2013 in Review

Each year WordPress generates a set of year-in-review graphics based on stats. There is a link to the presentation below. (Be sure to scroll when you get there, it’s more than the fireworks animated in the banner.) None of the most read post this year was written in 2013, but I am pleased that “Lesson in Humility: God is in the Manger Part II” is one of the most popular posts I’ve ever published.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 57,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Best Dressed Man of the Year

Francis First, Pope Francis was selected as Time’s Man of the Year. That was a very classy choice. Now he has been honored with a title that I imagine he is less thrilled about: Esquire Magazine’s Best Dressed Man of the Year. This pope is known for his acts of humility, such as packing his own luggage and moving into a small papal apartment. But it may be that sense of modest style that earned him the recognition. Check out this headline from the Daily Mail:

Screenshot 2013-12-30 at 6.50.26 AMHe was selected ahead of Joseph Gordon Levitt and other Hollywood types for his “unadorned style” and “humble clothes.” I think Martin Luther would approve.

 

 

New Year, Same Goal

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Happy New Year!

I hope that in 2013 you manage to loose 10 lbs, make it to the gym 3 times a week, quit smoking, and/or finish the great American novel.  But for Christians – rather than trying harder to be better people, what we really need to do is be more Christ-like.

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
(Titus 3:1-2 ESV)

Remind them; nothing new, just an encouragement to keep doing the things we already know.  Be salt and light, keep building the Kingdom.  And don’t worry about turning over a new leaf; if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.  Welcome to 2013.