It has been a quieter year on the blog as I have had to scale back the writing in recent months. Launching a new church has certainly taken time and energy, but what a privilege it is to be involved in such a project. Meanwhile, back at the blog:
Most popular posts, in reverse order:
Preaching Doxologies and also Preaching [Insert Word] Jesus, came in just behind The Preacher’s Clock: Procrastination? Preparation & Anticipation. Writing about Bible Reading usually gets a stir.
A single post about Reading and Preaching seemed to get a big reaction for a stand alone post. The first in the Three Common Mistakes series proved the most provocative – Genesis. In second place came a mini-series called Dangerous Immunization Part 2, along with a series on the dangers of Exemplar Preaching – Exemplar Christi, Exemplar Homo-Biblicas, Exemplar Persona Illustrations and Legitimate Exemplar Preaching.
The top series of 2013 was the Preaching Myths series back in the summer: #1 – Pew Trust #2 – Cool Preaching #3 – Acid and Bleach #4 – Non-Gospel Preaching #5 – Short Talk Required #6 – Evaluation Verboten #7 – Sawn-Off Concordance #8 – Delivery Equals Circus
Some of my favourites:
I enjoyed pondering and writing the following posts and want to mention them now – Why God Still Works Through Poor Preaching and Losing our Youth by Dangerous Superficiality, which is closely tied to Static vs Dynamic Position Principle. I wish churches would use testimonies, but not without a guide along the lines of Ten Top Testimony Tips. I enjoyed the work that went into the Repentance Word Study in Acts.
I think my favourite series was How to Preach Less than Christian – Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Highest Impact Books:
I was able to review some stunning books this year. Here are four not to miss. Probably the best biography I’ve read is Jonathan Edwards, A Life by George Marsden. A must read for people preaching the Gospels is Pontius Pilate by Paul Maier. I recently wrote on a great little book on the Apostle Paul’s writings – How to Like Paul Again, by Conrad Gempf. And for anyone involved in church work, take a look at Deep and Wide, by Andy Stanley. (I enjoyed writing a film review on Les Mis too Click here to go there.)
Thanks for visiting the blog this year. I hope that 2014 will be a good year for the blog, and an even better year for all our preaching!