2017 was a ridiculous year on so many levels. When I look back, I see a ton of personal tension (which I’ll post about soon). From the trauma and aftermath of a hurricane to the not-one-but-two vocational transitions I made and everything in between, it was a wild ride.

These selections are subjective (not based on clicks or anything) and chosen solely by me. Some were read widely, some snuck through without many views. There is some obvious commonality: how is a Christ follower to live in times like these? But you can also hear me arguing with myself from time to time.

Predictably (and unfortunately) some of these posts caused people to reject me, pull their support of our nonprofit work, or distance themselves from me generally based on something I said. But this is the world we live in, and that makes me want to foster an ongoing dialogue more, not less. Plus, I also made plenty of new friends along the way.

So thanks for reading in 2017, and I hope you catch something here you may have missed when it was published. And I hope it makes you think. And I hope it helps us all grow closer to Jesus.

Here are my Top 5 Blog Posts of 2017:

5. Is Nativism Bad for Christianity? (June 15, 2017)

Answer: Probably. But this blog is a little deeper dive into the idea of who the Church is to be globally in favor of a protectionist, isolationist mindset. This post was important, I think, because of all the things going on in our world. As governments choose how they’re going to respond to a shrinking world, so too must the church.

4. 3 Things I’ve Changed My Mind About and One Thing I Haven’t (August 8, 2017)

I’ve changed my mind about some stuff, and I think that’s okay. In fact, I reserve the right to do it again as I study and pray. This blog also proves something doesn’t have to be well-written (it wasn’t) to get a reaction (it did).

3. Thank You, Current (June 4, 2017) and Big News (December 15, 2017)

These two have to come in a pair, because they represent a year-long vocational journey that started with a sabbatical, took some awkward twists and turns, and ended right where I think I am supposed to be. There’s more to both stories, but these two posts trace our journey from one church to another, even in the midst of much more going on.

2. The Church Should Not Be Exceptional (September 8, 2017)

While not widely read (perhaps because it was in the aftermath of a couple of storms that had folks pre-occupied, I think this may well be the most important thing I wrote all year. I’m not sure there’s a more pressing issue in the Church than this one. If you missed it, I’d encourage you to give it a read and a share.

1. Abandoning the Broad Path (February 28, 2017)

When we contrast the narrow and broad path, we usually assume those on the wider, easier way are not following Jesus. But when Jesus contrasted the two paths, he was talking to people already following Him. This blog talks about three wide paths we often take as Christ followers, and calls for us to abandon the wide path for a more narrow way.

This is number one because I feel like the Church needs this one the most…it may be the most important thing I wrote this year.

Honorable Mention:

 

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