“Everything with Excellence”

Volume 8 • Issue 5

Chainsaw Ministry?
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Cover Story

Digital Natives and Digital Nomads
New Tribes of the Internet Age
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Positions in the High Desert
Church Planters
Send resumés to the High Desert Baptist Association. There are three important dates for fellowship coming up this month. Please check if you are available. Each should be a great time to get together with other association brothers and sisters. 1) May 3rd (this Saturday) CINCO de MAYO celebration Block Party. This event will help establish/launch our Adelanto church. Come help Pastor Harvey Jackson as he reaches out to the community. Call Pastor Harvey for details. (760) 530-9030 2) May 4th. Fellowship Choir and Sing-A-Long at First Baptist California City 5:30pm. Please call Pastor Mike Janz for information (661) 256-2244 3) May 24th SERVICE DAY - Lone Pine. Come to beautiful Lone Pine for the Memorial Day Weekend and help to paint and refurbish our church in Lone Pine. USE IT AS A YOUTH EVENT. Call Pastor Terry for details. (760) 264-3884 or randolph@lonepinetv.com

Fellowship Choir Sing-A-Long May 4, 2008 5:00pm at First Southern Baptist Church of California City Pastor’s Dinner - Ridgecrest May 5, 2008 Day: Monday TIME: 5:30 p.m. PLACE: Sizzler ADDRESS: 1501 N. Norma St. Ridgecrest, CA 93555 760-446-0114 Join us for a time of fellowship and fun as we encourage one another and are updated on events in our lives and churches. Pastor’s Breakfast - Hesperia May 6, 2008 Day: Tuesday TIME: 8:30 a.m. PLACE: Bob’s ADDRESS: 12728 Main St. Hesperia, CA 92345 760-947-2330 Join us for a time of fellowship and fun as we encourage one another and are updated on events in our lives and churches. Pastor’s Lunch - Palmdale May 6, 2008 Day: Tuesday TIME: 12:30 p.m. PLACE: Greenhouse Cafe ADDRESS:1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd (W. Ave. P) Palmdale CA 93551. (Front Entrance) 661-272-8866 Join us for a time of fellowship and fun as we encourage one another and are updated on events in our lives and churches. Service Day at Lone Pine May 24, 2008 - ALL DAY Come be a part of a fantastic day of serving one of our churches, Lone Pine. The building needs repainting and other minor work. Come prepared to serve the Lord and your northern brothers and sisters.

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‘Saw Man’ Sharpens Chainsaws, Shares Jesus after Disasters
As the guys on the Arkansas disaster chainsaw team ate their dinner at a local Southern Baptist church, the big, burly man who came in was impossible to miss. Imagine John the Baptist with a Stihl® chainsaw. Dressed in blue denim, with a full, graying beard and huge hands, Tom Stanton dropped by their table and asked if they needed any chainsaws sharpened. “The Saw Man,” as Stanton is called, didn’t have to ask twice. Any operator of a chainsaw knows that a dull chainsaw is useless, and sharpening chainsaws is a prickly job best left to experts. And The Saw Man is just that. Stanton’s unique chainsaw-sharpening ministry is valuable to Southern Baptist disaster relief chainsaw teams who respond to ice storms, hurricanes and other disasters. Stanton, 53, calls Deer River, Minn. home. Until last October, he pastored a small church there. Now, his “day job” is running a shear/scissor sharpening business back home. Stanton’s disaster relief ministry began back in 2001, when a major tornado hit Siren, Wisc. The following day he felt “called” to go to Wisconsin. “I had no clue what I was going to do,” said Stanton, who first learned to sharpen chainsaws as an 18-year-old logger in Montana. “My first paycheck was a chainsaw. “In Wisconsin, I found guys who didn’t know how to file chainsaws. So I volunteered and started sharpening. I sharpened chains with a file for three days, until a preacher got me a 12-volt rotary tool. Then I sharpened for another 10 days.” That was the beginning of. He figures he’s sharpened thousands of chainsaws in the wake of disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. He doesn’t charge a penny. How does Stanton cover his expenses? What about $3-a-gallon gasoline for the pickup truck he drives to disasters? What about tools? Lodging? Food? “God provides,” he says. “People are really generous with me.” Stanton said God gave him his sharpening business back home, which provides most of his daily financial needs. “Through the years, God has provided for me miraculously with a small camper/trailer, a generator and even with my truck, given to me by a Christian friend from my hometown. Last year, someone gave me a GPS so I won’t get lost!” These days, Stanton is too professional to use files or even his original rotary tool to sharpen saws. Now he uses a Dremel® tool. “Dremel Company now provides me with all my tools. In fact, I was invited to their plant in to teach their people how to use their tool.” With the Dremel device, Stanton does not have to remove the chain from the chainsaw to sharpen it, which saves significant time and effort. During the first two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, it is estimated that Stanton sharpened 2,000 saws in Louisiana and Mississippi. He worked as many as
By Mickey Noah

