Racing Toward 2001,by Russell Chandler (Zondervan, 367 pp.; $17.99, hardcover);Wild Hope,by Tom Sine (Word, 343 pp.; $12.99, paper). Reviewed by Steve Rabey, religion editor, Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph.

When it comes to forecasting the future, Christians would do well to heed the warning given by James: “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow” (4:14, NIV). Despite the caution, new books by Russell Chandler and Tom Sine dare to go beyond tomorrow and tell us something about a few decades hence.

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42 Surviving in Ministry,edited by Robert R. Lutz and Bruce T. Taylor

42 Clergy Families: Is Normal Life Possible?by Paul Mickey and Ginny Ashmore

42 The Psychology of Clergy,by H. Newton Malony and Richard A. Hunt

42 Saint Maybe,by Anne Tyler

44 Systematic Theology, Volume 1,by Wolfhart Pannenberg

Chandler and Sine describe many of the same dynamics that will profoundly affect life in the future: changes in America’s demographics that will make our country more Hispanic, black, and Asian, as well as elderly; revolutions in international politics and economics that will make the world a baffling but electronically connected community of a dozen powerful nations; the worsening state of the global environment, which both authors believe will require a radical response; and the rise of ethical quandaries accompanying the rapid pace of technological innovation in medicine (where new procedures will allow humans to “play God” on an even grander scale) and communications (which will continue to blur the line between fantasy and reality).

Still, as the apostle hints, predicting the future is a dicey proposition. ...

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