sudanese War, and Sam, urged by his Pastor in America, had joined a mission group to help repair huts damaged in the conflict. During this assignment Sam stumbled across the body of a child torn apart by a landmine. He fell to his knees and made a pledge to God to do whatever it took to help the people of Southern Sudan. Sam returned to Sudan several months later to run a mobile clinic and while passing through the village of Nimule, on the Ugandan border, he felt God telling him to build an orphanage for the children. The local people though he was mad. At the time, the Lord’s Resistance Army, a brutal rebel militia that had kidnapped 30 thousand children and murdered hundreds of thousands of villagers, was laying waste to the area. But Sam was adamant: God had told him to build the orphanage in Nimule and that’s where he was going to build it. He returned to the U.S.A, sold his construction business and sent the money to Africa.
With the orphanage finished, Sam began to lead armed missions to rescue children from the LRA. It wasn’t long before tales of his exploits spread and villagers began to call him “The Machine Gun Preacher.” 13 years later the orphanage is the largest in Southern Sudan and has fed and housed over 1,000 children. Today, more than 200 children call the orphanage home.
Visit Sam's website here.