What we can learn from Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’

I can’t help but enjoy this song with it’s driving beat and catchy lyrics.  Plus it helps that it’s on iTunes radio all the time!  After having heard it multiple times, I went online to check out the music video.  I found that this video is a beautiful picture of what the Church should be like.

Here’s 3 things we can learn from Avicii and his song Wake Me Up:

1. Come:

Judgement is a relationship killer.  That is one of the fastest ways to make other people feel uncomfortable.  So, if your goal is to push people away, and keep people from coming to your church, work hard at judging them.  People are longing for a place to fit in and be welcomed.  That is where the Church comes in.  The Church should be the place where everyone no matter who they are, or what they’ve done should be accepted and loved.  I love how in the video the woman rides her horse up onto the bridge and looks out over the modern city with a twinkle in her eye as if to say, “Ah… I think I have found home.”  That’s what it should be like for people who walk into our churches for the first time on a Sunday morning.  Make it so that they are not afraid to come in to your church.  Do whatever it takes to break down that barrier.

2. Connect:

People don’t stay in a place because they have cool lighting and an awesome sound system.  People find themselves getting rooted in an environment because of their connection with other people.  I love the scene where they pile into the back of the truck as they head off.  There is something about the smiles and laughter of the few people together.  They have a relationship there that is looking to meet the needs of this confused and searching traveler.  They bring her right in, invite her to do whatever it is that they were already doing, and head off into the sunset together.  How are you at connecting people with your small group of friends?  That’s the power of relationships- connection.

3. Contribute:

Being a part of something, feels way better than watching something.  (Unless it’s an MMA fight)  When you get involved in an organization, church, or any other club your level of buy in goes way up!  People feel a sense of ownership when they move from sitting on the sidelines to being an active participant.  In this video, you see a whole sea of people who are actively engaged in what is happening on stage.  There are not rows of velvet chairs neatly lined up as if you are in a movie theater observing something.  No, these people are participating in the show, they are as much a part of the experience as the lights and sound waves booming from the stage.  How are you at helping people get plugged in to be apart of your churches service projects, or serving teams?  It’s vital!

Why do all this?  Why go to the trouble of helping people through this three step process?  Because you’ll find that there are people who will echo exactly what the woman said at the end of the video:

Get up!  Pack your things…

Where are we going?

Somewhere we belong…

I love hearing people say, AH… I’ve finally found my church home.  Every person has a story, and every story matters to God!  Let’s work hard to help people find home.



Follow Friday

#followfridayOkay, let’s do a little community development.  Who are you guys listening to and being impacted by out there in the blogging world, twittersphere or in podcast-land?  Let’s do each other a favor and leave a comment about your favorite blog to be reading, person to follow, helpful/fun podcast you’re listening to, or book you are reading.

I’ll go first…

Here is a quick list of some of my favorites:

Blog: www.withoutwax.tv  This is Pete Wilson’s blog.  Pete is the lead pastor at Crosspoint Church in Nashville TN.  I love the way that this dude communicates, and writes.  I also love the way that he parents his kids and loves his wife.  Check out his blog.

Pete Wilson

Twitter: J.R. Briggs–  J.R. is a friend of mine, he’s a church planter, author, thinker, question-asker, and an all around godly dude.  He’s a Phillies phan, but I think you can get over that.  He asks some great questions that make you go: Hmm…  Follow him.

Church Planter

Podcast: Stuff You Should Know–  This is a fun little podcast.  These guys Chuck and Josh explain all kinds of things and how they work.  I particularly liked their podcast on cicada’s and my second favorite was their podcast on coffins.  Check it out.


Book: Hazardous: This is an awesome book on the cost of discipleship.  I have read it through once and now I want to go back and read it again!  It’s that good.  Read it.

Derek Cooper

Now, I want to hear your recommendations.  You don’t have to have answers to all four categories, or maybe you have one that I haven’t posted about yet.  Let’s hear them!


A Friday Freebie!

A while back a good friend of mine who happens to be Australian, and who happened to previously have worked at Hillsong Church in his homeland said to me,

“You’re going to really like the new album that’s going to hit iTunes tomorrow.”

“Oh yeah? How do you know?” I said.

“I’ve got it on my computer already and listened to it a billion times.”

“How did you get that hook up?”

“Dude, I worked for Hillsong.”

“Oh yeah, right.”

Little did I know that one small conversation would change the course of my summers commute. It completely changed the attitude of what was being played through my speakers for a solid two months. By now, you have to know that I am referring to the album Zion by Hillsong United. What a killer album. It has some seriously well written songs that have swelling melodies and soaring anthems that allow me to be drawn into the presence of my savior.

I have to be honest, that from time to time when I need a break, I’ll put on my guilty pleasure tunes like Harlem Shake, Ho Hey, Bust a Move, Titanium, Some Nights, Radioactive, and most embarrassing of all-Trouble by T-Swift. So, if you don’t mind, I’d like my man card back.

You’ve got em too. Don’t hate. Come on. Own up to the tunes… It is relieving to get it off your chest.

Anyway, now that we have that behind us, on to the Freebie. As I was saying, this album has gone viral. It was a must have the day it was released. Much of the music has deservingly made it’s way into the Sunday morning worship set rotations. A favorite of mine has to be the song Oceans. Check out this recording of that song…

I love the chorus of this song…

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

My wife Tiffany showed me this little gem and it was too good not to share. Over at Naptime Diaries, Jessi has a gift for you. It is a printable piece of art that you can hang on your wall to remind you of the truth and the challenge of that song… Click here to jump over to the post where she is sharing this beauty for free!

You’re welcome… Actually we should thank the fine people over at Naptime Diaries.

Enjoy! Take a picture of it printed and hanging on your walls, dorm rooms, lockers, or offices. Let’s see em.