Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Want to Suppprt The Morton Family Ministry

Did you know that I serve with The Navigators?  The Navigators, like a lot of ministries, require its staff to fund raise for their own salary.  That means asking people like you who have either been blessed by my ministry or who feel led to parnter with me help me do my job by giving to The Navigators in my name.  Great news is that your contributions are 100% tax deductible.  You can contribute at:

http://www.navigators.org/us/support/staff?_piref1261_22816092_1261_22816085_22816085.__ora_navig=pageFlow%3DviewStaff%26staffSearch%3DChristopher%2BMorton

Want to know what Tanya and I have been doing?  Here is our latest newsletter:  Morton_Saltshaker_Nov_2008.doc

In January and February I will be going overseas for two weeks for a taeching ministry trip to England and to Africa (cannot say more...).  Would you consider giving a one-time gift to help me go and serve the church around the world?  The total cost of the trip is about $4000, so we are really needing some additional support in order to do this trip smile

Posted by Christopher on 12/16 at 02:57 AM
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Global Warming’s End and Kyoto’s?  Bringing Truth and Common Sense Back to Conservation and Ecology

I am firm believer that all conservatives as well as all Christians should be interested in stewardship of the Earth. My family is vegetarian, composting, granolas...but we are decidedly believers that Global Warming and Al Gore are the biggest load of tosh since...Y2K. Do I think we should be careful with our use of non-renewable fuels? You bet. Less pollution? A must. But Global Warming is bad science, bad research (couldn’t they ever afford with all those millions in grants to hire a statiscian), bad politics, and bad economics. Now the data is becoming impossible to ignore - temps have been stable to falling since 1998. We are basically at the stage of climate science as we were in understanding the human body when people thought bumps on your head could tell your future. What is worse is that we have failed to address real ecological issues why rich Westerners were busy trying to destroy world economies.

The good news is that it looks like the Son of Kyoto is essentially dead, or at least so sickly that we do not have to worry about global treaties impacting our economy and foreign policy.  Now if we can just get Obama to pass on “Cap and Trade”! 

Well, here are a few important articles for your persual.  We have to fight lies.  Lets tackle real ecology issues - clean water, clean air (in India and China since ours outside of LA is pretty good) and the like, and send Al Gore and his Big Lie to the scrape heap of history.

http://www.pjstar.com/oped/x420257915/Op-Ed-Look-to-patterns-to-grasp-glacier-growth

http://jaycurrie.info-syn.com/an-icy-chill/

Posted by Christopher on 12/15 at 02:21 AM
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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Postmodernism, Pluralism and Bears (Markets) Oh My - Challenges to Ministry in the 21st Century

In Septemeber I had the great opportunity to speak to pastors and Navigators Church Disceipleship Ministry staff about some of the different challenges to doing ministry in our culture.  This paper adn presentation were pretty well received, and now I have been receiving request for my paper.  Well, here it is, feel free to enjoy (please cite me if you use it). Any questions?  Email me at

Postmodernism_Pluralism_and_Bear_Markets.doc

Posted by Christopher on 12/06 at 02:15 AM
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

New Class Notes - A Class on Calling

This past Fall I taught a new class at First Presbyterian of Colorado Springs.  For the first time in my life I taught on “Calling.” As I studied I found that callings in the Bible can fall into five different types:
1) General Calling to all of God’s People of Transformation
2) General Calling to all of God’s People of Being a Blessing
3) Specific Callings of religious vocation, or serving to and for the people of God
4) Specific Callings of a short-term nature
5) Specific Callings to the world and life beyond “church”

These notes are different than my previous ones.  They are more interactive and less didactic.  Hope they are blessing to you.

Calling_Week_1_Class_Notes.doc Calling_Week_2_Class_Notes.doc
Calling_Week_3_Class_Notes.doc
Calling_Week_4_Class_Notes.doc
Calling_Week_5_Class_Notes.doc

Posted by Christopher on 12/02 at 01:49 AM
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Quick Thoughts on the Financial Crisis

Litttle known fact...the Roving Theologian has a MBA and experience in the financial markets before he ever became a theologian.  Needless to say as the events of the past week unraveled I could not but help but put back on my finance hat again.  And my verdict?