20 hours a day. “Since I can leave the chain right on the saw, I can pull up to a bunch of guys and easily sharpen 10 saws an hour,” Stanton says. “When I have someone to hand me the saws, I can do 16 an hour. Hand-filing takes up to 20 minutes apiece. This helps the disaster relief teams get back to work faster.” Why would a man who’s had both hips replaced -- and who last year suffered a heart attack -chase natural disasters around the country to sharpen chainsaws for strangers? “It’s really hard for me to stand back and see somebody else hurting. Since 1997, I haven’t been able to do much physically for people except for chainsaw sharpening. It’s a tremendous need.” Stanton even has a Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 10: 9-10, that reflects his ministry: “. . . the one who cuts wood may be endangered by doing it. If the axe is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength. . . God has allowed me to see many people make professions of faith. I go to disasters, sharpen saws and tell people how to avoid the world’s greatest disaster, rejecting Christ.” At a disaster site, Stanton witnesses to the public during the day as he sharpens their chainsaws. He gives out tracts and New Testaments from a five-gallon pail he calls the “Bucket of Hope.” At night, he sharpens chainsaws for disaster relief workers, including those from Southern Baptist teams – counseling, challenging and encouraging Christian men in their walks with God. Stanton would like to see his chainsaw sharpening ministry go fulltime. “I’d love to go to fires, ice storms, snowstorms -- do it full-time if the Lord opened up the door for it.” He’s also eager to train others on the fine points of chainsaw sharpening. In fact, he’s taught two classes for the Mississippi Baptist Convention. “I’d love to teach chainsaw sharpening as an evangelistic ministry to every association – just to equip people to get out there. Fritz Wilson, director of disaster relief and recovery for the Florida Baptist Convention, has known Stanton for several years, working several hurricanes and other disasters with him. He calls Stanton a “super” Christian with a unique ministry. “He comes in and sharpens our saws, and then goes out in the community and offers to sharpen anyone’s saw,” said Wilson. “Tom has a unique ministry and uses sharpening to parallel the Christian life and walk. He tells people that we can’t be good tools for Christ unless we stay sharp.”•
Mickey Noah is a writer with the North American Mission Board.

An Incredible Day of Christian Learning and Fellowship

You are invited to attend the most exciting event in the High Desert this year, Harmony. Harmony (Year 2) is a gathering of churches throughout Californiaís High Desert for the sole purpose of being together, learning together, and pleasing the Father. You will not want to miss this unique opportunity. The day will consist of a continental breakfast, two Break-Out Sessions (which you will choose), and a General Session. Lunch will be available for purchase by various vendors. Free Admission with Early Online Reservation Only.


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Truth with a Capital ‘T’
Martin Luther King Jr. died 40 years ago this spring, taking a bullet to the head because he had the courage to stand for an absolute: the God-given right of all people to be treated with equality and dignity. A century after the Civil War, that ideal still had not become reality in the America of April 1968. But King staked his life on the belief that it would come one day. The night before he died, he seemed to sense his own end was close at hand. He talked about the Good Samaritan who stopped on the dangerous Jericho road to help an injured stranger after a priest and a Levite had hurried by because of fear or indifference. He spoke of the long years of struggle for civil rights, of his own survival of a knife attack years before, of the ongoing threats on his life. “We’ve got some difficult days ahead,” King admitted that night. “But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land! And so I’m happy tonight. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!” His imagery was biblical, as it always had been. Not just because King was a Baptist preacher, but because his deepest convictions about what was right, wrong, true and false came from the Bible. Neither his education, nor his Nobel Prize – nor even his rise from local pastor to history-changing world leader – altered his reliance on the Word of God as the ultimate source of truth. He was challenging Americans to live up to what they claimed to believe. He had issued the call five years before in his “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial: “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the
by Erich Bridges

Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. … I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” King was quoting the Declaration itself, whose signers held “these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Following a bill of particulars against a tyrannical monarch, they ended the document with this promise: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” Like King, the signers knew they were putting their lives on the line for something they regarded as God-given, absolute and non-negotiable. They relied on God to face the challenges to come. As Ben Franklin put it, “We must hang together, or we will surely hang separately.” Wouldn’t you agree? Today, however, Truth with a capital “T” has a bad reputation in polite society. People willing to die for a cause – or even proclaim it with passion – are regarded as nuts, fanatics or extremists. The rejection of absolutes isn’t just the province of relativists, postmodernists, secularists and other “-ists.” A lot of good, reasonable people get nervous when someone claims to know the whole truth about anything. It’s hard to blame them, in light of the crimes committed in the name of Truth by a long line of inquisitors, crusaders, false prophets, communists, Nazis, totalitarians – and now jihadists. Writer George Orwell, who warned the world about the bloodthirsty nature of modern absolutism in his classics 1984 and Animal Farm,

said that ideology drives men “who think in slogans and talk in bullets.” Whoever opposes them is likely to end up in a gulag or a gas chamber. Ironically, the intelligentsia is especially susceptible to absolutist ideologies – as long as those ideologies reject God – despite the fact that intellectuals are usually among the first to face firing squads when totalitarians take power. Since the Enlightenment, the supposedly enlightened have relentlessly attacked Christianity as superstition. Yet all they have to offer in its place is the counterfeit ideal of man-made utopia, which has utterly failed, or the mushy relativism that now pervades popular culture. How do they explain a man like Martin Luther King Jr., a preacher who changed history by challenging people, from an explicitly Christian perspective, to pursue justice and by nonviolent means? They don’t – and can’t. He doesn’t fit into their worldview. Without certain God-given absolutes, societies quickly descend into moral chaos as every man does what is right in his own eyes. The rejection of biblical truth has nearly destroyed Western culture. But Jesus still stands at the door, declaring with love but without compromise: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). That statement, the foundation of Christian faith, missions and evangelism, is either true or false. There is no middle ground.•

the thoughts of a theologian

I am confused. I found an article that argued very forcefully that Jesus, if he were on Earth today and a citizen of the United States, would, without a doubt, vote for the Democratic Party candidate for President. But then, shortly afterwards, I came upon a second article that argued just as forcefully the opposite: that Jesus, as an American, would be sure to vote Republican. Doubtless, if I had the time, I could find a Green Party Jesus and a Libertarian Party Jesus. PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is convinced that Jesus would be a vegetarian. It reminds me very much of the so-called “search for the historical Jesus” of which the Jesus Seminar has been a media darling. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was one of the first of that merry bunch back in the late nineteenth century. He even wrote a book entitled, The Search for the Historical Jesus. The one thing that has been said of such research is that the searchers inevitably wind up, unsurprisingly, of finding out that Jesus looks very like themselves in a mirror. He has their attitudes, their beliefs, and their approach to life. The search tells us little about Jesus, but a lot about those on the hunt. So it is, it seems to me, with those who want to convince me that Jesus would vote a certain way. Remarkably, Jesus seems to always vote exactly the way the author of the article would vote. As someone said, we have a tendency to make the gods in our own image. I think it is nonsensical, foolish and insufferably arrogant to suggest that a historical figure would vote or argue a certain way on a modern question, a question of which the individual in view never considered nor made any pronouncements. To try to extrapolate from what they did say
By R.P. Nettelhorst

to how we think they’d argue today about a given topic, it seems to me, is remarkably presumptuous. How can we be certain we understand and know a historical figure well enough to be able to put words in his or her mouth? Though the little bracelets that some wear, with the initials, WWJD, standing for the phrase “What would Jesus Do?” are harmless and designed to keep their wearers from misbehaving, they remain, in my mind at least, a bit peculiar. First, do you really need to literally wear your conscience on your sleeve? And second, do you really know Jesus well enough to be certain what he’d think about you eating that donut instead of the bran muffin? Then why imagine we can tell how he’d vote? Especially, considering that our vote is supposed to be private. Do you think he’d even tell us who he picked? And besides, does it really mat- ter? In a first century letter that the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome, he writes, “there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1). If that’s the case, then God chooses who the rulers will be anyhow. So how would Jesus vote? Just look at the election results the day after and find out.•

