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The Top 10 articles of 2019

It’s said that the Internet is causing people to have shorter attention spans. If that’s true, you can’t look to our most popular articles of 2019 for proof, as many are among the longer articles we published.

You’ll quickly notice there are 11 articles on this “Top 10” list, and we want to assure you that’s not a matter of bad math, but interesting statistics. The difference between 10 and 11 is so close, that they are repeatedly swapping spots. So, rather than have to update the list as they swap spots yet again, we’re including both, as 10a and 10b.

Now, what got thousands of folks reading each of these articles? Maybe it was the diversity. One of the fun things about a magazine that writes about all that God is up to is that we get to tackle all that God is up to!

Without further ado, here is our Top 10 countdown for 2019.

10b. Original Sin: Luther’s other life-changing doctrine (15 minutes)

Harma-Mae Smit contributed an article that takes some effort but amply rewards it. We know Luther for his rediscovery of the Doctrine of Justification – that it is not by our works, but by faith in Jesus that we are justified.

But Luther’s understanding of our sinfulness was every bit as important.

10a. Countering Tim Keller’s case for evolution (15 min)

Keller is a much-respected writer because when he gets it right – when he treats God’s Word as authoritative – he gets it really right. But when he gets it wrong, as he does in his treatment of the opening chapters of the Genesis, he gets it really and horribly wrong.

9. A sad tale of a wealthy millennial’s moral confusion (8 min)

E. Calvin Beisner read about a young man who was wealthy and felt guilty about it. Should we feel guilty when we are blessed? Or should we feel gratitude? A series of accompanying questions make this a great one for discussions on socialism, the 10th Commandment, social justice and more.

8. Porn addiction isn’t just a guy thing (8 min)

This article got no attention when it was first posted a year or two ago. But when it was reposted this year, thousands checked it out. Why? Maybe it’s because we now recognize that even as pornography-use remains the sin that Christian men don’t own up to, it is that much the harder for Christian women to look for and get help in this battle.

7. Reformed Harmony: a new tool promotes friendship…and sometimes marriage (10 min)

Sharon Bratcher tells RP readers about this online forum created specifically for Reformed singles. What a great idea!

6. Public doubt: Josh Harris abandons God, and Hillsong’s Marty Sampson struggles (5 min)

It was big news when Josh Harris turned his back on God, and was almost as big when a prominent Christian musician went public with his doubts. So what’s a Christian to do when they have doubts?

5. Should introverts be expected to act like Extroverts? (5 min)

It takes all kinds to make up the Body of Christ. But we are the same Body, and that means that some type of togetherness is a must.

4. #chairchallenge highlights male/female divide (2 min)

The chair challenge is a fun craze circulating the Internet which most women can do, and most men can’t. It’s fun, but it’s also significant, living as we do in an age that denies there are two genders and that even if there are, denies they are different.

3. That morning I listened to Kanye West (8 min)

In December 2018 Kanye West was featured on a song with XXXTentacion singing vulgar lyrics. Less than a year later he released his album Jesus is King and Rev. Wes Bredenhof had a listen…and liked what he heard.

2. Charles Darwin’s grave mistake (12 min)

On the 137th anniversary of Darwin’s death, Christine Farenhorst shared how the Christian world honored him.

1. Cremation: why and why not? (8 min)

In the past cremation has been done as an act of rebellion. But is that what it has to symbolize? Or might this be an area of Christian liberty?


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