What if God had said, "It is Bad"?

In the beginning God created the world. He created the sea, the land, the fish, the birds, the mammals, the reptiles, the plants, the livestock, and the people. And when God finished, he said, “This is no good. I don’t like it at all.” 

Of course, this is not what Genesis tells us that God concluded about his creation. But what if it was? What if God didn’t say “It is good,” but rather, “It is fine,” or worse, “It is bad?” What would that tell us about God? What would that tell us about us?

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Kyle Brooks
Beauty In Pain

Two weeks ago my nephew Davyon was shot and killed. It was a tough time for me and my family, and it still is. He was so young and hadn't really started to live his life yet. He was only 23 years old. The way he died is a major source of pain for us. “Man...if only he had been home and didn’t take that ride.” That’s what I keep thinking to myself. I’ve also found myself wondering, “Where is God in all of this? What’s beautiful about it?” 

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Bernard Emerson
Finding The Beauty In Your Own Story

This weekend, I found myself sitting at my desk with a pile of my old journals, the Photos app open on my laptop, and a notepad out attempting, rather nostalgically, to get down on paper the timeline of my life over the last six years - the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the places I’ve been.

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Catherine Evans-Smith
Why We All Need Beauty

Not long ago, I walked down a path in Big Sur feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, out of touch with my feelings, and wondering whether what I had been doing was making a difference. And then, like a revelation, these wildflowers jumped into my field of vision. Their petals practically glowed pink in their inner ring, transitioning to intense purple outer tips. 




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Kyle Brooks
Tapestry Kids: Our Approach to Our Children's Growth

If you and your kids are new to Tapestry, your family has just started a very important journey. Many people think that the Bible is book of rules, or maybe insightful tidbits about God and how to live. But it's so much more than that! 

The Bible is one story. It's a story about God and his unrelenting, never-ending love for his world and his people. Our goal at Tapestry Kids is that your child will know God's unrelenting, never-ending love for them, and that they will find their place in God's big story. 

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Kyle Brooks
Thanksgiving as a Way of Life

It's that time of year again. Across the country preparations are being made for the eating and drinking that will inevitably send many of us into the annual Thanksgiving food coma. Families and friends will gather around tables, and do their best to keep the conversations light hearted and politics-free, with varying success. And as the day draws to a close, we will usher in the mad rush toward Christmas.

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Catherine Evans-Smith
Creating Ideas to Catalyze Action for the Common Good

There’s a common story throughout churches in North America when it comes to doing good in the neighborhood. The people say, “We want to do something good in our community!” Then, the leaders go decide what that good thing is, and try and rally people behind it. Inevitably, only a small percentage of people have the right combination of passion, availability and giftedness for that kind of work.

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Kyle Brooks
Why the Church Needs YOU

This is who we are: People of many cultures woven together into the fabric of Oakland to display the beauty of God’s story. A tapestry is only beautiful if varied strands are interwoven throughout the picture. At Tapestry Church, we are striving for a worship service that is not aimed at “excellence” as much as it’s aimed at beauty. And that can’t happen unless we have the varied strands of our community investing their time, talents, and voice in the work of the church.

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From San Quentin to Siafu: Introducing a Vision for Urban Church Planting

Let me tell you about James. James is a Christian and has been for many years. He’s completed 13 of the 16 modules that it takes to finish the Urban Ministry Institute. He’s written a book that he wishes to have published about Christian stewardship. And one more thing...James is a leader in the church inside San Quentin. He’ll be returning home September and he’ll need a community to be a part of and one walk with him. He’ll need a place where he can exercise his gift and live out his calling. That’s why we’re creating the Siafu Leadership Home. 

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Bernard Emerson
SF Chronicle News Coverage

“I think it says something to that person that walks in the door and they see us, and they know it’s a possibility,” he added. “We’re people from different cultures, woven into the fabric of Oakland, to display the beauty of God’s story.”

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Bryan Mazzarello