Nolan Tjaden

Nolan Tjaden

I grew up in Gresham where I first met Jesus and now I'm on mission with him at Rise with my wife Lindsey and two little rascals Ollie and Remy.

Go Deeper.

Go Deeper.

We get bored of the same. That’s why apps  that constantly change and progress (think Instagram or your favorite news feed) attract your attention. We were made for the pursuit of more. And God is not incapable of satisfying our interest and longing for that more.

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The Gospel on Social Media

The Gospel on Social Media

There’s no verse in the bible saying thou shall not tweet. There’s no commandment authorizing selfy-stories. It doesn’t say, "for God so loved Facebook that he gave a few likes." We don’t get some black-and-white verse. Instead we’re given from scripture something much more complex, colorful, and helpful than that for our everyday lives. . . 

 

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How to Share Your Faith Without Losing Your Friends

How to Share Your Faith Without Losing Your Friends

If you follow Jesus, the question isn't, "should I share my faith?" Every day that you walk through your school you're walking among the spiritually dead. In fact you are not there on accident. You are sent there by God to be the only hope in the spiritual cemetery. 

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Joy in Proper Perspective

Joy in Proper Perspective

Overworked, depressed, and alone, I made the call for us to move back to Portland. But all wasn't well. We may have left the sadness of Sacramento, but the sadness never left me. On the drive up, I watched a dream slip away in the rearview mirror. There's something about the death of a dream that changes you. Didn't God call me? Back home, friends and acquaintances would comment on how di erent I was. They were right. I was di erent. A burned wick remained inside of me where the bright light once burned. I felt sidelined from God's plan. Have you ever felt sidelined from God's plan? In what part of your life?

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 You're Longing to Be Baptized

You're Longing to Be Baptized

I recently had my mind blown talking to a friend who left gang-life upon encountering the Gospel.

He said the most profound thing.

He told me how much baptism made sense after growing up in gang culture. Because, in a gang you’re initiated through a crime or fighting. It’s a mark of your permanent inclusion into the family. He said he noticed in the Church you’re initiated too. You’re initiated by being immersed, not in evil, but in the renewing waters of baptism. He realized the Church is the better fulfillment of what the human heart longs for in a gang.

As my friend spoke I realized how important baptism is...

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Serving Makes A Difference

Serving Makes A Difference

The Hardest Week of My Life

In 2006 I went to Mexico. I went on this week-long mission trip with 20 or 30 other students. We spent money, got in a van, drove for hours, and sweated our brains out doing tireless labor building a church. And it was real work. My hands were a calloused, bloody mess, mixed with dried stucko all week long. I couldn’t sleep in the heat, on the cot, with the bugs. But I’ve never felt more spiritually “full” than during that week.

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