It’s been a year and half since I started this blog, but 2013 was my first full calendar year of writing. Because “Top 10” pieces are kind of a staple, and I saw all the other hip bloggers doing it, I figured I’d offer up my own summary post highlighting my biggest 2013 pieces on Reformedish as well as the posts I think did best on other sites. This will give some of you newbies a chance to catch up, and saves me the trouble of having to actually write some new thoughts.
Reformedish Posts – One thing I will note is that these are not necessarily my favorite posts, nor the posts I worked the hardest on. They are, for whatever reason, the ones that got shared, viewed, argued over, and so forth.
- 12 Tips on Keeping It Clean In Your Dating Relationship – This one went kinda viral, hitting 63,000. Kinda funny, hopefully helpful tips on keeping the sexy stuff in check.
- 7 Tips on How to Meet Reformed Men – Joke blog that’s pretty self-explanatory.
- 5 Things My Mom Taught Me About Theology – My mom is probably the biggest non-professional theological influence in my life. Parents, you have a bigger impact than you know.
- That Time C.S. Lewis God ‘Total Depravity Wrong’ Like Everybody Else – C.S. Lewis was awesome, but even he, like so many others, misunderstood Reformed doctrine.
- Christian Guy, Stop Trying to Date Yourself – Dudes, just…stop.
- The Cure that Killed the Patient, (Or, Sorry Zahnd, Marcionism Isn’t a Better Option) – In which I put on my argumentative Reformed hat and ‘dialogue’ with Brian Zahnd on pitting the Old Testament against Jesus.
Other Sites – Here I am kind of guessing. I don’t have the actual numbers, but these seem to have been shared and discussed the most out of the posts that I’ve written for other websites.
- ‘Who Are You Sleeping With?’ My Conversation with Timothy Keller (CaPC) This one got me in sooo much trouble. I mean, with topics like sex, doubt, and Tim Keller, it was kind of expected. Still, for giggles go ahead and read all the comments. Things got crazy.
- I Am Not Abraham’s Mistake (CaPC and TGC) This was my first big piece. Some reflections on being Arab in the American Evangelical church. Plus some theology.
- How Much Theology Should Couples Agree On Before They Get Married? (TGC) Surprisingly important question.
- False Freedom and the Slavery of Autonomy (TGC) Here I reflect on the reality that Millenials have trouble making choices, the meaning of freedom, and our need for community.
- The Church Failed Millenials, Just Not In the Way You Think It Did (CaPC) The Church failed us, it’s true–it unfortunately never taught us to love the Church.
- Faith in Humanity Just Took Another Hit: A Horrifying Holocaust Revelation (CaPC, TGC) A few thoughts on some horrifying bits of Holocaust history, the doctrine of original sin, and the Gospel.
By God’s grace it’s been a fruitful year. I can only pray that my toils in 2014 yield a greater harvest for the Lord’s church.
Soli Deo Gloria
Great stuff, Derek. Keep up the good work.
Number Six, the one about Marcionism, is my favourite. Your bit about voluntarism was good, too. I’ve thrown that around before, and it’s good to hear why that accusation as such is empty. Good overall list as well 🙂
Thanks, Bro! That one, though polemical, was my favorite on the ‘Reformedish’ side. Actually, I am reading Stephen Grabill’s book on the Natural Law tradition in Reformed thought and he’s got some great stuff on voluntarism, nominalism, realism, etc. in the medieval and Reformational tradition. Engages with Barth’s critique as well. I think you’d get a kick out of it.
Yeah, definitely added that one to the Amazon wishlist :p I’m sure my dear wife appreciates another blog-related book-purchasing suggestion too 😀 But at any rate, looking forward to more of your blog in the coming year!
Appreciate your blog very much and am often blessed, intrigued, piqued, provoked by your writing . Keep up the good work in 2014. God’s peace.
Number 4, regarding C.S.Lewis, isn’t connected to the correct link. Enjoyed rereading your posts. Thanks. Linda
It should be now. Thanks!
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