Here is the list of our top ten posts of the year, as measured by WordPress’ stats for views. A quick note for other bloggers: WordPress, Google, and SiteMeter all measure views somewhat differently. I’m going with the WordPress stats for total views, and the google stats for unique views. In other words, the first number is how many times the post was viewed, and the second number is how many unique IP addresses viewed it..
Four reasons my family trick-or-treats. Jesse explains why he lets his family dress like butterflies and go door-to-door, hitting people up for candy (8k/7.5k).
Congratulations to Allyson Felix. Nate follows the biblical principle of “props where props are due,” and honors Allyson’s Olympic Gold. Allyson’s dad is Greek Professor at The Master’s Seminary (10k/8k).
Tattoos and skin deep hermeneutics. Clint points out that while there may be very good reasons for not getting a tattoo, the Levitical Laws against them are not a good place to start (11k/9.5k)
Weeping with those who weep–a first hand response from Newtown. Pastor Joey Newton, from Newtown, explains how he counseled those in his community on the day of the shooting (14k/11k).
Herding the elephants. Mike gives a comprehensive round-up of what other blogs had to say about the Elephant Room Debacle, including a chronological look at The Gospel Coalition’s response (or lack thereof) to their board members embracing heresy (15k/10k).
Love, hate, and homosexuality. In response to the claim that legalizing gay marriage is loving, and condeming homosexuality is hate speech, Mike shows the real connections between love, hate, and homosexuality (15k/13k).
Tebow Time: 10 thoughts and a cloud of dust. With Tebow’s throwing of 316 yards and his improbable (dare we say “miraculous”?) play-off run, Nate (a life-long Broncos fan) explores the evangelical tension seen in Tebow-mania (16k/14k).
4 Thoughts for Chick-Fil-A Day. Jesse explains why he ate a Chick-Fil-A when Gov. Huckabee asked him too, and why it doesn’t really matter all that much (19k/17k).
An open letter to my daughter. Byron posts a letter to his daughter explaining what kind of love has for her, and what kind of woman he wants her to become. Behind that letter is a (not so) veiled exhortation to fathers everywhere (23k/10k this year; 40k if you include last year).
7 questions from Christmas haters. There is a segment of evangelicals that refuse to celebrate Christmas. Jesse is not one of them, so he answers some of their common questions concerning the Christmas holiday (112k/64k this year; 128k if you include last year).
And, if you are curious, here is our list from 2011.