From globalization to the digital revolution, secularization to the great recession, change has never happened so fast and wide and deep as we have seen in recent years. The nature of information and the speed with which it travels is unparalleled, and it is changing our world in seismic ways that reach into every crevice of our lives. It's as if the tectonic plates of society and culture are being torn apart and reshaped right under our feet. We are living through a cultural "GLOBEQUAKE."
How should we respond as families? In business? Through our churches?
With the hope and stability found not on this shifting ground but in the one who created the heavens and earth, says pastor and best-selling author Wallace Henley. Drawing from his experiences in politics and journalism plus his deep biblical knowledge, Henley's analysis is clear, insightful, and thought provoking. There is no alarmist agenda here. Globequake is a well-reasoned guide to navigating the spheres of our lives in a godly manner, even as those spheres wobble on their axes.
"Globequake looks at current events and puts them in the context of the larger prophetic picture." ?Cal Thomas, syndicated and USA Today columnist, and Fox News contributor.
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About the Author
Wallace Henley is senior associate pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including God and Churchill, serving as coauthor with Sir Winston Churchill's great-grandson Jonathan Sandys. Wallace is a professional journalist who has served as both a White House and congressional aide. Wallace has been married to Irene for 56 years and they have two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
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GLOBEQUAKELIVING IN THE UNSHAKEABLE KINGDOM WHILE THE WORLD FALLS APART
By WALLACE HENLEY
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2012 Wallace Henley
All right reserved.
Chapter OneTHE GLOBEQUAKE AND THE NEW NORMAL The shaking is here to stay
"Our political leaders are lying to us. All commodities are skyrocketing and have been for months. It's not just oil, but metals for manufacturing, labor costs, and everything else necessary to do business. It's beginning to kill us!"
The words erupted suddenly from the executive, like magma building for centuries in the throat of a volcano. I could feel the throbbing anxiety in the usually solid business leader. I knew he had survived—even thrived—through several disturbances in his long career. But somehow it was different this time.
As a pastor I had heard the desperation and fear in the voices of many people in all stages and spheres of life as they sought comfort and hope. I've been listening to people pour out their heartbreak and worries for forty years, but as in the case of the businessman, the tension has reached a new pitch.
Multitudes now are emotionally like people caught on camera as an earthquake of record-breaking proportions struck a Japanese city in early 2011. Men and women working in a skyscraper were filmed dashing out of the tall building. They had to dodge the steel and stone crashing down from the swaying high-rise. Their heads pivoted and their eyes looked desperately as they wondered, Is there safety anywhere?
It appears people everywhere seek security amid the instability of a world gone wild. Our planet is in a state of cataclysm, blasted with worldwide turbulence.
It's a Globequake.
Individuals across the globe sense something big is shaping. Is it global collapse? Fiery wars along the civilizational "fault lines" that Samuel Huntington wrote about in the 1990s? Worldwide depression? Mass starvation? Ecological chaos? The end of the world?
People everywhere are asking,
"What's going on?"
"What can I do?"
Down deep in all this roiling turbulence people are trying to go about their lives, maintain solid marriages, raise and educate their children, and do their jobs.
All they know is gut anxiety.
It's as if the tectonic plates of society and culture are being torn apart and reshaped right under our feet. "The social threat to the American way of life" is "dire," wrote Rich Lowry. Voices in many nations around the world would say the same for their societies.
The good news is that behind the gut-wrenching uncertainties about the future are wonderful, strong certainties given by the Lord of history. In this book we will discover answers to the troubling questions through solid biblical truth that can be applied to bring stability to us and our institutions. What you will read here unites orthodoxy (right belief) with orthopraxy (right practice) based on foundational truth on which people can ground their lives when the continents are shifting at what seems light-speed.
In this book I will offer answers to the troubling questions through unchanging biblical principals you and I can apply to bring stability to ourselves, our families, and all our institutions. Everyone can build on these foundational truths. They are not just for one generation or culture, but are universal in the sweep of their guidance and hope.
In the Globequake turmoil we can either react with negative indignation or proact with positive insights. In the pages ahead you will discover the positive, exciting, stabilizing truths and principles that provide the insights by which we can be safe, sane, and stable amid worldwide disorder and be inspired with hope.
We are living through the spiritual, social, moral, philosophical, economic, political, and personal equivalent of the ancient geological tectonic shifts that brought drastic reshaping of vast landmasses. Like those redefining physical movements, the changes we are experiencing now are worldwide. Unlike the tectonic shifts of antiquity, in which the drift was inches a century, the changes rumbling throughout our worlds seem to be zipping at miles a second, with us riding on top!
