On Friday I reviewed the year from several angles. But there is one left to consider. Since this was a year of weekly series, what were some of the highlights? Which series stirred the most responses? Which series stirred interest with the fewest post, and which went on the longest? Here’s a quick look back:
They got into the final – Four series stirred enough interest (comments and likes, as well as in-person conversations) to warrant a mention here:
Beyond Guilt – is there a better way to motivate listeners to change than guilt? Absolutely. Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
Why Do We Preach – the year ending reflection on our own motivation in ministry. Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, summary.
Truth Through Personality – reflections on implications of Philips Brooks oft-quoted definition of preaching. Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6.
Overqualified! – how easy to over qualify important issues in our preaching and thereby undermine them. Grace, Trinity, Go, Means, Heart & Head.
Agonizingly close to a podium finish – Just keeping up the Olympic theme since this has been such a great year for British sport! These three almost sneaked into the top three:
Faint Not – the discouraged preacher is a title many of us carry regularly. Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
Biggest Big Ideas – this was my favourite series of the year to write. The biggest big ideas weaving through the canon. God, Creation, Sin, Grace, Faith, Redemption, Community, Spreading Goodness, Hope, Christ.
Interactive Bible Observation Preaching – this was the shortest series to make the review, with just two posts. Post 1, post 2.
The medal places – So here are the top three series of 2012:
Bronze – Preaching New Covenant . . . a core issue for truly Christian preaching. Introduction, Sin, Heart, Trinity.
Silver – Technology, Bible Software and Preaching, the new reality for many of us. Online research, Social Networks+, Disconnected, Bible Software, Downside, Ajith Fernando’s Comment.
Gold – Preaching Story (also the longest, at 18 posts!): Theology, People, Plots, Power, Function, Adults, Reading, Telling, Mistakes, part 2, Thesaurus, Bible, OT, Gospels, Acts, Storying, Super-Genre, Artistry/Accuracy.
It has been a good year to ponder preaching together. Thank you for visiting the site, for commenting and most of all, for faithfully serving a God worth proclaiming!