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Current Events
OK… it’s the first of the year… time for some of my predictions for the coming year.  Some of these are no-brainers… others… well, we’ll just have to wait and see. Here we go… Todd’s predictions for 2012: Ted Haggard. Ted Haggard will again get headlines for something we wish he wouldn’t.  (And his upcoming appearance on Wife Swap doesn’t even count).  I predict that Ted will say or do something this year that will make us all want to hide under a rock. Pat Robertson. Speaking of rocks, and our desire to stone someone, Pat Robertson will sometime this year, say something that will embarrass every Christian in this country.  It could be racial, it could be silly, but it most probably will be something that will again show the world that he should have given his broadcast chair to his son a few years ago. Perry Noble. I predict that Perry will get ‘really pumped’ about SOMETHING this year. Steven Furtick. Steven will really freak out if, in fact, the sun really does stand still for a day. Megachurch Merger. Look for a megachurch merger sometime this year.  A couple of really big churches making really big impacts will decide that they can make an even more colossal impact if they join forces. Other Church Mergers. While mergers have been happening for years, I think 2012 will see the speed up of the number of mergers happening in churches of all sizes.  Most of these will be healthy churches that will be taking over struggling churches.  Many churches that have considerable financial resources but are quickly dying will be looking for alternatives, and partnering with a local healthy church that will come in and carry on the legacy will look very appealing. New Birth / Eddie Long. More hard times for some large churches though.  I predict that Eddie Long will no longer be the pastor at New Birth by the end of 2012.  The latest divorce and marriage breakup will be the last straw as that ministry fights to survive with or without Long. The Crystal Cathedral/Schuller Family. I predict that the Schuller family will call it quits when they leave the Crystal Cathedral.  I believe they have a year and a half before they have to vacate the premises to their new Catholic owners.  After looking at the spreadsheet and the number of people still left at that time, I think they’ll cut their losses and call it a good run. Christian Lady Gaga. As the Christian community normally does, we’ll have some great rip-offs this year… probably to include a Christian Lady Gaga, a new Christian social media twitter rip-off or something like that. The church around the world will flourish. I think 2012 will be a great year for the church around the world.  It will be mixed here in the US… with real pockets of health developing among younger congregations.  But there will be no shortage of conflict and dying churches to contend with as well. A sad day. Unfortunately… with many big-name Christian leaders aging, we’ll say good-bye to a good number of high-profile leaders this year… either through retirement or death. Social Media. Some changes coming to social media as we know it.  There will be a new face introduced this year that will give Twitter and Facebook a run for their money.  It will be highly customizable and unique, and will help all of us cut through the clutter that we’re all now experiencing in our social media.  And, no… it will not be Google+. Mobile Devices. Phones will continue to get much faster, and do newer and cooler things.  Some great advances for the church will be the new app that automatically silences your phone ringer and disables Angry Birds as you enter the sanctuary. Gospel Coalitions. There will be a lot of strife in the Gospel Coalition this year, as they find out exactly how many things they actually disagree on.  The strife will, as in most cases, come from criticism from the outside… from people that don’t like anything, that will attack until something gives. Tim Tebow. Super Bowl ring.  If not, it blows the whole “God” theory thing. Denominations. It’s only a matter of time before a mainline denomination falls on hard financial times.  Look for new stories telling about a major denomination’s future in question because of finances. Southern Baptists. Southern Baptists will probably NOT change their name (even though I’ve actively campaigned that they now be called “Stetzers”).  And if they do change their name… expect about 20 – 30% of current SBC churches to defect and start a new denomination called “Southern Baptists”. Doomsday. You do know that the world is going to end in 2012. That’s it for now… at the end of this year, I’ll try to remember to re-visit this list and we’ll see how I did. What do you think?  Am I right on, or slightly off kilter (as normal)? I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts and YOUR predictions for 2012.  

Current Events
Well, it’s January 2010… time for Pat Robertson’s annual pronostications for the year.  Here’s what the Lord told Pat this year… “There’s a cloud of God’s wrath over America.” “We have been blessed like no nation on the face of the Earth, and yet we have forsaken the Lord.” “You can’t have your courts turn against me.  You can’t have legislation that is anti-God. You can’t foster in your midst things that I call an abomination. You can’t do that. And if you do, sooner or later judgment’s going to come.” “Fifty million babies slaughtered. It exceeds the slaughters of antiquity.” Other thoughts from Pat: “How can we pray for his blessing when we have that going on and when we have courts that have ruled repeatedly against him?  We have the Bible taken from the schools. We have prayer taken from the children, and now we have perversion that God calls an abomination — we have that legitimized and given a constitutional standing by the court.” “We are engaged in a slow time of financial ruin.  This country will be ultimately bankrupt. It’s just a question of how soon. We’re beginning that. That’s one thing that I can say for certain that is happening. It’s a dangerous thing. It’s going to hurt America very badly.” “Can you imagine if you are getting Social Security that you would say I want my Social Security check to get cut?  The problem is so many people right now are depending on the government for their support, and there’s nobody who wants to give up anything at all, and if anybody begins to suggest fiscal restraint, the people will rise up against them and vote them out of office. So you’ve got a situation where you can’t arrest this problem — the big financial problem — because the people don’t want it. Only a movement of God that brings in a spirit of self-sacrifice and a desire for the common good and some wisdom are we going to be spared this thing.” “I would love to say the Lord told me it’s gong to be peace and prosperity and it’s wonderful and that God’s going to bless America, he’s going to bless you, he’s going to bless your business, you’re going to make a lot of money in the stock market and everybody’s going to be happy. I can’t say that.” — Kinda non-descript this year, I think.  What do you think? Todd You can read more here…