The psalmist posed the question in the hearts and on the lips of multitudes today:
If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? (Ps. 11:3)
SPINNING DOWN THE "RINGING GROOVES OF CHANGE"
Change, by definition, is initially a departure from a normative condition. After a while the new situation becomes the norm, until change sweeps it away and drops something else in its place. However, under the Globequake conditions in which we now live, rapid change and the resulting turmoil are the new normal. "Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change," wrote Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Britain's poet laureate during Queen Victoria's reign. It appears he got his wish.
"The more things change, the more they stay the same," said nineteenth-century French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. That aphorism has been turned on its head in the Globequake age, and it now says, "The more things stay the same, the more they change." The status quo is an illusion. In one of the greatest literary images I've ever read, Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote of the aging Stalin, "Death had already made its nest in him, and he refused to believe it." Down deep in the thundering mass on which we go about our daily routines, boring rituals, and banal tasks, change has made its nest. The death of the world to which we've grown accustomed is just beneath our feet! No wonder political essayist Victor Davis Hanson wrote that "the natural order of the world is chaos, not calm." Will Durant, writing in a more optimistic age, thought humans could dominate chaos by "mind and purpose." But far from dominating chaos, humanity seems to be falling into "a systemic rise in worldwide unrest," wrote Peter Apps, political risk correspondent for Reuters.
It's not just geopolitical systems trembling all the way to their foundations, but everything around us. The face of the world is being reshaped before our eyes, with new power centers emerging like islands suddenly thrust from the sea bottom by volcanic fury. "We are in the midst of a phase of history in which nations will be redefined and their futures fundamentally altered," said media mogul Rupert Murdoch in an internal memorandum to his staff.
In my lifetime I have seen America and the West move through three eras:
1. The Atlas Era, when the Western alliance seemed to hold the world on its shoulders, leading the resistance to Nazi and then Communist threats to global freedom
2. The Bacchus Era, when, under the priesthood of people like Hugh Hefner and Timothy Leary, cultural elites, weary from shouldering the world, let themselves go, did their own thing, and retreated into the body and its cravings, taking masses with them
3. The Narcissus Era, in which every wrinkle is a crevasse begging for cosmetic surgery, where every emotional flitter is a tornadic psychic upheaval, and where every Twittered and Facebook-inscribed self-narrative is epic literature
Under the Globequake, Western civilization has been dislodged from strong biblical moorings and shifted into nominal Christianity, then to the minimizing of Judeo-Christian influence, then to antibiblical materialism, then into vague spirituality that tries to find anchorage in the sandy bottom of ancient paganism, and at last into a spiritual void that Islam and a host of other religious and philosophical systems are eager to fill. The Western nations have fallen into the deep rifts of existentialism (the only meaning is in the experience of the now), nihilism (there is no purpose or meaning in anything), and hedonism (since there's no purpose or meaning in anything, make life one vast party, then die).
We have arrived at the stage of history that Peter Drucker must have had in mind when he wrote on the eve of the twenty-first century, "Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes—it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm."
What makes the turbulence of our time different from the tremors and redefinitions of other eras? Can we really claim the contemporary turbulence is any more intense than that of any other time period? We will explore these questions in detail in chapters to come, but for now, let me submit to you three ways in which the current upheavals differ from those of other historic ages: scope, velocity, and magnitude.
For centuries, people have been talking about changing the world. In previous eras, the world they dreamed of changing was at best regional in scope. Hannibal could conquer only the small bit of the planet he could cover with his elephants. Genghis Khan may have fancied himself a world conqueror, but vast numbers of people living in his age were beyond the reach of his sword. Now, for the first time in history, it's possible to impact the whole world with change, which, in the Globequake era, is becoming viral and universal.
The alterations of the Globequake age are making borders irrelevant. In previous periods, attacking armies could be blocked at well-defended boundaries between nations, but electronic invasions render normal lines of defense useless and even meaningless. Regimes that don't want their societies to participate in the change can only try to block powerful marauders like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other information systems, but they cannot prevent the leakage of news and opinion into their societies and the changes that inevitably occur.
Many have assumed the Internet would open closed nations to democracy. But authoritarian regimes are learning to use the Web to manipulate their populations through such strategies as propaganda-spreading blogs and to spy on opposition groups. The scope of change in today's world can be as ominous as it is promising. Powerful groups and individuals can spin the currents of change toward their own interests, and they can do it worldwide—for the first time in history.
Some even see a future in which computers become so dominant they take over the world. Professor Stephen Hawking has called for genetic engineering to develop human intelligence to outpace the growth of computer intelligence. "In contrast with our intellect, computers double their performance every 18 months," he told Focus, a German magazine. "So the danger is real they could develop intelligence and take over the world."
