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December 2018 Associate Minister's Column by Nathan Ryan

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In honor of Steve’s last newsletter, I thought I should share with you my favorite-Steveisms. 

  1. Why is it we know exactly how our family will act, and yet we get mad at them for acting that way? I’ll add on, why is it that I intentionally provoke them into acting that way? 
  2. It’s not just things. Stop saying it’s just things. The Sunday after the flood, Steve preached very adamantly that those who flooded didn’t just lose things. With a sharp conviction he said “These are the things people have selected to connect them to the world. These are the things they wanted to surround themselves with. It’s not just stuff.” 
  3. Everyone ends their life in the middle of a chapter. Steve says this is probably a Rev. Forest Church quote, but I couldn’t find it (it’s not a very google-able phrase, just try it). Because I heard Steve say it, I’m giving him credit. 
  4. A good church should embrace the healthy parts of the local culture and be counter-cultural to all that is unhealthy.
  5. Before you tell someone something ask 1. Is it true? 2. Is it kind? 3. Is it necessary? This is another phrase that belongs to someone else. In this case, it’s Rumi. I’ve heard Steve preach it often, so I’m giving him credit for keeping it alive.


It’s been an honor working with Steve. I wish him all the best in his next chapters.