Top Video of 2012

Of the videos I uploaded to my YouTube Channel in 2012, this one got far and away the most views:

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Top Tweets of 2012 (by RTs)

1. “The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of both poverty and wealth is community.” -Jürgen #Moltmann 10 Apr 12

2. If only the church could shut down unsuccessful programs quickly and without regret like Apple did with Ping and Google did with Wave. 1 Oct 12

3. Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. 16 Dec 12

4. “My hosanna has passed through a great furnace of doubts.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky 17 Oct 12

5. “The church is not a doctrine or a system or an institution, but an organism of truth an love.” -Alexis Khomiakov (1804-1860) 18 Oct 12

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Open Thread: Suggested Topics for 2013


2012 marked the launch of the Questions That Haunt Christianity series, which has seen great participation in the comments by scores of you. That has challenged me as a theologian on a weekly basis. I both look forward to and dread Friday mornings, when I sit down to compose a 1,000-word response to these tricky and perennial questions. You can nominate new questions via my website.

Also, with the help of my editor Deb Arca, I launched the #progGOD Challenge, in which progressive theobloggers say something substantive about God. So far, we’ve hosted Who Is God? and Why an Incarnation? (Both are still open to submissions.) The next challenge will launch on Ash Wednesday.

As I look forward to 2013, I’m going to release a revised and updated version of A Better Atonement (also on Ash Wednesday), complete my next full-length book, Why Pray?, and write an ebook on communion.

I’m wondering what you’d like to read and discuss here at Theoblogy. More about spirituality? Less about politics? Silly videos that make Christians look dumb (just kidding — that blog genre is already overloaded). Drop a comment below and take part in shaping the conversation that we’ll have in 2013.

And thanks.

Announcing Some Christmas Winners!

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone. We’ve got some Theoblogy housekeeping to do today, and give away some free stuff.

Winners of the Theoblogy T-Shirts:

  1. Patrick S
  2. Greg Jeffers
  3. Evelyn
  4. Riley O’Brien Powell
  5. Jeremy

If you’re one of these, please email me through my website with your mailing address and your t-shirt size, and I’ll get the shirt out to you.

And now, an even bigger giveaway!

I’ve got 25 copies of the book Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy to give away, and I’m giving them to the Top 25 commenters on the blog this year. The winners are: [Read more...]