This is my 369th post for 2012 and here are the top ten in terms of views.
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10. Jonathan and Charlotte – a Parable of the Kingdom
Here are some other responses to cultural phenomena:
What Jimmy Savile, Jeremy Forrest and Lance Armstrong teach us…
Living beyond the end of the world (a reflection on the Mayan apocalypse)
Bert le Clos's "Behold My Son!"
9. What is sin? Falling short? Rebellion? Something else?
This was probably my favourite post of the year. I had a pop at some other evangelical shibboleth's in these:
It’s not about rules it’s about Working Hard at My Relationship With God…
“God’s work and our work”?
Grace is not a cheese sandwich
Genesis 12: Key to the OT?
Memorialist Communion (in church and in marriage)
8. Five minutes on the bible and slavery
Here were the others in that series:
Five minutes on the bible’s sexual ethic
Five minutes on the conquest of Canaan
Five minutes on the bible and gender equality
7. 321 – The Story of God, the World and You
Exciting things happening with 321, I'm looking forward to developing them in 2013. Here's some of the philosophy behind it:
The importance of explaining Trinity and original sin and "union with Christ" in evangelism
321 and the Gospel Events: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Repentance (part one, part two)
6. The Road to Emmaus – Sermon on Luke 24:13-35
On the subject of preaching, here are posts on my three favourite preachers
5. Legal recognition of marriage and the way of Jesus – by Paul Blackham
Paul wrote some other excellent guest posts for me this year:
Translating “Son of God” – Paul Blackham
The Insider Movement (a series of 4 posts) – Paul Blackham
Paul Blackham: A Sermon on Fear
4. Bible Read-Through in 120 Days – wanna join?
This read-through was very popular and Matthias also organised a Greek audio bible too. Download it for free:
Free Greek Audio Bible
3. A Trinity Sunday / Jubilee Sermon
Other more thematic sermons of mine:
Five Talks on Isaiah
Does God exist? How does He fit with Science?
What happens when we die?
Why is there so much suffering?
2. Stephen Fry offers good advice on depression – by ditching his atheism
This was a provocative post looking at the interaction between pastoral care and evangelism. If your "gospel" can't help you deal with life it's no gospel. And if you have to borrow Christian convictions in order to care for people, that might point you to the good sense of Christianity.
On the theme of pastoral theology, here are some posts that were close to my heart.
“This woman you put here”
Jesus is Utterly, Horrendously, Maddeningly Infuriating
Death because resurrection
Helping the Helpers
1. Fear and Faith: Derren Brown undone in 60 seconds by his own subject
I'm a big fan of Derren Brown but his claim to have shown God as the ultimate placebo was just silly. Here are some more posts about atheism:
Not the God story, the Hero story
"Just show me the evidence"
An introduction to humanism – transcript and comment
“A universe with a god would look very different to a universe without one.”
Beginnings and Before Beginnings
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