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Hello and thanks for visiting our website. After much prayer and a little time off of the road, we are back! This ministry has been the platform for many talented musicians who have gone on to do incredible things in other ministry aspects. We are excited to continue that trend and welcome a few newcomers to the stage; Caleb Sosebee, Ben Sosebee, and Eric Sosebee. Yes they are brothers! You never know who will visit us on stage from time to time, so come see us at a city near you…and soon!

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Radical Christianity 

We recently sat in our church staff meeting discussing some of the disturbing news that’s a constant on our daily media outlets; ISIS, Ebola, The Middle East ticking time bomb, Russia in Ukraine, etc. Instead of zeroing in on the fear factor of it all, we talked about the many heroes of the faith on the front lines of much of this turmoil.  We noted the sharp contrast between faith in America verses faith in other, not-so-free, countries like Syria. You see, residents of Syria are caught in the middle of a civil war that’s taken the lives of close to two hundred thousand people so far. It’s truly a case of “brother against brother,” as there are three different sects of Islam all fighting each other. Syrian Christians caught in the crossfire of it all are routinely put in a position to either renounce their faith in Christ or be willing to lay down their life for Him. This same tension and struggle is a reality in many nations in that part of the world.
These heroes that routinely stand up for the Cross of Christ are simply living out Godly principals. First John 3:16 says, “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”  Jesus also said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down ones life for his friends.” These are principals that many of us have perhaps heard at some point, but have never been faced with the reality of it all. It’s one thing to read scripture and say to yourself, “Yes I would do that,” but quite another if ever faced with the situation. We don’t completely understand the magnitude here in our great nation because our faith in Christ has yet to meet that severity of opposition. Sure, we are increasingly being told to “keep our beliefs to ourselves” in our politically correct culture. Biblically speaking however, as Christ followers we can’t keep it to ourselves.  Instead, we are to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). The two thoughts of “Be silent” and “Go preach” very much oppose one another.
The term radical has been used a lot in recent days, months, and years. It’s been used to describe the groups that have spearheaded uprisings, bombings, wars, and terrorism. It’s also been used negatively to describe some Christians, thus, putting evangelical Christians on the terror watch list of our very own government. Radical simply means to be extreme, or drastic.
As we continued our conversation, we pondered this thought. What if all Christians became radical; from a Biblical standpoint? What if we were equally as passionate about what our God has taught us, as these other radical groups are to what they see as truth? How different might this world be?  We are not told to kill our enemies or those who don’t believe as we do. Instead, Jesus said we are to love, bless, and do good for our enemies (Mat 5:44).  Radical Christianity declares love even in the face of persecution, whether it’s a war on terror or a war on faith in our schools and public arenas. However, our natural mindset is to retaliate or get defensive. That was not the original design, but when sin entered the world we all inherited this inner struggle (James 1:14). This tension within each of us is what we have to continually be conscientious of. Our continued recognition leads us to repentance, and thus more towards truly being radical Christ followers.
Unfortunately the rise of evil is at hand. There’s no question. There is a shaking of the nations taking place, in order to wake us up out of our spiritual apathy. Yet in some ways, the light of Jesus shines bright in these dark places of the earth, as testimonies of more heroes of the faith come out. Tyrants are being converted simply by witnessing the testimony of radical Christians, as they willingly living out I John 3:16. That’s radical Christianity. I’m not sure I’m a radical Christ follower, but I want to be.
As we hear and see some of the disheartening reports over the airwaves, we can be encouraged in that Christ is not silent. His voice is being heard through the many heroes, standing their ground in the face of darkness. Further, there are more “Apostle Paul” type of conversions taking place than we hear advertised on our liberal-politically correct media outlets. What does that mean? Paul genuinely believed he was being devout in his religious teachings by silencing Christ followers. Yet, on the road to Damascus, Christ was supernaturally revealed to him and he was changed forever. Today, there are countless testimonies of God revealing Himself through dreams and visions to those who have pledged destruction to all Christians and Jews. Many in these nations that forbid Bibles or the utterance of the name of Jesus are being supernaturally changed. God promised He would do it, and He is (Joel 2: 28, Acts 2:17)!
While the world seems to reach it’s tipping point at times, remember these famous words of Jesus, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  

The Year of Christian Movies? 

