I don’t know any better way to explain 2015. From legitimate controversies to fauxtrage, surprise events, inevitable decisions, and America being trolled by a prospective candidate, 2015 has been kind of whack. It’s also given writers and bloggers a lot of interesting stuff to write about and hopefully say something helpful in response.
In years past, when I’ve shared this sort of list, I’ve done so by focusing on the big picture of the year—that is, looking at overall site content. This year, I decided to shake it up a bit and focus on the material written and published exclusively in 2015. With that in mind, here’s a look at the most-read posts of the year:
#1: Dear Prime Minister Trudeau (October 20, 2015). This one took my by surprise. I wrote it in a few minutes the morning following the recent Canadian federal election, which saw the ruling Conservative party decimated and the Liberal Party of Canada take a majority. This open letter is my prayer for our young leader.
#2: What should the church expect as same-sex marriage moves forward? (April 29, 2015). The legalization of same-sex marriage in America has cast a shadow over evangelical churches for the last several years. This post, written prior to the Supreme Court decision in June, shares my perspective as a Christian living in a nation where it’s been legal for the last decade.
(February 11, 2015). We all go through seasons where our Bible reading suffers. Here are three reasons why.
(May 25, 2015). Christians use a lot of clichés, some of which have a foundation in Scripture… but most, not so much. Here are a few I’d love to see us never use again.
(April 15, 2015). My review of Kevin DeYoung’s book on homosexuality certainly struck a nerve with readers (not surprising given the political climate of surrounding this issue).
#6: Five things I learned in an unhealthy church (September 15, 2015). This is a post written by a friend who asked to remain anonymous. I am very thankful that so many chose to read it (though I am grieved that it seems so many have experienced something similar).
#7: Wilberforce didn’t quit. Neither will we. (August 4, 2015). As we saw public sentiment turn from Planned Parenthood in light of the series of videos detailing some of their more despicable practices, we saw something incredible happen: a move to defund Planned Parenthood entirely. Though the bill was defeated, this was written as a reminder why pro-life men and women should not lose hope.
#8: The Mingling of Souls (January 2015). When a younger pastor spends more time writing on how to fight well with your spouse than trying to twist the Song of Songs into a Christian sex manual, you’ve got a good book on your hands.
#9: No, you probably aren’t called to be a pastor (October 6, 2015). Every young dude asks this question—most of us would be wise to realize the answer is no (at least, not yet).
#10: Of super blood moons and blaspheming the Lord (September 28, 2015). As we once again saw a doomsday prophet proved wrong, we should start asking ourselves why we give room for these sorts of blasphemers to be numbered among the body of believers.
Although the above represents the most-read posts written in 2015, there are a number of others that continue to draw a lot of readers. Here are the top five of those:
- God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle? (July 2009)
- God helps those who help themselves (July 2009)
- (August 2014)
- Preaching and Pragmatism (July 2011)
- Ministry Idolatry (September 2014)
See what made the cut in years past: