Thanks for a Great Year!

Just did a little check up on this site for the year 2018. This was the first full year of this blog, which is kind-of a rebirth of my old blog, “Instrument Rated Theology.” I have been deeply blessed to have been in conversation with many of you – and I wanted to pass along that I enjoy each and every response, question, or push-back that I get.

My numbers in terms of readers and views for the entire year would probably make for a bad month for some blogs – maybe even a bad day – but for me, I just appreciate every time someone reads my meandering thoughts. As I noted somewhere, sometime, I write mostly just for me, and if  what I say proves to be beneficial for someone else – so much the better. I don’t even mind if someone disagrees (so long as it is done politely), because at the very least I can say that I provoked some thought. And, who knows, maybe you can change my mind – or at least get me to change how I portray something.

So, just for giggles and grins, I thought I would share the top 10 blog posts for the past year on Ascending Lower (as voted by you all, the reading public):

  • The Bible’s Greatest Silence . . . and the Church’s Loudest Cry
  • A Pox on ‘Praise Teams’
  • Rocky Mountain High
  • Praise Teams (Again)
  • Why Are We Divided?
  • Of God and Guns
  • Willow Creek and Human Pride
  • Proposing a New, Really Old, Hermeneutic
  • Disciples and the Lord’s Prayer
  • Mega-Star, Mega-Preachers – a Pox on Your House Too

Okay, so I probably need to stay away for Poxes and Praise Teams in 2019.

My goal is to do more writing on individual texts and theological topics – but invariably some ‘hot-button’ issue comes up and I feel a need to swat at it. I also want to improve my review articles on the books that I read, and I have a doozy for my first review of 2019. I hope I can do the book justice.

Once again, thanks for reading, and a huge thank you to those who have chosen to “follow” this blog. I hope I can repay your kindness by providing thoughtful, if not always agreeable, content.

Let us all resolve to ascend higher by climbing lower this coming year.

Author: Paul Smith

Paul Smith was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He holds the Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry, Master of Biblical Studies and Master of Divinity, all from Abilene Christian University; and the Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Paul's passion is in teaching and preaching the gospel. Beyond the study of the Bible, his main academic interest is in the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is an unashamed mountain-goat, and longs to spend his time with his feet in a cold trout stream.

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