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Posted January 11th, 2009 by E. Goodman

You may have heard about the controversy over the elephant exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo. The zoo is building a $42 million exhibit for Billy, its only elephant. There are three sides to the argument: those who say that $42 mil is too much to spend on one elephant, those who say the new […]

Filed under:Christianity, Church, Trends Posted September 17th, 2008 by E. Goodman

Your church cannot be missional and have video venues. There, I’ve said it. I know it’s contrary to what Mark Driscoll and Matt Chandler and others are saying and doing. The multi-site trend continues to grow among churches in the United States. It’s been discussed and debated at length in the blogosphere. Perhaps the best […]

Tags: church planting, Multi-site

Filed under:Church, Missiology, Trends, Uncategorized Posted April 8th, 2008 by E. Goodman

All around you there are groups of people who are influencing and being influenced. You can (and should) be part of the discussion, but you’re too busy doing something that nobody else cares about. In your little “Christian” subculture bubble, you have no influence and few friends. Here are some tips to help you become […]

Tags: , Books, Hobby, Interesting Person

Posted April 2nd, 2008 by E. Goodman

The concept of “people groups” has radically affected they way we do missions. It used to be that missionaries were sent to minister to the people of a given country. These days, however, we recognize that people group themselves and identify with communities that may not necessarily conform to (sometimes random and often disputed) political […]

Filed under:Culture, MKs, Missiology, Misunderstood, Trends Posted March 26th, 2008 by E. Goodman

You may not be aware of this, but even the “working class” in the United States is richer than most of the people in the world. This economic discrepancy is known in even the most isolated of places, and certainly everywhere missionaries go. The image on the upper right is a cartogram (a map deliberately […]

Filed under:Finances, Politics, Social Action, Trends, Uncategorized Posted March 14th, 2008 by E. Goodman

They say that Coca-Cola is the world’s most recognizable brand. No matter  where you go in the world, chances are that you can get the familiar caramel-colored fizzy drink. Coke is everywhere. Coke doesn’t taste the same in every country, though. They adjust the flavor based on local tastes. In Europe, the cola is less […]

Tags: Coke, contextualization, gospel, reintroduction

Filed under:Christianity, Culture, The Gospel, Trends Posted March 6th, 2008 by E. Goodman

From the early days of television through the 1970′s, there were three television networks. They had no competition and total control over what Americans watched on TV. Then came cable. 24 hours a day of news. Sports. Movies. Weather. Home shopping. Music videos. They focused on smaller markets, but gave people what they wanted to […]

Filed under:Christianity, Internet, Trends Posted July 15th, 2007 by E. Goodman

So I’ve had a couple of inquiries about the “new” “trend“(it’s really neither, but more on that later) away from full-time, professional missionaries and toward volunteer and short-term mission endeavors. I’ve made no secret of my own discomfort with being a professional missionary, so some of my readers ask if I’m excited by the potential […]

Filed under:Finances, Missions, Trends