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Month: January 2006 (page 1 of 3)

New Son Roman!

Heather and I would like to introduce our new son, Roman Allan Goodmanson. He was born tonight at 7pm, 7lbs 9 ounces, 19 inches long. Also, be praying for the birth mom, Holly who is going through quite a bit.

UPDATE: Here are a few pictures of Roman & the birthmom Holly and her friends, her mother, her daughter and us…

Leadership Development: Drucker

I just got my first Drucker book in the mail from Amazon, The Essential Drucker : The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writings on Management. This is a busy year in developing ministry leaders at our church so I’m trying to read a lot of resources on leadership to help equip our people.

Book Description: Father of modern management, social commentator, and preeminent business philosopher, Peter F. Drucker has been analyzing economics and society for more than sixty years. Now for readers everywhere who are concerned with the ways that management practices and principles affect the performance of the organization, the individual, and society, there is The Essential Drucker — an invaluable compilation of management essentials from the works of a management legend.

Containing twenty-six selections, The Essential Drucker covers the basic principles and concerns of management and its problems, challenges, and opportunities, giving managers, executives, and professionals the tools to perform the tasks that the economy and society of tomorrow will demand of them.

Any other good suggestion on leadership books?

New Sheep & Goats Writer

As some have asked, I am no longer writing the Sheep & Goats column for the San Diego Reader. The new writer is Matthew Lickona, author of Swimming with Scapulars – True Confessions of a Young Catholic. You can see more of Lickona’s work at his blog, If you want to know more, Lickona’s bio on his site begins, “Matthew Lickona was born in 1973, the second son of a developmental psychologist and a sometime caterer. Raised in Cortland, a city in upstate New York, he enjoyed a happy childhood (marred only slightly in adolescence by an alarming, curly mullet). Afterward, he attended Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California…”

Tim Keller's New Book – Addressing Obstacles to Christianity

(Note: The book’s title is not known yet.) Tim Keller, who has been one of the primary influencers on issues of gospel living at our church is going to be releasing a new book. (This is not new news, as it was posted at Tim Keller’s sons blog back in August.) A new excerpt was released on Christian Fanaticism:

Perhaps the biggest faith-deterrent for the average person today is not so much violence and warfare but the shadow of fanaticism. Many non-believers in Christianity have friends or relatives that have become ‘born again’ and seem to have gone off the deep end. They soon begin to loudly express disapproval of various groups and sectors of our society—especially movies and television, the Democratic party, homosexuals, evolutionists, activist judges, members of other religions (all of which are branded ‘false’) and public schools. When arguing for the truth of their faith they often appear intolerant and self-righteous. This is what many people would call fanaticism.

Read the whole excerpt by Keller on Christian Fanaticism >

God's Neighborhood: A Hopeful Journey in Racial Reconciliation and Community Renewal

As I’ve been spending some time studying mercy ministries and are call to seek the welfare of San Diego, I’ve found a few resources that I hope to read. Here is one: God’s Neighborhood: A Hopeful Journey in Racial Reconciliation and Community Renewal . Has anyone read this? I’m planning on picking up a copy.

Book Description: God’s Neighborhood: A Hopeful journey in Racial Reconciliation and Community Renewal, by Scott Roley, with James Isaac Elliott. Roley thought he was headed for a singing/songwrit’mg career, but when he and his family wound up in an underserved neighborhoodcalled, appropriately, Hard Bargain-a personal journey into community renewal, social justice, and racial reconciliation ensued. Roley writes honestly and humorously about what it means to truly love one’s neighbor.

Buy at Amazon: God’s Neighborhood: A Hopeful Journey in Racial Reconciliation and Community Renewal

Kaleo Church Picture Gallery

Thanks to Luke who launched a picture gallery of Kaleo Church events and people….crazy to see. Man, we need to take new pictures because 90% of the people aren’t up on this! (picture on the right, me and pastor duane from the resolved after a Kaleo service).

The Christian Social Revolution

How do we as Christians create a social revolution? If we lived as scripture calls us to and prayed for our cities, while we radically seek their physical, economical, social and spiritual welfare. The Christian Social Revolution is Part 1 of a two part series I’m preaching at Kaleo Church.

Sexual Brokenness and the Gospel

If sex is God’s good gift, why are we so embarrassed to talk about it?

In a culture that views people as ultimate, God as irrelevant, and pleasure as the highest good, it’s no wonder that sexuality has become such a dominant force. Sex is a powerful pathway to instant physical pleasure. When the voices of our culture call, our sinful hearts eagerly believe the lie: with sex we can make life work on our own terms without relying on God. We can relate to others selfishly without relying on God’s intended design for us. Sex becomes the god for whom we slavishly risk all. False worship and false intimacy—devilish counterfeits of God’s desire and design— replace the truth that we are God’s creatures designed for his glory.

Tragically, the Church has too often been silent or ambivalent about sex.
We say sex is God’s good gift, but we act as though it were shameful and bad. We are visibly uncomfortable talking about it! When we do discuss it, we often fail to view it as a matter of the heart. And while we search for our voice, every cultural institution—marriage, education, government, commerce, entertainment— trumpets a distorted view of sex.

But what if sexuality were just like every other facet of Christian living—subject to idolatry and sin’s distortions to be sure, but ready to be reclaimed and made new in the light of the Gospel of grace? What if God’s people could replace their embarrassed silence with loving candor and speak well to long-hidden struggles, questions, frustrations and fears? What if God offered real help in understanding, guiding and correcting the sexual side of our lives?

We invite you to risk an evening and a morning to look at sexuality through the eyes of its inventor—the true and living God!

Learn more about the Seminar: Sexual Brokenness and the Gospel (pdf)

Church Services beyond Traditionalism

[This is a reflection on my San Diego Reader Column where I visited a different church each week for 2005 and part of 2004.]

I imagine in most American churches, there is very little variance in how church service is done. Yes, there are high liturgical services such as the Eastern Orthodox and low ones at Calvary Chapels and many other non-denominational churches, but the similarities seem more in-common than not. Growing up, I always assumed the church I attended did ‘church services’ (the gathering of the saints to worship) the right way. But now that I’ve been exposed to dozens of different churches it made me question what part of our church service needs to be re-thought as we’ve moved beyond the Bible to traditionalism? Here are a few variations that I found interesting when I visited diff’t churches:

1. Incense & Liturgy

One comment that did strike me from the Eastern Orthodox churches is the description of how God is worshipped. A particular belief that worship should include the use of incense. They argue: Incense was offered along with every meat-offering; and besides was daily offered on the golden altar in the holy place, and on the great Day of Atonement was burnt by the high priest in the holy of holies (30:7,8). It was the symbol of prayer (Psalms 141:1,2; Revelation 5:8; 8:3,4).

It seems there is a growing sense of desire for sacred and liturgy….a further rejection of the modernism that represents the mainstream church today.

I read a recent post by Anthony Bradley (World Magazine):

As The Boomers (1946-1964) Turn 60 Perhaps New Churches Will Reconnect With Tradition

As the anti-tradition generation, the baby boomer, stripped-down “contemporary” worship-style church nearly robbed an entire younger generation of younger Jesus followers of good tradition and ritual.

“Boomer churches removed the last remaining symbols, images, and rituals from the church as they built new suburban churches that reflected the corporate culture of affluent functionality. They built churches for one cultural subtype of Boomer, the suburban consumer of religion who is also a corporate acheiver in his or her vocational life. This corresponded to a gospel of personal fulfillment and megachurch identification.”

–Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger, p. 21, Emerging Churches.

Wow!! Many boomers are still trying to figure out why their kids are becoming Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican. In a culture of divorce and with families that move around a lot some sense of tradition and being rooted in something larger than one’s self becomes extremely important. Extremely. The church becomes that place for many people.

2. The Biblical Model for Church Services?

Another church group insisted the order of service follow the Biblical model presented in 1 Cor. 14:26-40. There was no ‘preacher’ but throughout the service (and Jewish dancing) different men (no women) read a passage and spoke 2-5 minutes about it.

3. How often should communion be served?

I’m biased, in that I love that every service we serve communion. And not those tiny thimbles of grape juice. As we complete a sermon, we always go back to Jesus Christ and the gospel and remind people the symbol of communion. (yes, we don’t hold to transubstantiation ) We form two lines and rip a piece of bread (not unleven) and dip it either into wine or juice. This experience is sacred for me and I look forward to it each week when we gather as a church. (1 Cor. 11:20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord‚Äôs Supper.)

We are an exception in Protestantism. Many churches serve communion monthly, quarterly or even yearly! (One church had both communion each week and a ‘fruit of the vine’ cup where they differed the drink offered in Matt 26:27 and Matt 26:29.)

QUESTIONS: Are all of these preferences? Is there one way or is it up to the local church? What should a church service look like and why?

Neither Poverty Nor Riches

Neither Poverty Nor RichesHow do Americans, the richest nation in the world deal with the economic plight througout the rest of the world and in our own population? I’ve been thinking about this a while. One thing my wife and I decided was to pick a ‘lifestyle’ and not live beyond it, even if our income goes up. The hope is to be able to give more away. Anyway, I saw this book and it looked like a great read on the subject. (I’m actually preaching this Sunday and will touch on these types of issues.) Has anyone read: Neither Poverty Nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions. If so, let me know how it was. I plan to pick up a copy.

Check out this good summary of Neither Poverty Nor Riches.

Teaching and preaching about wealth and possessions is a hazardous activity. It is easy to fall into either of the twin traps of legalism and judgmentalism on the one side, or soft-pedalling the hard words of Scripture on the other. Blomberg carefully walks a wise and faithful middle path. He frequently reminds us that material possessions are a good gift from God, given to us to enjoy. The wealthy believers in the Bible are never condemned for being wealthy; however, their lives of generosity towards the poor are always noted. At the same time, Blomberg does not pull back from reminding us that the stewardship of our material possessions is often the most important test-case of our profession of discipleship (pp.126-127). In Paul’s list of those who will not inherit the kingdom of God, after the sexually immoral are the greedy. Our sensitivity as Christians to sexual sin in our midst is often acute; sadly, we can be largely indifferent to the thoughtless and selfish amassing of a surplus of material goods….

This book presents a powerful and much needed challenge. It is a fine example of a biblical-theological approach to a topic. Many in our churches will be unsettled by the implications of the gospel for our stewardship, and it is for this very reason that Neither Poverty Nor Riches is a must read.

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