The highlight of my blogging experience this past year was when a couple and their family traveled 7000 miles to meet me, encourage me, and tell me how the blog has encouraged their faith community. I am so grateful for the hope and peace they left behind.
I never know which blog posts will be the most popular. This year’s top 5 include a total spoof, a post from 2012, and a single quote. All of them have something to do with what some would call an “organic” expression of church.
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A huge thanks to all who have commented in 2013. Look out for some even more provoking deviance in 2014.
Additionally, I’d like to acknowledge the most personally influential books of 2013:
# 5 – Unleader by Lance Ford – While published in late 2012, this remains one of my favorite “got to” books in 2013.
#4 – Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne – Hard hitting, funny, and transformational.
#3 – Walking With The Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development (Revised and Expanded Edition) by Bryant L. Myers – Published in 2011 and expanded and revised later, this book continues to inspire and challenge our work amongst the marginalized in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador.
#2 – Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional by Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. – This one is older and part of the Logos Bible Software, but it has been a very engaging and thought provoking work for me.
#1 – ESV Literary Study Bible by Crossway – Again published in 2011, I read it tenaciously this year. It highlights the Bible’s story lines, complex characters, historical settings, literary genres, motifs, theological themes, imagery, and important terms. It’s just plain fun to read.
Also… It would be a disservice not to mention “Missional Essentials: A Guide for Experiencing God’s Mission in Your Life.” by Brad Brisco and Lance Ford – I’ve translated this missional primer into Spanish and used it extensively throughout the year. It’s a phenomenal tool for catalyzing a missional movement right where you are.
I’ll be concentrating most of my social media efforts on Goodreads in 2014. You can follow me here.
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