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Top Articles of 2011 (So Far)

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A couple of times a year I like to browse through the statistics software that lies behind this site to see which articles have been read the most. Here, in case you’d like to catch up a little bit, are the top ten articles from 2011 (from January through to June 30):

#105 Questions With John MacArthur – Part 2 of an interview I did with John MacArthur.

#9Letting Herself Go – This was an article I wrote to interact with an always-difficult topic. It gained quite a lot of traction and was much improved upon.

#8The New Evangelical Virtues – A reaction to Rob Bell’s book and some of the areas of concern it highlighted within the evangelical world.

#7Why John Piper Should Not Have Invited Rick Warren – I wanted to reflect on why I thought it was unwise for John Piper to invite Rick Warren. This was actually published last year.

#6Book Review – 90 Minutes in Heaven – An old review of a book that keeps being read.

#5Thinking About Rick Warren and John Piper – This was a reflection that followed John Piper’s interview with Rick Warren.

#4Facebook Makes Us Miserable – I was surprised to see this one gaining so much attention. But I think it’s true–in many ways Facebook does make us miserable.

#3A Review of The Shack – There’s another book that just keeps flying off store shelves.

#2Heaven Is For Real – I really disliked this book. Apparently lots of people were eager to know what it is all about.

#1Love Wins – A Review of Rob Bell’s New Book – No big surprise here. Rob Bell’s Love Wins was a huge topic of conversation in the church and across social media. This review got close to 100,000 reads on just the first day.


  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.