Reflections and resolutions are part of the in
between moment as we prepare for 2019. Rather than offer self-help
palliatives and platitudes, I suggest that we consider history and hope
for our community, nation and world. Here are some reflections and
resolutions for our local and global communities.
President, confrontation and personal attacks are not always the best
way for promoting policies for all people. Please consider greater
conciliation and principled compromise and stop the personal attacks.
and Democratic Congressional Leaders, you can get your revenge or
actually legislate. You can investigate for two years or build a legacy
of goodness. You can start your Presidential campaigns or actually help
of the media, your partisan “gotcha!” journalism has only exacerbated
tensions. How about serious investigations of facts and explorations
concerning solutions instead on one more hit piece?
of conscience and goodwill, we can begin making the world a better
place by discussing serious issues with civility and leaving ad hominem attacks at the door. We can renew our neighborhoods and our nations with new partnerships for the common good.
for power is more potent than money and sex. Will we use our positions
and privileges to serve or simple aggrandize more authority? Will we
remember why we began a pathway of leadership or will we default into
2019 can be a great year of courage and wisdom, or a terrible year of anger and competition. May we choose well.
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!
Not all opinions are equal. Just because we feel something does not make it right. May we humbly (re)discover critical thinking and tender hearts, without fear of where our learning may take us.
We need more beauty in our lives, from a child’s smile to magnificent sunsets. Please pause and never lose the wonder.
Lord, help us to enter the mystery of your holy love and humility, seeking ways to bless those that curse us and do good for those that desire our demise.
Lord, help us become active contemplatives and contemplative activists, seeking your glory and the good of others, worshiping in our gathered communities and our scattered domains of work.
Lord, help us navigate between fear and foolishness, learning courage bathed in love and wisdom.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Amen.
One test of (all) leadership is principled compromise leading to proximate justice.
At the heart of being human are the deepest desires for God and meaningful work.
Be countercultural tonight: invite friends over for a potluck…with food all of you have cooked from scratch.
Boys can dance and girls can hunt…and they are still different.
How did three such different people come from the same parents?
God delights in uniqueness.