Best of the Blog – 2008

Best of the Blog – 2008 January 11, 2013

To continue this series of digging further and further back into the archives of this blog, here are some highlights from 2008. I have already posted about 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.  This post therefore marks the half-way point, though 2003 was not a complete year of blogging, which is why the tenth anniversary of this blog is not till April 2013.

In January 2008, as is often my custom I took a break from blogging, but shared my most widely read blog posts each day, which actually continued beyond January. I did interrupt my break to post the following two posts, making January officially the lightest month for blogging new material I had ever had:

In February I continued my relaxed blogging schedule, but shared photos, videos, and reports from my Florida vacation, taken with my two oldest children. We had a lot of fun!

Other posts I wrote during February included sharing quotes from Mohler and Dever about a call to the ministry in terms which reminded me of charismatic notions of prophecy. I also found a great quote from John Piper which retold a Lloyd-Jones illustration of what happens when we are baptized with the Holy Spirit.

March saw a series of posts in response to some questions from a reader about How to Seek the Spirit and a Chuck Colson Blog Book Tour. It also marked an anniversary as I posted my 3,000th post here. I also posted my first post that I tagged multiculturalism, a topic which has come up several more times since.

April was dominated by my blogging from the New Word Alive event, which also led to a number of interview posts later in the year. Meeting John Piper and Don Carson, and having the chance to talk to Terry Virgo again, was a great highlight of the year for me, along with seeing Christians coming together from different denominational backgrounds. Later in the year popular UK Christian magazine, Evangelicals Now, published a conversation between Hugh Palmer, Richard Cunningham, and Don Carson which had been recorded at the conference and which is worth a read. I did manage to take time out for a trip down memory lane on my blog’s five-year anniversary, and shared some embarassing links to how my blog used to look.

In May, I was thrilled to be able to post an mp3 from my grandfather, who was a tent preacher. I posted several times about Todd Bentley, who exploded onto the Christian scene and would disappear later in the year just as quickly, and of course, in sad circumstances. My pastor, Tope Koleoso, was kind enough to appear in his first video clip on my blog, and he did this again later in the year.

In June I was thrilled to be able to interview Ed Stetzer by webcam. I also shared transcripts of my New Word Alive interviews with Don Carson, John Piper, and Nathan Fellingham. as well as the video from my interivew with Terry Virgo.

Someone kindly found me a copy of an old mp3 which I shared as C. J. Mahaney on People God Killed – A Sermon That Changed My Life. I also dared to go on record as Disagreeing with Piper Over the Man in Romans 7.

In July, the Together On A Mission conference was the main topic, alongside Dwell London and Mark Driscoll at Jubilee Church London, including a video interview with him. One real highlight I wouldn’t want you to miss from this time was Scott Thomas’ talk on Should You Be A Church Planter? You can also read a summary of the Together on a Mission conference that I wrote for the Newfrontiers magazine.

In August I shut the blog down, except for posting more material from the conferences, and the most read posts of the first half of the year.

In September, in the post A Fire You Know Nothing About – Lex Loizides Unleashed, I announced to the world that one of Newfrontiers’ leading evangelists and an all-around good fellow had started a most interesting blog. I was shocked to be the runner-up for a Christian blog award sposored by many Christian organizations. Apparently this is the second most inspiring leadership blog in the UK, which came as a surprise to me.

In October, I laid down a challenge that some of us need to consider moving from the village to the city. I also shared a provocative quote by Spurgeon on infant baptism, and demonstrated why the Doctor did not approve of theological degrees.

November saw me reopen The Atonement Debate with an analysis of a chapter from Chalke I had yet to see. I also approached another thorny issue by asking Should Christians Circumcise Their Sons?

In December I wound up the blog much more quickly than usual, and 2008 had in some ways been quite a light year of blogging for me as a lot of my spare energy had gone towards writing Raised With Christ, which was at the time still known by its provisional working title “The Resurrection Empowered Life”

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