Five years of Patheos and the best of my blog

Five years of Patheos and the best of my blog May 1, 2014

Patheos is celebrating its five year anniversary, and as part of that I’ve been asked to post a video discussing my favourite moment since being on Patheos, and to post some of the highlights of my blog here on Patheos. As I explain in the video, to call it a “favourite” moment is really inaccurate as it was a moment that resulted from a tragic event. But it lead to certainly my most impactful series to date.

My most impactful moment of blogging on Patheos:


My Top Five Patheos blogging highlights

This article focussed on the vital questions of how Christians respond to psychiatric conditions. It was written in the immediate aftermath of the tragic suicide of Rick Warren’s son. Little did I know as I wrote it that it would prompt perhaps the longest running series of my blog so far exploring Mental Health from my perspective as a Christian Psyhiatrist.

This article was actually the my most widely read post during this week, although it was written two years ago. The differences between Islam and Christianity largely stem from our different views about Jesus. I aimed to help us understand what each other really believes. It should be read in conjunction with a previous post which highlighted eleven things Muslims and Christians agree about concerning Jesus.

This article comprises notes and a video of a sermon which I preached in Texas. It is  based on part of the Apostles Creed. By God’s grace there were a significant number of people who responded to the gospel that morning. One question I couldn’t explore fully in the time I had was also the subject of a chapter of my book Raised With Christ which has been made available for free download: Did Jesus really rise again?

Of my many posts about John MacAthur’s Strange Fire conference and book, this one is perhaps the best introduction. My concern at the time, which remains today, was that MacAthur has made the most divisive intervention by a significant church leader in my lifetime.

The genuine questions which suffering raises must never be dealt with glibly.  I hope this article acts as an introduction into some of the most helpful portions of the Bible whenever we face difficulties.  This post should also be read, in conjunction with one on how Christians do grieve but in a different way to those who have no hope.

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