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Top 10 DET Posts of 2017

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It’s that time again, gentle reader, to cast our memory over the past year, assess where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished, and then begin once again moving forward. Part of this process here at DET has long been the compiling of a list of the top 10 blog posts – that is, a list of the posts that most resonated with you, our beloved readers, as indicated by traffic received.

Before moving on to 2017’s lists, some of you might want to revisit the top posts from 2016. I know that I always enjoying seeing which posts hang around these lists year after year, and some certainly do. You might also refresh your memory concerning the DET contributors list.

Now, without further ado, the list: #1 had the most traffic and #10 had the least.

DET 2017 Top 10
Abortion, Authoritarian Self-Deception, Evangelicals, and Trump: a collected Twitter essay from Christopher Stroop - This post, which I borrowed from Stroop after seeing him post the tweets on Twitter one night, has received some of the h…

Evan Hershman's Amazon Review of "Our God Loves Justice" (#OGLJ)

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I'm pretty sure that most of y'all have gotten the memo: my book on Helmut Gollwitzer is out and available for purchase!

W. Travis McMaken, Our God Loves Justice: An Introduction to Helmut Gollwitzer (Fortress, 2017).
A number of folks have been very generous in writing detailed (and highly positive!) reviews of the book on Amazon. You'd be surprised -- at least, I've always been -- at how much this can help sales, which ultimately means reaching people with Gollwitzer's legacy. And that's a good thing.

Anyway, the most recent example of this generous Amazon reviewing comes from Evan Hershman (@erhershman) and since Evan didn't have anywhere else to post his review, he agreed to let me post it for you here. If you want to read the review on Amazon, click here. Perhaps the part of Evan's review that cheers me the most is his last paragraph, where he suggests that the book might have something to say both to Christians who are awakening to more left-leanin…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

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…or, Something to keep you busy over the weekend…

…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.

*taps mic* Is this thing on? *taps mic again*

*stage whisper from Scott in the wings* “Who cares? Just get on with it, already.”

*clears throat*

Welcome to 2018, folks! DET is awakening from its holiday slumber, and we’re looking forward to another great year of blogging! What will that year hold? What exciting new highs or lows with DET achieve? Only time will tell!

One thing I do want to apprise you of, gentle readers, is that Scott and I are a little uncertain about this year. It has become increasingly difficult for us to keep up our usual posting pace as other demands mercilessly encroach upon our time. So, sadly, I must tell you that DET blogging this year is likely to be much more of an ad hoc sort of thing.

But, we’re not dead yet (*chuckles*), so make sure you’re subscribed whether through email or in some other way (like Facebook), follow us on Twitter (WTM / Scott / DET cont…

Looking Back to See Ahead: An Advent Reflection

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Advent is a time for looking back at what God has done, for reliving the experience of God’s people waiting for God’s salvation to come (as it did in the birth of Jesus). But Advent is also a time for looking ahead, for leaning into our own experience of waiting and longing for God’s salvation to come again in our own time. Strangely, we actually look back in order to see ahead. This is because the bright future that God has is store for us, and that we look forward to in hope, has actually broken in right in the middle of history, establishing itself before its time, in a barn one night in Bethlehem. This is the mystery of Christmas.

It is established. God’s salvation has come. We are God’s beloved children now—free from sin and suffering, free for God and for others. In Christ, our world is reconciled to God and at peace. This means that (in spite of what others or even we ourselves might think) our sins and failings do not have the power to define us. It also means that we can neve…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

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…or, Something to keep you busy over the weekend…

…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.

The last link post was actually three weeks ago, for any of you keeping score at home. Since then we’ve had an exciting #Refo500atDET series (links to individual posts below) and not much else. That series was a lot of fun to put together, though, and I hope you enjoyed it. If you have not yet enjoyed it, now’s your chance to catch up!

Those of you who are tuned in to the professional theology / biblical studies / religious studies scene know that I’m posting this quite literally on the eve of the year’s main professional event: #AARSBL17, otherwise known as the 2017 annual national concurrent conference of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. So it’s pretty safe to say that there won’t be many folks reading blogs for the next few days. Also, right after that those of us in the USA have Thanksgiving, then those of us on the academic calendar have finals, t…

Susan Vincent's Amazon Review of "Our God Loves Justice" (#OGLJ)

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So, my book on Helmut Gollwitzer is out!

W. Travis McMaken, Our God Loves Justice: An Introduction to Helmut Gollwitzer (Fortress, 2017).
I've mentioned this once or twice indirectly here at DET, but this is the first time that I've posted about it specifically. But I definitely want to, because I definitely think that you should order the book. And the price-point is definitely reasonable, even if I definitely say so myself, which I definitely do. Definitely.

But rather than continue to type excited gibberish, I want to share with you the Amazon review of OGLJ that Susan Vincent wrote. Susan is a lawyer who does what sounds like very interesting work in community development both in the US and abroad. I've gotten to interact with her some on Twitter (@susanv) and she seems like good people. Plus, she likes my book, so she's definitely good people. Definitely.

The thing that makes this review so meaningful to me is that Susan is someone who spends her life on the fron…

Calvin as Luther’s Disciple: #Refo500atDET

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Not a bad title, I think, but not entirely honest either. You see, I tend to think that Calvin is not only properly understood as Luther’s disciple, but as Luther’s chief disciple. But that’s a whole other claim that I don’t want to get into today, so the title stays as it is.

In case you don’t like that engaging little introduction to the post, here’s another. Free of charge! Best 2-for-1 deal in the theoblogosphere today!

Hang around DET long enough, as long-time readers know, and eventually I’ll write yet another post about Calvin and Luther. I’ve included a little index of those posts at the bottom of this post, for your browsing convenience. Today is a little different, however, because I want to talk about how Spijker (Calvin: A Brief Guide to His Life and Thought [WJK, 2009])—correctly, in my humble opinion—understands Calvin as a student or disciple of Luther.


Understanding Calvin’s character as Luther’s disciple depends on recognizing the deeply soteriological core of Calvi…