Happy New Year’s Eve!
Yesterday, blogmeister Tommy Kidd graciously posted the top posts from each of the individual contributors who blog under his guidance here at the Anxious Bench. In keeping with the spirit of the season, I have compiled my own list.
First, although my Great Aunt Iris might have shared “The Religion of the 1950s” over 6,000 times, it is more likely that some sort of glitch occurred. Assuming that was the case, then my most popular post of 2014 was probably “Leadership: American Style,” a post wherein I compare Mark Driscoll with Bill Clinton.
Second, in terms of posts that help others, I was pleased with my post, “Good Advice for those who are ABD,” which was ironically based on several pieces of good advice that I should have heeded.
Third (and fourth), in terms of analysis, I remain especially pleased with my two part review of Randall Balmer’s Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, my first attempt at writing a review of an academic book I read entirely on Kindle. You can be the judge of how it turned out here: Part 1 and Part 2. It thrilled me to see Balmer in person at the 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith & History. I’m not sure he had read my review, although I’m quite sure he should have.
Finally, although it was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Dale Johnson this summer, it was a privilege to be able to honor him on this blog. I do it one last time here at the end of the year. Dale taught me much about history, but more importantly, he taught me about caring for students while simultaneously challenging them. He is missed.