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Why Become a Stephen Minister?

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘you’re not alone’.” 
 ~Brene Brown Sounds easy enough….but it isn’t! As people who care about other people, there is a tendency to want to help…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Politics

This past weekend, we opened up a really potentially difficult conversation on the topic of politics. And, we began by exploring how Jesus really was, and is political. That because we didn’t live in the context of His world, we can often miss the political statements and overtones that are made all around Him. We…

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Developing Intimacy

Last weekend (June 8/9), we opened up a conversation around sex. And, I hoped to lay the groundwork for people to pursue further conversations around our Main Point: Sex is good, sex is connecting, and sex is about intimacy. One thing I didn’t dive deeply into is how to practically develop intimacy, especially in a marriage. I…

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GREY AREA: Politics

This weekend, we are continuing in our series, Grey Area, looking at conversations that are difficult, and seeking to have more compassion and complexity in them. I think this is really important in a world that is becoming more and more tribal. We need to push past easy answers, and toward listening to one another. And, I…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Sex

This past weekend, we explored the topic of and conversation around sex. To do that we explored three points… 1. The Purpose of Sex To begin, we looked at Genesis 2 and why God created sex. We explored how Adam was in need of a deep relational connection. How he was alone and lonely. So,…

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GREY AREA: Sex

This weekend, we are opening up a really important topic. We are going to be talking about sex. And, as a church, I think it really matters that we talk about this in as open, honest, and vulnerable way possible. Because, the truth is, everyone else talks about it, so we probably should as well….

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Weekend Review: Nuance

This past weekend, we opened up our series called Grey Area by recognizing that our world is becoming more fractured. We live in a tribal world in which we are quick to think “us vs. them.” We live in a polarized world in which we are quick to divide rather than to listen. But, I…

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GREY AREA: Nuance

This weekend, we are starting a new series called Grey Area, in which we’ll be looking at some of the difficult conversations in our lives, and how to have conversations with more complexity and compassion. Because, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but our world is pretty polarized right now. We are incredibly divided, and…

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Become Like Children

I think that our world is concerned with “bigness.” As in, we want to become bigger and better at everything. We want to matter, and we want to seem important. We so often position ourselves to be seen as successful, winning and thriving. It’s in office conversations, and all over Instagram. But, this path is…

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Weekend Review: Changed by Relationships

This past weekend, we looked at the power of relationships. Because, they have dramatic impacts on our health, our longevity, and our success or failure in life. To really explore this reality further, we looked at the birth of Jesus. Now, I know this might have been an unexpected place to begin, but next to…

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