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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

2 questions for life

Well, maybe. For over 2 weeks now, I've been rolling around in a pair of questions, trying to see if they fall short of situations, trying to live them out in the midst of complexities. Call it a personal hangup, but at this point in my journey I'm not huge on all-encompassing absolutes. I think we as people and life are too big for too many of them- outside of the reality of a perfect-loving and eternal God, His son Jesus, full of grace and truth, and the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of believers healing and guiding believers into all truth.

However. (Remember you just read "too many" all-encompassing absolutes is where I squirm.)

As a communicator of the message of a loving God, one question seems to matter at the end of the day, at the end of our life- What difference does it make? Of course this question matters to so many other facets of life, but stay with me here. The preacher takes his place on a Sunday morning, "This is what the apostle Paul was trying to say to people in Rome." Those listening beg to ask, "So? What difference does it make for my life?" "Look how Moses handled this leadership conflict."
"So? What difference does it make to me now, thousands of years later?"
As a herald of the hope of heaven and the God reigning both here and there, I'm going to continually ask myself in personal study and preparation for sermons- What difference does it make...for me, for others? If it doesn't make a difference in how we live and breathe, then that guy from Nazareth was just a carpenter.


In all of the personal disagreements, pious debates, and prideful debacles one question has made its way into my heart- How can love win in this situation? Not me win. Not the organization. Not the event. How can love win? Perfect love, holy love, selfless love, that God brand of love. That cruciformed love. I've been trying to live this out- "For this situation I'm dealing with right now, how can love win?" Jesus sums up all 37 books of the Old Testament with just two short sentences, both hinging on the subversive power of love. Anyone got Huey Lewis playin in their heads now?
What do you think? Am I missing a couple key pieces here with these two questions?
Open to hearing your answers on all three of those final questions.

from wilmore, with Love.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Without these words, it still would have been an incredible night, an unforgettable one without question. A man I greatly respect and admire has done this more than once, more than 10 times even. His words, filled with true wisdom and experience, fill my journals. It happened again last week. And since then, here is the sentence endlessly tugging at the shirt sleeve of my conscience. No need for me to comment.

"You can always tell the size of a person's character
by the size of the dilemmas they keep."

from wilmore, with Love.

Friday, August 07, 2009

dishes, moleskine, napkins, & screens

This is the evolution of my ideation.
|ˌīdēˈā sh ən| noun, the formation of ideas or concept
Rarely, like most people, do I get a good idea or great brainstorm shower when the time is right. It happens when I'm standing there looking out the kitchen window, earbuds providing some tunes, doing the dishes. Or it happens when I'm driving on the back roads of the KY, heading to the grocery store.
At some point I may scratch it out in Butkus, to peek at later or to process it a bit more. Then, inevitably, probably late at night with a friend it will come up in great conversation. Surrounded by appetizer plates and coffee cups, scribble covered napkins sprawl the table. The idea is beginning to take its first steps.
Usually, if it was/is really taking shape in big ways it will hit the internetwebs via email and phones via texts, and lots of them. Then maybe some kind of graphic design or word processing app beyond that. Past here, 'scuse me while I kiss the sky cause the sky's the limit now.
I love this process, truly. It's fascinating to see something (or be a part of something) start out as an idea, begin to grow, take a bigger shape, birth, take its first steps, and then fly.
Below is one in midflight, one with the same heartbeat as mine. Almost step for step, syllable for syllable.

Well done Soul City Church. There in Chicago, may you reveal the everlasting Kingdom and its everloving King atop the Throne of Grace.

from wilmore, with Love.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

a must do summer project

Today, some of my beloved family out on the Westside released their first podcast episode of something they've cooked up called, "The Existence Project." I love the title. Three awesome guys on staff at Arcade Wesleyan Church, Mark, Ryan, and Brennan have come together around a few microphones to wade through the tough questions of why we exist, why an all-powerful and yet all-loving God exists, and what the heck happens when those two beautifully collide. I was honored to get an advance copy last week and trust me, you're gonna want to subscribe. They should be releasing two 35 min episodes a month. Grab them and take the conversation even further with others.
Props to Chad for his Napoleon Dynamite status skills with the graphic and video design. You can begin to subscribe to The Existence Project podcast here. First up is the video trailer on the iTunes Store. Once you subscribe, you will be able to download the first episode. Enjoy.

from wilmore, with Love.