Digital Natives and Digital Nomads - New Tribes of the Internet Age
Observers of cultural change in America have assumed for some time now that the vast technological advances of the digital age would shape the worldviews of coming generations. That future is our present as the generation of youth and young adults now shaping the culture of business and higher education is in full technological overdrive. Writing in The Times [London], Fleur Britten tells of a class of “Digital Nomads” who dwell in coffee shops and wherever wireless hotspots are found. These new workers are a professional class that needs no office and have nothing but a digital address. They simply do not need the superstructure of the old economy. Ditching the office is the most modern way to operate these days, it seems. Punchin culture is out – a surgical attachment to a laptop and a mobile phone, and a willingness to travel, are in. So, as BlackBerry sales surge and the WiFi cloud swirls around the country, public spaces are increasingly sprinkled with computers, business-speak and spiralling caffeine habits. Meanwhile, the really successful are being referred to as the
by Albert Mohler

“kinetic elite”, a term coined by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas for high-net-worth individuals who work out of hotel lobbies, airport lounges and their expensive briefcases. So the “kinetic elite” live and work in a digital environment, armed with technology and creature comforts. They can work anywhere WiFi access will allow. That intense person working beside you at a table in the local coffee shop may well me working on contract with a firm in London about a project in New York that will be funded out of Dubai. Welcome to the world of the Digital Nomads. They can live and work almost anywhere, but tend to be concentrated in larger numbers in locales where the so-called creative class is also concentrated -- in large metropolitan areas and in university towns. Similarly, John Palfrey of the Harvard Law School has been working on a project to consider the “Digital Natives” -- the generation of younger Americans who are perhaps more at home in the digital world than in the “real” world around them. Writing with co-author Urs Glasser, Palfrey suggests that these

Digital Natives represent a generation that thinks in terms of the Internet and associated technologies as a default mode, and their on-line personas are as important to them as the persona they project in face-to-face contact. As “Born Digital,” a Harvard Magazine article explains: One of the digital native’s primary traits is an extensive online persona. “[Their] identity is expressed through both off-line and on-line media,” explains Palfrey. “And there’s not much of a distinction in the digital (continued pg. 9)

<<< photo of the month

It struck me when I saw this picture that it takes a huge expenditure of energy to dig. Some of us are wasting our precious energy “Digging Ourselves Deeper” into whatever mess we find ourselves. Some of us are wasting energy “Digging Things Up.” I for one, if I am going to expend the energy, will choose the Godly path of “Digging Forward!”

Ministry to People in Crisis

• Be a good listener. • Have a loving, accepting attitude. • Attempt to help in practical ways. • Ask what specific things you can do to help. • Just be there and say: I just wanted to be with you at this time because I care. • Provide spiritual support. • Read appropriate, encouraging Scripture passages and pray with people whenever possible. • Coordinate your efforts with others who may be providing assistance. • Know your skills and limitations.

Written by Richard E. Dodge

Crisis hits all people at some time in life. When crisis strikes, people need help. If your class is organized with ministry leaders and teams, you’re on track for meeting needs when crisis strikes. The first step is get ministry leaders and teams together to discuss how to take appropriate action. Some questions that might need to be answered include: • Has anyone made contact with the person or family? • What needs have been identified? • What is the most immediate need? • What needs can be dealt with later today or in the coming week? • Who is responsible for coordinating ministry efforts? • How many people need to be involved in meeting the need? • What assignments need to be given, and to whom? • What resources are required to meet this need? • What long-term needs should we consider and plan for? Crises are not always tragic and negative. Some are exciting and fulfilling, such as the birth of a child or a child’s graduation from high school or college. But every crisis is a turning point, a time when friends and fellow Christians should respond in appropriate ways to meet specific needs. In meeting needs, we let them know that Jesus cares for them as well. Before jumping into the middle of a crisis, make sure you are prepared. Some well-meaning efforts have created more harm than good when the people responding create confusion or fail to say or do the right thing. Here are some tips for how to respond effectively during a crisis.

