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Sermonize This.

April 10, 2013 — 5 Comments

Have you ever wanted to preach? Here’s your chance…

When I was in high school, one of my youth pastors would play a game with us to test our preaching skills. He’d point to a random object and then tell us to write a sermon on the spot, doing our best to use that item as our metaphor.

For example, if we were sitting a table in a restaurant he’d point to a salt shaker and say “Go”. At that point, one of us would start a three minute incoherent rambling about how Jesus said we’re the salt of the earth but sometimes you have to be shaken up a bit to realize what you’re supposed to be doing with your life.

Ouch.  I know.

But there you have it. That’s exactly how preachers do it. That’s the essence of every sermon you’ve heard in your life.

Now it’s your turn. We’re gonna throw down right here, right now.  This is a creative exercise that will put your exegetical prowess to the test.

Your mission it to take a look at the photo below and come up with a mini-sermon using roughly 300 words or less. It’s kind of like a caption contest, but with a cheesy life application. You can post your “sermon” in the comment section below.

Ready. Set. Go.

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(As people comment, you can vote which one you like best by clikcing on the up or down button below their comment.)

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.

There are some of us who search desperately to discover what we were born for.

And then there are some who know, but just need a little time.

This kid is one of them.

You’re welcome.

What were you born for?

Credit: Relevant

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?

Periods of Rest

December 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

Rest

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!

Super Nintendo

I’ll never forget it. It was the Christmas of 92’. My brother and I unwrapped a mysterious rectangular box to find the one gift we thought we’d never get – a brand spanking new SNES (That’s a Super Nintendo Entertainment System for those of you who are out of touch. {hipster}).

For months, my dad would voice his frustration with us because we wouldn’t stop playing our friends’ Nintendos. We were addicted and we knew Dad didn’t like it. That’s what made the gift so impossible, so other worldy, so unexpected. The very thing he was railing on for months was the gift he gave to us on Christmas morning.

That’s a good dad.

The unwrapping was followed with an explosion of laughs, jumps, hugs, and sloppy high-fives.

It was the Best. Present. Ever.

What is your most memorable Christmas gift of all time and Why? Leave a comment.

  • Can’t wait for Les Miserables to be released. I was blown away when Jason showed me the behind the scenes version. Every actor is singing their part live. Unprecedented.
  • Speaking of Jason, he released a new song called “Open Invitation” this last week. It was a song co-written with Dave Wilton, Aaron Strumpel, & myself.
  • Not sure why, but I love this video. It’s a time lapse of 5 Hours of Airplanes Landing in 25 Seconds.
  • Still thinking about some of the great talks I heard at the Resound Conference. If you missed the conference but wanna hear the talks, you can download them for $20.
  • Proud of the Will Reagan & the United Pursuit community. Their record “Endless Years” was released yesterday and already hit the top 25 in all of iTunes. It’s a fantastic record and is deeply moving.

Every year, I open the ole iTunes Christmas playlist to see what the season is gonna sound like this time around.  I grew up with a steady diet of Mannheim Steamroller that my dad would ritualistically pull out on Christmas Day.  I’m not gonna hate on the Steamroller and their epic rendition of Deck the Halls, but in the last several years I’ve been determined to piece together Christmas music that I actually enjoy listening to.  I noticed that several sites were giving away FREE music, so here are some links to music that I think you’ll enjoy too.

Albums

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If Jesus Was A Hipster

November 12, 2012 — 1 Comment

Thick-framed glasses.
Condescending statements.
Anti-mainstream pronouncements.
I am glad Jesus was not a hipster.

Sometimes you have to chuckle at our silly little trends and sub-cultures. I think Jesus would laugh too.  Ironically, hipsters are the only ones that make fun of hipsters.  If you’re confused and are wondering what a “hipster”actually is, there are some great definitions over at Urban Dictionary.  I like this one.

Hipster Jesus - New Testament

Hipster Jesus - Born in a Barn

Hipster Jesus - Twitter

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Hipster Jesus - Walking on Land

 

Welcome to the Blog

November 5, 2012 — 10 Comments

Welcome

[Photo by Rameshng, Creative Commons]

Hi! My name is Luke. This is my new blog, and I have no idea what I’m doing.

Please, pour a cup of coffee and make yourself at home. Here’s the backstory…

Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to start writing more intentionally. There are a few reasons for this:

  • I speak regularly and want a chance to write about the topics I speak on.
  • I like to encourage people – especially Kingdom-minded creatives. I felt a blog would be a good venue for this.
  • I wanted a new challenge. Something I could do to fuel my own growth and creativity.

I’ve had other blogs before, but they mostly dissolved into random posts without any real purpose or direction. So, I wanted to make sure I did this one right. This has turned into months of deep thought and prayer…

I did my homework.
I read some books.
I checked my motives.
I chose a direction.
I had a friend take some sweet photos.
I decided on a blog platform and a web host.
I poked around at my design.
I got all of the right plugins and digital accessories.
I tweaked.
I tweaked.
I tweaked.

Just recently, I noticed it’s been nearly six months since I’ve been working on this. I came to the painful realization that what I have been calling the hard work of “tweaking” has actually been glorified verbiage for stalling.

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