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Friday, September 12, 2008

9.11 - Seven Years Later and Explaining it to Your 2nd Grader - Personal Reflections on today

I wish I had more time to write this, but I have to get back to the real work that is before me.  But…today is the seventh anniversary of 9.11.  It snuck up on me this year.  Two years ago, the 5th anniversary, I had intended to be immersed in 9.11 reflections, but instead had major surgery that day and simply missed out on my and others reflections.  Last year I was traveling and awoke in a hotel, grabbed my USA Today from outside my door and realized that it was 9.11.  This year, now with two children in elementary school and one in nursery school I knew it was coming, but awoke today with a full schedule, a clogged head, and then was struck.  Today is 9.11, the 7th anniversary of one of the most traumatic days of my life.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

GenerationME - Post 2 - Living Anyway You Want

Sorry for the delay in picking up this stream again. Confession: got roped into the convention coverage.  Back to GenerationMe…

Jean M. Twenge on page 19 gives us this great little paragraph with a statistic that you know to be true, but when you think about should you give pause:

The strict rules of previous decades went far beyond appearance...Overall, duty and responsibility were held more important than individual needs and wants.  There were certain things you did, certain things you said, and certain things you didn’t talk about.  End of story.  Today, few of these rules apply. We are driven instead by our individual needs and desires.  We are told to follow our dreams, to pursue happiness above all else.  It’s OK to be different, and you should do what’s right for you. Compared to Boomer in 1973, GenMe is twice as likely to agree with the statement “There is no single right way to live.” Yong people say that the most important quality a child can learn is “to think for himself or herself,” and only half as many young people as old say that obedience is a good lesson for children.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

So What to Think of Sarah Palin and Her Baby Problem

Okay, if you have read this site for any amount of time, you are aware that while we (wife and I) are not down the line conservatives (actually we have a consistent philosophy, its called the Kingdom of God, which we do not live out perfectly, and so we are passionate about AIDS in Africa, against the death penalty (at least in almost all cases), and the like), that we tend towards Republicans.

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Monday, September 01, 2008

GenerationME - Understanding Younger Generations and Challenges for the Gospel - Post 1

I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to start a whole series of entries covering the important data provided in the great book, GenerationME: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entiteld-- and More Miserable Than Ever Before by Jean M. Twenge, PhD.  I have been spending much of the past several years trying better to understand my own generation and those younger than me.  So far, I have Dr. Twenge’s book to be the best out there.  So, here comes the series on the book, and today’s first post is about the dangers of so much of what we have been told about those born 1970 and later.  Oh and of course, commentary from yours truly.

Here is the the first highlight from GenerationME (pages 5-6)

All of this, and we don’t have a name.  People born in the late 1960s to the 1970s are often labeled “GenerationX,” but they have not been reexamined since being named in the early 1990s, long before their primary identity veered from slackers to Internet millionaires. It’s just not clear that the GenX label fits now that flannel shirts are out. One advertising executive called the early 1990s description of this generation as bored cynics “the most expensive marketing mistake in history.” Some descriptions (and broth years) of GenX overlap with what I call GenerationMe but its’ clear that the GenX description is incomplete and often misguided.  And the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s—today’s children, teenagers, and people in their early twenties—has no name at all.  Some marketers have used “GenY,” which simply parrots the GenX label and thus probably won’t last long: who wants to be named after the people older than you?  Some have called young people the “Net Generation,” as this is the first generation to grow up with the internet, but this label has not caught on (and being the first to experience something doesn’t mean much; Boomers were the first “TV Generation,” but later generations have clearly trumped them in their attachment to the boob tube). 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Posting Series - Generation ME and Its Findings

