2007—Looking Back on a Year in Blogging

post date: December 28, 2007
Here are some of the most popular weblog entries of 2007. By “popular” I mean only that these entries brought the most feedback, not that people always agreed with what I wrote. In some cases readers disagreed strongly with some points that I made, which is fine with me. I am grateful to everyone who read this blog during 2007.
1) How to Spot a Healthy Church–Quickly
I wrote this piece after ruminating on the many churches I visit as a guest speaker. I offer two ways to quickly spot a healthy church. Not everyone agreed with my observations. Far and away this entry drew the most comments in 2007.
2) The Wife of My Youth
Reflections on our 33rd wedding anniversary.
3) Holy Land Diary
In January Marlene and I led a tour to the Holy Land. Each day I posted a report on the weblog. Our readership went way up during that series of posts. I posted the link to all the January weblog entries. The Holy Land Diary starts on January 17 and goes through January 28. Just scroll down to the 17th and then scroll upwards to read the next entry.
4) FM Radio Religion
I was surprised by how many people commented on this article raising a few questions about the trend toward multiple worship styles in the local church.
5) How to Leave a Church
This entry touched a nerve for many people because it deals with a touchy subject that we rarely talk about. It’s wonderful when you have found the right church, but what do you do when the time comes to leave?
6) Ann Coulter Got It Almost Right
Here I offer a partial defense of Ann Coulter’s comments regarding Jews and Christians and the way of salvation. Not everyone liked my analysis, but that’s why we have a Comments section.
7) Lee Roberson and Jerry Falwell
My personal tributes to two Christian leaders who died this year. In different ways, each man had an important impact on my life, especially in the early years of my ministry.
8) Bill O’Reilly Doesn’t Quite Get It
After Bill O’Reilly interviewed noted atheist Richard Dawkins, I wrote a mildly critical article that stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy. In many ways the comments are more interesting than the interview or my blog entry.
9) Don Imus and Us
Reflections on the firing of the shock jock after he used a racial epithet to describe the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
10) Is It Hard to Keep Believing?
This entry stems from a question that I asked at a Keep Believing Ministries board meeting. Reading the comments told me that for many people, the answer is yes.

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