The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

Let’s take a look back in time and see the most-read posts from April. Go check them out:

  1. Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell
  2. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
  3. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves
  4. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur
  5. Tim Keller: Getting Out #TGC11
  6. Matt Chandler: Youth #TGC11
  7. D.A. Carson: Getting Excited about Melchizedek #TGC11
  8. Book Reviews
  9. Al Mohler: Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus #TGC11
  10. Who Writes This?

And just for fun, here’s the next ten:

  1. James MacDonald: Not According to Our Sins #TGC11
  2. #TGC11 Day 1 Reflections—Plus Free Stuff!
  3. What Good Will Come From the Bell Brouhaha?
  4. Alistair Begg: From a Foreigner to King Jesus #TGC11
  5. Book Review: Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James
  6. What’s On Your To-Read Pile?
  7. What Was Once Narrow and Deep Has Become Wide and Shallow
  8. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words
  9. So, What is Universalism, Anyway?
  10. Book Review: The Organized Heart by Staci Eastin

April was one of my favorite months to write here at the blog. Lots of good books to review and my wife parachuted in for a vlog or two. Probably the biggest highlight was live-blogging The Gospel Coalition (incidentally, I’ve gone back and updated all the posts to include the video from each plenary). I was somewhat surprised to see Love Wins continue to be a topic of keen interest now that we’re six weeks out from the books release, but we’ll see what happens there. Also, people really seem to resonate with J.C. Ryle, don’t they?

That’s it for me. Now it’s your turn: If you have a blog, what were a couple of the highlights for you in the past month?

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

Let’s take a look back in time and see the most-read posts from March. Go check them out:

  1. Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell
  2. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
  3. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur
  4. Book Reviews
  5. Who Writes This?
  6. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves
  7. Book Review: Rid of My Disgrace by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb
  8. Rob Bell + Universalism = Fireworks
  9. Book Review: Unplanned by Abby Johnson
  10. What Good Will Come From the Bell Brouhaha?

And just for fun, here’s the next ten:

  1. So, What is Universalism, Anyway?
  2. My Memory Moleskine: Do Not Be Anxious
  3. Countering the Counterfeits: Trevin Wax on Counterfeit Gospels
  4. Think Hard, Stay Humble: Francis Chan on the Life of the Mind and the Peril of Pride
  5. Reading A Book
  6. Everyday Theology (series page)
  7. Book Review: Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax
  8. Twisted: Reviewing Andy Stanley’s Twisting the Truth
  9. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words
  10. Studies & Series

March was a huge month for a variety of reasons. One of the best books I’ve read in 2011 (Rid of My Disgrace) made it into the top ten and received very favorable feedback from its author. The Rob Bell hoo-ha and the reviews of Unplanned and Counterfeit Gospels were hot topic among readers. I was also happy that this month I finally was able to unveil the new Book Reviews page after several delays.

If you have a blog, what were a couple of the highlights for you in the past month?

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

Let’s take a look back in time and see the most-read posts from February. Go check them out:

  1. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
  2. Rob Bell + Universalism = Fireworks
  3. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves
  4. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur
  5. 20 Things God Does When He Saves You
  6. It Costs Something To Be A Christian
  7. Book Reviews
  8. Who Writes This?
  9. Twisted: Reviewing Andy Stanley’s Twisting the Truth
  10. Think Hard, Stay Humble: Francis Chan on the Life of the Mind and the Peril of Pride

And just for fun, here’s the next ten:

  1. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words
  2. Book Review: Slave by John MacArthur
  3. Zac Smith: “If God Chooses Not to Heal Me, God is still God and God is Still Good”
  4. Book Review: Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill
  5. Everyday Theology (series page)
  6. 5 Questions (Plus One) with Dan Darling
  7. Assurance Ministers Mightily to His Comfort
  8. Help Me Reorganize!
  9. (Audio)Book Review: Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur
  10. D.A. Carson: The Intolerance of Tolerance

Kind of cool to see some fairly major changes in the top ten. I was kind of surprised to see the Rob Bell post garner such a huge amount of attention, but such is the way of things, sometimes. I was also incredibly grateful that 20 Things God Does When He Saves You made the top ten (thanks in part to a number of bloggers linking to it); those points are ones I come back to fairly frequently in my notes. Also interesting to see what’s still getting attention from months (and in some cases years) prior, like the review of Slave and Andy Stanley’s Twisting the Truth.

If you have a blog, what were a couple of the highlights for you in the past month?

