“Print” — How Life Changed in the Last Decade (2)

Ten years ago we built houses and printed posters.
Today we print houses.

What we imagine when we hear the word “print” has expanded. 3D printing is one of the next big things to shape the evolution of the human experience. The attempt to be first to print a house will be undertaken by Dutch architect studios, Universe Architecture. The 3D printer is estimated to take 18 months to print the house.

Source: Architecture and Design eZine: deZeen

Summer Fruit — How Life Changed in the Last Decade (1)

Just a little more than 10 years ago, blackberries were this…

and then in 2002
they became this…

Do a google search and click “images” and you’ll find the first few hundred images are the phone. Really? The summer fruit was here for tens of thousands of years before the “blackberry” phone (which is almost extinct) and it’s great in pies. How life can change in just ten years.

16 Ideas that have stayed with me — A List

Have you ever mapped out your life? Just recently I was thinking about the Ideas that have stayed with me over the years. Some of these are from books, while others are from conversations. Though some ideas are difficult to separate from the experiences that carry them, these are not primarily experiences that have shaped me. That’s a different list. Nor is this a list of my favorite books. Another list. These are ideas that have stuck with me over time. Here are 14 of the most significant ones. Continue reading

Getting Under Your Skin

The Baja Beach Club in Barcelona made headlines three years ago when it began to “tag” it’s patrons with microchips embedded in the arm. The chip is used to identify people when they enter and pay for drinks.

So, let’s say, you go to the Baja Beach Club. A nurse preps you with a local anesthetic. She then injects the micro chip into you arm with an intimidating syringe. Now you can enter the Club and listen to the DJ as he mixes music and order a drink from the bikini-clad waitress. She sweeps the tag reader across your arm and bingo, you’re good to go. It seems a bit much for a Piña Colada.

“I know a lot of people have fears about it,” [the Club’s co-owner] says. But he points out that many people already have piercings and tattoos. “Having a radio-transmitted chip under your skin makes you very unique,” he says wryly.

All this might seem a bit extreme….But as go the bohemians, so, eventually, go the rest of us.

Here’s the prediction. People now aged 50 or under “are quite likely to have some form of wireless gizmo attached or implanted in their lifetime.” (The Economist 2007, April 28 Issue)

See you in the Mystic …

A List: What I’m thinking about (Part 1)

Welcome back. You belong here. I’m shooting-from-the-hip but here goes.

Questions I’m asking #1 – 32…

1. We are exiting the postmodern and entering a new world dominated by genetic engineering. What shape will the gospel take when men no longer die?

2. Why do people still get excited about being postmodern when as followers of Jesus, we’re from the future?

3. There are a lot of articles explaining how Pastors or churches should go about hiring staff. Does this point to the fact that we have lost Continue reading

Culture Code – Part 3

American Culture, Shopping, and Christmas


I hate to shop.
My wife loves to shop.
That’s marriage.

Cultural Anthropologist and Marketing Guru, Clotaire Rapaille, writes (The Culture Code) about why people around the world live and buy as they do. Each culture, he tells us, has a code that if discovered can tap into the deep unconscious impulses that motivate our behavior.
So let’s dip our toe into the cold deep water of culture and test out what a deeply American activity like “shopping” might mean. The American Culture Code for shopping, according to Rapaille, is “RECONNECTING WITH LIFE.”

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Decoding Culture– Part 1

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The Culture Code – Why we live and buy as we do

People of faith often take the challenge to get to know the culture of the ancient literature they refer. They must ask, What are these ancient people trying to say to each other about what is meaningful to them? I suggest that we must also “exegete” the cultures of 21st century Nashville or Miami, Edinburgh or Dusseldorf, Paris or Barcelona, Tokyo or Sidney. What’s particular to a context? What’s universal? Last week I read The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille. [Yes, the author is French but let’s give him a chance.] Rapaille is also an immigrant to America. Like me. He’s a cultural anthropologist that consults half of the Fortune 100 companies on marketing issues.

In a way, Rapaille does what every thoughtful missionary has always done. He decodes culture. This task, once the domain of overseas workers, has come “home” and become part of the work for every church planter, pastor and leader in the West. We live in a changed culture and the clues to communicating with and reaching people have changed. Rapaille discusses several items of interest. Among these are

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