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Taboo 5: Dangerous Questions

Taboo 5: Dangerous Questions Luke 6:39-49 Throughout our ‘Taboo’ series, we’ve been talking about the deepest fears we, as church-people, have been trying to cover up –in order to discover what those fears say about us as individuals and as a community.  And it’s my personal perspective that, once we stop to face some of

26 Feb 2015

Taboo 4: Doubt

Luke 4:1-12 Most of you know that before I began to serve with thrive, I worked for six years serving in Youth ministry with another church. And the thing I grew to love the most about working in ministry with teenagers is that they didn’t really get all of the nuances of social etiquette yet.

25 Feb 2015

1-18-15 Taboo 3 Peter Panning

Taboo 3: Peter Panning Have any of you had a moment where something happened –and it didn’t really seem like it should have been a really big deal at all, but it just was for you? Like, the moment was awesome, except for this one little detail that ruined everything for you? Maybe you couldn’t

05 Feb 2015

1-4-15 Taboo 1: Evolution

We’re opening up a new message series this month called: ‘Taboo: things you’re not supposed to talk about at church.’ And, of course, since we’re trying to do the church thing right now, we’re simply going to list them all, just so everyone knows what they are; and then we’ll all be clear about all

04 Feb 2015

5 Things That Are Wrong With Your Life And How To Fix Them

1.  You’re looking for ‘answers’ on the internet. I know, I know: you only clicked on the link because you were curious to see what form of idiocy would bear such an outrageous claim.  And I’ll admit -I exaggerated a bit.  I can’t offer anything to ‘fix’ you, or even insights to help you fix

24 Sep 2014

Guest Post: How Love Goes

How Love Goes, by Ashley Ashley’s life took an unexpected turn.  Read her story to see how she wrestled in her faith and let love surprise her. To read more, visit:  *Photo credit: Chelsea Photographie I have been debating how and when to go about sharing this part of my life with the people I care

30 Jul 2014

A Common Loneliness

The website featured a post last week, where a man sitting on a bench was asked, “Are you lonely?” His response: “It’s been a lifetime of loneliness.” While he feels alone, he certainly isn’t the only one -the post has garnered over a quarter of a million ‘likes’ on Facebook alone. Hundreds of internet strangers have posted virtual

23 Jul 2014

A LIFE WORTH LIVING, step 3: Common Grounding

Do you ever find yourself wondering: what are we all about? What is our communal common grounding? Yesterday I sat down for coffee with a former student of mine, and ended up going off on this long diatribe about causes on social media.  My Facebook newsfeed had been filled with unsettling photos of kids with

09 Apr 2014

A LIFE WORTH LIVING, step 2: Inspired

Recently I’ve heard a lot of people wonder aloud about our current cultural fascination with zombies.  ‘More Zombies, huh?  How inspired.’  From Zombie Burger, to The Walking Dead, to zombie bedding[1], to real people making preparations for ‘Z-Day,’ the undead seem to be taking over our popular imaginations.   And somehow people are surprised by

19 Mar 2014


Lent: Becoming the Best Version of Yourself By Jason Lamping Over the past few weeks, in two different books that I have picked up and started reading, I have come across some text relating specifically to “becoming a better version of yourself”. Two different/random situations with the same phrase and challenge. I was thinking, not

13 Mar 2014