Yearly Archives: 2018

Justice is Social: Advocacy with Humility

Dear justice warriors,
Advocacy for justice concerning class, gender, race and religion is vital. The key principle underlying effective progress is the dignity of the human person, with all the natural rights inherent in her or his being. I am first a human being made in God’s image, uniquely fashioned and able to contribute. Only after this identity is secured can we then speak wisely about secondary facets of identity, oppression, privilege and responsibility. May we see each person we encounter as a gift and listen deeply for those places of connection and cooperation.

For every necessary prophetic word against evil may we offer a visionary word of hope and justice. As we protest current realities, may we promote a vision of flourishing, articulating what “there” looks like.

Either/Or extremist thinking keeps us from principled compromise and wisdom for the common good. Praying today for all local, state and federal leaders to worry less about sound bites and more about stewardship.
Always hopeful because there is only one God who loves all.

 

 

 

2018 Predictions

Everyone is offering insights on trends and possible future. I add my voice, but in a different key. The following are universals that will happen regardless of personal or political decisions. The real question is how each of us will steward each day. Here are some insights for 2018:

God’s mission will go forward, with millions coming to faith and thousands of new churches planted.

The Gospel will continue its competition with missionary and militant Islam and increasingly militant pagan-secular elites determined to eradicate Christianity as a major force in the West.

God’s people will keep finding each other and discover new ways of uniting in the face of cultural implosions.

American politics will be polarized, but small progress will be made as elected officials prepare for midterm elections in November 2018.

Global economic progress will continue, with millions more gaining access to markets and opportunities.

Serious challenges remain in American cities as the gap between those who can afford housing and those on the margins keeps growing.

Many American churches will experience significant renewal in local communities, especially those parishes that care deeply about all aspects of personal and community flourishing.

The Warriors and Celtics will meet for the NBA championship.

Many prayers for a wonderful New Year!