Year Two of The Pietist Schoolman

Today marks the end of a second year of blogging here at The Pietist Schoolman. On the whole, it’s been a good year of blogging, and I hope, for you all, a good year of reading. (Seems like something is working: readership is up over 77% vs. 2011-2012.)

Some of the best teaching advice I received early in my career came from my recently retired colleague Kevin Cragg, who often during my first year at Bethel reassured me that he had to teach a class three times to really know what he was doing. That wisdom has been borne out time and again in my career as a teacher, and I suspect it applies to blogging, too. So here’s hoping that Year Three finds me really hitting my stride!

For the record, the most popular posts *published in 2012-2013:

  1. Dakota Internees at Fort Snelling
    Some of the Dakota interned at Fort Snelling after the 1862 conflict – Minnesota Historical Society

    “All have sinned”: The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

  2. Which Country (and Continent) Dominates Each Olympic Sport?
  3. The Spread of Technology since 1900
  4. Paul Wellstone: The Conscience of a Liberal (G.W. Carlson)
  5. Surprise! Evangelical Colleges among the Most Politically Conservative in the Country
  6. Pietism and Civil Discourse (Christian Collins Winn)
  7. 4 Things I’ve Learned Teaching 4th Grade Sunday School
  8. Olympic Records Over Time
  9. “The ones that should go”: One Liberal Protestant Explanation for Mainline Decline
  10. This Day in History: The Rafle du Vel d’Hiv
  11. The Best National Anthems: Special Olympic Edition
  12. March Madness: The Best Christian Book of All Time?
  13. RIP Dallas Willard (1935-2013)
  14. Peace on Earth: Connecting the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vatican II
  15. A Mainline Critique of “Spiritual, but Not Religious”
  16. Reactions to the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II
  17. How Well Paid Are Christian College Faculty?
  18. Close-Minded Christian Colleges?
  19. Students as Scholars
  20. Ottoman Nostalgia
  21. Mussolini’s World’s Fair
  22. Further Reading on Pietism
  23. Clarence Jordan: Celebrating a Conscientious Christian Dissenter (G.W. Carlson)
  24. Philosophy at Evangelical Colleges
  25. Replacing the NFL: A Thought Experiment (with Chris Moore and Sam Mulberry)

*I’m leaving out older posts that have proven evergreen in popularity. But I’d also note that most of the posts that cracked the 2012-2013 Top 25 are from the first half of the blogging year, since they’ve had more time in the archive to gather further visits. Five more recent posts that would likely show up on a 2013 list once the whole year is done:


One thought on “Year Two of The Pietist Schoolman

  1. Congratulations on completing your second year, Chris. Your blog has opened windows to unknown and unexplored people, books and thoughts. Your stated goal at the beginning was to become a better writier and I think you have accomplished this. Write on!

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