Darren’s Stage Time: Seriously, What’s Your Problem?

It happened. We were there. We heard it. Did Denise just say that? Wow. That took courage. Never before has someone we were coaching said anything quite like this from the stage. Everyone at the Storytelling Camp was shocked, and we just wanted to hug her. Who is Denise, and what did she say? Before I answer that, let me ask you, what is your problem? What frustrates you to no end and makes you just... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “Courage Can Be Contagious”

You just never know what God will do with it. What is it? The actions we do in His name. I was nervous and cautious about starting to include this God Blog in my secular eNewsletter. I thought I might lose some people, and I probably have. It’s cool when you do what you know you should do in faith, and God lets you find out about the results. You and I need to keep in mind that we may see only... [Read more]

Darren’s Stage Time: Who Are You . . . Really?

If you ask yourself this question and take the time to ponder it, how would you answer? If you now go a little deeper and are brutally honest with yourself, would the answer change? Though it is a deep question, you could take this simple question in several directions. Let’s look at what drives you. What do you do? Maybe more importantly, why do you do it? What do you live for? What is that egocentric... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “Beyond Praying for Paris”

As I bow my head for our brothers and sisters in Paris, I think, “What can we do?” I’m still working on me and my own relationship with God. I’m not an expert in this area; just sharing my journey in the hope that it may help you with yours. This is what comes to my mind when I think of Paris: 1 Corinthians 12:12 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one... [Read more]

Stage Time: I’m a Misfit. Are you?

Did you ever feel as if you don’t fit in? When you look around and see where you are and whom you are with, do you wonder if you belong there? I was a shy kid who always tried to follow the rules and rarely spoke up. I played sports but wasn’t a super jock like my brother. I got decent grades but wasn’t a brain like my sister. I was a Boy Scout and an altar boy, people liked me, but I was... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “My Misfit Church”

Insights into my journey, in the hope that it enhances your journey: When I first walked into the church I now call home, Verve, I was a bit shocked. It did not look like any church I had ever been in. The people gave me such a nonjudgmental feeling that I could not stop thinking about it. It took me quite a while to put my finger on what the feeling was. This church was very different from my traditional... [Read more]

Stage Time: Your Speech on Steroids!

Want to have a highly enhanced version of your speech? Want your message to be on steroids? If I asked that question, most presenters would interpret that to mean having a greatly improved version of that speech. If you love what you do and having that amazing connection with your perfect audience, you probably are on the lookout for anything that will help you achieve that more often and at a deeper... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “I Planked; Do You?”

“This is not your grandmother’s TBN!” ~ Marvelous Mark, the M.C. As I continue to work on a closer relationship with God, I had to ask myself, “Have you ever planked?” I think we all have, maybe even more often than we would like to admit. We have probably planked more recently than we would like to admit as well. In the famous verse from Matthew 7:3-5, we are reminded about judging... [Read more]

Stage Time: Does Your Message Really Matter?

Do you care about your message? How much? I’m about to get tough with you; I hope you can handle it. “Mentors share truth from their own experience. I’ve never had a mentor ‘nice’ me into growth.“ I was at the park near my house taking a daily walk and noticed a man with metal detector. He was in his own little world searching for lost treasures. He was very focused.... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “What’s On Your Playlist?”

If you’ve heard me speak before, you know I’m a fan of being careful about who influences you. When you listen to your favorite music over and over again, it gets into your subconscious and affects your habits, actions, and mood. Every morning after I do my daily reading, I listen to a “start my day” playlist. Do you? If so, when was the last time you updated your play list? A few years ago... [Read more]