Merry Christmas, and God’s rich blessing for the coming new year to all of my dear readers! May the many glittering lights of this season remind you of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, the Light of the World today and every day.
If you ever experience FOMO–the Fear Of Missing Out–today’s article is for you. Now in case you missed any of these, you can catch up on my top posts for 2017 [as measured by page views] with the links below.
A quick look shows that the “how-to’s” predominate this year with seven of the top ten spots, and the other three titles are numbered lists. Savvy bloggers know that those two title types are among the most popular, and that’s definitely the case on my site this year. Four of the top articles for 2017 were published in previous years, which demonstrates another powerful blogging principle of “evergreen” content that remains engaging over time.
Thank you for reading and sharing, and may all your “how-tos” be merry and bright!
I love reading and reviewing books, but in the last few years, this is the first time that a book review has made it into my annual top ten articles. Thank you to Soong-Chan Rah for your important work on Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times (InterVarsity Press, 2015).
Not one, but two book review articles appear in this annual list. Thank you to Dorothy Greco for your beautiful and helpful book, Making Marriage Beautiful: Lifelong Love, Joy, and Intimacy Start With You (David C Cook, 2017).
This year saw the publication of Christ Is For Us: A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary (Abingdon Press, 2017). I was so blessed to work on this project, and it led to this article on preparing for Lent.
I published this article in February 2017, and since then the need for peace and the need for prayer continues to be critical in our world today.
This article grew out of a seminar I led in July 2012, and is the oldest entry in this annual top ten list. This year I started regularly sharing some of the older “evergreen” content on my site which meant that this and other previously published articles gained new readers.
Since publishing this article in 2015, I’ve added two additional best practices: take regular sabbaticals and get a good night’s sleep. Next year, I aim to make it 25 best practices in 25 years of pastoral ministry.
The blatant public display of racial hostility in Charlottesville, Virginia and elsewhere this last year inspired this article. Just as we pray about the things that grieve us and that grieve the heart of God, we also need to speak up and speak out, to reach out to others and take action.
I can’t claim any expertise in praying for my enemies – after all that’s why spiritual practice is called practice, for we are all beginners and still learning. This article is at least a start.
First published in 2016, this article in my “how to pray” series claims the second spot for the second year in a row.
First published in 2016, this article on praying for a wedding dinner remains in the top spot this year, and is my all-time most popular article.
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