Be back in February + Top posts of 2013

I'm taking a break from blogging so I can focus on intentionally listening to and learning from culturally-different voices. I'll be back in February -- hopefully both softer and sharper! In the meantime, here are the top posts from 2013:

THE 5 MOST READ POSTS

1. Singled Out: How Churches Can Embrace Unmarried Adults - the Seabiscuit of the group. Such a big issue -- and one that goes largely ignored. I'm glad I was able to contribute to the conversation.

2. Everything I Know About Racism I Learned in the Church - I wrote this while I was in Chengdu last July. It was strange to view the enormous response to this post from afar -- in a country where Christians are unencumbered by Western luxuries...like Christian blogs.

3. 7 Stages of White Identity  - an excellent guest post by my friend Daniel Hill

4. Hello Sexism, Meet Racism: Intersectionality and the Super Bowl Halftime Show - By far the most controversial piece I wrote in 2013. Lots of people loved it. Lots of people hated it. I loved it and still love it.

5. People of Color Blog Too (25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading) - I can't wait to publish the 2014 version. There are so many great POC bloggers out there!

MY 5 FAVORITE POSTS

1. Everything I Know About Reconciliation I Learned in the Church - the second -- and in my opinion, superior -- part to the Everything I Know About Racism I Learned in the Church post.

2. Why Reconciliation Needs Justice - My plea for people to get serious about justice.

3. Privilege Says - I wrote this piece while I was on the elliptical one Sunday afternoon. It seemed effortless -- like the words came just from my soul and not at all from my head.

4. The Art of NOT Protesting - I'm preaching to myself on this one. (I'm preaching to you too.)

5. Hair: A Story of Mattering and Marginality - 15+ years later and this story still gives me goosebumps...and it motivates me go all out to make people in my community feel like they matter too.