A Sista’s Journey 2014 in Review

WordPress.com prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog, and I have personalized it for you.

Here’s an excerpt:

This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2014.

Click here to see the complete report.

NATASHA’S PICKS:

Top Blog Post Published in 2014!

Two of the top three blog posts of the year were written by my fabulous guests:

“No Jesus, No Justice” by Andy Crouch

“When Gender Reconciliation Doesn’t Preach” by Suzanne Burden

“Divided by Faith” book review

 

Best Books This Year!

In addition to reading the Bible, I have completed 20 books this year in the following categories:

Justice 7
Ministry to Women 2
Racial Reconciliation 3
Spiritual Formation 2
Leadership 1
Theology 1
Christian Living/Thought 2
Missions 1

In no particular order, these are the top three books I have read this year:

  1. “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are” by Ann Voskamp (Book Review is on the way in 2015)
  1. “Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America” by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith (Book Review provided above)
  1. “Dare Mighty Things: Mapping the Challenges of Leadership for Christian Women” by Halee Gray Scott

 

Some of my favorites that you might have missed this Year:

  1. “Why I Don’t Want my Child to be ‘Colorblind’”
  1. “What I Learn from my Daughter about Heaven and the Theology of Butter”
  1. “The Diaspora of Minorities in White Evangelicalism”

#ChurchTrending: Reconciling Across Generations @Missioalliance

This mini-series affirms that we need a united and reconciled church to faithfully embody what it means to be the people of God in our cultural context. For the church to effectively lead the world, we must first cultivate the health of the whole body of Christ and that includes breaking down the walls of hostility within the body, and calling all of God’s children to love unconditionally and serve humbly. Part I confronted the issue of women and leadership. Part II addressed the racial and ethnic divisions within the church that reinforce cultural incompetence and partiality. Today’s post challenges the misshaping and cultural obsession with youth which directly links to hostility and generational divisions within the church.+

Due to advancements in science and sound health choices, people are living longer. That’s a good thing. I would imagine that the extension of our life expectancy would be a benefit to the church—because older and wiser people would be around longer to disciple, mentor, lead, and guide the next generation of believers according to Titus 2 and the numerous examples that we see in the Bible. Unfortunately, that hope for the church and intergenerational discipleship is not always actualized, because in addition to being segregated over racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic lines, churches are often divided by generations.

Continue reading at Missio Alliance.