At the end of every year, I like to look back through the archives and pull out the articles that received the most readers. I wrote more words in 2015 than ever before, primarily due to a 100,000-word Ph.D dissertation. I also wrote in more places than ever before, choosing to blog a little less frequently and contribute articles to other publications more often (Washington Post, World, Religion News Service, etc).
So, here is the list of the ten most-read posts at Kingdom People, as well as my most-shared articles for RNS. A big “thank you” to all those who come here often to read and share my writing!
Top 10 Articles at Kingdom People
10. Dad, Look! When Your Kids Invite You Into Their World (January 20, 2015)
I don’t want to be the dad of a passing glance. I want to enter the world of my children, just like God entered ours. I want to be a father who delights in the imaginary innovations of my children, just like God enjoys watching His children make something of this world He has given us.
9. Sex is More AND Less Important Than You Think (August 11, 2015)
This paradoxical view of sexuality in our society requires a paradoxical response from the Church. Our Christian witness must “put sex in its place” – meaning, we will need to take sexuality more seriously and less seriously than the rest of society.
8. The Mark of Christianity That is Disappearing from Our Worship (August 27, 2015)
My hope is that the practice of corporate confession will make a comeback – whether in a time of silent prayer, corporate confession, or songs that plead for mercy. After all, we are not in a posture to receive God’s Word until we have first renounced our sin.
7. Answering “No” to One of These Questions Will Kill Your Evangelism (February 19, 2015)
These questions peel back the layers of our defensiveness toward evangelism and help us see what needs to be in place before we will be confident, joyful, and effective tellers of the good news.
6. The View on “Being Good” vs. The Gospel (December 15, 2015)
In just a few minutes on The View, we see three different ways of viewing religion, as well as the counter-intuitive nature of the gospel.
5. The Shrug That Scares Me To Death (August 25, 2015)
The absence of societal shuddering in response to the Planned Parenthood videos frightens me more than the videos themselves.
4. Stephen Colbert on Being a “Fool for Christ” (September 29, 2015)
Colbert’s definition is a start toward what it means to be foolish for Christ in the eyes of the world, but there is much more to be said – a richer and deeper foolishness we should aspire to.
3. A 5-Minute Overview of the Whole Bible – For Kids (March 30, 2015)
This is an overview of The Gospel Project Chronological for Kids. Take a few minutes to enjoy it! And if it moves you the way it does me, please share it and help us get the word out.
2. Top 10 Quotes from the Dissenting Justices on Same-Sex Marriage (June 26, 2015)
#1 – “Just who do we think we are?”
1. The Duggars and the Evil Outside (June 2, 2015)
I’d like to point out a problematic, but fairly common assumption in many corners of evangelicalism — an assumption that needs to be challenged. It’s the idea that sin is something out there that we need to watch out for. The reality, however, is that sin is not primarily something we need to be sheltered from, but delivered from.
Top Articles at RNS
If you believe in human rights for all, including the unborn, you “don’t want to live in the modern world.” Your position is “extreme” — something we’d expect from “terrorist groups.” That’s what Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said…
Whenever people today say that Christianity needs to update and adapt its moral standards for the 21st century, I hear echoes from 100 years ago. Back then, the calls for change had less to do with morality and more to do with miracles. But the motivation was similar, and the results are instructive.
Treating the LGBT rights/religious freedom conversation as a zero-sum game where one can only “win” at the expense of the other is actually a “no-win” for all of us. We’re Americans. We’re better than this.