ICYMI: The Most Popular Articles of 2017

Psalm 105 charges us to “tell of the Lord’s wondrous works,” and the end of December makes for an unusually good time to reflect on what he has done. The psalmist says,

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
     make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
     tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!” (Psalms 105:1–3)

In the last 365 days, by God’s sovereign grace and mercy, 31 million of you came to desiringGod.org for a total of 75 million visits and 130 million page views. In case you missed some of the most popular new resources this year, we have put together a list of the top ten articles and identified the best new video, message, book, and more at the bottom.

As Managing Editor, I saw all new 700 articles before they were live (and several hundred more submissions that we decided not to publish). Of the 1,500 or more articles we wrote or received in 2017, these ten were the most trafficked — all of them were viewed over 160,000 times, and the top new article was viewed a million times. This list is based solely on page views (some of our favorite articles were viewed a lot less), but it is one window into what God has done at desiringGod.org over the last year.


10. Throw Like a Girl: Why Feminism Insults Real Women

Far from liberating women, feminism threatens to remove our potential for true excellence as women.

9. The Dark Side of Small Group

If our churches and small groups leave us feeling like sin is not really that bad, even Satan will try and convince us to go.

8. Precious Clarity on Human Sexuality: Introducing the Nashville Statement

The Nashville Statement is a Christian manifesto concerning issues of human sexuality. It speaks with forthright clarity, biblical conviction, gospel compassion, cultural relevance, and practical helpfulness.

7. Husbands, Lift Up Your Eyes: Letter to a Would-Be Adulterer

Too many men pray for God to simply keep them from giving in to temptation, when he is able to take away even the illicit desire. (This is the first in a multi-author series of open letters to would-be adulterers.)

6. Do You Trust Disney with Your Kids?

We cannot relegate the holy privilege of raising our children to Disney, Pixar, Dora, Sesame Street, or any other mass-media outlet.

5. Marijuana to the Glory of God

As America legalizes the use of marijuana, the question becomes inescapable: Is it permissible for a Christian to use pot for recreational purposes?

4. Marriage Is Not the Mission

To live is not to marry. To live is not to raise children. To live is not to find “the one.” To live is Jesus Christ.

3. 116 Been Real: Lecrae, “White Evangelicalism,” and Hope

John Piper: “What is my main response to Lecrae loosening his ties ‘white’? Thankfulness. And to thankfulness, I would add hope. I feel hope.”

2. One Man’s Dream Destroyed Millions: The Pitiful Legacy of Hugh Hefner

Hefner became very rich by objectifying women and turning them into virtual prostitutes — and millions of souls were destroyed in the process.

1. How to Live Under an Unqualified President

Donald Trump is morally unqualified to be president of the United States. How then shall Christians live under such a leader?


Best Video

Keep Looking: The Life-Changing Secret to Reading the Bible

This simple habit will transform your Bible reading. One reason we see so little is that we simply do not give ourselves long enough to look.


Best Episode of Ask Pastor John

When Worship Lyrics Miss the Mark

Members of our churches learn truth not only from the sermons they hear, but also from the songs they sing. Lyrics on Sunday morning matter.


Best New Message

We Need Each Other: Christian Fellowship as a Means of Perseverance

Christians don’t fly solo. Our faith won’t survive unless brothers and sisters in Christ keep us accountable.


Best Book

Reading the Bible Supernaturally

God wrote a book, and its pages are full of his glory. But we cannot see his beauty on our own, with mere human eyes. In Reading the Bible Supernaturally, John Piper aims to show us how God works through his written word when we pursue the natural act of reading the Bible, so that we experience his sight-giving power — a power that extends beyond the words on the page.


Best Lab

What Are the Five Solas?

In an age of corruption and false teaching, the Protestant Reformers returned to the Scriptures. But are the five pillars of the Reformation — by grace alone, in Christ alone, through faith alone, to the glory of God alone, based on Scripture alone as the final authority — actually found in Scripture?