1. The beginning of the New Year is welcome around here, if for no other reason than the promise of something better to come than last year. 2012 was difficult, both personally and professionally. Personally, my health issues have overshadowed everything and here on the blog we lost about half of our readership . Dark days, but we move forward in hope.
2. We did publish our first book, Make Your Own Application Vol. 1. It didn’t sell enough for me to publish Vol. 2.
4. As for the lawsuit itself… “I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?” (1 Corinthians 6:5–7 ESV). This is the result of having no instituitional mechanism to address such things…and the institution being utterly unwilling to adopt one. You would think the name of Christ would mean more to all of us.
5. I’m far more concerned with restoring broken people, than fighting unwinnable battles against church bureaucracies…though sometimes those battles are unavoidable.
6. Our wealth and self sufficiency have caused us to lose both our need for prayer and our fear of the Lord. Losing the fear of the Lord is the root issue behind all the scandals.
7. The fact that the Trinity Broadcast Network exists and Todd Bentley draws crowds speaks volumes about the intelligence and integrity of American Christianity. We far prefer wealthy and popular to holy.
8. This years election didn’t create division, it revealed it.
9. One of my biggest concerns as a pastor and a blogger concerns what happens to those who are abused in church situations. As I survey the growing list of online sites that serve as refuges for these people, it’s obvious their spiritual health is in critical condition. The churches just write them off because there are plenty of folks behind them to fill pews. Because most people don’t embrace the corporate, community nature of the Body of Christ, they leave their brethren behind if their “needs” are being met. We’ve lost any real grasp of the true nature of the church in evangelicalism.
10. I do have plans for the blog in the next year…we’ll see if I have the time and talent to pull them off.