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Resound: One Night

April 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

I’m excited for this upcoming Resound: One Night coming on Friday, May 3rd.  We’ll be joined by friends Sean Feucht and Kristene DiMarco as we gather worshippers from all across the Front Range.


Last year, I purchased Sean Feucht’s album “Songs For Nations” and it quickly became one of my favorite soundtracks for the year.  Though some of the musical stylings were a stretch for me, so many of the songs hit me in a deep place.  Each song on the album was written for a different nation.  Every place Sean would travel, the Lord would give words to sing back to that country.

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Photo by Matt Gruber, Creation Swap.

Photo by Matt Gruber, Creation Swap.

I’ve been a little quiet this week while preparing for Good Friday and Easter services at Vinelife.

Today is Good Friday and I’m struck by the idea that the Good News never gets old.  Every morning, this News is there waiting for a moment to humble us with love and electrify us with joy.  Our awareness of this News ebbs and flows, yet it remains constant in the trials and the triumphs.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5

As you take time today to reflect on Jesus and the cross, here are a couple great worship videos created by some dear friends of mine.

The first is by Anthony Skinner from Franklin, TN.  It’s a visual montage set to one of his live performances.   Anthony writes, “It was inspired by the last weeks of a dear friend’s life. I wanted to create a soundscape for my beloved friend to be swallowed up in the beauty of her salvation through Christ.”

It’s a bit longer, but beautiful all the way through.  You can download the video here.

The second video is a song called “You Cover Me” written by Asher Seevinck from Loud Harp.  This guy bleeds tone and fights for the perfect melody. You’ll like this one…

Yeah, I know this is an older video but it still gets me every time.

I love how as this man listens to music from his era, there is clearly something in him that is unlocked.  The music brings him back to the time when he was fully alive.

It makes me wonder what music and art I am currently experiencing that will leave that kind of imprint on me.  I wonder what I’ll look back on in my old age and remember of today.  What soundtracks will unlock my heart.

Bon Iver

OK.  It’s time to brag.

What was the absolute, hands-down best show you’ve ever been to?  And what made it so memorable?

Here’s mine…

October 15, 2000 Jimmy Eat Word, Pedro the Lion, & Death Cab for Cutie at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago, IL; I was still in high school and drove three hours with some friends to Chicago to see these relatively unknown bands (at the time) play at bowling alley for a whopping $8.

Runner Ups –

May 31, 2012Bon Iver & Feist at Red Rocks; Beautiful evening, Perfect temperatures, and an impeccable mix.  May have teared just a bit.  Here’s a little video I captured.

April 21, 2005U2 Vertigo Tour at the Pepsi Center; This was my first time seeing U2.  Megan got me tickets for my birthday, and we attended the 2nd night of a sold out show.  Everything about it was just right.  Definitely cried through a couple songs.  No shame.

Your turn.  Leave a comment below.

In a recent post, I shared about the unfolding story of our friend Thiago Netto in Brazil. Last week, while we was recording his very first album in San Jose, Costa Rica, I was able to catch up with Thiago over Skype. I decided to record the conversation so I can share with you and others who are tracking with this story.

In this video, Thiago speaks thanks everyone who helped bring this dream to life. Also, he offers a word of encouragement to anyone who is still waiting for a dream to become a reality.  Great stuff!

I love a couple things he says…

  • “If God spoke to you, He will make true on His promises.”
  • “[While waiting to see your dreams fulfilled]…Don’t try to help God.  He can do everything.

Scheming to Be Generous

February 5, 2013 — 2 Comments

RE-POST: This entry was from my old blog.  There have been some great updates to this story since then, so I thought modify it and share it again.

Few things in life are as fun as scheming to be generous.  I have to admit, most days I find myself introspective – thinking about MY life, MY ambitions, MY story, etc… It’s easy to do when we live in therapeutic, self-improvement culture.  There is nothing wrong with self-improvement.  But there is a deeper joy found in improving someone else’s life, ambition, & story.

This very week is a continuation of one of those stories.  Here is some context…

Thiago's Sound

In 2011, a group of us went to Brazil to hold a Resound Conference in Rio De Janeiro.  While there, one of the first people we met was a guy named Thiago.  Thiago leads worship at his Church, has a heart of gold, and is one of the kindest people you will ever meet.  One evening he showed us some songs he had written and recorded on his cell phone.  We casually asked when he was going to record them.  He responded “It is my dream, but this will never happen. I do not have the money to allow this to happen.” Continue Reading…

Get Your Song Back

January 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

When we read through the Old Testament, we find the people of God in regular intervals of captivity and freedom. Famine and blessing. Slavery and promise.

Photo by Kevin N. Murphy. Creative Commons

Photo by Kevin N. Murphy. Creative Commons

Whenever the Israelites would be led into exile one of the first things that would happen is they would lose their song. Their song was their blood line. Their song was their own soundtrack of the acts of God passed down to future generations. Their song was the truest expression of who they were.

