My Top 17 Things of 2008

Why is it the Top 17 things you might ask? Well, I couldn’t settle on just 15.

17. Live Danity Kane concert

16. Love Lockdown by Kanye West

15. Dark Knight Movie

14. The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs

13. David Cook winning American Idol

12. Chicago Cubs great regular season (let’s just forget about the playoffs—please!)

11. The entertaining Presidential Election and the subsequent Saturday Night Live spoofs

10. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie

9. Adventures in Missing the Point by Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo

8. Body of Lies Movie

7. Gas prices lowering back into the stratosphere

6. Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw

5. Being the Friday night General Session speaker at all of the Youth Specialties National Conventions

4. Having the humbled honor of officiating 2 of my friend’s weddings (including my best friend’s wedding held in a Chateau in Southern France—and then getting stuck in the airport in Paris for 17 hours)

3. The birth of my God-daughter, Addie Overgard

2. Wrote and finished editing my first book—Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community…IT’S NOW ON AMAZON FOR PRE-SALE!!!!!

1. My 1 year wedding anniversary

Can’t wait for 2009!

Merry Christmas as our Savior came to love and forgive.

Much love.

Discriminating…In Jesus’ Name?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Urgency of Opposing Inequality
An Ethic of Inclusion
On the Importance of Fidelity.
About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Andrew Marin

    I forgot to add that Clay Aiken 'came out'….(my mom and I haved loved him to death since we voted for him on Amierican Idol).Anyway, I would have put him at #7 and pushed the gas prices to #8.:)