To my wonder, we’re all still here, ready to try a new year on for size.
There are things you only learn in the grip of affliction…things concerning yourself and your God.
His severe mercies will shake you to your core and the shaking begins with the admission of your weakness. There are few other confessions more odious to our nature, but as vital to becoming the person God is making you to be.
He is faithful…even we we aren’t.
2. One of the things I’m most thankful for are those people who helped me in my afflictions while they were afflicted themselves…nothing speaks more of Christ than that.
3. I don’t know what 2015 holds, but I know Who holds it. Because I am convinced that I serve an omnipotent Creator who calls something from nothing, who creates beauty from ashes…I have every reason for hope.
4. Writing a blog and writing a book require two different skill sets…one I have mastered and one that is mastering me.
5. The decline and eventual fall of American celebrity evangelicalism as we know it began with the collapse of the Mars Hill empire. The ability to control a narrative is no longer only in the hands of those with access to the “major media”, but in the hands of anyone who is willing to speak the truth online. The internet has leveled the field.
6. It is disturbing and odd to me that with the explosion of sound theological teaching available to the masses online there doesn’t seem to be any increase in actual biblical and theological literacy. That doesn’t compute…
7. I’ve never felt more estranged as a Christian from the culture and society as I have in the last year…true believers have always been marked as different, now the difference has a negative stigma attached to it everywhere you look.
8. The single best thing I did last year for my emotional and spiritual health was to discipline myself concerning time online. I may miss some good stuff, but I miss a lot more nonsense in the bargain.
9. It’s a source of intense irritation to me that people who would never think of speaking ill of other faiths feel very comfortable ripping the Christian faith at every turn. Evidently some “progressives” need to make some more progress…
10. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your online world for another year. It was a struggle for me at times and the quality of the writing and thought was uneven at best, but we showed up. Sometimes that’s the most effective ministry you can have…