Once again, as the old year passes and the new year beckons, it has been my custom to look back at my most popular posts of the year. Some years a theme emerges, and this year the theme is the idea of “transitions.” My two top posts were tributes to two extraordinary elders at their passing. There is also the sermon I preached at the baptism of my grandson in June. Other posts tried to bring some insight from Scripture and Tradition to bear on our broken world.
It is good to remind ourselves that even in tumultuous times like these the quotidian ebb and flow of life persists; there are births and deaths and the markings and celebrations therof.
Half of these posts were devotions I wrote for the United Church of Christ STILLSPEAKING project. I thank my editors for permission to republish them. Two of them were sermons I preached as a guest preacher.
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Here are the top ten posts for 2018 in order of popularity:
Gabriel J. Fackre (1926-2018) A Remembrance
A Eulogy for Rabbi Harold I. Salzmann
“We’re Still Learning.” A Devotion on Mark 10:42-45
“Down to Earth” A Sermon on John 13:1-17
“Small Beginnings” A Baptismal Sermon on Mark 4:30-34
“Unbearable Words” A Sermon on Amos 7:7-15
“We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” A Devotion on Psalm 23:4
“SHARE!” A Devotion on Acts 2:44-45
“Living Water and Leaky Containers” A Devotion on Jeremiah 2:13
“Scorched by Holy Fire!” A Devotion on Jeremiah 20:8b-9
Once again, as in previous years, certain posts have had real staying power over the years. Many of these are sermons that desperate preachers found on search engines.
So here are my 10 all-time most popular posts since I started “When I Survey . . .” way back in 2009, also listed by popularity:
Why did Jesus refer to Herod as “That fox” in Luke 13:32?
Prayer for a Retired Pastor
“Rejoice! Rejoice!” A Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent
“God Gives the Growth:” A Retirement Sermon
“The Lord Will Provide:” A Sermon on Genesis 22
“There is nothing to be afraid of!” A Sermon on Psalm 27:1-2
An Ordination Sermon: The Secret Sauce of Ministry. A Recipe in Two Parts
“God With Us” A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
“Behind Locked Doors” A Sermon on John 20:24
“The Message of the Cross” A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:23-25
(My header picture is the view of the marsh behind my house from my back porch. I change it with the changing seasons. R.L. Floyd, 2018)