Category Archives: Culture

12 man time

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Open Life Changes Location for Sunday 01.13.13 – 10am 
Gathering will be redirected to Kevin & Christy Phillips house
3015 220th Avenue East Lake Tapps WA 98391

This Sunday Open Life goes 12th Man by encouraging you to be present with our community in one of two ways.

One, you come out to the fun 12th Man party we will be throwing at Kevin and Christy Phillips House Continue reading 12 man time

Holy Indignation

Church, there is something wrong with us if the most gifted people are leaving in order to make it to the top!

We love The Voice in the Huff family, but watching the first show in the third season tonight only took three performances to bring back a righteous indignation of what I felt last season.  Let me say it again: Church, there is something wrong with us if the most gifted people are leaving in order to make it to the top!

Continue reading Holy Indignation

“Alternative;” a bad approach for marketing.

I love all kinds of music (just check my Spotify playlists).  So why would I seek out an alternative?  One station I find myself listening to has the worst marketing line ever, kills me every time I hear it.  “A positive music alternative.”

We don’t live in a world that wants the alternative to anything.  We want the name brand, the best in quality and we want it now.   We want the new technology, the new car and the new house in the new neighborhood.  Culture is defined by what is driving it, and those who are in the center of culture have a huge impact.  The heart of this approach of being an alternative is to create a “sub culture”.   Not desiring to be about what influences the masses, but still do something similar.  Sad things is the alternative is usually a bad version of the original. Continue reading “Alternative;” a bad approach for marketing.

Ten Bites In

Last week I opened a box of Kix and poured a bowl full to begin my day.  About ten bites in…surprise! I saw something out of place in my bowl amidst the circular corn goodness, it was a 4 inch long yellow twistie-tie.  The yellow plastic kind with a wire interior.  This was just the beginning of my “Kid’s tested mother approved” moment. (and let’s ignore the fact that I had already had 10 bites in this picture…I know I exceeded the one cup serving size suggestion!)

What should one do when in this peculiar position? Tweet about it,

"Ten bites into my Kix, I find this! GENERAL MILLS what's up with that"

in fact, this was an instagram moment linked to both Twitter and Facebook for instant life sharing photo goodness.

Just one hour following my post I received a message Continue reading Ten Bites In

Join the conversation

Seems like every week I engage in a conversation with someone about life, marketing, business and faith.  Some of these are actually in person, but often the conversation begins with something that was projected via a talk I gave, blog post, tweet or comment on a facebook post.  Either way, the key to recognize is our communication begins a conversation.  We must understand that the one way communication of yesteryear is over Continue reading Join the conversation

The Next Big Culture

Alexis Madrigal onstage at the 99% Conference. Photo: Julian Mackler / MACKME.COM

In an article on the99percent.com recapping their conference this year I was excited to see a quote from Alexis Madrigal, “Don’t found “the next big thing,” found “the next big culture.”  It encouraged me because it was like a pat on the back that we at Open Life deserve by accident!

When we set out to launch Open Life we began in our home, then set our sites on launching a service in the Regal Theater in Bonney Lake on Jan. 10, 2010.  One of the things we wanted to do was not launch a service but launch a movement, not a church but a “culture.”  (Much harder said than done!) Continue reading The Next Big Culture

Leading by love vs. legislation

Before reading, choose not to be offended…just process this, get your brain thinking!

Obama made a big step today by sharing his “personal opinion”.  It just so happens that his personal feelings actually do affect more than just him, but that is beside the point.   His statement in support of same sex marriage was in response to a ruling yesterday in North Carolina defining marriage as between a man and a woman and upholding a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

As a bible believing Christian I am completely familiar with this subject, especially when pastoring a church called Open Life!  I believe every word written in the bible and it leads me to understand Continue reading Leading by love vs. legislation

Record day, amazing stories

Sunday was surely one for the memory book.  Open Life had our largest Sunday to date with 139 people present for our Easter Experience, “One Day to Change The World.”  So many guests made their way to Easter with family, neighbors, and friends.  Honored to have them with us and hoping to see them again in the coming weeks.

We promised to give $5 to Charity Water for every person in attendance Continue reading Record day, amazing stories