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Posted January 12th, 2011 by E. Goodman

Exploring her new city, the missionary located concentrations of her people group by scanning each block through a virtual reality heads-up display that showed demographics, statistics, and points of interest. She had only just started learning the local language, so she depended on her visual translator to read signs and labels. Her social networking application […]

Tags: Communicating with supporters., iphone, mapping, technology

Posted January 10th, 2011 by E. Goodman

Six people were killed on Saturday, and thirteen injured, when a gunman entered a townhall meeting held by Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D–Arizona), and opened fire. The congresswoman was among the injured. Today, politicians are calling for an end to gun rhetoric that has become popular among pro-gun public figures such as Sarah Palin and others. […]

Tags: Military, Mobilization, war

Filed under:Communication, Misunderstood, Trends Posted July 14th, 2010 by E. Goodman

It seems that everyone either has a network or is starting a network. A couple years ago, we started the Upstream Collective, a group of churches that think and act like missionaries. We looked around and didn’t see anything like it. We thought we could help. We saw a need, and we set out to […]

Tags: Acts 29, conferences, networks

Filed under:Christianity, Trends Posted November 10th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Most of the time, when people make decisions, they’re not really choosing from among all the options. Call the filters, call them limitations; but things like popularity, availability, accessibility, cost, visibility, availability, and ignorance all come into play- narrowing the field of choices to (usually) just a few. Many of us who would like to […]

Tags: Alternatives

Filed under:Definitions, Missiology, Missions, Trends Posted April 9th, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: Impractical Spaces Lest you think these last few posts reflected only the thoughts of a lone anonymous cynic, I’d like to introduce you to some of the many other intentionally impractical leaders among us: When he started the Evergreen Community in Portland, Oregon, Bob Hyatt had a vision- he knew what he wanted his […]

Tags: Counterintuitive, Impractical

Filed under:Church, Misunderstood, Trends Posted April 6th, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: What’s Wrong With Pragmatism? The majority of evangelical churches don’t pray prayers written by someone else. Sure there’s the occasional St. Francis quote, or a Puritan prayer used in a responsive reading, but for the most part, we like to pray more personal prayers that express a personal sentiment. Yet when it comes to […]

Tags: Impractical, Outsourcing, Worship

Filed under:Church, Misunderstood, Trends Posted April 2nd, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY:  Let’s Be Clear Some might read my commentary about widespread pragmatism in the American church today and ask, “So what?” Others might share my concern, but see few alternatives. I have never wanted to be merely a critic, so here I’d like to draw some conclusions. Next, I’ll try to share some ideas for […]

Tags: Church, Counterintuitive, Megachurch, Pragmatism

Filed under:Church, Misunderstood, Trends Posted March 31st, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: Distribution So far, three parts into my multi-part series on the counterintuitive nature of life in Christ, and I’ve yet to receive any comments accusing me of being too negative or of harboring jealousy over the megachurch’s success. Clearly, I’ve either offended (or bored) away everyone who disagrees with me, or I’ve not been […]

Tags: Counterintuitive, Megachurch, Pragmatism, video venues

Filed under:Church, Missions, Misunderstood, Trends Posted March 30th, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: The Gaps Another way the church has fallen into the trap of pragmatism is the way we distribute our resources. Let me explain: Say I’m in a mid-sized church that meets in small groups throughout the week. We only have so many leaders willing to  lead these groups. Of those who are willing, we’re […]

Tags: church leadership, distribution, Rationing, resources

Filed under:Church, Misunderstood, Strategy, Trends Posted March 26th, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: The Counterintuitive Church Despite the Church’s current tendency toward extreme pragmatism, much of the life that Jesus calls us to is counter-intuitive. But that doesn’t seem to stop us from depending (almost entirely!) on our human logic when it comes to our missiology. Why is that? Why would we assume that a counterintuitive God […]

Tags: church planting, Gaps, Missions, Pragmatism, Unreached