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: 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: 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

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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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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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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Pastors & Surgeons

June 26, 2017

Pastors and Surgeons Chris Lillehei, our site host and a seminary student, fits the pastor column. His dad, Craig, just happens to be a Pediatric Surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School. He practices science at it and that hasn’t made him give up on God or faith, it has clarified it for him. Listen in and hear what pastors and surgeons have in common.

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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Galaxies & Big Stuff

June 18, 2017

Galaxies and Big Stuff No matter what you think, you have nooooo idea what big is. Big is… well, BIG! We’ll get to that in the message. But just realizing how unrealizable big big is isn’t a good enough reason to show up this morning, so we’re going to stop and think about what it means to be the puny things we are in this gut wrenchingly big universe. It’s actually good stuff. Really. So put on your safety goggles and lab coat and we’ll see what we can learn about us and the universe.

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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Science Class: Disease & Ideas

June 5, 2017

Science Class - Disease and Ideas

Science and Religion are at battle with one another. The funny thing is that God doesn’t know about it! Science isn’t the undoing of God, it’s understanding what God is about. This month we are going to science class to see some of the surprising insights that help us learn about ourselves and the world. Like what can we learn about how ideas spread from studying disease. We only want you to spread one of those, by the way.

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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Life Cycles: More Than Remembering

May 30, 2017

LIFE CYCLES: MORE THAN REMEMBERING - Happy Memorial Day! This day is a time to remember those who died in active military service. As a nation we don’t do so well at it. We mostly use it as a 3-day weekend before summer kicks in. Birth, life, death. We have a lot of growing to do in all three parts of this progression, but death is the toughest for us. Today we celebrate the new lives of Elijah & Amelia, and gather around the table of life that connects us. We will look into what more than remembering there is around what we lose. They are more a part of the same thing than you might imagine.

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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Life Cycles: Now It’s Your Turn

May 21, 2017

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN - Last week we explored the role of giving birth and letting go of what we created. This week we’ll explore what happens when you are the one released - when you discover it’s your turn to navigate life. This isn’t just a kid-become-adult thing, but the perpetual life cycle of being called to step up to the plate, take the baton, fill the shoes. Erin McGillivray, who has done her own “My turn now” discoveries and walked 100’s of Peace Corps Volunteers into their turns as changemakers, joined Greg in leading this conversation we all need

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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