Bill Joy, cofounder of Sun Microsystems, expresses a similar concern about the scope of change possibly looming for the world's future. By 2030, he says, engineers may be building machines a million times more powerful than today's computers. "I may be working to create tools which will enable the construction of the technology that may replace our species," worries Joy.
The scope of the new normal of change is not merely electronic. In the industrialized nations especially, there is scarcely an institution not affected by what has become a continuum of change. Revered establishments that have preserved and propagated belief and value systems have toppled into the rifts opened by the Globequakes.
The scope is so broad it seems no one can escape the changes hurtling toward us in the Globequake age. Just about the time we adjust to one set of transitions, we are assaulted with more changes zipping at us faster than we can assimilate them.
The accumulation of information is the fastest increasing quantity in the world. Researchers at the University of California–Berkeley examined the "total production of all information channels in the world for two different years, 2000 and 2003." In 2000, the total production of new information in a twelve-month period amounted to thirty-seven thousand times the information housed in the Library of Congress. By 2003, the accumulation of information was growing by 66 percent per year. The amount of scientific knowledge has been doubling every fifteen years since 1900.
Information alters existing realities and also creates new phenomena. The velocity of information therefore accelerates change. The industrial age shows there are certain periods of mega-leaps, when technologies, systems, and processes morph seemingly overnight into radically new forms. Both an eighteenth-century balloon and the Wright Brothers' airplane enabled humans to fly, but the plane was a quantum leap into a new category.
Information is a primary catalyst of change. No previous historic period has experienced the velocity of the increase of information; therefore the contemporary period is unique—up to this point of history. This is why Globequake-level change is the new normal.
What about the future? Clearly if the velocity builds with its own momentum, the eras ahead will be marked by even more radical change. This raises a question of apocalyptic proportions: At what point does the velocity overwhelm the vehicle? An airplane, for example, has a maximum speed. Go beyond that and structural failure occurs. Systems break down. As the Berkeley study found, "the information about and from a process will grow faster than the process itself ... and so as we progress, information will grow faster than whatever else is being produced."
How will we contain it all? Jesus' words spoken twenty centuries ago have piercing relevancy for the Globequake age: "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved" (Matt. 9:16–17).
The gospel proclaimed by Jesus was truth so dynamic, so vibrant with life, that new structures were needed to convey it across society and history. The cry of the present Globequake age is for new "wineskins," new structures that can cope with the information coming at light-speed. Sadly, having rejected the way of Jesus, the old religion of humanism can't handle the flood either, and its leaders work their fingers raw trying to piece together new structures.
As we will see in the chapters ahead, once again the truth about Jesus and His kingdom is the "new wine" that will bring strength and vitality to the world in tumult. The structures of society must be renewed—they must become "new wineskins"—to receive the powerful principles that give them enduring calm and stability as they are being squeezed and torn by the Globequake. As the velocity of information builds, the accumulation of energy begins to impact the face of entire civilizations. Hardly an institution escapes the resulting magnitude of change.
The ancient tectonic plate movements in earth's geology and geography were immense in magnitude, altering the face of the whole planet. The changes now under way in the spiritual, social, political, economic, ethical, and philosophical continents of the world are just as huge. The upheaval that is the new norm in the present is redrawing the face of the world!
According to tectonic shift theory, in the earth's early history there was one vast supercontinent, Pangea. Cataclysms deep in the planet caused the plates on which the landmass rested to split, dividing massive chunks from one another and setting them adrift on the planet's surface.
In a sense, this is what is happening to the spiritual, intellectual, and sociopolitical systems of the world. There was once consensus holding whole civilizations together. For example, scholars have noted the similarities between the Ten Commandments and other law codes of nations surrounding the Hebrews. The Ten Commandments were revealed to Moses by God Himself in an act theologians call "special revelation." However, God's "general revelation" is written instinctively in every human being (Rom. 2:15), so it's no surprise there's a certain consensus among humans regarding murder, theft, adultery, and other moral issues on a near global scale.
Globequake forces, however, shatter the consensus. Moral relativism has devastated Western civilization. There is no longer a firm, inviolable consensus around a core belief system. When the consensus is destroyed, the Pangea of human belief and behavior is ripped apart. The world fragments into chaos similar to Israel in the time leading up to the judges, when every person "did what was right in his own eyes" (Judg. 17:6).
