From the monthly archives: December 2013

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Top Posts of 2013 — #2: In Praise of Mothers

 

Beginning December 23 and running through January 1, 2014, we will be reposting the Summitview blog’s 10 most popular posts of 2013. (Entries from the “Myths of Summitview” series not included! Batteries sold separately!) So, if you’re into re-reading things you’ve already read, or interested in reading things you have never read before, or are just looking for something to catalyze some year-in-review reverie, this extended countdown is for you. Check out the rest of the top-10 here.

Our second most-popular post in 2013 was written by someone who doesn’t even go to Summitview. Charlie Meyer, brother of John Meyer, gave a teaching to a group of mothers and he allowed us to provision it into a blog post. It is a moving and beautiful ode to mothers everywhere.


In Praise of Mothers: An Offering of Thanks for a Thankless Job | Charlie Meyer

I firmly believe that being a mom is a great and holy calling. But one, unfortunately, that is not highly honored by our society. And I think this is tragic.

Being a mom is what is known as a “thankless job.” By definition, a thankless job is one where a person gives much more than they could possibly be compensated for. Like firefighters, policemen or soldiers, there is an understanding that you could never really pay someone what their sacrifice is worth. And because of that, we recognize that such people have undertaken something truly great and we hold them in high esteem. We feature them in parades and have television specials honoring their work.

But with tragic blindness, our culture does not extend this to moms. We neither honor motherhood nor the women who choose to undertake it. And this is not because our society does not honor women – we definitely do, but we do so for things which require none of the courage, skill and sacrifice of being a mom. We value women greatly for things like youthfulness and beauty or success in the marketplace. But who can recall a woman on the nightly news honored for her devotion and skill in raising her children and managing her home?

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Top Posts of 2013 — #3: Life Begins Here

 

Beginning December 23 and running through January 1, 2014, we will be reposting the Summitview blog’s 10 most popular posts of 2013. (Entries from the “Myths of Summitview” series not included! Batteries sold separately!) So, if you’re into re-reading things you’ve already read, or interested in reading things you have never read before, or are just looking for something to catalyze some year-in-review reverie, this extended countdown is for you. Check out the rest of the top-10 here.

Our third most-popular post from 2013 is a unique one. It is Mitch Majeski’s preview of our “Firstborn” series on the book of Colossians. But it stands on its own as a very worth-while read.


Life Begins Here: A Preview of Our Sermon Series on Colossians | Mitch Majeski

“So, Majeski, we're going to see you in the fall, right?”

So said my son Mac's coach at the end of this summer's tackle football camp. Words like these from a coach to your son have an actual physiological affect on you as a dad. Your chest sticks out a little further. Your gait is a little more confident. You don't need to say a word; everything about your demeanor proudly proclaims, "That's my son."

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Top Posts of 2013 — #4: Marriage Under Pressure

 

Beginning December 23 and running through January 1, 2014, we will be reposting the Summitview blog’s 10 most popular posts of 2013. (Entries from the “Myths of Summitview” series not included! Batteries sold separately!) So, if you’re into re-reading things you’ve already read, or interested in reading things you have never read before, or are just looking for something to catalyze some year-in-review reverie, this extended countdown is for you. Check out the rest of the top-10 here.

At number four in our countdown is John Meyer’s reflection on the culture’s changing attitude toward marriage and how God’s people can live faithfully in this new world.

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Top Posts of 2013 — #5: Michael Jordan is Unforgiven

 

Beginning December 23 and running through January 1, 2014, we will be reposting the Summitview blog’s 10 most popular posts of 2013. (Entries from the “Myths of Summitview” series not included! Batteries sold separately!) So, if you’re into re-reading things you’ve already read, or interested in reading things you have never read before, or are just looking for something to catalyze some year-in-review reverie, this extended countdown is for you. Check out the rest of the top-10 here.

We crack the top-5 of our best-of-2013 countdown with Trevor Sides’ post about Michael Jordan and his quest for significance away from the game of basketball.

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Top Posts of 2013 — #6: Despicable Me

 

Beginning December 23 and running through January 1, 2014, we will be reposting the Summitview blog’s 10 most popular posts of 2013. (Entries from the “Myths of Summitview” series not included! Batteries sold separately!) So, if you’re into re-reading things you’ve already read, or interested in reading things you have never read before, or are just looking for something to catalyze some year-in-review reverie, this extended countdown is for you. Check out the rest of the top-10 here.

Chris Reynolds makes his second appearance in our countdown with his post about the “mutually assured destruction” that comes from playing and creating villains in the church family.


Despicable Me | Chris Reynolds

Close friends at Summitview have more than once referred to me as “cheeky.” I assume that this is a British term that encapsulates all of the best parts of wit, sarcasm, cynicism and humor. But maybe I am being optimistic. At my worst, “cheeky” is a charitable description of my nature. I can be straightforwardly cynical, rebellious and quick-tongued. I have a desire to break from stereotypes and confront people's perception of the way the world works. So often, this is purely sinful.

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