That’s why every time we read of them in captivity, God brings a promise of deliverance that is connected to the idea of them singing again. The Psalms talk about a new song being put in their mouths. Where there once was mourning, there will be shouts of praise.

Every time they were led into freedom, they had to relearn who they were and how to live. They had to pick up their instruments and find their song again.

In a similar way, we go through seasons where we lose our song.

Sometimes the song is taken from us.
Sometimes the song is muted in the struggle.
Sometimes we sit back and let others do the singing.

Regardless of how it happened, we have to remember the Father’s intention is always to restore our hearts to a place of singing again. And while I believe literal singing is part of our restoration, we should know that our “song” is much more.

When we come alive in Christ and learn to live out of the truest expression of who we were created to be, there is unmistakable sound that goes out. It’s heard by more than us. It’s heard by God and heard by the enemy of our souls.

I love this little passage in the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 30:29–33 (MSG)
“But you will sing, sing through an all-night holy feast! Your hearts will burst with song, make music like the sound of flutes on parade, En route to the mountain of God, on the way to the Rock of Israel. God will sound out in grandiose thunder, display his hammering arm, Furiously angry, showering sparks— cloudburst, storm, hail! Oh yes, at God’s thunder Assyria will cower under the clubbing. Every blow God lands on them with his club is in time to the music of drums and pipes, God in all-out, two-fisted battle, fighting against them.”

God’s plan is to give us our song back. And when we get it back, this passage says that God will club the enemy to the timing of our music. That sounds intense and slightly over the top, but I love the idea that when a new song comes alive in our hearts, God actually fights for us to the rhythm of that song.

So what if that means that
Every song you sing,
Every stroke of the brush
Every release of the shutter
Every click on your keyboard
Every movement of your pen
Every beat of the drum
Every strum of the guitar
Every step in the dance
Every scene of the film
Every nail hammered
Every meal prepared
Every sermon preached
is a crushing blow to the enemy of your soul.

That’s freaking awesome.

It’s time to get your song back.

Last week, I wrote about the importance of personal growth and why that matters for the people in our lives.  When we grow, we give others a chance to grow.

I was then reminded of some of the places I’ve grown in this last season.  Thanks to social media, none of us will ever forget our early days – what we were doing, what we were thinking, or how we spent our time.  On Facebook, we can revisit years of history.  And just recently, Twitter made it possible to download your entire archive of tweets and retweets so you can track all of the ridiculous things you were saying just a short time ago.

Luke - We Will GoIt’s hard to believe, but the video above is only four years old.  It feels like a decade ago.

I was in a band called “Ellary” with Jason, John, & Sean and this video was shot during a short tour in the midwest. We filmed and edited this video in just a few hours.

Ridiculous? Yes.  Embarrassing? Not at all.  Would I do it again?  In a heart beat.

Things that have changed since then:

  1. I have less hair.
  2. My jeans are skinnier.
  3. Ellary broke up.  Though we sometimes pretend we are still on tour.
  4. I have a child, and am now a responsible adult. (Sometimes)
  5. Regretfully, we no longer have access to a large garage with checkered flooring.

Things that have stayed the same:

  1. Jason still pops out from behind bushes.
  2. I still play a Telecaster.
  3. I still can’t dance.

What of your shenanigans will the world remember forever?

Before I explain the title of this post, let me set up this video.

This last year, Rich Mullins, the late singer-songwriter became one of my heroes. Yes, I’m referring to the guy who wrote “Awesome God.” Growing up, I was never a huge fan of his music, but after I read his biography, I realized he embodied nearly everything I’m chasing after.

He was a humble man who encoutered the fierce and fiery love of God and from that place he produced great art (for his time). He loved his neighbor deeply and was never concerned with impressing people. He was a man that could not fit easily into categories.

With that said, this video clip is Rich talking in a moment of vulnerability just before he sings his song “Step by Step”. Here, he talks about the love of God and the kind of art God makes.

If you don’t have time to watch this video, here’s a little excerpt you can read.

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Periods of Rest

December 28, 2012 — Leave a comment


As I’ve been doing my best to enjoy time with my family and time off during the holiday season, I haven’t been posting or writing as much this week. The time off has been good for my soul and I always underestimate how much rest I really need.

Reminds me of how music is not defined just by the notes, but the rests between the notes.  The rhythm and space is what makes music beautiful.  I’m doing my best to find good rhythms for own life, too.

I can’t wait to launch into 2013, and there are a ton of great things coming, but for now, it’s time to hang out for a bit.  As Ovid said “What is without periods of rest will not endure.”

Thanks to everyone has been reading along since November.  Your encouragement has been HUGE for me!