A Year of Blogging

Can you believe that Being Filled has been around for over a year now? I’ve had a blast writing and interacting with everyone here, and I hope to continue doing so for as long as I can.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from the past year.

First Post

  • What’s Filling You?
    My first post captured the main theme of this blog then, and I hope to keep that as the primary focus. We allow far too many things in this world to fill us, but what we really need is to continually be being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Most Viewed Posts

  • Should Christian Mothers Eat Their Placentas?
    Unsurprisingly, this was one of my most controversial posts. My goal was simply to dispel legalistic thinking in light of what information the Bible actually gives (and doesn’t give) on the subject. But it seems most people were just grossed out by the thought of it.
  • One Perfect Life by John MacArthur (Initial Book Review)
    For some reason, this initial review actually ended up being quite a bit more popular than the full review I wrote later. I’m not sure I understand why that is, but this is a great resource!
  • Why Don’t I Capitalize Divine Pronouns?
    You may or may not have noticed that I don’t capitalize he or him when referring to God. This post explains why. The popularity for this post is largely due to the fact that Scot McKnight tweeted about it.
  • What Does It Mean to Love One Another?
    I consider this to be one of the most important posts I have written. There is a serious misunderstanding today about what love really means. Yet loving one another is the second greatest command we have been given.
  • Listen to “Christian” Music Discerningly
    This post had an explosion in page views, and I have no idea why. In it, I urged people to carefully examine what they listen to, and I used two songs as examples of careless theology.
  • What Does it Mean to Take God’s Name in Vain?
    In this post, I took a look at the context of the third commandment, and I concluded that it doesn’t primarily refer to saying, “Oh my God.” In fact, the implications for this command are far greater than that.
  • Did Jonah Die in the Belly of the Whale?
    Most Christians believe that Jonah survived for three days in belly of the great fish and was then spit up on dry land. But I think there are a number of reasons to believe that Jonah actually died and that God raised him from the dead.
  • Is the Age of Accountability Biblical?
    This was another one of my more controversial posts. I explained why the answer to this question hinges on the atonement and why I do believe that God saves children who die young.
  • Why I Am Not a Cessationist
    I did a series of five posts on spiritual gifts, focusing on the gift of tongues. This post started the series and was followed by “Why I Am Not a Charismatic” and then three posts examining the gift of tongues in the Bible.
  • The Curious Case of God’s Missing Name
    Have you ever noticed that most English translations leave out God’s name in the Old Testament? They usually replace Yahweh with Lord in all-caps. This post explains why that is the case and why I think Yahweh should be left in the text.

My Favorite Book Reviews

  • Crazy Love
    Crazy Love by Francis Chan is one of my all-time favorite books, so I was thrilled to review the updated and expanded edition. This was a very personal review for me, as I was able to share how the book impacted my life.
  • Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes
    Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien showed me just how much I’m still missing in my interpretation of the Bible. This is a fascinating book, highlighting several major differences in how Easterners and Westerners think.
  • One Perfect Life
    One Perfect Life by John MacArthur compiles the four Gospel accounts into a single flowing narrative, incorporating other portions of Scripture as well as notes from the MacArthur Study Bible. This is the full review, as opposed to the more-viewed initial review listed above.
  • Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)
    Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) by Brian Jones explains how he came around to accepting what he believes the Bible teaches on hell. I actually didn’t care much for the book itself, but I enjoyed doing the review, as it allowed me to bring up some important points about hell and evangelism.
  • Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples
    Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples is Francis Chan’s latest offering, and I enjoyed it almost as much as Crazy Love. It shows how important disciple-making is for believers, how the church has largely failed at it, and how we can start correcting that problem.

Your Favorite (or Least Favorite) Posts?

What about you? What have you most enjoyed from this blog? Or what have you most strongly disagreed with?

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