The Broad Street Blog is coming up on its 2 year anniversary!

To celebrate, we looked at the stats and found the top 15 most viewed Broad Street Blogs:

15. Christian Billboards

After I saw it, I kept driving and thinking and driving and thinking. And then I started talking to myself. Which teachings of Jesus is the billboard referring to? Love your enemies? Go and sell all that you have and give it to the poor?

14. Why a Google Commercial Made Me Cry

Here we are in a both/and moment. I think God shows up even more sometimes in the both/and moments… when we grieve big and thank hard, God is right there with us. So cheers to the past year and the new year, may we face 2022 with resiliency, hope, and love.

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13. Pronouns: Loving Thy Neighbor

Broad Streeters love language and many of us are grammar nerds. Honoring the pronouns of others may conflict with our long-established grammatical patterns. We may need to think before we speak. It can feel like learning a new language. We’ll all make mistakes! Mistakes are part of learning.

12. 20 Bible Verses on Immigration

If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever.
Jeremiah 7:5-7

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11. 5 Restaurants to Try Before or After Worship

For many Christians in the United States, enjoying a meal at a restaurant before or after worshiping at church is a cherished part of our Sunday routine. Here in the Old Towne East neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, we are blessed to have many delicious local restaurants to choose from.

10. It Is Well With My Soul: The Story Behind The Hymn

It required an enormous amount of faith and trust for Spafford to declare “It Is Well with My Soul” in the midst of such tragic loss. Yet, when we are reminded of the love of God from which nothing can separate us (Romans 8:38-39), we too can be strengthened and comforted.

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9. Good Enough (Parental Advisory Explicit Content)

But there is one more layer to the exercise love-fest; the music. Oh, the music. This is where we get explicit. I love a hip-hop ride. And yes, most of the playlists have explicit warnings.

But hear me out, aren’t these lyrics motivation to see yourself as good enough?

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8. What Can We Do For Ukraine?

The truth is that there isn’t much that we can do as individuals. But when we join with others, that equation shifts a little bit.

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7. Why We Reject Mission Trip Tourism

I love mission trips. I believe mission trips change lives. But in recent decades, the church has had to face the harm of Mission tourism. The larger church has really had to wrestle with the toxic models of global mission and mission trips. Mission trips are facing accountability for the sins of a pattern that was deeply entangled with colonialism, power imbalance, and white supremacy.

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6. Thoughts and Prayers Have Become Blasphemous

Just last year Texas eased gun restrictions, allowing residents to carry a gun without a license or training. The Governor of Texas announced the deaths of the children in Uvalde on the eve of his appearance at the NRA National Convention.

There are gun owners in my family. They are not evil.

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5. Why The Church Needs to Stop Complaining About Sunday Sports (And Other Activities)

If you are not under the age of 26 years old, you really don’t know what our young people feel like and the pressure they face.

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4. 15 Impactful Quotes by Desmond Tutu

Some of these quotes may have made you feel uncomfortable. I would encourage you to take time to reflect, pray, and be curious about them. If you ask me, it’s a great way to honor the life and works of the late Desmond Tutu.

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3. Abortion

Some Christians are calling it an answer to prayer. Others feel grief and provocation and threat. The reality is that we who call ourselves Christian often decide whether abortion should remain legal or not based on our faith.

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2. How We White-Washed Jesus

Depicting Jesus only as white has theological implications. It narrows our understanding of Jesus. When we explore Jesus as black or brown or Asian or Indigenous, we’re saying that Jesus’ incarnation is the way God identifies with all people everywhere.

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1. Are You a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet?

Amidst all of the challenges of these days, I offer you a lighthearted look at how to better understand ourselves and others: the Grand Unified Muppet Theory.

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