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



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! 


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.


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. 


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.



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.


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.


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.


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! 



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.

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September 18, 2018

In this episode, Melissa, Chris, and Greg talk about groups and why Fabric has invested like we have in creating and supporting an active infrastructure of groups. 

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


Fabric Scraps: Long Haul

September 13, 2018

Melissa, Chris, & Greg talk about the confusion and struggles of living for the Long Haul and what self-leadership can look like.


Leftovers: Fabric

September 9, 2018

We've smiled at the idea of calling these leftovers podcasts "scraps" as the next iteration in line with our new identity as Fabric. 

In this episode, Greg, Melissa, and Chris discuss vision and creativity and the ways that Fabric is already part of who we are as a community. 

Stay tuned for more of these "scraps!"


Leftovers: Play

May 29, 2018

Play? Really? There's got to be more to it than that! Check out this conversation from Melissa, Greg, & Paul about their experiences and perceptions of play and how that all played out (yuk yuk) this past week! 



Leftovers: Third Way & Traffic Circles

April 17, 2018

There is no doubt that the Third Way is more important and more complicated than most of us think. After the message on April 8 we got some great feedback from folks that got us talking. So Melissa and Greg decided to dig in deeper to this Third Way thinking. 


Leftovers: Make A Dent…Fill-in?

March 1, 2018

Chris and Melissa have some questions about Greg's recent fill-in of "fill-in" as they share thoughts about leadership, delegation, synergy, and how that can be seen in Jacob's Well. 


Leftovers - Why Check Your Baggage?

January 23, 2018

We've been digging in to huge issues that affect our life and relationships lately. Why do we do stuff like that? Here's a little bit of a taste of our approach to digging in to big things like this as a community. If you are trying to figure out how to broach those difficult conversations within your own community, it's worth it! Share comments on this episode or reach out to us through our website!


Why Listening is So Hard

December 14, 2017

An excerpt from "Everybody Loves A Baby: A Special Gift" by Greg Meyer. You are called to make a difference. What you may not be aware of is that listening deeply and openly to others may be the way you can make the biggest difference. Greg Meyer explores two of the obstacles that keeps us from truly hearing others so that understanding can happen. Listen in.

Hear the entire message from Dec 10, 2017 HERE.

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‘Tis the Season to Change Men’s Behavior Towards Women

December 12, 2017

Listen to this excerpt of the message from Dec. 10, 2017 ("Everyone Loves a Baby: A Special Child"). Greg Meyer deals with an issue that we need to talk about; the wave of accusation and truth telling around sexual misconduct and assault that is sweeping up so many men today. Believe it or not, this reflects the Christmas season in which we welcome God breaking into our world to change things, not leave them the same. We all need to own the role we play in condoning and promoting this behavior that has victimized women for centuries and needs to change.

Hear the entire message HERE.

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Humanize Leftovers: Commentary on Mark 6.30-44 Feeding the 5000

September 30, 2017

This excerpt from Sunday's message (9/24/2017) doesn't pretend to give us any answers for how to have compassion when the needs are too many, too far away, and too demanding, but it does show us a rhythm of compassion Jesus had that made him someone the world has never forgotten. Greg Meyer gives us some insights into one way to hear this story from Mark 6.30-44 of Jesus "feeding the 5000." 

The entire podcast is available HERE.

You can find the Completed Outline to the message on page 2 of this pdf. LINK