Hey – it’s that time of year where the editor of PPP.Info recognizes the efforts of this year’s writers by drawing attention to some of his favorites of their offerings – hoping that they would not go missed in the grand scheme of things. So, without any more babbling (and in alphabetical order):
Brendt: This was a close one – I’m not sure I can choose between the giggles in Where Did This Come From or his (as usual) dead-on recognition of idiosyncrasies and hypocrisy in Whenever You Assume, You Make… So, instead of choosing, I’ll just pick both Also, if you’ve not visited his blog before, be sure to go over there, as he’s got a lot more material there (including an interesting and spot on review of Avatar).
Chris: Not Chris L – Chris P. Not that Chris P – the other one. The one who, this year, introduced us to the music of Ken Silva. That Chris (who has had more flat tires than anyone I know) probably challenges my thinking more than any other writer, and this year was no different. His article Those People! What People? You Know THOSE People is an challenging indictment we all need to consider as we write in the blogosphere.
Christian P: One of our youngest, yet probably most mature, writers is Christian P (brief admission – we rather frequently communicate via IM, and participate in Woot-offs together). His article, entitled You Lie, is a very thoughtful piece on how we often go too far in categorizing items in too inflammatory a manner, particularly “lying” vs. being incorrect.
Eugene: Our newest writer here at .Info, Eugene is also our only non-American. His life in South Africa has given him a diverse set of experiences, which he drew on in many of his articles, my favorite of which was Apartheid in the Body of Christ. He also has a heart for Jesus’ parables, and I thought both of his articles on the subject – the first on the Parable of the Mustard Seed, and the other on the older brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son – were incredibly well thought-out and applicable.
Jerry: [Apologies to Jerry for not having this in the initially published version - I must have copy/pasted over it in the page-editor. Sorry!] I think no other writer here has had more “thoughts of the day” than Jerry (we should probably make our own tag for them!). Perhaps it was a product of a tumultuous year, but (as Rob Bell pointed out in “Drops Like Stars”) sometimes our greatest creativity springs from our own times of suffering. Since we come from a similar church background, I found Jerry’s posts on baptism and grace to be two of the most raw, honest articles I’ve read anywhere this year.
Joe: Mr. Martino, who co-founded this site with me several years ago, is often rather economical with his words. However, one of his more lengthy articles, What if a Muslim Street Preacher Showed Up at Your Vacation, is one that has probably had more reverberations since it’s original posting than any other article this year. I owe Joe a great debt of gratitude for what he – and this blog – have brought me, in terms of my own growth and walk. Thanks, Joe!
Joe C: Our own active-duty soldier/writer, Joe C, became a dad and had a good deal of travel this past year. His incredibly-well researched article on Paul and what it means to be truly relevant, Becoming All Things, is the type of writing I wish all of us could produce every day. He has our prayers for his continued safety.
Neil: One of our most objective writers (and comment-thread peacekeepers), Neil has a special place in his heart for Palestinian believers, and the injustices Western Christians often commit in reflexively siding with the modern State of Israel on any controversial topic. His article on the current state of the Church in America, an Ode to Chicken Little, is one that I greatly appreciated, particularly in its objective view and wisdom (which, ironically, led to ODM’s channeling Carly Simon in assuming that the article was talking about them). An excellent read, it was.
Phil Miller: As writers on this site go, I’d say that Phil’s thought processes and organization are probably most in line with my own – even if we do not always agree. Possibly, it’s because we’re both engineers from the Big Ten, but I suspect it is something more than that. Phil had quite a harrowing experience this year with his wife’s illness (which we are all so thankful that she has recovered from), and we are all blessed to have him writing with us. His Easter Article, Jesus is For Losers, especially resonated with me, and the addition of Steve Taylor (one of my favorite “classic” Christian artists) was just icing on the cake.
Zan: My absolute favorite writer at PPP.Info (sorry guys – she’s a lot cuter than all of you, combined. Plus, she does more to keep me fed, and in line, than any of you.) She’s probably also the most shy of our writers – often talking to me about things she would want to write, but never does. Her Esther study has challenged her walk this year, and her “eye-catching title” post, had some excellent thoughts that deserve a second read.
Commenters: To all of our commenters – even more so than my fellow writers, you encourage us to grow more in the depth and strength of our beliefs, and – speaking for myself – have greatly enhanced my walk in challenging my way of thinking, and in encouraging me in a number of my areas of study. My God bless you all, and bring you a blessed 2010.
Grace and Peace to you,