Top Posts of 2013


I want to thank everyone who swung by to read and explore theology with me this year. Here are the top 10 viewed posts on the blog in 2013. Many of these posts are parts of a series, so to make things easier for those who want to check out the rest I added a Series page in the menu bar that groups related posts.

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1 The Five Act Hermenuetic (Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright) takes the top spot for the 2nd year in a row. This post takes a look at NT Wright’s 5 act hermeneutic (a fancy word for framework) that focuses on the story line that runs through the pages of scripture from Genesis to Revelation and finds its climax in the hero of the story Jesus.
2 John Wesley On Original Sin and Total Depravity. This post is part of an occasional series that explores the theological writings of John Wesley. In this post Sermon #44 and What is an Arminian explore Wesley’s views on the fallen state of man.
3 How did Jesus show love? This post was #7 last year. It explores the issue of love and how Jesus handles sin with a focus on the issue of homosexuality. With the recent flap over Phil Robertson’s comments and his suspension from Duck Dynasty it is clear this topic will continue to be debated.
4 Blessed are those who hunger for a Markan sandwich This is the first post written in 2013 to crack the top ten list. It was part of a series on the Gospel of Mark and it examines the literary technique of layering stories that the author of the gospel uses to highlight and emphasize points that he wants to make.
5 Blogging through Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright (dropping out of the #4 spot) is the post that started a series examining NT Wright’s book – Scripture and the Authority of God. In this series we unpack the suitcase and examine what “authority of scripture” means.
6 A Machete Order Reading of the NT was a post prompted by a question – in what order should I read the Bible to capture the historical narrative. This post suggests how one might approach the NT.
7 Is the NT Canon a Fallible Collection? the NT is a collection of 27 separate books. Do we have absolute certainty that this is the correct list of documents?  Can we accept the Table of Contents (ToC) in the front of our Bible as infallible?
8 Describing the Greeks (Adjectives) Part of a series in which I was blogging through learning the Greek language.
9 How Paul defended his Gospel in Galatians the churches of Galatia were being offered “another gospel” that seemed better than the one Paul proclaimed. The letter to the Galatians is Paul’s defense of the one true gospel.
10 Irenaeus on Election and Free Will is part of a series exploring the views of the early church on election and free will. It was prompted while reading some Charles Spurgeon when I came across his claim that the Augustinian/Calvinist view was the historic view held through church history.

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