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most readChristmas is here! Time to pull back from online interaction and writing and spend time with my wife and kids during Christmas break.

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 less in 2016 than in 2015 (primarily due to a 100,000-word PhD dissertation last year). But I did a write a book (excited to share with you soon!), and the political season gave me plenty to think and blog about.

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. One Facebook, Two Worlds, Three Problems (June 6, 2016)

When we are united by outrage, we look and sound just like the world. So let's think about the long-term formative effect of our Facebook feeds that reinforce our righteousness, and figure out ways to respond with cheerful confidence in God's good purposes for the world.

9. Can We ‘Agree to Disagree’ On Sexuality and Marriage? (February 25, 2016)

The biggest issue confronting evangelicalism today is not over homosexuality and marriage, but whether or not these are "agree todisagree" issues.

8. Pokémon Go in a Fractured and Flattened World (July 13, 2016)

The popularity of Pokémon Go tells us something about American life in the 21st century. Many people experience the world as flattened out and devoid of wonder, and they worry that our society seems to be fracturing. These feelings create pressure points in our culture, and Pokémon Go provides a fleeting sense of relief.

7. What Christians Should Do This Election Season: Give Space, Show Grace (October 6, 2016)

Peter says to "honor everyone," and that includes the fellow church member who sits across the aisle from you and votes differently.

6. How a 29-Year-Old G. K. Chesterton Flipped 4 Arguments Against Christianity Upside Down (January 21, 2016)

Chesterton did not dismiss the arguments against Christianity. He recognized the truth in each objection, but then he turned the objection inside out in order to make a case against the skeptic. His conclusion is just as memorable as his defense, with a brilliant twist at the end.

5. Four Bigger Repercussions of the Bathroom Decree (May 13, 2016)

Much of the conversation focuses on student safety, not surprisingly. Safety for children in public schools should be of the utmost concern--and that includes the safety of transgender students as well. But the latest developments have bigger repercussions that we also need to consider. We need to take a step back and look at what the White House guidelines signify about our culture.

4. Colton Dixon and the ‘Craziness’ of Saving Sex for Marriage (January 28, 2016)

As Christians, we should get used to being labeled "freaks" and "morons" and "silly" for our views on sexuality. The idea that sex outside of marriage is sinful draws cultural scorn.

3. Are Chip and Joanna Gaines ‘Cultural Heretics’? (November 30, 2016)

Supporters of same-sex marriage once leaned on libertarian terminology to make their case. "Just live and let live," we were told. Nowadays, despite surveys showing that only half of Americans support same-sex marriage, the traditional view, accepted by nearly all societies across the world for thousands of years, is treated as if it is a fringe position, worthy of public scorn.

2. Seven Troubling Questions about Transgender Theories (May 3, 2016)

In my reading of articles and books about gender identity in the past year, I've come across seven issues that challenge the coherence of transgender theories.

1. The Gospel According to Taylor Swift (January 5, 2016)

In a matter of minutes and in just a few words, Taylor Swift's music video provides a popular-level version of what philosophers and sociologists call "expressive individualism." It's the idea that the purpose of life is to find and express your individuality. You "find yourself" by fighting through all the constraints placed upon you by others. The goal is to emerge triumphant, fully aware of your own unique essence, so you can express yourself to the world.

Top Articles at RNS

Why the Culture Wars Rage On (May 24, 2016)

Thirty-two years later, we're mired in debates over gender and sex, because some in our society view freedom as flourishing within the bodily form that we've received, and others view freedom as overcoming and redefining the body. In either case, the debate concerns receiving versus creating moral reality and truth.

Euphemisms Abound in the Democratic Party Platform on Abortion (August 1, 2016)

As I read the Democratic Party platform on abortion, I couldn't help but wonder what George Orwell would have said.


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​Trevin Wax is Bible and Reference Publisher at LifeWay Christian Resources and managing editor of The Gospel Project. You can follow him on Twitter or receive blog posts via email. Click here for Trevin’s full bio.

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