The week between Christmas and New Year’s is always a good time to slow down, take a break, and look back on the past year. With that in mind, instead of a Repaso this week, I’ve compiled my ten most popular blog posts from 2012. If it’s of interest to you, great. If not, don’t worry – I’ll be back with the usual weekly roundup next Friday. Happy new year!
10. Not one square inch! (February 6)
My review of Richard Mouw’s biography of Dutch theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper.
9. Is justice enough? (December 3)
In this post I introduce my cover story for Reject Apathy on “the tension that was never supposed to exist” between evangelism and social action.
8. Tomato Justice (May 2)
This post introduces my cover story for PRISM on the lives of tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida – a town infamously dubbed “ground zero for modern-day slavery.”
7. Truth, gentleness, and convicted civility (May 15)
My review of Uncommon Decency, Richard Mouw’s classic book on “convicted civility” – a timely one to consider in a contentious election year.
6. Chris Wright on faith in the marketplace (January 30)
Notes from Chris Wright’s talk in Phoenix on “The Mission of God in the Public Arena.”
5. The debated merits of short-term mission trips (July 3)
A look at the perils and possibilities of short-term mission trips and service projects, drawing on some recent articles and books.
4. Restoring culture with first things first (March 13)
A review of The Next Christians, an important book by Gabe Lyons on how younger Christians are engaging culture.
3. Richard Twiss on following Jesus and being Native (February 14)
My review of One Church, Many Tribes by Richard Twiss, about the importance of Native American believers finding their place within the broader body of Christ without losing their culture
2. Guest post: Ugandan photojournalist responds to Kony 2012 (March 15)
In light of the Kony 2012 brouhaha (that we’ve all by now mostly forgotten), I asked my friend Andy Kristian, a Ugandan photojournalist and social entrepreneur, to weigh in with his thoughts on the film and the movement behind it
1. The Justice Conference, according to my Moleskine (February 28)
I took my journal with me to The Justice Conference, and I took notes. People seemed to like it. Have I mentioned the 2013 conference will be simulcast live in Phoenix?
Repaso is intended as a thought-provoking compilation of news and commentary from the past week related to the intersections of faith, development, justice and peace. As always, I welcome your thoughts on any of the links and ideas in this roundup!
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