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  • steve carter is an associate teaching pastor who now oversees the rockharbor fullerton campus. he works with a great team of staff and volunteers who are committed to helping this young community become an actual family. steve lives with his wife sarah, their son emerson and their dog fenway in fullerton, california.

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January 18, 2008


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Steve, I'm not sure if you have any idea who I am but I went to HOPE just after you. I'm familiar with you at least (sorry if that sounds a bit stalker-ish). Anyways, this is a great conversation to begin. I was skeptical at first of the whole holistic movement but I started trying a few basic things to see how it affected me. My wife and I gave up soda and have become like different people because of it. I'm also a believer in ginger root for stomach-aches. So there is definitely more to this that we should investigate. It seems God has given us everything we need. Go figure.

steve carter

Jeremy, i totally remember you bro. are you still at central? if so, what is your current role there? thanks for posting, i have checked out your blog from time to time...i usually go to chandler's first, then hit up each of his friends. have you read, "in defense of food" by Michael Pollan or any of his other 4 books? i appreciate a lot of things he says. hope all is well.


Steve, I'm still at Central and I currently teach at and lead one of our 3 styles of worship services on the weekend. It is called Third Format ( and happens on Saturday and Sunday nights. It's crazy how the blog world allows us to keep in touch with others.

Anyways, I haven't read Pollan's book but I'll check it out. I'm going to read "Made to Stick" based off of your recommendation. Glad to have you blogging man.

Jessica Kast-Keat

Steve, so I have added you and Shauna to my blog links. After you both said you have gone to my blog...I have now committed to wrting for goes the attempt!

Joe Martino

Hey Man,
Love the BLOG. Really like the lay out.


really interesting. I wonder though if part of the issue isn't also portions. part of JH culture is getting LOTS of nachos, Dr. Pepper, etc...

A year ago I decided I wanted to be smaller but had no idea what type of diet I should try. So I ignorantly just decided to keep eating what I was eating, but just eat less of it. It worked.

steve carter

portion are important. "eat food. not too much." this is a critical part of the conversation. yet, i'm still trying to figure out how we bring some more plants into the meal plan by creating an alternative way to the JH culture that is getting LOTS.


Steve, i came upon your comments searching for Dr. denBoer's website to send him an email. Our entire family sees him regularly and has for over a year. Your questioning of how we feed our kids is right on. The further food gets away from it's original form, for the most part the less healthy it is. Changing our habits as a family has changed our lives. But brace yourself if you try this. This journey to caring for your temple is extremely counter cultural. Sort of like being a Christian. People will sabotage your efforts and make jokes. Unless people are open to the facts and changing their behavior--don't expect a groundswell of cooperation. That said, try it for yourself and then hopefully you'll be a walking testimony for health and can motivate others.


It's so nice to have you do all of the research for us. It makes our decision making so much easier!! Thanks.

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