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REVIEWING MY 2014 PREDICTIONS

You can read the original post of my 2014 predictions by clicking here.  Let’s take a look at how I did.

Where I was Really Right!

I predicted the Seattle Seahawks would win the Super Bowl.  I could not have been more right about that, now could I?

I predicted Lady Gaga would disappear, and, indeed, that she has.  Consider this little gem, though, from South by Southwest here in Austin (click here–although, it is not for the weak of stomach).

49590I predicted that Pope Francis would work to build serious bridges with Protestants.  Yeah, nailed it!  For evidence of my rightness, check out the December cover of Christianity Today.

Congress did, as I predicted, pass a budget.  It is just about all they did this year.

Where I Was Somewhat Right

I predicted that ‘subterranean life’ would be discovered on Mars.  That didn’t happen, but just last week it was announced that they found methane and water.  Then, there is this from earlier this year that I have already blogged aboutThis image was taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's Navcam on April 3.

I was sorta right about the Tea Party too.  I predicted it would start a slow decline.  Well, it has.  Sure there are strongholds and they have clout, but the GOP wins in the midterms demonstrates the traditional branch is still in control.

Facebook is still with us, even though I predicted a sharp decline for it.  However, there is little doubt that Facebook has lost the ‘it’ factor.  It is no longer cool with the under 20 crowd.  I think Instagram and Vine have taken over that spot.

Where I Was Completely Wrong

William Snowden did not win the Noble Prize for Peace.  He has, however, passed into culture as something of a hero to many.

Egypt did not revert to a monarchy and Iraq did not detonate a nuclear bomb.  Either one of these things, though, could happen in 2015.  You know its true.

I give myself a C- on my prognostication.  We will see how I do in 2015.

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  1. Pope Francis has also taken no small steps with the Orthodox. The Russian Orthodox have proved to be a bit of a tough sell, but the Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has warmly continued meeting him. Opinions as to whether this (whatever it may be) is good for either church vary widely within the churches, as one would expect.

    The Lady Gaga business troubles and fascinates me. She admits that the wretched show described in the link you’ve given is in some way a means of dealing with intimate trauma in her past. It is odd to hear the young woman say that she has gotten the help she needed and made it past the evil that was done to her when she also puts on a show such as that (as well as the vast majority of the rest of her showmanship). It is further troubling that she has been (even if she’s fallen off the radar a bit lately) a voice or any kind of cultural leader to a generation.

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