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Best of the Blog 2020

 
Michael Page | December 24th 2020

Countless authors have contributed to our blog during what has been a turbulent year. We hope that these articles, exploring issues of gender, racial inequality, contentment, and many more, have been an encouragement to you this year. Enjoy our list of our top 10 most-viewed US blogs of 2020:

1. 6 Ways to Look Godly While Not Growing in Your Faith in 2020

At the start of the year, Carl Laferton gave us another "6 Ways to Look Godly While Not Growing in your Faith", continuing on from his previous posts in 2013 and 2014. He spoke honestly about areas in which he knows he is prone to struggle, and encouraged us to not make the same mistakes as we headed into the start of a new year.

2. Why Are There Fewer Miracles Today?

In this article, Tim Chester, author of Do Miracles Happen Today?, tackled this contentious issue in a careful and balanced way. He showed us that the primary purpose of miracles is to reveal God’s glory and rescue his people. Here's a preview:

"God is still active in his world. He is still a God who is full of compassion. So he does intervene through miracles to provide for his people. But he does so less often now that the primary purpose of miracles has been fulfilled. We certainly don’t need to worry if we’re not seeing many miracles in our lives or our churches. What matters is that we have faith in the resurrection of Jesus, which is the ultimate sign and the promise of eternal life."

3. The Problem With Gender Self Identification

Matt Fuller commented on how our society has become increasingly disorientated on this issue because, when our objective, God-given identity is abandoned, then the issue of what it means to be a human is confused.

4. LET US PRAY: Prayers From Women of Color - Blair Linne

During the height of the racial tension experienced across the globe, we invited women of color to help all of us lift our eyes to the Lord of all and speak to him as our Father about the issue of racial injustice. We shared videos, voice recordings, and written prayers to help guide our prayers into this situation. In this post, Blair Linne, contributor to His Testimonies, My Heritage, recorded a prayer for us.

5. Should We Expect Our Jobs to Make Us Happy?

Work—like many other things in life—is a means of finding happiness. It’s designed by God and is a good thing. It’s a good hook for the right things, but too weak to hold our hopes for total happiness. Barnabas Piper helped us to consider where true contentment can be found.

6. Sex: Christianity’s Unavoidable Problem

Sam Allbery highlighted how there are significant challenges for Christians in discussions about sex. More and more, sexual freedom is regarded as one of the greatest goods in Western society. He then went on to unpack God's good design for sex, and showed us that God cares who we sleep with because sex was his idea, not ours. God cares because misusing sex can cause profound hurt and damage.

7. The Gospel is Not a Good Cop/Bad Cop Routine

In June, Kevin DeYoung talked about God's rescue plan for humanity:

"This righteous servant suffered on our behalf because it was God’s will. This is the very heart of our good news. Because it was the Lord’s will to crush him, and no accident, we can behold the glory of our triune God in planning and procuring our salvation. The Son is not a divine good cop, appeasing a divine bad cop. He and the Father planned it together."

8. Coming Out and Coming to Faith

Rachel Gilson shared with us her personal testimony about how she came to place her trust in Jesus. She shared openly about her heart for writing her book, Born Again This Way, and wanted us to see that Jesus is beautiful, powerful, and worthy, right at the heart of our sexuality. He is not scared or unsettled by anything, and if we are rooted in him, we can be people of power and love and self-control.

9. Not a Tidy Resolution: How the Psalms Help Us Live With the Tension of Life

In this article, author Courtney Reissig took a look at the Psalms, showing how they depict unresolved tension, much like how we experience life today. She pointed out how the Psalms sometimes end without a resolution (like Psalm 77 and 88), or sometimes even with unanswered prayers (like Psalm 42, 43, and 89).

10. LET US PRAY: Prayers From Women of Color - Portia Collins

Here's another blog from our "LET US PRAY" series. In her prayer, Portia Collins reminded us that God is in control of all things, that he isn't blind to injustice, and she asked that we would treat people with dignity and respect, regardless of their race, socioeconomic status, or anything else.

We hope you've enjoyed reading our blog this year. Is there a topic that you'd love us to cover? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Page

Michael is our Digital Marketing Assistant, working on all things video and social media. Before joining the marketing team at TGBC, he spent time at CNN where he contributed to an Emmy award-winning animated series. He attends Cheam Baptist Church.

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