Every now and then you come across a book that is saying things you suspected, but you lacked the data to prove it.  Generation Me, a 2006 book from a professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, one Jean M. Twenge.  So much of what is said about “Generation X” or “Generation Y” or the “Millenials” is based on anecdotes, not based on actual data.  While Dr. Twenge uses anecdotes, she uses them to illustrate what the data shows.  And what the data shows is that we are looking at a very arrogant generation (which she puts as statring in 1970...which means me and younger), a very confident generation, but one that is about to face some very tough realities.  So over the next few weeks, watch for important points she makes to be placed here and then my commentary to go with it.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Two Great Articles Today on Georgia, Russia and China

If you have read my prior post, you may be interested in the great piece into today’s NY Sun from Ralph Peters on the “set-up” the Russians provided for this invasion of Georgia.  Beyond our fecklessness as a government, let me say, I understand Russia’s desire to re-assert itself.  It is in a strong a position as it will be for some time to come, so of course they are flexing their muscle.  But as former Colonel Peters says, this was far too well planned by Russia to be a response to Georgia’s own actions.  Read it here:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/08122008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/russia_goes_rogue_124032.htm?page=0

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The other article comes from China.  I did not watch the opening ceremonies on Friday (we did a family thing instead), but I heard a lot of good things about it.  Including was the oh so cute girl singing.  Well, turns out she was not singing, but a girl off stage was singing.  Details here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/2545387/Beijing-Olympics-Faking-scandal-over-girl-who-sang-in-opening-ceremony.html

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The Chinese don’t seem to realise that you cannot fool the entire world the way you can fool your internal audience.  What is more, the idea of a politburo member pulling the actual singer off stage because she had bad teeth and they wanted to present a “perfect image” is quite disturbing.  That is so Communist, everything bright and shiny but ultimately faked.  What is more, if they had thought for a second, they would have wowed far more people with the little girl with the “bad teeth” precsiely because she is very cute and slightly flawed, something that the West seems to adore and it would have proven that China allows for the “less than perfect” as long as it is solidly Chinese.  Oh well, I feel bad for the little girl, and ashamed of their politburo.  If you made the change to “save face,” guess what guys, you lost it. 

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Monday, August 11, 2008

On Georgia, Russia and the Cause of Freedom

As a theologian one of the toughtest questions that one is asked to answer is, “Are wars always moral evils?” I have written in the past that I am a “near passificist,” which means that I prefer peace to militarism, but also understand that there are indeed worse things than war.  There is repression, there is ethnic cleansing, there are pogroms, this is evil taking advantage of the tools of peace. 

Which brings us to the horrible news coming out of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

Map is of the old Soviet Republic of Georgia so you can see the former boundaries more clearly.
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Posted by Christopher on 08/11 at 03:44 PM
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Obama as Postmodernist - Jonah Goldberg Hits On a Key Point

Look, whether you are an Obamaniac or some one who thinks that Obama is a lightweight, you need to look at what he says (come on...he hasn’t really done anything, so we are left with his words, in much the same way that Lincoln, who of course had done somethings, but it was his words that we was judged by). 

What does it mean to have a postmodernist presidential candidate in a day and age when we are engaged with cultures that range from the postmodern to the pre-modern and everything else in between.

First...read Jonah’s brilliant piece at USA Today:  http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/08/obama-the-postm.html#more

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Monday, August 04, 2008

The China Olympics - To Cheer or Not?

Well, August 8 is almost here and we will soon be treated to what might be the most controversial Olympics since the 1936 games in Berlin.  No, we wont have Hitler and the Nazi flag waving, but...what about the persecution of Tibet, the low level aggression toward Taiwan, the violence towards Fulan Gong and of course the harassment of Christianity. 

So what is someone dedicated to justice, mercy, truth and righteousness to do?

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

On Tiger Woods, the Pele Speech and Divine Encounters - What is Right and Wrong with America

I have been meaning to sit down and right about the 2008 U.S. Open since the playoff ended on Monday, but as happens to so many of us, work and the real world keep us from having the time for our hobbies and from reflecting on the mediating experiences of our life.  But, I cannot fail to comment on what I think of last weekends events.

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Posted by Christopher on 06/21 at 11:00 PM
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