About Darren Wiebe

Darren is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and graduated with his M.Div. at The Master’s Seminary in 2014, where he is currently enrolled in the ThM program. Originally from Canada, Darren has served as a pastor of music and youth in Alaska and is now serving as Associate Pastor of Worship at Grace Bible Church of Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA.

Why Christians Shouldn’t Use Uber

uber-logo-transparentOkay, the headline is meant more to get your attention than it is a command. I have personally never used Uber, and have no qualms against them. I am sure there are lovely people who drive for Uber or Lyft, or any other rideshare program for that matter. I am also certain there are wonderful opportunities for evangelism when you sign up to drive for such a company. Really this post has nothing to do with Uber. Honestly, I created a decoy to tell you why over the last few months, I have a new love for the church, both local and universal… and yes, Uber plays a small part.… Continue reading

Reprise: Worship as a Believer? or Belieber?*


*This was originally published in September 2013

urlWorship… those seven simple letters can conjure up so much meaning, emotion and passion. We worship anything and anyone these days. Last week, close to 27 million viewers tuned into the opening game of the 2013-14 NFL season between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, while a Harlequin Romance novel entitled The Hero, by Robyn Carr rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. In June of this year, Justin Bieber passed a monumental 40 million twitter followers (as of Jan. 29 2015, that number has now skyrocketed to 59.8M), but was upstaged by Kim Kardashian as the most searched person on the internet so far in 2013.… Continue reading

Build a GREAT music ministry

resizedimage600269-Music-MinistryThis past Sunday we had a wonderful time of worship together at our little church in Bakersfield. Both morning and evening services were beautiful and I couldn’t help but express thanks to God as I drove home. I kept thinking how fortunate I was that God allowed me to be part of this church, but I also kept thinking how amazing it is that we are even allowed to worship the Lord. When you think about it, we have no right to come before a Holy God to offer our thanks. Who are we? He doesn’t need our feeble attempts at praise.… Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Dr. Erb!

4292_86233856635_2319671_nScripture reminds us to give honor to those deserving of honor (Romans 13:7; Proverbs 3:27;  Romans 12:10; 1 Peter 2:17). Yesterday, one of the most influential men in my life, apart from members of my own family, celebrated his birthday. I wasn’t able to party with him, so I’ve decided to take a bit of a departure from what would be a typical Parking Space 23 post and share a personal note of gratitude to Dr. Clayton Erb.

This year marks 37 years of Dr. Clayton Erb serving as the Minister of Music at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.… Continue reading

My Christmas Playlist for 2015

635837550531878231-375711953_esq-charlie-brown-christmas-1212-xlgI love Christmas music, although listening to the radio at this time of year can really drive one crazy. You’re probably no different than me, because if you hear one more pop starlet cover “Santa Baby,” or Paul McCartney sing “Wonderful Christmastime” or that hear that dreaded song “The Christmas Shoes,” you might convert from being a jolly person into being Ebenezer Scrooge. Now that those songs are in your head (sorry!), I want to do my best to get them out. Two years ago I created a Christmas playlist near the end of the season. It’s kind of a shame I did it so late, because people were tired of the songs on the radio and one more Christmas song was the last thing they wanted to hear.… Continue reading