Best of the Blog, 2022

As hard as it is to believe, 2022 was this blog’s fifth year. Thanks once again to all of you who have joined me here! As I like to do, I thought I’d take some time this week to look at the most popular posts from the past year, along with a few posts that mean a lot to me but which didn’t get as much traction. (For further ‘best of’, see my Best of the Blog, 2019 and 2021, along with my end of 2020 post reflecting on the blog’s first three years.)

2022 Overview

I started 2022 with a series on the nature of Tradition, motivated by my concern with our culture’s current trajectories of rejection of past wisdom on the one hand and reactionary entrenchment on the other. Then, my Lenten series was “Theology from under the Rubble,” looking at historical examples of how Christians have responded to national catastrophes and societal collapse. I had wanted to bring this series to the blog for a long time, so it was a remarkable synchronicity that it rolled out just as global tensions reached their highest peak in decades when Russia invaded Ukraine. (Even more remarkable was that the cap-stone of the series was always going to be the Soviet era, anti-nationalist Russian dissident Fr. Alexander Men, whose warnings about Russian nationalism’s messianic fervor seem all the more prescient now!)

After Easter, my Spring series looked at the history of how Christians have thought about and read the Bible; the goal of this series was to address a dangerous myopia in some parts of the Church and to demonstrate that the Scriptures have always been interpreted in many different ways. In June, I shifted to a series looking at different aspects of vocation within Christianity. Then, this summer I spent a couple months applying my Integral Hermeneutical framework to the Epistle to the Ephesians. It was a rewarding, if long, exercise for me.

Finally, this Fall’s major series was Pathways of Peace, which explored points of contact between Indigenous cultures and Christian faith. After some housekeeping posts, the year ended with an Advent series on the hope-filled oracles of Isaiah.

10 Most Popular Posts from 2022

As always, the most popular posts of the year were all from the back catalog. I’ll get to some of those in a second, but first, here are the most popular new posts from 2022:

  1. Wrestling with Grief and God: Lamentations (from ‘From under the Rubble’)
  2. Allegory and its Limits: Reading the Bible in Alexandria & Antioch (from ‘A Brief History of Biblical Interpretation)
  3. The Paschal Mystery of the Church: Fr. Alexander Men and the End of the Soviet Empire (from ‘From under the Rubble)
  4. The God of Life: A Reflection on Luke 20.27-38
  5. The Game-Changer: A reflection for Easter Sunday, 2022
  6. ‘Nice Things’: A Reflection for Monday of Holy Week, 2022
  7. The Jesus Manifesto: A Reflection on Luke 4.14-21 and 1 Corinthians 12.12-31
  8. This World is Not Our Home: St Augustine and the Sack of Rome (from ‘From under the Rubble’)
  9. A Gift for All: A Reflection for Pentecost 2022
  10. Standing for Shalom: Peace as the Heart of God (From ‘Pathways of Peace’)

In terms of older posts, once again my post on Buddhist nun Pema Chodron’s practice of ‘Feel the Feeling and Drop the Story’ saw the most traffic by far. What was a delightful surprise was that the second most trafficked post of the year was my post on the thought of Verna Dozier, which did not get a lot of views when it was first published. Other popular posts from the backlist were my post on the sacred practices of florilegium and appreciation of beauty and excellence, and about feminine imagery for God in the Bible.

My Favorite 2022 Posts that didn’t make the ‘top 10’

Of course, not all of my favorites posts of the year are the most popular. Here are some of the posts that were particularly close to my heart in 2022:

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