10 thoughts for 2010

Just thought I would join the fray with a list for this new year. Ten seems to be the number and appropriate, so here are my ten thoughts and predictions for 2010 (pronounced twenty-ten☺) in random order:

  • The church at large will continue to leverage technology while at the same time becoming more relationally focused. This while we become even more passionate and effective at reaching those far from God.
  • More books will be published this year than any in history. Many of these will never be printed in traditional form but will be distributed digitally.
  • Laptops will take another step (or two) to becoming the new desktop and mobile computing will see some significant new advances in capabilities as devices get smaller and more powerful.
  • Churches will take even more steps toward real unity in reaching people as differences that have divided will become less important. At the same time, some will become even more isolated as they allow those differences to build even bigger walls. The latter group will (hopefully) be the smaller group, but very vocal.
  • There will be more and more “product placement” ads in TV shows and movies as both become distributed virtually at an exponentially increasing rate.
  • “Augmented reality” will become a more recognizable and understandable term as these tools move more mainstream.
  • More new churches will be planted this year than any in recent history, if not ever.
  • 3-D will make its way into more venues and applications including our living rooms. Sports will probably lead the way in this. 3-D holograms are on their way.
  • Entertainment will move toward even more interactive using mobile technology.
  • The 49ers will dominate the NFC in the fall! The Yankees will win another World Series! College football will announce their plans for a playoff system to replace the BCS! (I can dream can’t I?!)

There’s my 10 thoughts for 2010. These are not prophecies and are completely my unqualified opinions, assumptions, and random wild guesses as I sit here watching Sunday night football. As you can see I am a mix of a sports nut, geek, and pastor.

Go ahead and weigh in, what did I get wrong or right? Or just throw your two cents in…

7 comments

  1. Pastor,

    Speaking
    on behalf of all the many 80 year old Octogenarians of Capital City
    Church, who don’t get no respect no more; may I suggest the Board
    condense “Ten Thoughts for 2010,” down to a more tidy and achievable
    “five” counterpoints ASAP? (You know, In the grand tradition of the
    “Reader’s
    Digest” with General McArthur on the cover.) In other words,since it’s
    becoming more and more difficult to find a Woolworth 5&10-Cent Store
    on every street corner
    anymore, “reasonably-priced” reading glasses are in short supply.
    Considering,
    seniors have to spell-out every letter of a word before we dare attempt
    to
    pronounce it, there’s a good chance we could reach “five” thoughts
    before, like
    Woolworths, we ALSO disappear! So, herewith, the revised short list.
    Brother Shane, grab hold the pulpit perr-tee good!

    #1. Laptops positively will NOT replace desktops computers. No! No! No!
    More and more Boomers are becoming senior citizens. And don’tcha know,
    senior citizens don’t HAVE laps?! (But never fear, king-size ear lobes
    will always be here!)

    #2. “Product Placement” will become driven by the church offering bag,
    as used
    king-size coffee cups and those huge uneaten Panera cinnamon buns will
    severely restrict space for tithes as we know them. However, uneaten
    pastry
    will prove a boom to the missionary offering. Replacing 1930’s corduroy
    knickers 2-to-1.

    #3 & 4: Thanks to the latest in hologram technology, on Sunday
    mornings, you can
    beam down to the Capital City Church pulpit and deliver the message
    in person, while also beaming down at the same moment in time to
    personally play a
    quick round of golf with Jack Nicklaus at the Muirfield Country Club!
    Talk about the best of both worlds! Preaching to the faithful church
    saints AND witnessing to the un-churched golfers without having to deal
    with the guilt complex factor when the Board asks you where you were
    Sunday morning! The fact you tipped the caddy five big ones “as the
    Christian thing to do,” may make no never mind.

    #5: To your credit, and out of your love for senior citizens who only
    have a high school diploma, your promise to never again use such big
    words as “augmented” and “exponentially” on his blog is deeply
    appreciated.

    Seniorously and “thank you,”

    gar

  2. Pastor,

    Speaking on behalf of all the many 80 year old Octogenarians of Capital City
    Church, who don’t get no respect no more; may I suggest the Board
    condense “Ten Thoughts for 2010,” down to a more tidy and achievable
    “five” counterpoints ASAP? (You know, In the grand tradition of the “Reader’s
    Digest” with General McArthur on the cover.) In other words,since it’s becoming more and more difficult to find a Woolworth 5&10-Cent Store on every street corner
    anymore, “reasonably-priced” reading glasses are in short supply. Considering,
    seniors have to spell-out every letter of a word before we dare attempt to
    pronounce it, there’s a good chance we could reach “five” thoughts before, like
    Woolworths, we ALSO disappear! So, herewith, the revised short list. Brother Shane, grab hold the pulpit perr-tee good!

    #1. Laptops positively will NOT replace desktops computers. No! No! No! More and more Boomers are becoming senior citizens. And don’tcha know, senior citizens don’t HAVE laps?! (But never fear, king-size ear lobes will always be here!)

    #2. “Product Placement” will become driven by the church offering bag, as used
    king-size coffee cups and those huge uneaten Panera cinnamon buns will
    severely restrict space for tithes as we know them. However, uneaten pastry
    will prove a boom to the missionary offering. Replacing 1930’s corduroy knickers 2-to-1.

    #3 & 4: Thanks to the latest in hologram technology, on Sunday mornings, you can
    beam down to the Capital City Church pulpit and deliver the message
    in person, while also beaming down at the same moment in time to personally play a
    quick round of golf with Jack Nicklaus at the Muirfield Country Club! Talk about the best of both worlds! Preaching to the faithful church saints AND witnessing to the un-churched golfers without having to deal with the guilt complex factor when the Board asks you where you were Sunday morning! The fact you tipped the caddy five big ones “as the Christian thing to do,” may make no never mind.

    #5: To your credit, and out of your love for senior citizens who only have a high school diploma, your promise to never again use such big words as “augmented” and “exponentially” on his blog is deeply appreciated.

    Seniorously and “thank you,”

    gar

  3. I agree with most of that, but I believe the Saints will go marching in again, in the fall :). Who are the 49ers? lol Love ya buddy…..Dennis

    1. I’m actually rooting for the Saints in the NFC playoffs. I was really hoping for an undefeated Super Bowl between Saints and Colts. Oh well, not to be. Still would like to see a Colts vs. Saints Super Bowl. Sorry, I would root for the Colts though. 🙂

      1. Shane. I love and respect your opinion. However, my detroit lions will – next fall – have the most storied turn around in NFL history by defeating the cleveland browns in the Super Bowl.

      2. Adam,
        That made me laugh out loud! That would truly be the most storied turn around in NFL history for those two to meet in the Super Bowl!

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