Thanks for reading the blog in 2018. Here are the top 10 most popular posts of the year, along with either a brief excerpt from the post or a brief comment on the post.
1) 9 John Calvin Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know
Love me some Calvin. Since I’ve read a lot about him over the years, I figured I’d post some facts you may or may not know about him. All quotes derived from Bruce Gordon’s excellent book, Calvin.
2) 5 Common Misconceptions About Heaven and the Afterlife
In this guest post written by Dr. J. Richard Middelton, he gives you five things that the Bible doesn’t teach about heaven and the afterlife. This is an important topic and I hope you take some time to check out the post.
3) 10 Christian Books to Look Out for in 2018
They’re books I’ve stumbled upon that may or may not interest you. Check them out.
4) What I’ve Learned About Leviticus After Studying it for Over a Decade
From Jay Sklar: “What happens when you study Leviticus for more than 10 years? I know the types of answers many people would provide:
- ‘You get to know your psychotherapist really well.’
- ‘People stop inviting you to dinner parties.’
Or perhaps the most common:
- ‘Is this a serious question? Who in the world would do this?’
I did. And it changed my life in ways far different from those just named. In my experience, at least four profound things happen when this book begins to seep into your soul.”
5) How to Remember What You Read
I love to read books. But few things discourage me more than not remembering what I read. I don’t want to give 6, 8, 10 hours of my life towards a book only to not remember any of it when I’m done. This is frustrating. But I know I’m not alone. Because of the fall, our memories are not as sharp as they could be. That’s why some sort of system is essential for retention.
6) 4 Reasons Why God Isn’t Answering Your Prayers
God answers every prayer — but he often says “no.” Why does God sometimes not answer your prayers the way you want him to?
There’s more than just four reasons, I’m sure. But below are a few things that come to mind. Some may apply to you, some of them won’t.
7) The False Gospel of Expressive Individualism
There’s a newish gospel in town. Or at least some make it out to be. Have you heard of it? It’s called expressive individualism.
8) Beginning of the Year Check-Up Questions for Christians
Don’t leave your spiritual growth up to spontaneity. Make a plan. Now that we’re in 2018, here are some questions to ask as you formulate ways to grow.
9) End of Year Check-Up Questions for Christians
They’re meant to help you identify areas of spiritual growth. I titled the original post “check-in” to prepare you for the year. Now that the year is almost over, it’s time for the check-up. It’s time for the physical; time to see if you’re in a healthy spiritual place or not.
10) John Calvin: Who He is, What He Did, and Why He Matters
In which I write a brief biography on Calvin’s life.