Daily Archives: January 29, 2009

Good Thinking Questions

Here are some interesting questions that I have thought about over the last few months.

  • Did Jesus ever create a mission statement? If so, what was it? Does creating a mission statement mean that our actions are the most important aspects of our lives? Maybe Jesus didn’t create a mission statement because the most important thing was His identity not what He did.
  • Why do some people work themselves up in pray as if they are in a panic? I have seen prayer rooms where the focus seems more on Satan than Jesus.
  • How would people describe me if they were trying to explain who I am to a stranger?
  • How can you live like Jesus if you don’t know Him?
  • Can you really every please every one?
  • Jesus was never panicked. No matter the situation. Why is it so easy to panic instead of praying?
  • Where would Jesus go if He had time to spend one day in my city?

What Is the Future of Reporting?

B2B Magazine recently carried articles on the the future of newspapers and newsweeklies. These two articles identified issues that have haunted me for a while. The news industry has sure changed from my college days at Mizzou. You can read the article by clicking on the links below.

 http://www.btobonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090119/FREE/301199990

http://www.btobonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090119/FREE/301199995/1149/ISSUEMB

With rising distribution costs and dropping circulations, it is only a matter of time. The news industry is suffering from Internet fatigue. People want news quickly, and the value of professional journalists as gatekeepers seems to appear less important. It is funny. Google doesn’t produce any original content. But the Internet (especially sites like Google) is helping to kill news content producers.

Some news brands still have a lot of public value. But the actual results for advertisers appears to be dwindling as ad dollars decrease at the same time. Some news companies will take advantage of the changes and will rise from the ashes to be stronger players in the market. This is not the final gasp for breath from a former institution. But it certainly is a clear shock to the system.

I believe the future of reporting will be…

-More collaborative. Newspapers need to work to involve readers more as extensions of their newsroom. This means that there will be greater need for fact checkers and editors.

-Print will be a luxury that people will have to pay a high price to receive. Most people will get publications via the Internet.

-Community publications will be the most profitable, sough-after publications. I believe there will remain a strong demand for very local reporting because people like to know what is going on with their neighbors, school sports teams, etc.

-Newsweeklies will have to offer premium content. That means something you can’t really find elsewhere.

-Electronic readers and e-paper will decrease the need for print publications. Customers will adapt and learn to embrace electronic readers as they become more like print and less clunky.

-More content will have to be put back behind the firewall so that only subscribers can read it. Too much free content makes it appear as if good information should be free. 

-Many newspapers will go out of business. Journalists will look for work in related fields, such as truck driving. 🙂

Asking Tough Questions

For the last month, I have been very unsettled. It is as if I need to make some changes, but I am not sure what should go, what should stay and what should be done differently and in what order. Is this an early mid-life crisis?

Literally, everything has been up for grabs. And I mean everything… but Jesus. This includes where I live, my current profession, going back to school, relationships, what I eat, daily routines, etc. I feel a bit like a caged animal. Honestly, I am not sure why.

Some might say this is just because you want to be married. While this is true, I think my “issue” goes way beyond that.

I don’t have a bad life. But I do feel quite unsettled, and I don’t like feeling this way.

I generally don’t ascribe much weight to fortune cookies. But the other day I got a fortune cookie that said, “You will make a number of changes before you become settled.”

After reading the fortune, I looked around and wondered if this was a sign. It felt like somebody was reading my mail.

Here is a list of the tough questions that I have been asking myself. Do any of these resound with anyone else out there?

  • Why do I struggle so much to love others and tell them about Jesus?
  • Am I a good neighbor?
  • How long can I keep on writing about the bad economy at work before I become very depressed?
  • Why do I frequently dream about living some where else? Should I move out West?
  • Why do I worry so much about money when I always have everything that I need?
  • Why do I frequently feel like a C-grade Christian?
  • How many times this week will I put off my workout?
  • Should I institute a weekly meal plan and stick to it?
  • Why is my house a love/hate thing? One minute I can’t wait to get there and do nothing. The next minute I hate it and wish that I lived in a shack that didn’t need to be maintained.
  • Am I doing a good job at work? I frequently feel like I am trying to bail water out of the Titanic. Is this a normal feeling when the work never seems to end?
  • Is my life really making much of a difference to others and the Kingdom of God?
  • What does God really want me to do with all this stuff that I have written? Is simply putting it on the Internet enough?
  • Should I do something different to find my wife? How long Lord?
  • Why is my house still a mess when this was supposed to be the year of eliminating the clutter and keeping everything tidy?
  • Is there something I should do to be a better friend?
  • Should I take only one class this semester given that I may have to work more do to problems at the office?
  • Why do I struggle to finish my book projects? This has been a problem ever since Organic Faith.
  • Should I go to Israel this summer? If so, what is the purpose of the trip?
  • Why do I have to ask so many questions?