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A couple of weeks ago I came across Bryan Allain’s 7-Link Challenge. He credited Darren Rowse as both his inspiration and the creator of the challenge. I figure I’ve put a lot of time into my blog, and it wouldn’t be all that bad for me to highlight a few posts from the past — especially on a Saturday. So here you go — my own 7-Link Challenge:
1. My first post: paul’s big mistakes
I believe this is one of the most misunderstood texts in the Bible. Paul says he doesn’t do the things he wants to, and he does do the things he doesn’t want to. And Christians have read this for years as if it’s the norm for a life in Christ. It’s not. And what a sad religion we’d have if it were. “Jesus died on the cross, so you could always be disobedient and never have any real control over how you behave and what you do.”
2. The post I enjoyed writing the most: i’ll have the fruits of repentance — no, the sushi
My favorite posts to write are the modern-day retellings of scripture. And this is my favorite one of those up to this point. It comes from Luke 3, and I wouldn’t read it if you love money more than people. [But if that’s the case, you probably should read it… and then you should send me a check, so I can help poor people in Tanzania.]
3. A post which had a great discussion: missionary predicament: hospitality and rest
This was my first post published to “Freshly Pressed.” It speaks a bit to the culture of Tanzania as well as to the life of a missionary / development worker.
4. A post on someone else’s blog that I wish I’d written: The Driven Goatee People Will Inherit the Earth
I’m cheating a little on this one. I probably don’t actually wish I’d written this particular post, but I just want to give credit where credit is due. Brant Hansen (a name eerily similar to Brett Harrison) was using this blog last October and November when I first began reading blogs. And it was Brant who encouraged and inspired me (without knowing) to begin my own blog. And so… I am here. This Brant guy is really funny — I wish he was still doing the Kamp Krusty thing.
5. My most helpful post: church planting: 3-column studies
One of the greatest problems in Christianity today is our lack of obedience. We tend to study the Bible for knowledge — and, frankly, many of us know entirely too much about the Bible to look so little like Christ. This post is my best attempt at teaching how to study the Bible for obedience. If your Bible reading time isn’t what you want it to be, please give this 3-column method a chance.
6. A post with a title I’m proud of: how to be creative (or “one-red-sock” zoe rides an eagle)
To be honest (and arrogant), I like a lot of my posts’ titles. So I “eeny-meeny-miny-moed” this junk. And this is the post that caught a tiger by his toe. If you want to be a more creative person, you should read this. [Actually, it probably won’t help you — better you give up and become an accountant.]
7. A post I wish more people had read: what a father really wants
I wrote this while waiting in Dar es Salaam for Baylor to be born. Not only does it paint a picture of what I want my baby girl to be like when she grows up, but it presents three simple God truths that I’m afraid we adults have somehow forgotten. I want to have faith like a child. Good thing, too, because that’s what Jesus wants for me as well.