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Posted September 1st, 2007 by E. Goodman

Immigration is a huge problem here in Western Europe. Europeans fear (with good reason) the extinction of their own cultures through dilution with immigrant ones. Gone are the days of leaving one’s home culture to adopt a new way of life in a new place. Turks are moving to Frankfurt and living as though they […]

Filed under:Culture, Politics, Uncategorized Posted June 2nd, 2007 by E. Goodman

The longer I’m on the field, the more out-of-touch I become with my home culture. I suppose this is natural, but it can make communication with people back home difficult, to say the least. Take my blog, for example. The misunderstanding seems to get worse the harder I try to clarify my thoughts and opinions. […]

Filed under:Reflections, Uncategorized Posted September 12th, 2006 by E. Goodman

A key element to many (most?) church planting strategies is what I call “The Draw.” The Draw is an attempt to attract and engage people, usually in the form of some sort of event. A concert, a game, some kind of activity for the kids… anything to gather people so that interaction can occur. I’ve […]

Filed under:Uncategorized Posted September 8th, 2006 by E. Goodman

In my country of service, the culture has a built-in opportunity for meeting people. It is perhaps the one activity to which we can naturally contribute. They are called “Language Exchange Partnerships,” and basically make up an underground network of nationals who are interested for whatever reason in improving their English through conversation with native […]

Filed under:Reflections, Uncategorized Posted August 10th, 2006 by E. Goodman

When David Rogers tags you, you play along. 1. One book that changed your life: Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak 2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger 3. One book I’d want on a desert island: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain 4. One […]

Filed under:Reflections, Uncategorized Posted July 11th, 2006 by E. Goodman

Last week, we were visited by a church planting professor from one of our seminaries. He taught a seminar for some of the workers in our country as part of the IMB’s professor-exchange program. He shared church plating strategies and theories, and some basic principles from scripture. I sent our Journeymen. These girls have been […]

Filed under:Reflections, Uncategorized Posted June 22nd, 2006 by E. Goodman

Last weekend, I sent my Jman girls to Madrid for a church planting class taught by a visiting seminary professor from the states. They said that they really liked what the teacher had to say, but that they came away discouraged, feeling like he didn’t approve of our team’s strategy as they shared it with […]

Filed under:Reflections, Uncategorized Posted May 28th, 2006 by E. Goodman

This blog is a companion to Missions Misunderstood, where I post my thoughts on missions, misiology, and church planting strategy. Unlike that site, where posts are long (more often than not), thought-out (sometimes), and pedantic (invariably, but unintentionally), I’ll use this blog to bore you with the details of my life. Believe it or not, […]

Filed under:Reflections, Uncategorized Posted April 1st, 2006 by E. Goodman

I had been here six months when I found myself talking with a friend who was not a believer. The only English he spoke was the HTML code he had picked up in a “Web Design for Dummies” class. I had only been studying his language since I arrived on the field, so I could […]

Filed under:Uncategorized Posted March 25th, 2006 by E. Goodman

I’ve been thinking about some comments posted by Jeff and Tim back on my post: I’d Like to Make a Toast. They expressed their concern as to my ability to adequately express myself in a coherent manner which would allow for meaningful discussion with modern thinkers. The following are my concerns about their suggestions: I […]

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