10 Most Popular Blog Posts

This was a great year for my blog, the best ever. I'm still fairly unknown compared to heavyweights like Tim Challies or Jon Acuff, but I'm proud of the fact that my number of visits nearly tripled as did my number of visitors, while my pageviews more than doubled. I also added quite a few Twitter followers and email subscribers. All in all a very good year. Here are the top ten blogs posts in 2012: 1) Ten Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Dad This is a half-serious/half-humorous post about the unknowns of fathering. What's funny about this post is that I wrote it late one Sunday night after an evening church service. I had a bit of inspiration rolling around in my head. I had no idea that it would "go viral" as the cool kids say. It was linked to by quite a few popular blogs. 2) The Sin About Which...

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What Advent is and Why We Should Celebrate

There is something really wonderful about the word, advent. When you Google the word, one of the definitions you get is: the arrival of a notable person, thing or event. We know this word from other contexts besides religions. We say things like, "Since the advent of the automobile . . . ." Or "Since the advent of the modern era . . . " Advent means something new is coming. The dawn of a new and better era. This is really what Christmas is about, isn't it? It's the celebration of the advent of a new era. God broke into time and space and entered our world. He is Immanuel, God with us. He broke in the midst of the sin and clamor and the fallenness. He came as a vulnerable baby in a poverty-stricken town to ordinary people, in a time of great political unrest. Advent--Christ's Advent--means that God...

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Evangelism as a Journey Instead of a Deal

I've been reading quite a few books on evangelism lately for some of my Mdiv work at Trinity. I don't agree with all that I have read, but one of the things that I think I'm learning is the simple idea that evangelism is less of a "deal" that we must close and more of a journey, a conversation we must initiate. The passion to win people to saving knowledge of Christ is good, but sometimes in our zeal we misguidedly think we, and only we, are the ones who have to witness the conversion. And we put all kinds of undue pressure on ourselves to get it all right. In reality, it is the Holy Spirit who does the saving. We are simply ambassadors. We share this great story. Empowered by the Holy Ghost, we go into the world and deliver the message. And sometimes it is our message that needs...

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5 Things I’ve Learned in Ten Years of Marriage

Last month, on November 22nd, Angela and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. I'm not an expert on marriage and by some standards I'm still a rookie. But I have learned a few things in these ten wonderful years. Here they are, in no certain order: 1) I'm not naturally a good husband. Before I tied the knot, I was convinced I'd be a great husband. Some lucky girl would be praising the Lord daily that she nabbed me. How wrong I was, really. Rather, I was the blessed one, having snared a women as patient and loving as my wife Angela. What I've learned is that I am not naturally a good husband. I have to really, really work at it. Naturally I'm selfish, proud, and tend to see things only my way. To be a good husband I must do two things: I must work at loving my wife intentionally...

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