Top 5 Posts of 2010

We’ve had some fantastic conversations on the blog this year, and record numbers as a result. In fact, I’m pretty sure that we’ve got the most thoughtful, respectful, and diverse comment community on the Web. Thanks so much for being a part of it. I have a feeling next year will be even better!


These were the most read/retweeted/shared posts of 20101:

1. November 4: Letter To a Young Calvinist (From a Young Arminian) 
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope this letter finds you growing in love and chasing after Jesus, brimming with all the questions, ideas, and passions that make young people like us a force to be reckoned with in the Church. I’ve been reading with interest…

2. October 13:  Book #2: A Year of Biblical Womanhood
It is with excitement, trepidation, and just a hint of panic that I announce the theme of my next book—A Year of Biblical Womanhood.  Starting this month, I will commit one year of my life to following all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, from Genesis to Revelation, from the Levitical code to the letters of Paul, there’s no picking and choosing. Well, except for…

3. October 15: The Day I Found Out Martin Luther Hated Jews
So on Saturday I learned that the great Reformer, Martin Luther, was an anti-Semite. And I mean a real, burn-down-their-houses-and-cut-off-their limbs anti-Semite. He called for violence, dismemberment, arson, expulsion, and death, and provided material that would later be used by Nazis to stir up anti-Jewish sentiment among the German people…

4. October 27: Biblical Womanhood and the Jar of Contention
So my big announcement about Book #2 caused quite a stir on Wednesday, and I was absolutely thrilled by the conversation that followed it.  We touched on everything from birth control to selective literalism to the infamous Proverbs 31 Woman to “Christian ninjas”…and we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of this multi-faceted, complicated, and deeply personal topic…

5. December 9: Blessed are the Entitled
Ever witness a kid digress into complete meltdown mode after his parents refused to buy him that new video game?  “But I want it! It’s mine! Give it to me!”  Entitlement can get ugly, especially around Christmastime.And the only thing more embarrassing than watching a little kid throw a fit is watching a grownup throw one….

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Big News!

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Evolving in Monkey Town won an INSPY Award! 

This is quite an honor, especially considering the quality of the other books nominated in the creative nonfiction category.  (Okay, I’m not gonna lie; it feels nice to beat Donald Miller at something.) 

Here’s what the judges had to say:

Evans’ Evolving in Monkey Town chronicles the author’s move from complete acceptance of the faith of her childhood, through a desolate period of questioning, arriving at a renewed conviction about the love of God. Interweaving her own tale with the views of people she meets, Evans juxtaposes all of the voices about God in her life. Evans’ honesty in telling her faith journey impressed us along with how much her love of the Lord imbued the entire narrative. 

Thanks so much to the INSPY Advisory Board and to everyone who helped put Evolving in Monkey Town on their radar. 

You can buy the book here.

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The Winner of the Recipe Contest of Biblical Proportions is…

Terri Nestel’s Entertaining Angels Medallions and Carrots

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We received so many delicious recipes, it was hard to narrow them down. Dishes were judged based on simplicity, taste,  presentation, and creative title. What I loved about this pork dish was how easy it was to make—just one pan—and how nicely the sweet and savory flavors mingled together.  Plus, there’s a good chance that your pantry is already stocked with just about everything  you need to whip this together. (See original rules.)

Dan especially loved it, which surprised me because he’s not usually crazy about sweet sauces over meat. But he’s been asking for it ever since. 

Terri lives in Bettendorf, Iowa. She said she didn’t learn to cook until after she got married and that she had to look up how to make fried eggs in her Betty Cocker cookbook! Her real talent lies in a willingness to try new recipes, tweak, and experiment.

I really enjoyed the fact that this contest gave me the chance to get to know some of you better. It was like inviting you into my kitchen. Now I have a stash of great new recipes in my notebook—from Mount Tabor Turkey Casserole to Jacob’s Birthright Stew to Mary Magdalene's Mucho Marvelous Mexican Casserole! Thanks to everyone who participated! 

Here’s the recipe for Entertaining Angels Medallions and Carrots (see Hebrews 13:2)

1 Pork Tenderloin (about 1 ½ pounds) 
1 bag baby carrots
2 T honey
3 T apple juice
2 t Dijon mustard
1 t soy sauce 
salt and pepper

Cut the tenderloin into slices about 1½-inches thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Heat up a big pan over med/high heat with a little olive oil and/or butter. Cook meat for about five minutes. Flip and cook for five more. Remove meat and keep nearby on a plate. 

Add the carrots and ¼ cup of water. Cook until carrots begin to soften. 

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl. Pour into pan, stir. Add the pork back into pan. 

Let it all cook until the glaze thickens, pork is cooked, and carrots are tender.  Put the pork and carrots onto a platter and pour the glaze over the top. Sprinkle fresh herbs over the top—chives, parsley, basil, etc.  Serve and enjoy!

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So what traditional holiday dishes and desserts are you planning to make this year?

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