Author Archives: tnealtarver

About tnealtarver

I've traveled and spoken around the world but always love to come home. There I eat exceptional meals, drink coffee to my heart's content, and get loved like nowhere else on earth. I believe a community centered in Christ should be all that and so much more.

One Assignment You Need to Get Right

I’d like to make Jesus’s words more difficult to understand than they really are. I’d like to say, “Boy, that Jesus—He sure is smart. In fact, He’s so smart I don’t understand half of what He’s talking about.” I’d like … Continue reading

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Jesus Doesn’t Know Everything!

“In the  beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Jesus knows God. From the start of his gospel, John establishes that Jesus knows eternal God and is eternal God. Later … Continue reading

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How to Strengthen Ties with Family and Friends During the Holidays

Ah, the holiday season is full upon us with one down and three to go. Haunting Halloween. Done! Happy Thanksgiving. Almost done! Merry Christmas. Just a smidgeon over a month away. Happy New Year. I’ll see your smidgeon plus one … Continue reading

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Any Suggestions for Date Night?

Have you ever had this conversation with your beloved? “What do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” “I don’t know …” Oh, yeah! If you’re married or dating, you know exactly what I … Continue reading

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How Can A Bad Mess Be A Good Thing?

The NYC marathon cancelled. The NYC subway system partially underwater. Power outages and gas shortages. Free fuel but long lines to get your 10-gallon gift. Unease. Anger. Grumbling. Griping. Growth? I know. I know. This is all so last week. … Continue reading

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If You Started a New Community, Where Would You Begin?

My friend Josh and I talked about community over a meal at our local Culver’s Restaurant. Out of that conversation, three truths emerged about a sustained presence in community. Begin with passion. This isn’t anything new. I’ve written about this … Continue reading

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Community Done Wrong Is Alright

Seth Godin wrote, if you want to be a great writer, you need to write poorly and continue writing poorly until you write better. In relation to living in Christian community, I’d encourage you to get community wrong and keep … Continue reading

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Essential Elements of Christian Community

Today’s guest blogger is Kari Scare from Struggle to Victory. She’s currently teaching a class in her home church that lines up well with the theme at Curious. You can learn more about Kari here. Healthy Christian Community A healthy … Continue reading

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Helping to Clear Up A Guest’s Confusion

Have you ever stood in someone else’s kitchen and wondered where they kept their cups? In my recent trip to Texas, I wondered that each time I stayed with family or friends (a total of 5 homes in 2-1/2 weeks). … Continue reading

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When a Setback Sets Us Up For Something Better

Imagine with me for a moment that you want to buy a new home. You know the price you’re willing to pay and the area you’re willing to move into. You circle two houses in the paper that meet your … Continue reading

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