• Don’t judge or attempt to interpret what is being said. • Don’t take over a crisis situation unless asked. • Don’t divulge confidences. • Don’t say, “I know how you feel.” • Don’t try to defend God or explain why circumstances happen. • Don’t offer help you cannot provide. • Don’t offer specialized help that you are not equipped to give. • Don’t get in the way of emergency personnel. A good rule of thumb may be something this simple: Do unto others as we would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule can be a two-way street, too, as we never know when crisis will come into our own homes.•

May 18-24
Associational Emphasis Week
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This from our Green Valley Bible Chapel I was wondering if any of our local churches might have someone they might loan to us sort of as a musical missionary? We would shower this person with a lot of love and some gas money. This person would need to play guitar or keyboard as well as lead us in singing to our Lord. Contact Jerry McCullah • jmccullah@csbc.com

Musical Ministry Opportunity

May 31st at FBC Hesperia
9280 Maple Ave., Hesperia, CA 92345 9:00 am-12:00 noon (registration begins at 8:30) $15 per person (includes workbook) For more information or tickets contact: Dave Felts, (760) 244-4109 ext. 201 or dfelts@fbch.org


(digital natives cont.) native’s mind between these two.” Digital natives pick photographs for their on-line personas on social-networking sites with the same care with which they pick their clothes each morning. They go on line to reveal rather than conceal themselves. The revealing rather than concealing dynamic is something most observers seem to agree is genuinely new. As Palfrey observes, “it’s the extent to which they reveal themselves that baffles the uninitiated, most of whom--with different attitudes toward personal privacy-would never think of publishing their phone numbers or home addresses (let alone a photographic record of a Saturday-night bender) on the Internet.” These Digital Natives are young -- some are very young -- and there is a widespread concern that they need both direction and protection. There is also a sense that older generations are not even aware of the extent to which many young lives are lived on-line: Palfrey points to parents and educators, rather than legislators, as children’s best guides to the often hazardous terrain of the digital world. But parents and educators, to be effective, must engage with that world and understand how young people behave in it. For instance, while conducting a survey of study habits, Palfrey was unable to find a single digital native whose first step, when assigned a research paper, was toward a library. Instead, students typed their topic into a Google search bar, scrolled down to the reference in Wikipedia (an on-line encyclopedia edited by its readers), read the entry, and then followed the links to learn more. “The only variant I’ve heard to that,” says Palfrey, “is typing en.wikipedia.org and going straight to Wikipedia.” Whether or not Wikipedia is a credible source, teachers need to know that their students consult it before they can present alternatives. (Continued pg. 11)


Minister and His Wife Inseparable to the End
At the rehabilitation facility in Colton where the Rev. Jack Coke and his wife, Ilene, spent their final days, they were known as “The Notebook” couple. Staff members gave them the name because their love lasted a lifetime, much like the main characters in the romantic novel “The Notebook.” Married for 70 years, the bond was so obvious to those caring for them that they pushed the couple’s beds together so they could hold hands. “My dad used to say they were married for life, that there was no other option,” said their daughter, Barbara Laffoon of San Bernardino. “And they taught each one of us that.” In the end, the couple who spent their final years in San Bernardino died within days of each other, he on March 29, she on April 9. They were both 88. He was born Jan. 8, 1920, in McNairy County, Tenn., to Rufus and Melissa Coke. He spent hours reading the Bible. He also helped out on the family farm and hunted in the woods. She was born not too far away, in Decatur, Ala., on April 3, 1920, to Dallas and Carrie Hightower. She and her twin sister loved to sing and trick people who couldn’t tell them apart. She and Jack were only 15 when they met under somewhat unusual circumstances. He threw a snowball with a rock inside at a friend and hit her instead. She vowed she would get even with him. Instead, they started dating after he first went out with her twin sister. Back then, their dating life consisted of meeting at church on Sunday. They would then
by Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell

