I want to thank all of you who have read and interacted with this site over the last year. I am grateful for every one of you. For those of you who are interested, I give you the top 10 blog posts from 2015. This blog is a combination of content creation and content curation, which means that I sometimes write original material and that at other times I pass on to you items that I find interesting from elsewhere on the interwebs. Both kinds of posts appear on this list, but the vast majority are original pieces. Drum roll, please.
10. Bruce or Caitlyn? He or she? Should Christians accommodate transgender naming? – As the next phase of the sexual revolution unfolds, Christians are wondering how to refer to friends and loved ones who identify as transgender. There is more to say on this topic than I have in this post, but this is a start.
9. Seeking the complete financial ruin of a Christian family – This post gives an update on the saga of the Oregon bakers—Christian parents of five children who were forced out of business for refusing to participate in a gay wedding. As of today, this family has had to pay over $135,000 in state-ordered damages.
8. The “least of these” are not the poor but the Christian baker, photographer, and florist – In which I show from scripture that the “least of these” are not the poor in general but are Christians who are suffering mistreatment.
7. The President’s Deeply Dishonest Statement about Life – In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said he wants “every child” to know that their life matters, but he obviously doesn’t mean that.
6. Possible first-century copy of Mark’s Gospel discovered – A controversial report said that a group of scholars were planning to publish what they believe to be a first-century fragment of Mark’s Gospel.
5. How to protect your church against sexual orientation and gender identity lawsuits – This post provides a link to a legal guide explaining how churches, Christian schools, and Christian ministries can get ready for the inevitable challenges to religious liberty that are coming our way. The booklet is very practical and provides a checklist that leaders should work through based on the kind of organization they serve
4. I am a Christian, but I don’t follow Christ – My response to BuzzFeed’s inane viral video “I’m Christian, but I’m not…”
3. Florist rejects AG’s offer, stands courageously on principle, and risks everything – Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman risks everything to follow Christ.
2. The Southern Baptist Convention passes resolution on gay marriage – This is an explanation of a resolution that Andrew Walker and I co-authored and that was passed by the messengers at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. The resolution is titled “On the Call to Public Witness on Marriage.”
1. Matt Bevin’s family tragedy and strong Christian faith – Although Matt Bevin is well-known in Kentucky, his story is perhaps not as well-known outside of the state. That was certainly true in November when Kentucky voters elected him to the governorship. This introduction to his strong Christian faith and his connection to Southern Seminary ended up being the most-read blog post of the year.