Readership jumped another 33% over 2012-2013, but some of the most-read posts stemmed directly from posts related to being in the middle of what I called a “crisis of Christian higher education.” I fear that 2013-2014 saw me focus so often on the intersection of Christianity and education that history and its intersections with my other major themes seemed to take a back seat at times… I hope 2014-2015 brings some more balance in that respect.
And while I reached the 1000 post milestone, it forced me to admit that I couldn’t write lengthy posts on a daily basis — I was burning out, and starting to repeat myself. (Of course, no sooner had I made that pledge than I started blogging near-daily as part of my summer research project. Look for a report on that on Wednesday!) But to help ease the load and introduce some fresh perspectives, I’m glad that 2013-2014 also saw Jared Burkholder come on board every other Friday to help lighten the load (fourteen posts so far) and add valuable insights from an actual religious historian. I also appreciate G.W. Carlson contributing six posts — with a long-gestating tribute to Glen Stassen soon to come, I hope.
As always, thanks for reading and commenting. For the record, here are the twenty-five posts published in 2013-2014 that got the most reads/comments:
- An Open Letter to American Churches: The Crisis of Christian Higher Education
- Why I’m Almost a Lutheran
- How Well Paid Are Christian College Presidents?
- Eighteen Evangelical Colleges Earn a “D” for Finances
- World Vision and Evangelicalism: An Interview with David King
- Baptist Stations of the Cross (G.W. Carlson)
- How Not to Speak for a Generation: Rachel Held Evans on Millennials Leaving the Church
- 10 Blogs by Christian Historians You Should Be Reading
- The Church at the Intersection of Anabaptism and Evangelicalism
- Should Christian Scholars be Watchdogs: An Interview with David Barton Critic Warren Throckmorton
- The Value of the Christian Liberal Arts: A Bethel Alum Speaks
- When I’m a “Functional Atheist”
- “New York-centrism” in Evangelical Cultural Engagement
- A Postscript to My Open Letter on Christian Higher Education
- How Financially Sustainable Are Christian Colleges?
- The Global Reflex: An International Historian Appraises David Swartz’s Moral Minority (part 2)
- The Conclusion of My Interview with David King on World Vision
- On Alcohol Bans at Christian Colleges
- Are Christian Colleges Poor Spiritual Stewards?
- Being an Intellectual in an Emotional Church
- The Challenge of Ranking Christian Colleges
- Bethel, the BGC, and the Decline of Denominational Financial Support for Christian Higher Education
- “The Bible makes it abundantly clear…”
- Announcing a New Issue of The Covenant Quarterly on Pietism
As always, that list is skewed towards posts from the summer and fall, since they’ve had longer to accumulate visits. The five from 2014 that are most likely to climb the list: