The Art of Community

The Art of Community

We are exploring the joys and pains of meaningful life together as a Christian community. Relationships are complex, but we believe that it is in these personal connections that the best stuff of life and faith is found. Join us as we learn together how to engage meaningfully with each other and the Church.

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October 27, 2021 31 min

Most people struggle to get any momentum going in their study of the Bible.  They struggle to do it regularly and fail to engage with it meaningfully when they do.  It's so common, that we tend to assume it about everyone unless proven otherwise.

Why is this?

At least one of the major contributing factors is that we tend to digest the scriptures in isolation from the rest of the community of faith.  But the word of God was writ...

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We have talked about how to help people through hardship and trauma, but we have not addressed what to do if you are the one experiencing the hardship.  This is what we are after in this episode.

We want to help you begin to look ahead with eyes of hope and faith for what is to come, without ignoring what has happened behind.

 

Music by Elisa Cox

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We often find ourselves in situations where a friend is going through a hard time, or reveals some trauma in their past that is troubling them in the present.  Knowing what to do, and what to say, in these moments can be difficult.

We want to help you with that in today's episode.

Here is our list:

What Not To Do What to Do Instead Make it about you Make it about them and what God is doing

Tell them “God won’t give you mor...

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September 15, 2021 2 min

Just a quick update on the schedule and some exciting things coming up for the show.

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September 8, 2021 33 min

If you're going to invest in meaningful relationships, you're going to experience hurt, offense, and brokenness eventually.  Either you are going to hurt them, or they will hurt you.  The only way to avoid it, is not to have any friends!

Scripture gives us a clear way forward, which is fantastic news, IF we are willing to refrain from sabotaging the process before it even gets started.

Today's episode is about just that...

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September 1, 2021 46 min

We're back after a short hiatus for vacation and summer craziness!  Sorry to keep you waiting...

This episode gets a little personal as we explore some of our own painful experiences with getting hurt by the Church.  It's hard, and complicated, when the community that is such a source of comfort and life becomes the scene of the crime.

How do we respond?

There are no easy answers.  Heather and I both felt more than ever tha...

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If you are going to invest in building a robust circle of relationships in your life, then that community will have to include people that you do not easily connect with, or that do not easily connect with others.  This is not only normal, but follows the pattern of Christ.

Some people are socially awkward.  Other people are emotionally broken and need extra care.  Some people mental illness, or personalities that don’t jive easily...

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July 7, 2021 40 min

We often get questions from listeners about how to balance the demands of life with the call to engage in discipleship through meaningful relationships.  It's not an easy question, because everyone has a different life and the way that they fulfill the great commission will be unique.

However, we think there are some principles that can apply to most everyone.  We are talking about how to have healthy boundaries that fall along...

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Knowing yourself is important in your efforts to know others.  Personality tests can give you a handy set of categories and tools to understand yourself better, and make faster connections with other people.

There are also some pitfals to avoid along the way.  In this episode, we discuss those advantages and dangers as well as discuss some examples from a test we took together.

The test we took can be found here: https://www.unders...

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This is Part 2 of our fantastic discussion with Israel and Kristina Rios.  They are dear friends, and have a wonderful gift for hosting people in their home.  They are both passionate about establishing a broad base of friendships, so we think you will learn a lot from our chat.

Thanks for coming along!

Music by Elisa Cox

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Join us as we talk to Israel and Kristina Rios, two of the best people we know of to teach us about the ins and outs of hosting people in your home.  Getting people in your home is perhaps the fastest way to establish meaningful relationships.  Sadly, few people do it these days.

We had a lot of fun chatting with Israel and Kristina, and we think you will get a lot from it.

This is part 1 of 2.

Music by Elisa Cox

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Once you invite someone, what to do if they say yes?  This really comes down to being able to hold a conversation.  If this is something you struggle with, you are not alone.  It's incredibly common in our experience, and we want to help you with some skills to improve your ability to have meaningful conversations, and quell your anxiety in the process.

It all starts with Philippians 2:3-4 - Do nothing out of selfish ambition o...

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Often the hardest part of making new friends is the initial invite.  This brings up dark memories of middle school dances in the gymnasium with slow jams in the air and groups of sweaty kids standing on opposite ends of the room waiting to be asked to dance.  Not much has changed. But getting over this initial hurdle is necessary to establishing a life of meaningful friendships.  Listen as we wade into the topic.

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May 26, 2021 30 min

We have seen, or experienced ourselves, at least 5 friendship myths that stop us from starting meaningful friendships.

MYTH 1: Common interests make the best friendships.

MYTH 2: Your first impression of people is accurate.

MYTH 3: If they want to hang out, they'll ask

MYTH 4: No one wants to be my friend, I'm just being a bother.

MYTH 5: Making friends should be easy.

 

Music by Elisa Cox

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May 10, 2021 36 min

We are digging into the ever relevant question of whether or not a set of relationships that exist only online can do for us what we need.  It's thorny issue, but one we need to pay attention to.

 

Music by Elisa Cox

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April 29, 2021 24 min

Welcome to our first episode!? Here we introduce ourselves, the general direction of the podcast, and begin talking about why engaging in deeper, long-term relationships is vital to your Christian life.

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