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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Posted by Christopher on 09/19 at 11:25 PM
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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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Posted by Christopher on 09/12 at 12:44 AM
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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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Posted by Christopher on 09/08 at 03:27 PM
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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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Posted by Christopher on 09/03 at 05:10 PM
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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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