One year ago today I started blogging. It seems to be a tradition to celebrate your blogging anniversary, so this is my obligatory post.
In my first post, “Questions“, I listed some of the questions that I had been asking about the church. (Well, actually that was my second post. My very first post from the same day was called “Welcome“.) These are the questions that I listed a year ago:
- What is the church (essence, nature, purpose, etc.)?
- When does a group of people become a church?
- Is one church dependent, independent, or interdependent on other groups?
- What is the purpose of the gathering of the church?
- How are the various spiritual gifts exercised in the meeting of the church?
- What is the nature of church leadership?
- How should church leaders interact with others in the church?
I’m still asking many of these questions. I’ve learned much about the church during the last year, but I know that I still have much to learn.
Since last November (just over 4 months), I’ve also been tracking stats associated with this blog. I thought this would be a good place to look back at some of posts that I enjoyed the most and some of the posts that others seemed to enjoy or interact with the most.
My favorite post is one called “Not forsaking, but encouraging…” In this post I examined Hebrews 10:24-25 in order to determine if that passage proscribed attendance at a church meeting.
The most read post since November has been “Messy Meetings…” followed closely by the post “Unity in Christ…” Both of these deal with issues that continue to be imortant to me. I hope to address these issues again soon.
Perhaps the most interesting stat, at least to me, concerns the post called “Leadership, Obedience, and Authority…” This post is the third most viewed post since last November, but there were only eight comments. I’m not sure what this means, but it is interesting.
Finally, I want to thank all of the people who spend time reading my blog, especially those who also choose to interact in the comments. You have encouraged me, challenged me, and stretched me. God willing, I will continue to study the church. I hope to hear from many voices within the church as I post my questions and an occasional answer.