The Best of 2011

December 23, 2011

Yep, this is it!  My last blog post of 2011.

A lot has happened in a year.  I don’t often look back over my blog archives, so I’m always surprised at what was on my mind twelve months ago.

I just want to take this chance to thank you, my beloved readers and commenters.  This blog is truly as good as it is because of the contributions you make to it each week.  My words are just the springboard for the real conversation.  And I still thrive on the emails, Facebook messages and tweets you send my way.  I am thankful for all of you and the time and thoughts you’ve shared with me.  I’m looking forward to another fun year of blogging, starting on January 2.  I hope each of you has a very good Christmas season and you feel as blessed as I do.

So, in the holiday spirit of doing obligatory things because that’s what’s expected of you, I will wrap up the year with a countdown.  Here’s my list of some of my favorite blog posts from 2011.  I’ll be taking a break next week, catching up on reading the most well-loved blogs in my blog reader.

So, here we go…

2011 got off to a good start, but when Rob Bell dropped the “U” bomb on us, everyone crapped their pants:  “Lord, I Want to Be a Universalist in My Heart.”

March was a good month here.  I followed up a week later by denouncing the phrase “saved by faith” in “You Are Not Saved By Faith.”

Oh, and I took the time to talk about Lady Gaga: “Not Quite Born This Way.”  A bunch of little fame monsters found me through a link on a Gaga forum and made my evening more interesting.

A couple of months later, Christian bloggers were calling for unity, a book was published about why the church is still racially segregated, so I of course wrote that racial segregation doesn’t really matter: “Church Segregation is Deeper than Skin Tone.”

Oh, and I took a stand and said that of course my wife has an obligation to stay hot for me: “I’m Too Sexy for This Marriage.”

Then, I made a checklist to see if I’m more manly than Mark Driscoll: “Letters from a Teenage F-g.”

Late in the year, I revealed the struggles my wife and I are having in our quest for a baby: “Maybe I Should Have a Kid.”

Finally, a lot of you told me that you gave Jesus the steering wheel, and he drove you right into a ditch: “Jesus Gets His License Revoked.

See you next year!







8 responses to The Best of 2011

  1. Yup, read them all! You are in good company, as I only read yours and Ton C Today.

    Have wonderful Christmas, Matt!

  2. It’s definitely been a great year for your blog. Keep up the hard work!

  3. Have a great Christmas and a Blessed new year!

  4. Merry Christmas, man. You’ve had a pretty good year on this blog. :)

  5. Read them all, too. Your blogging is a blessing, Matt. Merry Christmas.
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  6. I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs. Almost commented on a few but realized the last comments were rather dated so I opted for commenting here. See a lot of your Twitter post and in reading a lot of your blog articles… I’ll keep up. Loved the article on cussing… I recently wrote one as well about the same topic. Just said “screwed up” and that got a couple of folks riled… good thing they didn’t hear me say “I count it all crap” when preaching one service!

    Enjoy and look forward to reading some more while you take a break. Be blessed and keep on praising Jesus!

  7. It has been a great year on your blog. I love reading your posts and I love the conversation it generates. I haven’t been around quite as much lately because I’ve been fighting cancer, but it’s always great to stop by… and good for my soul. I would appreciate your prayers too… I have major surgery on the 28th. Thanks.

  8. I read your Lady Gaga blog, and the comments were dizzying. Comparing Jesus to Lady Gaga was mind blowing in and of itself.


    Hope you have another good year of blogging! (I’m like a second time commenter…not being good at reading blogs anymore.)