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Monday, August 25, 2008

i've wanted to be a drummer for awhile

These 2 minutes only further intensified that desire. Darren King, drummer for one of my favorite bands Mutemath, is beyond incredible. Watching him live with Team Lawson last fall was something just short of two spoonfuls of heaven. Plus, this video made me miss my buddy Swyley. Enjoy.

From Wilmore, with Love.

Friday, August 22, 2008

but the CRAZIEST part about it all is

Here's the back story to it all...even though this is about 3 days from being on the blog:
The video you see below of the song that has been “on repeat in my head”, the one I told you to go out and get (which I would still say to do) was written by a guy named Mike Guglielmucci. It has been made famous by the monster churches in Australia with amazingly talented music artists - Planetshakers and Hillsong. It is on both of their latest albums. Mike had said the song was written spontaneously after he got horrible news that he had “an aggressive form of cancer”. What a song to sing and worship through that tough time right? Check the lyrics:
I trust in You
I trust in You
I believe You're my Healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You're my Portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need
My Healer, You're my Healer

Very unfortunately, just 3 days ago, Mike had confessed that for the past 2 years, he hasnt been battling cancer at all. It was all a lie.
This excerpt is from an Australian website that can be found here:

“It appears from first reports (Aug 20, 2008) that “Healer” song writer Michael Guglielmucci was and is not suffering from terminal cancer. An email was sent out today to many members of Hillsong Church in Sydney. It stated that Michael Guglielmucci’s illness is not what it has been portrayed to be by Michael Guglielmucci himself, and comes as a shock to us all, including even his wife and family. It appears that he does not have a terminal illness. Mike is currently with his family in Adelaide and is seeking professional support...Australian Christian Churches vice president Alun Davies gave a statement that Mr Guglielmucci had admitted to fabricating his illness, "Representatives of the National Executive for the Australian Christian Churches recently met with Michael Guglielmucci. At this meeting, he read a statement indicating that his claim to have cancer was untrue." His credential with the Australian Christian Churches was immediately suspended. ”

*mouth open in disbelief*

Crazy right? But here, even beyond that, is the CRAZIEST part. Don’t skim this part now, listen up. In the face of all that, God has and will STILL use those lyrics to do some incredible things in people’s lives all over the globe.
How could that be - something born out of such corruption and deceit? How could you use something that is clearly damaged goods?

That is the story of us all though, right?
- damaged goods use to bring about hope, beauty, and victory in this world.

It is a dark time for Mike, his family, and the Hillsong Community, no question. May the God of Redeeming Damaged Goods be more near than ever right now.

From Wilmore, with Love.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

on repeat in my head

get it here

From Wilmore, with Love.

Friday, August 01, 2008

healthy dissatisfaction

97% of the time after any kind of project, event, performance, or anything involving planning and execution, especially if dealing with the church, I walk away and have this kind of conversation in my head:
“That was pretty good. ____ was done well.
______ wasnt done all that well.
______ wasnt what we had thought it may turn out like.
______ is how we could have done much, much better.

Years ago, I thought this was a bad trait. I had misunderstood it as being “impossible to please”, pessimistic, over-critical. But over time, I have seen that it is merely my desire to create or belong to something that is as incredible as it is in my thoughts of what it could be. Sometimes, this gap is HUGE. Sometimes, it is small. But the gap still gnaws at me most of the time. I’ve been on a journey to keep this healthy though - a “healthy” dissatisfaction. Ira Glass, host of the radio show “This American Life” paints this beautifully in this vid clip on storytelling and gave me a much better way to explain myself, and to others. Enjoy.

A 10-gallon hat tip to Chad Brooks, one of my blogging senseis (that looks strange plural), for the video link and the convo that followed in our meeting later that day.

From Wilmore, with Love.