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.

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at https://www.fabricmpls.com/give. Thank you!

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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 Theissen 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.

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at https://www.fabricmpls.com/give. Thank you!

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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

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at https://www.fabricmpls.com/give. Thank you!

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Thanksgiving Stress and an “Attitude of Gratitude”

November 20, 2018

Yes, we want to vomit when we hear that...and yet, there's something true in the triteness. Thanksgiving is about gratitude after all. But if you're asking, "But how am I actually going to make it through the holidays?" then this one's for you.  Melissa, Greg, and Chris talk about building a cycle of gratitude that doesn't fix anything, but does start to transform us. 

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USED and Complicated!

November 18, 2018

Ever notice that everyone isn’t like you in the way they try to make a difference in the world? Yeah, it’s true. And it’s a good thing. You are shaped individually in a way that balances out who we are collectively. That gives us the power of diversity and the challenge of tolerating it. How are you wired? Are you a ‘march on the capitol’ or a ‘be a good neighbor’ person? Are you somewhere in between? Wrestling with this is key to operating as a team instead of a tribe, and might come in handy dealing with that relative over your Thanksgiving family time.

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.

See the video of Jeanette Mayo's photography and wisdom HERE. Follow Jeanette on Facebook, Flickr & Instagram.

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at https://www.fabricmpls.com/give. Thank you!

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Scraps: the Beautiful Challenge of Sharing Your Mission

November 13, 2018

The things that doggedly call to us, that we can't get over, that we have vast energy for; our missions can challenge us in lots of ways, but another challenge comes when we share it with people who hold us to the vision that we've been given. Listen as Melissa Lock and Scott Schluter talk with Chris Tripolino about how this got really real for them over the summer. 

Scott is a part of the Fabric community and he and Melissa mention an organization that they've gotten involved with called Better Angels. Learn more about how they are working to bridge the gaps in our political discourse here.

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USED and irreplaceable!

November 11, 2018

Just in case you feel guilty because you aren’t doing enough (which, unfortunately, is probably true about all of us, sorry) take a different tack on the whole issue. You are irreplaceable and that says fabulous things about you! There has never been anyone like you and never will be. There are things you can do, insights you can have, awarenesses available to you that are singular and invaluable. What are you waiting for! This is amazing! And - get this - nothing disqualifies you.

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.

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at https://www.fabricmpls.com/give. Thank you!

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Stretch!

November 6, 2018

Election day 2018 gives us a moment to consider what it means to contribute and to have community. Voting is important, and just the start of our civic engagement...and definitely not the only place we feel the tension of what it means to see our lives as a contribution and ourselves as part of a community.

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USED and not used up!

November 4, 2018

Scientists believe only 2-10% of the capacity of our genetic code is used. The rest is left on the table, or in the cell, or something… Anyway, while that may be necessary for reproducing human bodies, it isn’t an excuse to leave our human capacity on the table in a world that needs us. I’m sure you aren’t holding back, you probably feel overwhelmed and overscheduled already. But over- or under- used, it’s worth a conversation because being used is one of the best things that can happen to you, and to us.

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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Speaking From Experience: Not This, but That

October 28, 2018

Speaking from Experience is all about sharing wisdom, not just information, opinions and news. The gospel writer Matthew was trying to let us see that Jesus was in the wisdom business. But the shroud of story and thousands of years of change makes it is easier to dismiss than understand him. The story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, is one story that needs unfolding. Not because you are supposed to believe it, but because it holds inside something you want to learn.

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.

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at https://www.fabricmpls.com/give. Thank you!

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Wisdom in the Bible?

October 23, 2018

Melissa, Greg, and Chris talk about why we've been so blatantly using the Bible as a resource in the context of our conversations we've been calling Speaking From Experience.

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Speaking From Experience: The Miracle Happening

October 21, 2018

The Miracle happening draws us into viewing the world through different eyes. It asks questions about how we experience the world around us as it’s happening. The stories of the Bible can feel like a book about a far away land in a faraway time with little to say about how we live. What if the Bible was a way for us to recognize how the world works in a different way and how we can be a part of the miraculous happening now.

 

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.

 

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at https://www.fabricmpls.com/give. Thank you!

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Wisdom? Where to Start?

October 17, 2018

Chris Lillehei and Maia Dalager join Chris Tripolino to talk about the mysterious and elusive nature of wisdom as part of our Speaking From Experience conversations.

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Speaking from Experience: The One Thing

October 14, 2018

The One Thing isn’t the only thing, but it is the main thing. An astrophysicist might figure out the One Thing with math, but you probably won’t figure yours out that way. You’ll probably learn it with your gut as much as your head, and chances are you’ll probably always chase it in someway. A long, long time ago someone got ‘woke’ by Jesus and after spending years with him realized the One Thing that the world was really all about. He wanted to make sure everyone heard it - including you. Curious?

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.

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at https://www.fabricmpls.com/give. Thank you!

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The Long Haul: Scraps

October 3, 2018

Chris, Melissa, and Greg talk about some of the themes brought up in our September conversations about The Long Haul, like these personal commitments we've been claiming together:

  1. I will not lie to myself
  2. I will not avoid vulnerability
  3. I will not let my influencers be chosen by someone else
  4. I will not tie my hands with what's not important to me

Let's keep talking about how to stay in it for the long haul together! 

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The Long Haul: Investing

September 30, 2018

Investing: Driven by What Matters Most 

The Chris Farrells & Kai Ryssdals of the world remind us about our retirement while we burn through our money as fast as we earn it. That’s just money, what about what matters most? If it’s important, if it’s part of life for the long haul, then it should be part of today. A big part. Okay, you already know that, but are you doing it? What we value less gets in the way of what we value most. There is something we can do about that.

Find the outline and related resources at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. 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.

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at jacobs-well.net/give. AND now you can start following along with the transition here! Thank you!

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Influence

September 25, 2018

Melissa Lock, Greg Meyer, and Chris Tripolino take a quick look at what it looks like to take note of the people who influence you and whom you have the opportunity to influence.

You can support Fabric as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at jacobs-well.net/give. AND keep up with our transition from Jacob's Well to Fabric here! Thank you!

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