The Inner Selfie: Flooded, Forcing, Flowing

October 15, 2017

There is a miniature rapids I know called the riffle. It’s a point where one lake drains into another. Every year it confounds people who try to paddle against it, pushing them back, flooding their canoes, dumping them in the lake. However, there is an easier way to get through. I’ve seen people make it through with little effort. What have they figured out that I haven’t? How did they learn to go through it with such little effort?

Find this week's message outline on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers

 

Here are the word clouds that were created during this message:

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The Inner Selfie: What’s Going On In There?

October 8, 2017

Let’s face it, life is tough. Even with all the great stuff you experience everyday there are challenges swirling around you that knock you off your feet. That’s not going to change. What can change is your capacity for knowing how to be in a world like that. That won’t happen because you’ve solved all the chaos around you, but because you’ve made peace with all the chaos inside you. For starters we’ve got some things for you to think about and to try out today. 

Find this week's message outline on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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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

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Humanize: A Fire and an Eyedropper

September 24, 2017

Humanize - A Fire and an Eyedropper  Overwhelming is right! How can anyone deal with all the disasters, problems and hurt of the people they know, let alone what their Facebook feed and cable news shows them. Turning a blind eye helps us cope, but it seems to diminish our humanity at the same time. So what are we supposed to do with this world full of hurt? Well, we don’t have an answer for that, but we can say more than ‘give up.’ This is a conversation to have together. Thanks for being with us today.

 Here are responses that we got from folks who were gathered at field for this message: 

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Find this week's message outline and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Humanize Leftovers: Cardboard Signs

September 21, 2017

Melissa, Chris, & Paul pick up the conversation from Sunday as we think about how compassion moves us toward action. We start this conversation with what our community does when we see people holding cardboard signs on the side of the road. 

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Humanize: What Only You Can Do

September 17, 2017

If being compassionate just fit into our busy lives it would be so much easier. But like most truly human capacities it isn’t that convenient. Compassion asks us to dig deeply and make bigger choices than our calendars and the extra couple of dollars in our wallets. Compassion asks for you. So who are you? Not just what can you do, but what can only you do? Let’s talk about how we live into the compassion that expresses the depth of our humanity.

For the video that Greg shared around 18 minutes in, click here.

Find resources like message outlines and discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Humanize: The Battle for Your Humanity

September 10, 2017

Humanize - The Battle for Your Humanity  Try out this idea: ‘Your capacity for compassion is the measure of your humanity.’ Think about that for a while and if you agree, then consider your life and priorities. Is there room for compassion? This is not a guilt thing, this is a growth thing. Compassion is hard. It is more than being tender hearted, but it’s not being a caped crusader fixing the world’s ills either. So what is it? This message talks about it and expands our hopes for our humanity along with it.

Find resources like message outlines and discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Well-Lopsided Leftovers

September 5, 2017

Melissa, Greg, Chris, and our new pastor intern, Paul Rosenwinkel dig into this pull toward balance and what it might mean to be well-lopsided for us as individuals.

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Well-Lopsided

September 3, 2017

Feeling the knot of stress in your gut already as you try to figure out how are you going to balance it all this year? Ok, if Jacob’s Well’s job is to help us look at life in a bigger, 3rd sort of way, then we need it as we look at our fall schedule too. What if we were to tell you balance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that you don’t have to chase it? Interested? 

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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GODFLIX: Hidden Figures

August 27, 2017

To Infinity…and Beyond! Hidden Figures is the untold true story of three black women who served as the brains behind NASA’s launch that put John Glenn into orbit. These women not only displayed incredible intelligence and tenacity, but challenged the racial and gender discrimination of their time. While the story took place over 50 years ago, the issues are still relevant. In the wake of Charlottesville, and so many other stories of hatred, ignorance, and discrimination, we have much to learn about ourselves and how to better recognize God in each other.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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GODFLIX: Moana

August 21, 2017

Disney’s latest animated musical tells the story of Moana, a brave girl who dreams of sailing the ocean despite her father’s rule that “no one go beyond the reef.” Encouraged by her grandma to follow in the ways of their ancestors, she sets off on a journey to discover her true identity and save her village. This story illustrates the challenges of following our dreams and the need we all have for others to help us remember who we are.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Leftovers - Charlottesville

August 15, 2017

True confessions this week: We're still finding our way in how we address conversations about race and justice and we think we missed something big by letting Charlottesville get squeezed out of our conversation as a community. It's too important to not address together, so we're taking another crack at it in hopes of returning to conversations that we've had many times and finding new places that need addressing within the Jacob's Well community and well beyond it. Thanks for being the kind of community that can have these sustained conversations that are transforming how we see the world. 

