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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Tops In 2006

Looking back through the blog archives of 2006 I've endeavored to identify those postings that were 'tops'. In trying to determine which postings were the most popular I've begun by noting those that gathered the most posted comments, and then factored in those that generated the most conversation off-blogway, either at church, in email or in living rooms throughout the year. Obviously that part isn't as easily quantifiable, but I've given it an honest attempt. Lastly, I listed some of my favorite posts over the year as I look back. Here we go!

As determined strictly by posted comments:
Most popular single posting: 'What Do You Think' (4/25) - a discussion of an 11 point statement on the Emerging Church.

Most popular series of postings: 'Calvin's TULIP' (8 parts, Sept-Nov) - discussing the five points of Calvinism. I am reminded that we didn't finish that topic, having stopped on the 'L'. Better get back to it!

Overall evaluation:
Most popular single posting: 'Friends Don't Let Friends Become Arminians' (9/29) - this was the tongue in cheek start to the whole Calvinism discussion. I believe it generated more conversation, jokes and comments than any other single post in 2006.

Most popular series of postings: 'Interactive Sermon Exclusive' - regarding the Two Poor Pastors concert in March. This was a number of ridiculous articles I posted to promo one of my music endeavors. It generated a ton of conversation and also gathered a number of complaints that came via email.

My personal favorite: 'Kiwi Is Back' (10/4) - this was a brief posting I made acknowledging that one of my favorite bloggers was back from a blog-fast. It became important to me when the Tall Skinny Kiwi himself posted a comment. Very cool! Should have posted a follow-up, 'Kiwi Was Here'.

Most important posting: 'A Meaningful 500' - my 500th blog posting, and more importantly an invite for many of us to come together to provide for Toivo's education costs in Namibia. Look for a follow-up on this in the very near future. The structure is almost in place!

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  • Richard's sermon was edifying and provoking. I intended my comments that Richard invited, to suggest that our economically "driven" culture is underpinned by freedom not merely for commerce but for individuals, families, and all institutions existing in America. Whether recognized, valued or appreciated, American freedom is at the foundation of any commerce that exists in this American culture. Yes, our culture is "driven" but how much better is it to be "led" by the Shepherd who gives eternal liberty. Presently, our culture is being driven economically and away from the liberty that only comes from our Benafactor - Christ the Lord.

    By Barry Nilson, at 1/02/2007 12:08 PM  

  • I have been blessed by your blogging over the past year. It has even opened avenues of discussion with coworkers and friends that I would not have expected. It's hard to choose a favorite b/c I have enjoyed everything from the very serious to the utterly hysterical... "I like big Bible and I cannot lie...NIV with the big red letters," "Back and forth from side to side," just to name a few. I have to admit, and my comments have probably given me away, but I'm always looking out for the next "Parson to Person" series. Even though it is a fictional series, it captures a very real element of life and struggle in the Christian life, and for me it has painted a vivid picture of grace in action.

    Blessings for a happy new year!

    By Lisa Andreasen, at 1/02/2007 11:28 PM  

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