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Here is the list of our top ten posts of 2013, as measured by WordPress’ stats for views. A quick note for other bloggers: WordPress, Google, and SiteMeter all measure views somewhat differently. I’m going with the WordPress stats for total views, and the Google stats for unique views. In other words, the first number is how many times the post was viewed, and the second number is how many unique IP addresses viewed it.
Shoowing away the legalism boogeyman. Eric Davis exposes five ways that a fear of legalism actually hinders Christian growth (11k/6k).
Why we sing “I have Decided to Follow Jesus.” A look at the amazing international story behind this hymn. The words are from an Indian man martyred for following the teaching of a Welsh missionary. They were set to music by an Indian evangelist and the song was then taken by a Canadian and made popular in the US (12k/8k).
Five signs of spiritual maturity. Clint gives five symptoms of being spiritually mature. Not only is this list helpful in examining yourself, but it goes beyond the basics of “likes reading the Bible” and gets into the motives that mark maturity (13k/8k).
Five differences between Catholic theology and the gospel. Here is a short summary of the five most significant areas where the teaching of Roman Catholicism is at odds with the gospel of grace (15k/9k).
Is it true that Jesus never addressed homosexuality? In this year of same-sex “marriage,” Mike answers one of the most common misconceptions about this issue by showing how it is rooted in a really poor understanding of the Bible (16k/13k).
Seven reasons for the death of Sunday night worship services. Jesse did a survey of dozens of churches who used to have Sunday evening worship services, and found out why they dropped them. The answers may surprise you (18k/12k).
Three must have Bible apps. A brief description of the three most popular Bible apps for smart phones or tablets (18k/10k).
An open letter to my daughter. Byron Yawn wrote this letter to his daughter explaining what kind of love he has for her, and what kind of woman he wants her to become. Written in 2011, this has remained one of our blog’s most popular posts through the last few years (18k views this year, and in the last three years 49k unique views) .
A friendly reminder: the Pope is (probably) the anti-Christ. An historical look at how Protestant denominations have long held that whoever is the Pope at the moment, that person should be identified as the anti-Christ. While this was posted before Francis was named to the seat ostensibly of Peter, in the wake of his increased popularity is bears reading again (this year 27k/16k).
Farewell, NIV. A FAQ page to explain why so many churches and ministries dropped the NIV this year (37k/23k).
If you are curious, here is our list from 2012 and again from 2011.