Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 best of...

As I write this in the closing hour of 2015, I can't help but wrestle with the last year.

In short, it has been a year or turbulence.

2015 has been... difficult... but productive.
2015 has been... challenging... but hopeful.
2015 has been... keeping-me-up-all-night-with-worry... but, equally, peacefully reassured.

Over the last 12 months, my most read post - with ten times my usual traffic - was Would a Season of Giving Kid's Talks make Sermons Better? with the second most read article being The Secret Sauce of Small Group Leading.

Without doubt, the most important thing I wrote and, possibly have ever written, was 10 Rules for Making it Though Life.

Other highlights from 2015 were...

The New Numbers that Matter

Do we let the Worst Chapter close the Book?

The 5 Responses to a Question

Do we keep Parents by the Side of the Pool?

The Four Options of Advice

Gnosticism and Sexting


Who Should I be Caught by if I had an AM Account?

Setting the Equation

The Key Question from Elijah

What Someone Who's Messed Up Sexually is Actually Like...

How to Lose me from your Church

Everything isn't First-run

Should we give a F@#k about Swearing?

When can the Relationship hit Refresh?

Balancing Knowing and Experiencing

Can you see the Light?

The Actions of Boys Don't Impress Men

Eulogising 101

Why you need Leaders Beyond their Mid-Twenties

Balancing your Buckets (something I'm still learning...)

Running the Scenarios

The Problem with 50 Shades and Twilight (my third most popular post)

The 5 Problem Areas in Youth Ministry

When a Kid needs the Win

The Person you Sleep with should Tick these Three Boxes

3 Reasons the Younger need the Older with the Different Plumbing


This should give you some things to read since, currently, I'm still required to keep relative silence about the last few months and will need to remain that way for another month or so. 

But 2016 still holds hope and fresh opportunities, providing an avenue to reassess and reconnect, even if it'll look significantly different than 2015...