Review of 2011

It’s that time of year again when everywhere on the web has a summary and review of the year now drawing to a close.  Not wanting to miss out, voila!  This has been a year of gentle innovation on the site, what with daily images (look up the site on a tablet if you get the chance), removal of ads, and recently with weekly themed series of posts.  We recently had our first guest post, and continue to host a post every couple of weeks over on the Cor Deo site.  Posts are now regularly being re-posted on SermonCentral.com and ChurchLeaders.com, and it was nice to see the site get a little award this year too (thanks for your comments on the site, which surely helped the site to win it’s category!)

I have also started using social networking a little to support the site, with the Biblical Preaching facebook page (click here to go there or just click “Like” in the box on the right), as well as the Biblical Preaching Network group on LinkedIn (click here to visit and please do join the group).  Oh, and before I forget, tonight the door shuts on the opportunity to win two great preaching books in the Facebook promotion – if you haven’t entered yet, please do so quickly!

Innovations in 2012?  I don’t know yet, feel free to make suggestions.  So, to the stats!  The top post of all time on the site has long been the 2007 post on the tricky little notion of Sermon Titles, but that has now been officially surpassed by Moving Toward Noteless from this past August.

As with last year’s review, it is hard to determine which posts were most popular since most people read the posts as they sit on the home page.  So I will continue with the arbitrary measure of most comments (potentially meaning the worst post of the year could be deemed most popular!)  Perhaps the most provocative posts of the year, then, are…

Notable mentions with five comments – Don’t strangle the gospel, but do wear the right strait jacket, preach on what you should, trust the Bible and look wider as you read a text.

Notable mentions with six comments – Part of the longest series of the year (7 posts on genre), this one on biblical history, plus posts on interaction, preaching in worship, and when children listen.

In sixth with seven comments – Famous names popping up here – Lloyd-Jones and impositional preaching, and CS Lewis on the KJV. One on sharpening the big idea, another on distraction and a dose of eternity. But what about sensitivity to non-Christian listeners, and integrity before listeners?  And just recently the tension between preachers and listeners on ability to handle the Bible well!

In fifth with eight comments – A post on the aging preacher was matched by a recurring theme on this site: preach the text, not just from a text!

In fourth with nine comments – Touching on tricky topics a lot this year.  For instance, the preacher and pride, dangerous false assumptions about which God we are preaching, and while it was a hot issue in the sports news, the danger of hinting at racism in our preaching.  Lots of response to asking preachers what would help them improve.  But the most response, another controversial one, the memorable outline myth (especially when you add in another five comments on part 1!)

In third with ten commentsHow many ways can a preacher half-preach a text?

In joint first, with twelve comments –  There it is again, moving toward noteless.  And . . . a late surge on a post daring to challenge Robert Murray MCheyne on Bible reading plans!

So there it is, a review of 2011.  Thanks for popping in and engaging the site from time to time.  I really appreciate all the interaction on the amazing privilege of preaching God’s Word!  (Before I finish, let me mention a septuplet of my favourites that slipped under the comment radar – it’s all about Christ, the war of the words,  non-Christian preaching, passionless preaching, bring back ba’al, and reflections on John Stott and Christopher Hitchens.)

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