SYNC is under development by Dr. Stan Nussbaum, an independent mission researcher and writer with wide international experience. A growing network of friends is assisting him with previewing and testing SYNC content before it appears here. Request to join that group.
The questions that drive Stan's life and the SYNC project are:
1. What is the essence of the good news of Jesus the Messiah?
2. How can we celebrate it more and convey it better?
SYNC is Stan's current attempt to answer the second question above and to encourage others to answer it for their own settings, using the SYNC ideas as a template or springboard for their work.
The "us" in "About us" means anyone who wants to talk to me (Stan) and my friends about these two questions. This is not a competition about who can produce the best summary of the good news. It is a celebration of the many creative ways the good news can be summarized and a stimulus to the discovery of even more ways.
Old and innovative
Stan is a technologically stunted, formerly young man, perhaps the least likely person to produce a web site or an app. You can bet he had some help from 20-somethings.
But age has ripened his thinking rather than fossilized it. "An old young man will be a young old man," and Stan was a very old young man.
From then till now, there is nothing he loves more than innovation. That is one thing he admires most about God and regrets most about the ways we have made Jesus boring and predictable, boiling everything down to a transaction about sin and eternal life.
SYNC is his attempt to help people get the big picture of what God is doing, who Jesus is, and how the Holy Spirit SYNCs us with him, which is so un-boring!
SYNC does not pretend to provide all the answers to life, but it does point people to Jesus as the center of all the answers, and it does give an invitation to discover and celebrate more answers. Nothing would make an old innovator happier than for SYNC exercises to contribute to those discoveries and celebrations, and that is why there is a "members only" site working to develop and test SYNC materials before they are made public on this site.
White and multi-cultural
Stan is a white American who was raised in a mono-cultural, small town in the Midwest and lives there now, but he has lived in Africa and England for seven years each, and in Colorado for 13.
He has also visited dozens of other countries, often teaching field research or attending conferences. His personal favorites are Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan--long story.
Xenophobia is the fear of foreigners and their ways. Stan is a xenophiliac if not a xenomaniac. He enjoys foreign languages, foreign food (especially Indian), and foreign just about anything.
This is part of the reason he is so fascinated with Jesus and the story of the Bible. Its story line is so rich and deep that it connects powerfully with any and every culture even though each one views the story from a different angle.
Anything intercultural will interest Stan, including training people for intercultural work. See his book, American Cultural Baggage: How to Recognize and Deal with It.
Male and likes to cook
Stan is male--likes bike riding, golf, and almost any sport on TV--but he also does most of the grocery shopping and cooking for himself and his wife of 49 years, Lorri, a wonderful photographer and and even better person. She happily mows the lawn while he enjoys getting dinner ready, innovating within edible limits.
He is also competitive and hereby challenges you to a game of Boggle at weboggle.info, where he frequents the 5x5 board under the name "freester." That handle means "free-Easter," derived from the fact that SYNC uses Easter as the heart of Freedom Season.
As you can tell, Stan enjoys all these oxymorons. He has got comfortable with them because he is becoming comfortable with the much larger oxymorons that make the world go around--God is three in one; Jesus is fully God and fully human; the reign of Jesus has already begun but is not yet here.
Amidst it all, he does not have to take himself too seriously. He knows the truth of the Apostle Paul's ancient oxymoron, "When I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Cor. 12.10