The most-read network posts

December 28, 2014

Here are this year's most popular bloggers and posts from the CCblogs network:

1) Why you come to church, by Diane Roth. Maybe you just want to sing, at the top of your lungs. Where else can you go to sing?

2) Lessons from Jimmy Fallon on stepping into leadership, by MaryAnn McKibben Dana. As I watched, I was struck by the smart stuff that was going on under the surface.

3) The prosperity gospel in black and white, by Dennis Sanders. I noticed something about most of the critics: they’re white.

4) Why Sarah Palin is right about baptism by waterboarding, by David Henson. We seemed more upset about the imagined abuse of a religious ritual than the actual abuse of a human.

5) Putting the vent back in Advent, by Beth Merrill Neel. On Sunday I said something about making our hearts ready to receive the Christ Child, something I've said every Advent for 21 years. I haven’t the foggiest idea what it means.

6) In defense of the interim, by L. Gail Irwin. We are not "placeholders." We actually have a unique perspective.

7) Mom don't want no stinkin' card, by Ruth Everhart. You’ll have to forgive me if I’m cranky about Mother’s Day.

8) Ferguson, Advent, and God's dream, by James Sledge. Prophets are good at sensing God's dream and holding it up to us.

9) Three things that pastors are not, by Jeff Nelson. A certain amount of dabbling is inevitable. But there comes a point when things are best left to the experts.

10) Solvitur ambulando, by Nancy Janisch. Garden, exercise, clean house, take a shower, sleep on it. Any of it works..

11) How I kissed evangelism goodbye, by Cindy Brandt. My own story often bored me. I now realize this was because I didn’t know how to tell it right.

12) Losing whose religion? by Tammerie Day. Ryan Bell seems to have lost his religion when he crossed the line in solidarity with LGBT folk. Welcome to my world, Brother Ryan.

13) God loves Uganda, by Jonathan Grieser. It’s a story with real victims and real consequences. But there’s a larger story that would provide important context.

14) Not just hoops, by Emily C. Heath. People say the ordination process is meaningless, elitist, and unreasonable. I disagree.