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Month: October 2004

Heather & the Kids Caught by the Paparazzi

Heather Goodmanson PaparazziHere are a few photos that were sent to us as Heather was caught by the paparazzi (photographer: Joy Thomas) while visiting Balboa park in San Diego, CA. Photo Gallery >

The New Invidividualism and Community

I recently watched a 60 Minutes which examined factors that shaped people now entering the workforce. (Born in the 80’s) It said this generation has been required to be the most community-centric in a long time. As this generation’s parents pursued the consumeristic, selfish excesses of the 80’s, their children were left to be raised in daycares. The argument was that these kids formed their identity around daycare, soccer, after-school programs and other group programs.

In these groups, individual achievement was not praised as high as cooperative participation. Trophies were given not just to the winners but to everyone with the words ‘Participation Award’. These children now expect praise not based on their accomplishments but only if they show up to play. A CEO of a Fortune 500 characterized the generation as workers by basically saying that they had the lowest level of creativity/performance that he had seen yet they believed by just coming in and doing an average job (read ‘showing up to work’) they would be promoted fast up the corporate ladder.

The individual now finds worth as a participant in their community. Do they get along with other? Are they a team player? These will be the types of questions they ask and value.

How will this shape the culture? Tolerance? Truth? Purpose? These ideas will have a significant impact on these.

Generational Amnesia

We are entering a period of time when today’s youth will be removed from much of the history that has shaped our culture. The consequence is that this generation will continue to replace the Modern and Postmodern ideology that formed our thought. This process disconnects us from the reality of the wars, failed social agendas and atrocities in the last century. It is replaced with a nieve optimism (reacting to the ignorant pessimism of postmodern thought) in the pluralistic (and often contradictory) mix of science vs. spirituality, freedoms vs. tolerance and individualism vs. community. I will post to expand on these observations.

Gideon, Trinity & Lilly

Halloween Pumpkin Patch tripHere are a few images from a trip to the pumpkin patch. The images include Heather & Gideon, Joy & Lilly and Amy’s leg and Trinity. Image Gallery >

Phoenix Rental

Rental Condo We just purchased a condo newly remodelled in 2004 in Mesa, AZ. This 1st floor, 2 bedroom unit has two large bedrooms, a queen bed-master, 1-double in 2nd bedroom, and a queen sized sofa-sleeper. Fully equipped for a perfect vacation including deluxe kitchen Exterior parking available for large vans/SUV’s. This location is handy to Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert and Chandler, AZ.

Walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Located near many of the areas top golf courses. It is only a drive into the beautiful Superstition Mountains to Canyon Lake where speed boat, kayak, and pontoon boat rentals are available. Perfect for honeymooners, snowbirds or baseball spring training fans. Condo is only blocks away from the Chicago Cubs training camp. Come and enjoy the sunshine state at its finest!

We are going to try to rent it to snowbirds and people visiting spring training. Go to

Chameleon Christianity: Moving Beyond Safety and Conformity

Chameleon Christianityby Dick Keyes

We are living in a time of crisis of moral authority, with culture wars raging all around. Although the Christian church’s message speaks to the deepest issues in contention, it often seems ill-equipped to act fruitfully in our society. Instead it can easily become part of the problem, not its solution – especially if we give in to the polar tendencies to turn into either chameleons or a tribe.
When Christians accommodate and compromise before the pressures of being a dissonant minority, we become chameleons. And when we turn inward as a Christian ghetto, using self-protecting measures out of fear, we become a tribe.

But as Dick Keyes explains, we can avoid the perils of polarization through biblical ways forward. One is apologetics – reaching outside of the enclave or sharpening ones argument for truth. Another is overcoming individualism to reclaim a real Christian community. However, no recommendation will be successful without true dependence on God and a return to foundations.

Chameleon Christianity calls Christians to righteously engage the surrounding culture. It provides tools for expressing the gospel and offers a fresh look at Christian community that crosses barriers of age, race, and gender.

Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out

Radical ReformissionHere is a great book that I’d recommend…it is by our old Pastor while we attended Mars Hill Church in Seattle…

Today’s mission field starts
just outside your door

“Reformission” is the continual reforming of the mission of the church to enhance God‚Äôs command to reach out to others in a way that acknowledges the unique times and locations of daily life. This engaging book blends the integrity of respected theoreticians with the witty and practical insights of a pastor. It calls for a movement of missionaries to seek the lost across the street as well as across the globe.

This basic primer on the interface between gospel and culture highlights the contrast between presentation evangelism and participation evangelism. It helps Christians navigate between the twin pitfalls of syncretism (being so culturally relevant that you lose your message) and sectarianism (being so culturally irrelevant that you lose your mission). Included are interviews with those who have crossed cultural barriers, such as a television producer, exotic dancer, tattoo studio owner, and band manager. The appendix presents eight portals into the future: population, family, health/medicine, creation, learning, sexuality, and religion.

Every Christian fellowship in the USA needs to make “radical reformission” their #1 priority in the decades to come. Are you in a place of leadership? Drop whatever you are reading and get this excellent primer from Mark Driscoll. ” The Discerning Reader

The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out without Selling Out

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