Small “t” truth: Experience

February 20, 2019

It’s one thing to talk about the different worlds of Big “T” Truth and small “t” truth, but the real challenge is becoming fluent and comfortable in the small “t” world.  In this episode, we take a little time to cultivate space for truth. 

The text from the original poem that Chris Tripolino shares in this episode can be found here:

 
Today I had the courage to come to your house
I would have been mostly content to stand upon the threshold
But something within me reached out
And rang the bell
 
You came and welcomed me in
as a friend
Without a thought of the arrogant things I’ve said
about you
And right away I could see 
I was wrong anyway
 
These weren’t the sterile halls
Glass and polished ivory
There is life here; wisdom, and magic
 
Your house is full of children
Their songs and laughter echoing sweetly through the corridors
Elders sit at your table
and sometimes speak
But break the silence reverently, reluctantly interrupting a friend
 
The poets play in your fields
The scientists know to stay nearby
The theologians sit on the fences beyond
An interesting view, an uncomfortable seat
An unprompted vow to abstain
from experiencing these lands firsthand
 
Yes, there are many who live far beyond
The politicians in their perches knowing when to speak your name
The pundits, editorializing, obscuring
selling tickets as if the view was the main event
 
The rest, perhaps content to live on the borderlands
In the shadow of your gates
A s I was 
For a time

 

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A Petrified God…

February 12, 2019

Chris Tripolino and Greg Meyer talk about some of the ways that society (especially Western Christianity) has gotten good at petrifying some of the profound parts of life. It's worth noticing where it happens to make it easier to avoid and keep focusing on the places full of life! 

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small “t” truth: Petrified

February 10, 2019

Petrified - The Big “T” Truth Effect.

Nothing kills the truth like naming it. Or, you could say, capitalizing it. As human beings we are capable of amazing things, but one of them is not grasping the meaning of life, the universe and everything. Nonetheless we play god and turn our living glimmers of truth into rock solid Truth. We don’t have to. Let’s talk about celebrating our ‘ahas’ and resisting the temptation of making them lifeless ‘isms.’

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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4 Big Decisions: How Will I Establish My Career? (Pt. 2)

February 3, 2019

In case you are wondering if this is really about how to kick your career into high gear, it’s not. Your career is the wrong question to start life by answering, the better question would be about your character. Not “What do I do?” but “Who am I?” This week, Greg Meyer digs in to that deep question and everything that surrounds it.

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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4 Big Decisions: How Will I Establish My Career? (Pt. 1)

January 30, 2019

In case you are wondering if this is really about how to kick your career into high gear, it’s not. Your career is the wrong question to start life by answering, the better question would be about your character. Not “What do I do?” but “Who am I?” This week, our friend Reeve Hutchinson shared his story with us this; an interesting and compelling look into his personal journey that engages questions about career, purpose, and meaning encouraging us to start digging down to see what this foundation might look like so we can better decide where to start building.

Find related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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What’s Important or What’s Happening

January 24, 2019

It's so easy to confuse what's important with what's simply happening. Greg Meyer, Melissa Lock, and Chris Tripolino share some conversation about how to get to those important things...those big decisions.

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4 Big Decisions: How Will I Deal with Other People?

January 20, 2019

Four Big Decisions: How Will I Deal with Other People? Ever notice that people are pretty weird until you get to know them. And then when you get to know them too well they get weird again? Yeah, people are like that; they are full of things that aren’t convenient or compatible with you. Question: Should they be? Maybe there is a score with your ‘you-ness’ that needs to be settled before you figure out what to do with their ‘other-ness.’

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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4 Big Decisions: What Do I Do with My Money?

January 13, 2019

There are a number of decisions we best settle before hitting the road with our life. Chances are that you didn’t settle all of them before you turned 18 and left home so it is high time we deal with them now. One of those decisions is about your money. Your money, your wealth, your stuff, all of that. You may not even know what the options are, which makes this conversation even more important.

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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4 Big Decisions: Do I Have to Make Choices?

January 6, 2019

Do I Have to Make Choices? Of course not! After all, you are an exception to the rule. What happens to everyone else won’t happen to you because you are special, and… well, it’ll just work out. Just kidding! You probably wouldn’t say those things about yourself, but it is frightening how many of us act as though they were true.

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Windows Into Christmas

December 24, 2018

We could all use a dose of perspective from time to time. Here's a podcast where Greg Meyer encourages you to discover some new perspectives as you engage the age old Christmas story. We're including a dramatic telling of that Christmas story from some Fabric youth. What you miss out on is the full drama, kids singing, dancing, acting, and using shadow puppets to lead the telling of lots of other stories in the middle of Greg's talk.  As you listen, imagine all of the lighted windows this evening in your neighborhood, each one holding unique stories that are somehow all connected.  Merry Christmas! 