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Table of Contents
Part 1 The Globequake 1
Chapter 1 The Globequake and the New Normal 3
Chapter 2 How Time Works 18
Chapter 3 The Unshakeable Kingdom 33
Chapter 4 Standing Like a Stone Wall 45
Chapter 5 The Kingdom and the Spheres 56
Part 2 Stabilizing the Spheres 69
The Sphere of Person 71
Chapter 6 Stable People in an Unstable World 73
Chapter 7 Safe and Secure in Your "Amness" 84
The Sphere of Church 97
Chapter 8 The Rock-Solid Church 99
Chapter 9 When the Globequake Puts the Lights Out 107
The Sphere of Family 119
Chapter 10 Indestructible Families 121
Chapter 11 Designing the Forever House 130
The Sphere of Education 141
Chapter 12 Sane Education 143
Chapter 13 Rebuilding the Educational Rubble World 156
The Sphere of Government 171
Chapter 14 The Cracked Dome 173
Chapter 15 Strategic Equilibrium 186
The Sphere of Business-Marketplace 205
Chapter 16 Business in Upheaval 207
Chapter 17 Globequake-Proof Business 221
Part 3 Hope 235h
Chapter 18 Hope Sought, Hope Found 237
About the Author 276
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My copy Globequake came in the mail shortly after the re-election of President Obama and weeks before the Doomsday date of 12/21/2012. My concern was that this was a book that would be filled with end of the world hand wringing that render it virtually worthless in the new year. I am glad I was wrong. Wallace Henley pulled together all of his experience in journalism, government and now the church to write a fascinating, pastoral look at the power of the kingdom of God to overcome the globequake we are currently facing. Henley begins the work by painting the picture of a world shaken to the core with globalization, climate change and economic hardship. He looks honestly at the scope, magnitude and certainty that this change is the new normal. He then describes the impact of this upheaval on our lives, emotions and spirits. In chapter two, he tackles the challenge of understanding time as kairos and chronos, or how we can go through age after age of upheaval and change and yet we are not at the end of the age. He does an admirable job with this difficult concept that we see throughout history and biblical prophecy. In chapters three and four, Henley looks at the kingdom of God as seen in the history of the American Revolution and the scope of American history. He then goes on to explain why the kingdom of God still stands through the problems we have faced in the past, and will continue to stand throughout the globequake. Through the bulk of the rest of the book, he deals with how being rooted and grounded in the Kingdom of God will stabilize believers through the upheaval we will face. He focuses on six spheres of life that need to be stabilized: the person, the church, the family, education, government and business-marketplace. In these chapters he applies, essentially the principles of discipleship to each of these spheres. In other words he focuses on applying sound theology and a biblical worldview to our view of the shifting challenges of this life. I applaud him in his approach to the government sphere. I was concerned that he would take a strong dominionist stand on taking over the government for Christ, or making the government enforce what the church preaches. I was glad to see that he recognized and affirmed the distinction between the sphere's of church and government. This was my greatest concern in approaching the book. It was handled masterfully. The book was well written and a worthwhile read for all who are concerned about the mission of the church in this changing world.
Wallace Henley has extensive experience in politics, journalism, and the church. In his book, Globequake, Henley draws on this experience to give a purposeful meaning and hope during this crucial time of upheaval globally, when the earth is shaken to its core. He’s not an alarmist or a naysayer regarding the issues at hand. His goal is to present Godly solutions to help stabilize not only the economy, but the church and families as well. This book analyzes man’s idea of how the earth and nations exist, change or dissolve versus how the earth and nations really interact with God. He is the ultimate One in control and man must align himself with God to prevail. His book is divided into three parts: THE GLOBEQUAKE: The Globequake and the New Normal; How Time Works; The Unshakeable Kingdom; Standing Like a Stone Wall; The Kingdom and the Spheres STABILIZING THE SPHERES: The Spheres of Person; Church; Family; Education; Government; Business-Marketplace HOPE: Hope Sought, Hope Found I found Henley’s book very comprehensive and yet not Pollyannaish. He examines the difficult powers and strongholds that are in place, but he also gives practical ways around those barriers. Part One of the book is the basis for the balance of the book. Part Two hits on the specific areas of our lives that are hit when a globequake starts shaking our world apart. This is where the practicality is brought to light for our home, schools, churches, businesses and even government. Part Three shows you where the hope is and how to get to it. This book is filled with the most practical, God-centered solutions in any book I’ve read to-date, minus the Bible, of course. It’s for every walk of life. And its center is the Word of God and His principles put into practice and lived out in our lives–faith and trust in Him and His unshakeable Kingdom despite the globequakes that come. That ‘unshakeableness’ comes only from the person of Jesus Christ and a personal relationship with Him–a heart change from within. Though intercessory prayer is not mentioned in the book, I believe that is also an essential part of the solutions delineated here. Special thanks to Rick Roberson of The B&B Media Group, Inc. for sending me a review copy. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
