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Since 2014 is just about in the can, I thought I’d get at least one post up here for this calendar year!

Recently, as I’ve walked through a lot of personal transition, my creative energy has been focused more in the world of speaking and teaching in the Vinelife community.  I anticipate that this blog will become more of a hybrid space for me to share and expand on some of the same content and insights.

With that said, we recently jumped into a new Advent series called “Birthing the Miraculous.”  The idea was inspired by Heidi Baker’s memoir of the same title.  It’s not so much about childbirth, nor is it simply about miracles.  In short, it’s about the process by which God accomplishes great and supernatural things in us and through us.

As we explore the story of the virgin Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel detailed in Luke 1:28, there are so many important observations that we can be shaped by. Unfortunately, I don’t have the audio from Pt. 1, but you can listen to Pt. 2 here.

Also, here are 4 quotes from the last couple weeks.  Feel free to share!

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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…

At heart, I’m a full out geek. I like technology…sometimes too much. I need to warn you from the beginning, that this post is a bit “techy”. If that’s not you, feel free to swiftly close this window and get back to your day. :)

Recently, I posted some thoughts on the importance of writing.  Whether you consider yourself a “writer” or not is irrelevant.  Nearly every expression of creativity starts with getting our thoughts out of our brain and on to paper. Or as Dawson Trotman says, “letting your thoughts pass through your lips and fingertips”.  We all have things in our gut that we need to let out. And when we do it’s important we have the right tools on hand.

Photo from the Library of Congress.

Photo from the Library of Congress.

When writing, I’ve found there are times when the mojo is just there.  I sit down and can’t write fast enough to capture everything my heart is singing about.

But more often are the times where I’ll stare desperately at the blinking cursor not remembering how it is that sentences are formed.  These are the times that can lead to frustration and the occasional questioning of the purpose of life. In these moments, the last thing I want to do is write, so I’ll distract myself with ANYTHING I can possibly justify.  My eyes will constantly wander to new email notifications and social media icons. Even with other applications closed, I waste time changing fonts, sizes, and margins of the document I am working in.

Sound crazy?  I’m hoping you know what I’m talking about.

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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!

Wanted to share a video that was sent my way by a friend and co-worker this last weekend.  Might be one of my favorite renditions of the Christmas story to date.  It’s funny, creative, and adorable.  It’s the story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand.

If you have kids, gather them around.  They’ll enjoy this too.

Merry Christmas!

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.

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Henry David Thoreau

Those of us who write, make films or sing songs usually spend the first chunk of our careers begging for validation. But after we get validated, something very meaningful can happen. An artist can turn a corner and their desire to give can trump their desire to receive.

Don Miller – StorylineBlog.net

On the Gift of Creativity

November 16-17, 2012 | Vinelife Church in Boulder, CO

Friends!  If you are in town next weekend, please consider coming to the Resound Conference.

Resound has been a centerpiece of my personal journey for the last four years.  This is not only because I’m part of the team that hosts the event, but it really is an unreal experience to gather with friends, family, worshippers, and creatives for the purpose of seeking God & building friendships.  There will be several hundred people from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, & more.  Here’s a few other reasons you should consider being there…

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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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