What’s happening in Hollywood? There are a slew of so called, Christian based films either out, or coming out in 2014. Many of these films are big budget, high tech productions.  A few of the more prominent titles are Son of God, Noah, God’s Not Dead, Heaven is For Real, and Left Behind. 

I get a chuckle over the number of facebook and twitter posts from Christians over how the producers have SO messed up the story. The most notable movie that’s received the most criticism is Noah. I heard much of the criticism before I ultimately watched it. Why did they call God the Creator? (Maybe because the names Yahweh, YHWH, I Am, Jehovah, etc. did not come into play until hundreds of years later?) Who were these fallen rock angels? (Perhaps a VERY loose interpretation of the Nephilim in Genesis 6?)  What about the wives of Ham and Japheth; where were they? What about the weird stowaway on the Ark? On and on we could go.
Please don’t see any of these movies if you are looking for a Sunday school lesson. The producers of these movies are not teaching Christian Theology 101. As a matter of fact, the producer of Noah is an outspoken atheist. He recently bragged in an interview with the Washington Times that Noah is the “least biblical biblical film ever made” (The Washington Times, 3/24/14, Cheryl K. Chumley).  He is a producer that put his own spin on a well-known story in order to cash in. I went to see the movie because I like action movies, not because I wanted an atheist to explain part of the book of Genesis to me.  (By the way, I did not really like the movie. It was just too dark and drab for my taste.)
Having said all of this, I do not discount the amount of good that can come from the onslaught of movies inspired by the Bible, even though blatant inaccuracies abound, and even though it might be told from the perspective of non-Christians in some cases. It’s got people discussing the Bible! That in itself is great. The sad truth is that our generation is largely illiterate when it comes to knowing God’s Word; even the Christians. Too often we only listen to what our pastor’s, small group leaders, Sunday school teachers, or what so called “Christian movies” (gulp!) have to say, instead of reading the Bible for ourselves. My prayer is that the conversations happening will simply peak the curiosity of both Believers and non-Believers to open their Bibles and see what all the commotion is about.
Until the next blog post, be blessed!
Shane Bowers

A New Chapter... 

Over the past ten years I’ve had the privilege of making Christ-centered music with some incredible musicians and friends. As the faces within Julian Drive have changed throughout the years, our message of hope through the Cross of Christ has remained unchanged. We’ve been so blessed to be able to witness thousands make decisions for Christ over the course of time. This ministry has also been the springboard into other opportunities for many of the Julian Drive alum. We are all given a different set of capabilities, passions, and gifts to be used for the Kingdom, as pointed out by the Apostle Paul:


I Corinthians 12
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

Believers are clearly all one body, with one common goal of sharing the Gospel to the world (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Acts 1:8). Each one of us are ministers, although our gifts are different from person to person. Most of us develop new gifts over the course of life. These gifts sometimes lead us to new avenues of ministry. Some are called be ministers of the Word through speaking. Others are called to play an instrument or sing. Others are called to work on the front lines of the secular world, while being a light through their work ethic, fairness, and character (Mat. 5:14, Col. 3:23). We are all called to do something to point people back to Him.

As some of my closest friends have moved on to other vocations and new avenues of sharing the love of Christ, my calling and passion to lead the body into a worship experience has remained unchanged. The same Julian Drive that served as a springboard for my friends into new walks of life is the same one that has simply launched me deeper into the work already begun.

As we enter 2014 I will carry on with this mission to reach the 4 corners of the world through music, testimony, and the spoken Word. So please stay tuned for further updates on this website, facebook, and twitter. I look forward to starting a new chapter of ministry with faithful fans, pastors, and youth pastors. Be blessed, and more to come soon!

Shane Bowers
Lead vocalist