Strategic Level Prayer and Spiritual Mapping (2008)

Background: This article was originally published on my Radoxodar blog in December 2008. As I am now using that blog for other purposes, I have migrated Radoxodar posts to futuristguy, if I hadn’t reposted them here already. An edited version of this article appears in my tutorial on Theodicy. Continue reading


Barometer Subcultures for Studying Three Street-Level Postmodernist Edges (1998)

SUMMARY (2008). This article was originally published by Leadership Network’s Church Champions NetFax in 1998 as a three-part series. I was given the opportunity to write something for NetFax, and this is what I chose to do – introduce the idea that subcultures give us clues about what the mainstream culture might eventually look like – an important topic, if we want to prepare for the future …

Note that it uses various forms of The “P” Word – Postmodern[ism/ity]. Sorry about that. I know it doesn’t mean now what it did then, so consider yourselves punks for a day and try to Do It Yourself and figure out the meaning from the use of postmodern in its context.

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Glocal Christianity (2008) and “Christian Cybernauts” (1998)

SUMMARY. A response to Matt Stone’s post on Tom Sine’s perspective of four streams of emergence: Emerging, Missional, Mosaic (multicultural), and Monastic. Matt focuses on the Mosaic approach for where he lives, Australia, which is not a “de-churched” nation because it never ever was a “churched” nation. Also, Matt’s particular neighborhood is highly multicultural, with representatives from numerous people groups worldwide. I pick up on the concept of “global + local = glocal” as I have seen it developed over the past 10 years, and share one of the scenarios I produced in 1998 on what I thought seminary students could look like in the year 2010. (This was part of my final assignment in a one-week intensive training on strategic foresight/futurist skills.) Ten years ago, I didn’t have the words to identify what these “Christian cybernauts” would look like. Now I would describe them as holistic paradigm, missional, everyday disciples who are learner-leaders in Kingdom enterprises. I also share three resources that would be of interest to those exploring the meaning and practices of “glocal” Christianity.

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Predictions on Church, Ministry, and Emergence (2007)

SUMMARY. Gives a one-paragraph description of nine “predictions” of unfolding cultural trends. I wrote this article in July 2007 to share with a doctoral cohort in their course on Emerging Cultural Trends. I served at that seminar as their culturologist “practitioner in residence.” My extrapolations of underlying trends address issues on: collaborative governance in churches, team-based ministry, the limited overlap period with both conventional and holistic paradigms, eco-stewardship, how conflict clarifies paradigms and theologies, theological “defragging” and changing “platforms,” emerging ministry roles, how whole-person perspectives will become indigenous, and mentoring innovators.

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Polymathology – Welcome to my world … (2001, 2007)

SUMMARY. A definition and description for what polymaths are all about and what makes them far far different from how most people are “wired” to process information. Includes several quotes about polymaths and their interdisciplinary, philosophical (but not philosophist) nature.

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Living with Both/And Tensions in an Either/Or World-Quotes from Klyne Snodgrass (1995)

SUMMARY. I have yet to find anyone who has given a more vivid word picture of the difference between either/or reductionistic thinking and both/and paradoxical thinking. If you ever find a copy of his book, Between Two Truths: Living with Biblical Tensions, nab it quick! UPDATE: This book has been reprinted – thank you, thank you, Wipf & Stock!

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