I went back through the blogs I wrote in 2013 to see which ones generated enough interest for readers to click through. If you missed some of these and they pique your interest, you can click on them for the original.
Here’s the Top Ten list:
1. Farewell Brennan (remembering the writer and priest Brennan Manning)
2. Why Do They Hate Us? (reflections on the Boston Marathon bombing)
3. Fragile Beauty (a celebration of frost flowers, a rare natural phenomenon)
4. Who Believes What? (Willow Creek Church’s panel on various religions)
5. Mandela’s Miracle (the legacy of Nelson Mandela)
6. How Sweet the Sound (an illustration of grace from the musical Les Misérables)
7. Notes from Newtown (a report from my visit there)
8. The Kingdom of God Is Alive and Well (good news from a church in Colombia)
9. Apostle to the Rednecks (remembering the radical preacher Will Campbell)
10. Two Cheers for Radicals (celebrating contemporary Christian radicals)
These blogs honor some departed leaders and mentors (Brennan Manning, Will Campbell, Nelson Mandela), enter tragedy (Boston bombings, Newtown shootings), and report on places where the gospel truly sounds like good news.
I’m sure that 2014 will have a similar plot. Tragedies happen, remarkable people die, the Kingdom of God continues to advance in fits and starts. As a journalist, I’ll never run out of things to write about.