Top Five Posts of 2013

On Friday, I highlighted some of the stats for the year at Theoblogy. Now it’s time for the big reveal. I’ve got some legacy posts that still get tons of hits, so this list won’t include those. Here are the top 2013 posts for traffic:

5. Premarital Sex — Maybe It’s Not So Bad

4. Rachel Held Evans: A Woman’s Voice

3. It’s Time for a Schism Regarding Women in the Church

2. Rob Bell Calls “Bullshit” on Christian Radio

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The Year at Theoblogy

It’s been a great year here at Theoblogy, and I thank you for reading. Visits, unique visitors, and pageviews were all up over 20% from 2012, and we crossed one million pageviews for the first time. That’s very gratifying.

The average visit lasted 1:50, which seems like an eternity on the internet.

Forty percent of you were new visitors this year.

Chrome is your favorite browser, followed by Safari and Firefox.

You’re about half Windows users, and half Mac.

Facebook is the biggest referrer, followed by Twitter. After the social sites and my own site, the biggest referrer was Rachel Held Evans (thanks, Rach!).

After “Tony Jones” and “Tony Jones blog,” other search terms that led you here were “Rob Bell” and “Don Piper” and “Problems in America.” Among the more random search terms: [Read more...]

Get Some Jay Bakker in your Face

Jay’s got a new blog. Here, at Patheos. And I love the guy. And he’s thoughtful and graceful. So you should follow his blog.

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When I Canceled Sunday School

When I started as the Minister to Youth & Young Adults at Colonial Church in 1997, I inherited a lot of programs, as most pastors do. Among them were Sunday school for both middle schoolers and high schoolers. Since I couldn’t be two places at once, I alternated weeks between them, and I had other leaders help me out.

The very first realization I had was that the high school students hated Sunday School. I mean they HATED it. Only about half a dozen students came, and they were all sophomores who hadn’t yet gotten their driver’s licenses. (Freshmen were in confirmation class, and they were required to attend worship.)

So I canceled Sunday School for high school students. They were relieved. Some of their parents were pissed. And I announced in staff meeting, “We’d better figure out ways to make our worship services more relevant to teenagers, because they’re be in worship as of next week.”

I’m happy to report that the church staff did up their game. The senior pastor began using more anecdotes from when he was in high school in his sermons. And when he gave litanies like, “This week, when you’re at work, with friends, at the gym…” he now added “at school” to those lists.

The choir director invited high school students into the choir, and I started putting students down to read scripture and lead prayers in the services.

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