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2022 in Review

Well, 2022 has nearly expired. It was another year dominated by the pandemic in some form or another. It was a year of trucker’s protests in Canada and counter-protests, a year of fear and anxiety and self-righteousness and judgment and hysterical media and loss of trust. There were probably a few good things, too, but I am well and truly a product of the media waters in which I swim and all I can seem to remember is the stuff that made me anxious and angry. 🙂

You know the December 31 drill by now, I suppose. Here are the top posts from the last 365 days along with a brief summary of each. Four out of the five were connected either to the pandemic or to the protests against restrictions. Which says a lot about what generates clicks. And is mildly depressing. So it goes.

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The End Will Not Come Easily

Two years or so into the pandemic it was becoming quite clear that many health measures were more about moral performance than public health. Like everything else, masking and vaccines, etc were becoming features of the identities that we create and curate for public consumption and (too often) to use as stick to beat our enemies with. For many, Covid became (and remains, inexplicably) the grand narrative that gives life meaning and purpose (even, sadly, many Christians). I guess this post was a kind of protest against all this.

“I’m Just Following the Science”

The category of “science”—what it’s capable of, what it’s proper role is, what it can and can’t do—has been woefully misunderstood for quite some time, but this went into overdrive during Covid. This post was a plea to be very, very suspicious of anyone who claims that they’re “just following the science,” especially when “the science” is claimed to be delivering a moral imperative. About, say, what to about a pandemic. Or something.

A Liturgy for a Sick Day

A lot of people got sick in 2022 (myself included). People need good words when they’re sick and these words from Douglas Kaine McKelvey’s Every Moment Holy seem to have connected.

The Only Sermon Left?

One frequently hears that the time has come for the church to stop talking and start loving. In light of all the church’s historical misdeeds (real or imagined), the time has come to let our actions do the talking. I get the sentiment but don’t agree. This post outlines why (hint: sinners need to confess their sins and to hear of the mercy of God, even churchy ones).

On Abstaining from Generalizations

People are more complicated than the assumptions we often make about them. A Liberal politician made this point (to his own party) at the height of Covid hysteria. I thought that was a pretty good thing.

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So, that’s a window into what generated a bit of engagement around here in 2022. As always, the main (and best) reason for writing these year-end posts is to simply and sincerely express my gratitude to you for reading what I write here. There is a lot of me in nearly sixteen years of posting here. It continues to be gratifying to discover that some of the things that matter most to me in this world matter to others as well.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ajanzen #

    Esp the one about following the science. It’s infuriating when Trudeau and his many use that language. Ask any of them what they really know about covid or climate change and it will be minimal. The same axiom applies to peace maker progressives. They will destroy a man like because he doesn’t fit their language and style while talking endlessly about being peace makers. And the same group is highly intolerant of legitimate protests. It would be better to stop talking about it at all in many cases.

    Abe

    December 31, 2022
  2. Renita #

    Ryan, I am always happy to have your musings drop into my mailbox! Thanks for your discipline, loving care and sophisticated attention to truth that characterizes the blog. May you write long and prosper in 2023

    December 31, 2022
  3. Emery #

    Thanks Ryan, I like taking the time to read your blog

    December 31, 2022
  4. Thanks for these kind words. 🙂

    January 3, 2023
  5. Best wishes in the new year, Ryan.
    Brenton

    January 16, 2023
    • Same to you, Brenton!

      January 16, 2023

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