walk three miles back to her house and sit on the front porch. After the courtship, they were wed in 1938 in Corinth, Miss. The ceremony was quick because the parlor was freezing. He had only $2 left to his name after paying the preacher. The couple lived in Tennessee, then Alabama, before being separated by World War II. Because he had two small children, Jack was in the last group that was drafted. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific. He was not in the heart of the fighting but survived a typhoon on Okinawa. The separation was hard on the couple, and Ilene worried about her husband while struggling to care for their two children back home in Alabama. They were reunited after the war and settled in Decatur. It was there that he walked out onto the porch and told her he now had two loves in his life, her and the Lord. By 1950, he was serving as the first pastor at Eastside Baptist Church in Decatur. “On his first trial sermon he did such a marvelous job that no one even knew it was his first,” his daughter said. The family, now with three children, moved to Inglewood in 1952. Ever a strong team, she worked nights and he worked days to support their family. The family soon followed him to Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Kentucky and then back to Southern California, where he entered California Baptist College in Riverside. The next stop for the family was Colton, where he was pastor at the Olive Street Baptist Church. “He was thrilled, at his happiest, when he was in the pulpit,” his daughter said.

Other churches where he pastored in those early years included East Oakland Baptist Church in Oakland and the First Baptist Church in Lawndale. He was known for reaching out to his congregations. Ilene was a good mother to the four children the couple then had and loved teaching Sunday school. “Her greatest joy in the world was leading a young person to the Lord,” Laffoon recalled. “She even led her son John to the Lord when they were driving across Los Angeles in traffic.” While their love for each other was obvious, they also cared for others from all walks of life. “Here they were these white Southern baptists, who lived in Decatur where the Ku Klux Klan had a strong influence, but ... they were very accepting of everyone,” said their son, John Steven Coke of Fontana. The last church Jack worked at was West Shores Baptist Church in Salton Sea Beach. “He was in the pulpit, as alert as ever until he was 81,” Laffoon said. When Ilene developed Alzheimer’s seven years ago, the couple moved to their daughter’s home. His loneliness was palpable and he missed being in the pulpit terribly, but he cared for her and stayed by her side. Such was their life until his health suffered after he fell, fracturing his hip in three places. Ilene’s health also worsened soon after. “In a letter he wrote in recent years, he said two of the `six pack of Cokes,’ the fond name the family had for each other, would be no more and he would go ahead and wait for her at the door,” Laffoon said. “It was a true love affair to the end.” The couple also are survived by daughters Jacquelyne Hutson of Blythe and Melissa King of Eastaboga, Ala.; seven grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; and four great-greatgrandchildren.•

The Photo is Artistic and not of the Cokes

There is a huge and important observation here -- one with a high-magnitude meaning for higher education. Look carefully again at this sentence: “For instance, while conducting a survey of study habits, Palfrey was unable to find a single digital native whose first step, when assigned a research paper, was toward a library.” This statement alone should represent a wakeup call to older generations. The idea that information dwells foremost in a library is a dated assumption. The Digital Natives look first at the Internet and digital sources. Then they may go to the library, but that may be increasingly unnecessary in their view and experience. The rise of the Digital Nomads and Digital Natives as new tribes of the Internet age will mean big changes for higher education, for cities, for employers, and for institutions and organizations of every kind. These tribes represent the future, and Digital Natives are as likely to be playing Little League as sipping lattes at Starbucks. The digitalization of life starts at younger and younger ages it seems. The Digital Natives and Digital Nomads also represent a significant missiological and evangelistic challenge for the Christian church. These groups are not easily impressed, nor are they as likely to be reached by some of the more traditional evangelistic approaches used by many churches. Newspaper ads mean nothing to a generation that never touches newsprint. One major study published in recent years indicated that one of the main factors tied to numerical growth in churches was the strength of a church’s Internet presence. “Snail mail” addresses may be less important at first than a Web address, and increasing numbers of those in the digital generations assume that if an organization has an insignificant Web presence, it must be an insignificant organization. These groups assume that entire categories of information now flow most naturally through digital means and technologies. They simply take this for granted as an assumption.•

(digital natives cont.)

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