In today's news, we are bombarded with stories of unrest, joblessness, health care concerns, the state of our country, and it seems as if we have lost hope. We are searching for something more than the current state of the country and wondering to ourselves just when will it end? How bad will things get? Will it ever get any better? When the offer came to me to review Wallace Henley's book, Globequake and reading the synopsis of what it was about, I had to read it. Too often I find myself wondering if we are on the threshold of something bad just about to happen before Christ, himself, returns and puts an end to all this unrest. Christians still remain the most persecuted people in the world and why is that, when all the other religions of the world remain virtually untouched. Is there some piece of wisdom to glean from it all when you look back at the course of history from the time of Christ's birth? Wallace Henley believes there is and offers insight into the signs that seem to overlap one another whenever chaos seems to reign out of control and how to offer hope to the Christian during such trials. While the book is difficult to get into, there are moments of clarity where you find information that creates an "Ah-ha" moment for the reader throughout. I love where he takes a look at seemingly difficult situations but shows that with great leadership most of them can be overcome and hope is assured. Using examples from George Washington and Winston Churchill that had to endure difficult wars where people need a strong leader to rise, remain calm and instill in the people they led that it will get better. History has proved that when chaos is intense and doom is certain, there must be an immovable center. Right at the core there must be a point so sturdy that those hurtling through terrifying change can lock on and find safety, sanity, and stability. He provides amazing scriptural references to all his ideas and using Hebrews 11, shows us that God often uses the most flawed people to bring about His biggest changes. For any believer, we need to hold on to our spiritual beliefs, have faith and remember that nothing that happens in this world, doesn't happen without God's knowledge. We need to be diligent in our prayers even when uncertainty is right in front of us. God will provide the strength to endure it all and no matter how bad things get, we have to remember God is in control. I received Globequake by Wallace Henley compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and think that it's a great book for anyone who needs that reminder of just how a Christian needs to view the world when things seem like they are falling apart. I rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars due to having a difficult time remaining focused on reading through this one, but like I stated before, there is wisdom in perseverance in reading it through!
In a world where so many things are falling apart, Globe Quake offers hope for a safe life and success in our endeavors. Henley covers areas of business and the marketplace, government, education, the family, the church and how to be a stable person in an unstable world. The writing is well-reasoned and practical. Henley occasionally includes brief anecdotes and historical notes. He explains clearly and truthfully why and how the world became such a mess. Some people won’t agree with this author’s concepts, but humans can never change certain things even if they think the ideas are foolish. This includes the reality of God and His laws, as well as His love. The author gives clear points for stable, productive living in personal and family lives, businesses and relationships. Globe Quake is one book that everyone should read and soon, considering the precarious state of the present world. The author has extensive and diverse experiences in leadership that includes consulting for government agencies and churches. He’s worked in more than twenty countries and has been a White House Aide, a congressional chief of staff and a pastor. He’s written more than twenty books and is known for keen insight into popular culture and biblical wisdom. I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers Booksneeze bloggers program, with no requirements or limitations about what I write.
A Message of Hope in a World in the Midst of Crisis, Confusion, and Chaos Wallace Henley sheds light on contemporary issues resulting from the intensity of change in the world today, a period where change is the “norm” in a world facing global collapse. He gives the reader a global look at the spiritual, intellectual and socio political systems of the world, and the related insecurity, insanity, and instability of the world’s population. Henley addresses six spheres in which all of us function: The spheres of person, church, family, education, governance, and business-marketplace. He considers the scope, velocity and magnitude of these changes and introduces the reader to the challenge of getting God’s Word into their worlds. Henley’s writing is articulate, his observations accurate, and his conclusions worthy of consideration. I appreciated his logical development, his writing style and the organization of his material. I was impressed with impressive comprehensive research and well documented extensive notes. The final chapter offers a message of hope in the midst of turmoil, and direction for finding safety, sanity, and stability, even in times of world crisis in light of the unchanging principles of the Bible and the ultimate plan of God. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Globequake is an informative source on what's going on in the world today and Henley backs it up with scripture. Americans are turning their backs on God. He explains how the church can remain calm during the turmoil if we stay in the Word and trust in the Lord. Never give up hope! Henley tells us how to have confidence in our leadership and gives a plan of action for protecting our children and talks about the effect the church has in the world. Though I had a hard time getting into the book I give it 5 stars. I received a copy of this book free from The B&B Media Group in exchange for an honest review