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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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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Slipping on Banana Peels - Leftovers Podcast

June 20, 2017

Melissa Lock and Chris Tripolino go bananas for some of the ways that we can get beyond the "single story;" the simplistic view of the people around us that inspires little more than judgement and annoyance. Don't judge a...banana by its peel. You might find something truly amazing. 

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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 & Religion - Leftovers Podcast

June 13, 2017

As you keep up on politics, news, art, and culture, have you gotten the sense that science and God or religion or the Bible are irreconcilably opposed? We want to challenge the idea that you have to line up behind one of those 2 sides. There is a new depth and richness that can be found when science and religion play their respective roles well. 

In this episode, Melissa, Greg, and Chris talk about some of the pitfalls and opportunites before us when science and spirituality share space. 

Click here for the previous podcast mentioned in this episode

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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.

You can support Jacob's Well as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at jacobs-well.net/give. Thank you!

 

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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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Life Cycles: Giving Birth & Letting Go

May 15, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day! This is one of those complicated days celebrating what is most wonderful, and for some, most painful about life. But we share, at least, that we all have mothers. We also all share the rhythm of giving birth and letting go; another source of joy and pain. Today Jacob’s Well-ers, Erin Tripolino, mother & birth doula, and Justin Ley, father & entrepreneur, joined Greg in talking about this key life process and paradox.

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.

You can support Jacob's Well as a community and help to bring messages and experiences like this to more people at jacobs-well.net/give. Thank you!

 

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Square 1 - Back To Square 1 With Stuff

May 7, 2017

Back to Square 1 with stuff. Here’s a complicated question: What role do possessions play in your life? Here’s another: What role should possessions play in your life? Maybe the answers are so hard because they’re the wrong questions. Maybe this is a dead end in our lives that we need to work our way backwards from. Back at square 1 we can discover better questions. That won’t be easy either, but together we can take a look. Thanks for being part of the wrestling match with 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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Dead Ends and Getting back to Square 1

May 5, 2017

Melissa Lock talks with Greg Meyer and Chris Tripolino to help us identify those stuck places in our life so that we can grow.

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