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GODFLIX: Arrival

August 15, 2017

Whether you’ve seen Arrival or not, you’ll catch on to this Oscar winning movie’s mind-stretching challenges of how life works and what’s going on in it. Ted Chiang’s original short story, and director Villeneuve’s film not only make you wonder about those most basic assumptions, but eager to discover that there is more than you imagined. So if you’re open to an alien invasion movie that is more than ‘David defeats Goliath,’ your time has arrived! You should probably even pop a little popcorn.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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GODFLIX: Sing

August 6, 2017

GODFLIX: Sing  At the heart of the movie Sing is the idea of finding and following your passion. The problem for some of us is that that idea of finding our passion makes us either want to vomit or hyperventilate!  Well, let’s try not to do either of those and dive into a deeper idea of passion and how we are wired for this bigger vision that God sees in all of us.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Boxes: Your View of Space

July 30, 2017

Boxes: Your View of Space - This week, we gathered at Minnehaha Falls! What a beautiful place to be Jacob’s Well. Did you know that the only reason we can enjoy this space today is a leader who broke down the expectation boxes of people more than 100 years ago? Theodore Wirth came to Minneapolis in 1904 with wild ideas that became parks and changed everything. Question: What opportunities surround you right now that you have never recognized because you only see what others see? It’s time to take a look.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Boxes: Disrupting the Classroom

July 23, 2017

Boxes: Disrupting the Classroom “We’ve never done it that way before” are famously the 7 last words of any institution. Education is an institution we can’t let expire, but something has to die - maybe it’s the way we do it. Brenda Cassellius, State Commissioner of Education and Jacob’s Well groupie, has a fire in her belly for this. She is ready to help Minnesota face hard realities and guide us to new possibilities. We all need a Brenda in our lives because we all have some classrooms that need disrupting.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Boxes: Making Life Miserable - On Purpose

July 18, 2017

Hopefully you aren't listening with the hopes of us making you feel all better, because Charles Carlson doesn’t do that. A Jacob’s Well-er and Metro Transit Sr Mgr, Charles is helping plan the four year chaos of I-35W, Minnesota’s busiest highway and right in our neighborhood. He joins Greg to fill us in on what we won’t be able to do in our cars for years, and to nudge us to look at our own lives and why we would choose disruption to accomplish something important. And what we can do to not just survive, but thrive through it.

Images of the Menti WordClouds are below:

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" 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 Else Can You Do?

July 12, 2017

In this Leftovers Podcast, we talk about competence and what it may look like to step out from beneath its shadow and grow in the places where we lack it! Melissa Lock, Greg Meyer, and Chris Tripolino dive right in to this conversation inspired by this week's conversation with our friend Eddie Hamilton. 

For more on Eddie, check out his website here: EddieHamiltonArt.com

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Boxes: What Else Can You Do?

July 9, 2017

Jacob’s Well-er, artist and Special Education teacher, Eddie Hamilton, has good reason to stick with what he can do, but he doesn’t. He explores outside his boxes. This spring he gave a TEDx talk about what he is learning and it speaks volumes to what each of our struggles to balance the comfort of what we know and are competent at, and the unknown possibilities lying just outside our grasp. Get ready to consider “what else you can do” with Greg and Eddie!

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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More of a Mindblow Than Mundane

July 2, 2017

This message from Mike Rusert comes from a shared gathering between Jacob's Well and our friends, Intertwine NE at the Minnehaha Falls Park in South Minneapolis. For more on Intertwine NE, check them out here or at meetup.com

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