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

Let’s take a look back in time and see the most-read posts from January. Go check them out:

  1. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
  2. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur
  3. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves
  4. Book Review: Slave by John MacArthur
  5. Book Reviews
  6. Dear Song Leader
  7. Think Hard, Stay Humble: Francis Chan on the Life of the Mind and the Peril of Pride
  8. Who Writes This?
  9. The Arrogance of Youth and the Subtle Danger of Experience
  10. Douglas Moo, the Updated NIV and Jesus’ Sense of Humor

And just for fun, here’s the next ten:

  1. My Memory Moleskine: Philippians 1:1-11
  2. Twisted: Reviewing Andy Stanley’s Twisting the Truth
  3. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words
  4. The Dos and Don’ts of Book Reviews (or at least how I do them)
  5. Book Review: Church Planter by Darrin Patrick – The Man
  6. Cliff Notes from the Xchange
  7. Book Review: Forgotten God by Francis Chan
  8. Around the Interweb (January 2 edition)
  9. Though Ryle Be Dead, Yet He Speaks! Erik Kowalker on J.C. Ryle and JCRyleQuotes.com
  10. Book Review: Reclaiming Adoption by Dan Cruver

You folks certainly do like to read a nice variety of posts. God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle continues to be the most-viewed post on the site. I was glad to see the Slave review ranked so high on the list (thanks in large part to the giveaway that accompanied it), as well as Dear Song Leader and The Arrogance of Youth and the Subtle Danger of Experience. Also it’s terrific to see folks are checking out the interview with Erik Kowalker about J.C.Ryle Quotes. Erik’s a great guy and J.C. Ryle Quotes is a must-read.

So that’s this month’s list. Now it’s your turn:

If you’ve got a blog, what was your top post last month? Any idea why?

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

Let’s take a look back in time and see the most-read posts from December. Go check them out:

  1. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
  2. Book Review: Servanthood as Worship by Nate Palmer
  3. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves
  4. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur
  5. It’s Time to Say Goodbye…
  6. Giving and Receiving
  7. Think Hard, Stay Humble: Francis Chan on the Life of the Mind and the Peril of Pride
  8. Looking Back: My Favorite Books of 2010
  9. Book Reviews
  10. When Christ Calls a Man, He Bids Him Come and Die

And just for fun, here’s the next ten:

  1. Talk Positively about Your Spouse
  2. Who Writes This?
  3. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words
  4. Seeing the World through a Biblical Lens
  5. Sit in Front of Your Savior: An Interview with Author Nate Palmer
  6. Around the Interweb (12/05)
  7. Book Review – Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
  8. New E-Book: Lessons from Nehemiah
  9. The True Spirit of Christmas
  10. Twisted: Reviewing Andy Stanley’s Twisting the Truth

With changeover from WordPress.com to the self-hosted site, it’s been pretty cool to see how a few things have changed in terms of what’s most popular. God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle continues to be the top viewed post overall, but it’s really exciting to see the review of Servanthood as Worship up so close to the top (thanks in no small part to a link from Tim Challies). Another nice surprise was seeing My Favorite Books of 2010 getting so much attention over the last few days. Glad folks have been finding it helpful.

If you’ve got a blog, what was your top post last month? Any idea why?

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

With all the changes here, I thought it would be interesting to go back and take a look at the top ten posts from the last (nearly) two years. Go check them out:

  1. Everyday Theology: God won’t give you more than you can handle: (11,601 views)
  2. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur: (6,909 views)
  3. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves (5,135 views)
  4. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words (1,191 views)
  5. His Name was Smeagol (1,161 views)
  6. Don’t Study Theology (1,035 views)
  7. Book Review: Total Church (866 views)
  8. Lessons from Nehemiah 8: Anger (822 views)
  9. Twisted: Reviewing Andy Stanley’s Twisting the Truth (818 views)
  10. Prayer for Pastors (671 views)

And just for fun, here’s the next 10:

  1. Up the (Willow) Creek: Tim Keller (668 views)
  2. “What the Children Need Most is…” (592 views)
  3. New E-Book: Contending – A Study and Discussion Guide (588 views)
  4. Book Review: When a Nation Forgets God by Erwin W. Lutzer (559 views)
  5. Truth and Lies: Francis Chan – The Truth and the Lie in Social Justice (536 views)
  6. Prayer for Matt Chandler (534 views)
  7. Zac Smith: “If God Chooses Not to Heal Me, God is still God and God is Still Good” (524 views)
  8. Dug Down Deep: Impressions on the First Chapter (509 views)
  9. D.A. Carson: The Intolerance of Tolerance (465 views)
  10. Fun Dad moments (452 views)

Some of these completely surprised me (especially “Piper on Driscoll & MacArthur” and “Don’t Study Theology”), but I was glad to see a few of my favorites in the list.

If you’ve got a blog, what was your top post last month? Any idea why?