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Midrash: Perfectly Imperfect

December 16, 2018

What an explanation can’t accomplish a story sometimes can. We’re working on those stories this Christmas season. Imagine what the Christmas story would be if it were told by, perhaps, the stable? What if the animal shed that Mary is remembered for birthing Jesus in, because there was no room in the inn, could talk? Would it’s story be about being perfectly imperfect for the job? Does your life’s story have some perfectly imperfect in it? Let’s listen.

This midrash from 12/2/2018 was written by Jeanette Mayo and features Beth Studdiford and Melissa Lock.

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Midrash: What Was That?

December 16, 2018

Reporters know to talk to more than the headliners. They go back in the kitchen, talk to the concierge and the guy on the street. People who may not know all that was going on, but they know something. Sometimes what they don’t know makes them better observers. Who were the extras that first Christmas? The guy in the shop next to the stable, the servants of the wise men? We’ve all been the extra, standing in the wings, witnessing what others missed. What was it?

This midrash from 12/16/2018 was written by Mark Trelstad and features Mark, Kris Meyer, and Julie Windholz. 

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Midrash: Took the Risk

December 16, 2018

Joseph told the story about that first Christmas night differently than anyone else. He didn’t hear, see or experience the same thing anyone else did and I imagine the turning point of his story to be in the words “I took a risk.” We all take risks. The Christmas story of God being born into this world is about more than Jesus’ birth (a significant risk!) it is about the risks we all take for life. Life, change, growth are born of risk.

This midrash is from 11/25/18 and features Ed and Jen Hamilton.

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Do You Hear What I Hear? What Was That?

December 16, 2018

Sometimes those who know the least know the most. Let me clarify… Insiders often overthink or have decided what was happening before it did. The outsider, the casual observer, can notice things no one else does. Ever wonder about those characters who were just around that night of Jesus’ birth? What would their stories tell? You’ve been the ‘in the wings’ person when things were happening, what do you know? What do your stories tell?

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Do You Hear What I Hear? Perspective

December 9, 2018

The star figures prominently in the Christmas story even though it is only mentioned briefly in one version of the story. Positioned high above it sees things we don’t;  the bigger picture that tells us the fuller story. What if we heard the Christmas story from the perspective of, well, perspective? The star’s “see more” and “know more” perspective? You’ve stepped back, gone to the balcony, so to speak, to see things better. What’s your story of gaining perspective?

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Midrash: Perspective 2

December 9, 2018

Amanda Moon shares a midrash she wrote from the point of view of the star in the Christmas story for your reflection and wonder.

This midrash is from week 3 of our 2018 pre-Christmas series Do You Hear What I Hear.

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Midrash: Perspective 1

December 9, 2018

Nick Theisen shared a midrash he wrote from the perspective of the Christmas star. May it offer some perspective for you this holiday season.  

This midrash is from week 3 of our 2018 pre-Christmas series Do You Hear What I Hear.

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Do You Hear What I Hear? Perfectly Imperfect

December 2, 2018

“Were you born in a barn?” is a classic insult for a person’s foibles. Jesus was born in a barn, a stable anyway, or so the story goes. The point? A stable is hardly the place for anyone’s birth, certainly not someone of Jesus’ importance. Yet, could it have been any different? Maybe the stable was a statement to the world of what it really takes for us to do what we have to do.

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Bill Stenross Took the Risk

November 27, 2018

We're taking time each week leading up to Christmas at our local gatherings to hear stories from people in the community. Bill Stenross graciously let us in on a story inspired by our prompt, "Took the Risk."

Learn more about our story prompts and how to submit your own story pitch at https://www.fabricmpls.com/storytelling

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Do You Hear What I Hear? Took the Risk

November 25, 2018

Joseph told the story about that first Christmas night differently than anyone else. He didn’t hear, see or experience the same thing anyone else did and we could imagine the turning point of his story to be in the words “I took a risk.” We all take risks. The Christmas story of God being born into this world is about more than Jesus’ birth (a significant risk!) it is about the risks we all take for life. Life, change, growth are born of risk. Let’s hear more stories of risk. What is yours?

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

Greg mentioned this video from last week of Jeanette Mayo's photography and wisdom. Follow Jeanette on Facebook, Flickr & Instagram.

You can find the video of our friend Nick Tasler here and keep up with what he's up to at NickTasler.com

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