We are in the final days of 2014, which means blogland is chocked full of year-end "Top Blog Posts" lists. We've got our own list here at The Exchange, and there is a pretty clear theme: controversy.
Every one of our top 10 blog posts of 2014 has some element of controversy related to it, except maybe "The Real Reasons Young Adults Drop Out of Church," but even elements of that are controversial.
Here are our top 10 blog posts of 2014 with links and excerpts. They are in order of popularity, with a bit of commentary before each.
My friend Jerry Johnson (and new president of the National Religous Broadcasters) wrote a two part pre-release review of Noah. Note: My favorite part about this review was that the official Chrisitanity Today review (by Alissa Wilkinson) took a swipe at this one, saying:
The other myth is that this is a work of "environmental propaganda" (or, as Glenn Beck apparently put it, that Noah is a drunk who is worried about climate change). Some (even here in CT) have suggested that this film portrays Noah as the worst stereotype of granola-eating tree-hugger who thinks man should be wiped out because he impacts the environment.
I enjoy reading Alissa Wilkinson's reviews, but that made me chuckle. (If it was a different review in CT, my apologies.)
Oh, and there was an enviornmental agenda in the film. Everyone sees that—the question would be if it was overblown.
Here is an excerpt of Jerry's review:
Needless to say, I was suprised at how widely this was read. It led to a broadcast at the National Civil Rights Museum called #ATimeToSpeak.
I'd actually rather have you read from African American evangelical leaders from our "It's Time to Listen" series.
Here is an excerpt of that article:
This post was not really "breaking news" as I was simply commenting on a video on YouTube (which is not exactly a secret). However, it introduced the deconversion to the evangelical conversation, I guess.
Here is the article on Bart:
I was at a private meeting in Colorado Springs with a bunch of evangelical leaders. While there, one of them mentioned their recently-released newsletter, sharing their recent "derecogniztion."
With their permission, I wrote this up—again, not really breaking the news, but soon after it became national news.
Here is the article:
I just saw that ChurchLeaders.com ran this article on the front page of their site. When I posted it here, I had to delete about two thirds of the comments since people could not stay on topic. Good luck to ChurchLeaders.com on moderation!
More from Jerry on Noah.
One of the more fascinating interviews this year had to be my interview with Mark Phelps.
Well, after I wrote that obit, Mark Phelps reached out, which led to this interview. And, you can keep up with Mark at his blog here.
Here is the interview:
This was just a simple post about young adutls and why they drop out. At its core, they did not have a faith of their own.
Here is the obit I mentioned earlier:
I commented—like many others—on the Grammys. I think the Grammy's were, indeed, a symbol of a culture shift, and I weighed in here:
What post was most interesting or helpful to you in the past year?