It’s Moving Day

After many awesome years at Patheos — with higher blog traffic than I ever could have hoped for — I’ve decided to move my blog back to my own site. Starting on Monday, I’ll be posting there (and posting more frequently than I have in recent weeks). I love Patheos, and I am especially grateful to Deb Arca — she is an amazing human being, and just the kind of uplifting voice that I so often need in the brambles of the internet. You’ll still see me around Patheos as an occasional contributor, but my Theoblogy now resides HERE.

All of my archives will continue to live here, but they’ve also been imported to Theoblogy. If you subscribe via RSS feed, that will not change — it will direct to the new blog tomorrow.

If you don’t subscribe via RSS feed, YOU SHOULD. You can even sign up there to receive a daily email whenever I post.

Other ways to find out when I post include liking my Facebook page and following me on Twitter.

Finally, you can sign up to be the first to know about my next book, Did God Kill Jesus? Thanks again to everyone at Patheos.

The Year in Blogging: Top Posts…with Goodies!

I passed a decade as a blogger this year. My first post was on January 25, 2004. Since then, I have published 2,747 posts and collected nearly 50,000 comments. Probably even more momentous, I’ve nurtured some thoughts on the atonement from blog posts to an ebook to a major release from HarperOne, coming March 24. If that’s not enough to make you believe in the power of blogging, I don’t know what is.

My posting frequency was down in 2014, especially in the second half of the year as I was redrafting the book, then revising it. Blogging has changed a lot in the last ten years, and now that I’ve sent off the final revisions on the book (yesterday), I’m going to consider how to reenter the blogosphere. I would love to hear from you, readers, about what you’d like. Would you like me to bring back “Questions That Haunt Christianity“? Would you like a lectionary series? Dispatches from the road? More posts about hunting?

You will, I am sure, be able to enjoy some posts about the book as its release draws nigh, so gird up your loins for that. And be sure to sign up for the mailing list below if you want to hear about special deals on the book when it comes out.

And now, here are my most-trafficked posts from 2014:

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Limping Into the New Year — A Christmas Diagnosis

I am limping out of 2014 and into 2015. One week ago today, I had foot surgery, and I’m just now able to put weight on that foot. I’ll be in a boot for several more weeks as the bone that was cut regrows around the pins that should now keep it straight.

I am also limping out of the year spiritually.

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Peace in Platte

I’m back in South Dakota for a few days. It’s the last hunt of the year. My buddies and I made the front page of the paper on opening weekend. Here’s the whole front page, a nice slice of small town life:

It’s been a busy fall, teaching a seminary class, launching a book line, rewriting and editing my own book, and planning a couple conferences. Nothing has given my soul rest like my hunting trips — duck hunting in Central Minnesota, pheasant hunting in South Dakota.

I’m not much of one for giving advice, but here’s some: get outside this month. In the midst of busy church schedules and busy personal schedules, end-of-the-year pressures and work and challenges with family interactions, take some time to connect to God in nature.

I’ll close with another image, one I took last evening at sunset.