Some posts meet our readers in especially powerful or timely ways. We strive to provide God-glorifying, heart-stirring, church-building content every day, but we realize that some prove more memorable than others. With that in mind, here are the 25 most accessed posts from the Desiring God blog in 2012 to remind you of some of our highlights from the last year.
Many were touched by the story of Ian and Larissa. Others happily wandered into Chesterton’s elfland or Tolkien’s shire. Our posts for mothers and about parenting have been as popular as any. Some turned here before the election in deciding whether to vote or not, and how they should pray. More recently, thousands were comforted and strengthened by John Piper’s careful and comforting words in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown.
We hope the posts that have resonated with so many over the last 12 months will bless, encourage, and equip you at the outset of 2013. Thanks to all those who have tuned in and helped spread the message. Pray with us that 2013 might be our most faithful and fruitful year of God-exalting content yet.
1. “Why We Got Married”
Ian and Larissa deeply moved so many of us and taught us about love, marriage, disability, and God. More people viewed their story than any other content on our blog in 2012. Their obstacles are bigger than many of us will ever face. Fortunately, so is the God who keeps them and their covenant. You can also read Piper’s letter about these two, Larissa’s reflections on finding contentment in suffering, and her description of their everyday lives together — all also very popular resources on our site.
This topic struck a massive nerve and met a need. The post speaks to those who have wrestled or failed sexually while engaged in the ministry. The problem is pervasive. The insights, lessons, and counsel shared here may rescue your present or future marriage and ministry.
Russell Moore discusses the dangers of seeking the compulsive and addicting sensations of being a lover or fighter. His is a call for men to make love and war for real and in line with the gospel.
On the evening that three people won more than $200,000,000 from the Mega Millions Lottery, Piper warns about the foolish and corrupt nature of gambling.
5. “How Does Jesus Come to Newtown?”
Just hours after the horrifying and wicked tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Piper points us to the suffering and sympathetic Son of God. A day later, he wrote another post, highlighting what we learn about God and ourselves in the face of such a sinful atrocity. What happened in Newtown is a picture depicting the depravity and need of every soul.
6. “calvinism-doesn-t-put-me-off">The Sovereign God of ‘Elfland’ (Why Chesterton’s Anti-Calvinism Doesn’t Put Me Off)”
Piper talks about one of his favorite books, Orthodoxy, and why Chesterton’s hatred of Calvinism doesn’t keep him from enjoying his book — because Piper’s Calvinism thrives in the world Chesterton sees and writes about.
7. “Don’t Give Up”
Text after text provide precious promises to strengthen us for the moments of despair, temptation, doubt, and fear.
A mother asks herself and others if they are willing to joyfully sacrifice themselves in obedience to Christ and for the sake of their children.
When Jeremy Lin erupted with a surprising tear of points and assists, sending New York into “LinSanity,” we posted portions of his testimony — perhaps an unusual one from a professional athlete. For more, see The Year in Sports at Desiring God.
Jared Wilson writes about the multitude of ways a congregation can undermine the work of a shepherd in the local church.
Piper wrestles with the line in the Apostles Creed that says Christ “descended into hell.”
This year marked a significant point in Piper’s life and ministry as his transition advanced and Bethlehem called her next senior pastor, Jason Meyer. Which raised the question about Piper’s next season. He begins to answer that in a series of posts. See also “Update on John Piper’s Transition” and “My Future at Desiring God.”
Ninety tornadoes in 12 states. Buildings leveled. Towns torn apart. 38 people killed. Was God absent or unaware? Piper pastors the confused and grieving in the midst of massive destruction across the Midwest.
Some of Piper’s most helpful resources have been written for children and teens. Here he helps clarify a difficult doctrine theologically and practically for a young girl (and the rest of us).
Just hours before the opening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, David Mathis prepares you to enjoy the film and experience the power of the gospel through Tolkien’s good story.
After a 17-year-old black boy was shot and killed by a volunteer neighborhood watchman, racial tensions rose across the nation. Piper looks to Scripture to learn how faith-filled love would respond to the tragedy and controversy.
If that describes someone you know and love, Piper encourages you to first model a supreme joy in Jesus and then ask that person about its absence in them. We should love God’s gifts, but not more than the greatest gift, his Son.
18. “I Am Going to Vote”
Many Christians were feeling caught between a rock and a hard place this November, struggling mightily to support either presidential candidate. Piper explains why he would vote and encouraged other believers to do likewise.
A mother of three writes about “the mommy wars” — the constant competition among women in the arena of motherhood. Instead of asking if a woman is “mom enough,” she believes they should be asking if God is “God enough” to give them everything they need to parent well.
An American film about the prophet Muhammad sparked protest throughout the Middle East. This post uncovers a deep difference between Jesus and Muhammad revealed in the response of their followers to mockery.
Read along as Piper counsels a young girl regarding the attitude and discipline with which she should approach God’s word. It may be a valuable resource for you at the beginning of another year, and, perhaps, at the beginning of another reading plan.
22. “What Every Husband Should Know About Stay-at-Home Moms”
Another mother comes alongside husbands to help them love their stay-at-home wives. It begins with understanding the chaos they fight everyday and seeking to identify and empathize with their burden.
23. “Top 12 Books of 2012”
Tony Reinke offered his annual choices for the best books published in the last year.
Piper offers hope for real, lasting change to those struggling with sexual sin, in particular same-sex attraction. For many, it will be a lifelong journey of Spirit-filled growth and transformation.
Reflecting on Don Carson’s book on tolerance, Jonathan Parnell writes, “Views that advocate same-sex marriage are free to exist, but they are wrong.” The post discusses the intersection of tolerance and truth in the midst of the Chick-fil-A controversy.