2015 In Review

What a year!  Redeeming Culture’s first full calendar year.  We’ve made 67 posts this year; let’s run down some highlights, shall we?

(note: to be considered for this list, the post in question must have been put up on or after January 1, 2015.  For last year’s posts, check out 2014’s review post or the archives!)

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New Fancy Stuff

3D: The Redeeming Culture Podcast
The Redeeming Culture Podcast launched in May with Ryan and David discussing Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Since then, we’ve released one new episode a month about some great (and not so great, and even downright legendary) films.  Even if you haven’t liked them, I think we’ll keep making them because we do.

Our Most Liked Post

Refugees from the City of Light
This past November was quite a kick in the gut.  It just seemed like things kept on getting worse.  And with people desperately trying to escape horrible situations, we felt we had to respond.  People need our help.  We can’t just stand by.  God does not leave that option open to us.

The One We Spent The Most Time On (Tie!)

Awake, Thou That Sleepest
I’d been working on this one for a really long time – months, in fact – before it was finally fit to post.  But I hadn’t been thinking about it for quite as long a time as…
The War on Christmas
That’s right, a post from this past Monday made the recap article.  This one had been in my head for over a year by the time it was finally written and posted.

Our Weirdest Post

Road Trip!
So, wait…heaven is like…being crammed in a car for hours and hours?  No, of course not.  In this post, we examined my own particular view of what heaven will be like, and the adventure of following Christ which begins right now and ends in eternity.  I still chuckle when I think about this one.

Our Best Guest Post

The Author of Suffering
This one is easy, since we only had one guest post this year – but it’s a great one.  Ryan makes his debut on Redeeming Culture with a companion piece to 3D Podcast #4, which was about the Will Ferrell film “Stranger than Fiction.”  Ryan explored the parallels and differences between Harold Crick’s author and the author of a familiar character from the Bible.

The Top Three

Number 3

Inconceivable: God’s Pursuit of The Princess Bride
Some sweet GIFs and witty repartee grace this post, which is a revisit of a post that was already a revisit of the very first time I actually Redeemed Culture in public, almost five years ago (more on that in January!).

Number 2

Flags over Facebook
This summer saw a strangely large number of flag-related news on Facebook.  This article (and its sequel, Flags over Facebook 2: The Blazing Center) delved into the controversy between the Gay Rights flag, the Confederate flag, the Christian flag, and the American flag.  What a crazy July we had.

Number 1

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Church
We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of Mars Hill Church’s final (and tragic) shutdown as a church in Seattle.  We examined the history of the church and its founding pastor, Mark Driscoll, in this article from last January.

 

Thank You

2015 has been quite an eye-opening trip for us, and we’re still just getting started.  More articles, podcasts, and more will be coming in 2016, by the grace of God.  We appreciate each and every one of our readers – this blog is meant to give glory to God, and we appreciate all of you joining us on that mission.

2014 In Review

On September 24, Redeeming Culture officially launched to the world.  Since then, we’ve posted 25 articles on a wide range of different topics.  Let’s take a look back on our year, shall we?

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Our First Post

Iron ManIron Man: The Avengers Disassembled
After reposting several film reviews from Redeeming Culture’s predecessor, Zoettrope, we got started by finishing out the story of Marvel’s Avengers – namely, with Iron Man.  We investigated the world’s problems as well as our own problems, and examined the realities behind solving both.

Our Most Liked Post

2014-12-09 10.53.46An Inadvertent Cult
My son was born on October 18.  The following week, I noted how crazy parenting culture is, and how difficult it is to walk the line between loving your children and overwhelming them.  Sage words, coming from someone who had been a parent for four days and knew everything.  (This is what he looks like now, by the way)

Our Most Shared Post

TPP_animated121,000 Voices
With the release of a new Pokémon game in November, our minds went back to a fascinating social experiment that first appeared on social gaming site Twitch earlier this year.  We looked into some of the things that made Twitch Plays Pokémon really click, including the metanarrative, strange direction, and burning drive to worship.

Our Most Commented Post

mario-smThe Princess in the Other Castle
Our article on Super Mario Bros. investigated our real representative in the Mario universe, our need to be rescued, our status as a monster, and the God who sent His son to save us.  Along the way, a reader noticed why we love achievement and rescuing others in video games.

The Top Three

Number 3

houseHome Rehab Reality Shows
Abigail Hartman knocks it out of the park with an excellent post about the way a complete renovation of a house is beautiful and tearjerking – and how the complete renovation God does on our hearts should leave us speechless.

Number 2

sm-santa_headerRedeeming Santa
He’s making a list, checking it twice…but is Santa Claus naughty or nice?  It might be the most controversial question we tackled this year.  We looked at a number of different ways Santa can be seen (and redeemed) during the Christmas season.

Number 1

numbers-smThe Googolplex and an Infinite God
There’s more to God in math than just praying before a test.  In our most read post of 2014, we looked at the holiness of God and how the fact that it’s hard to wrap our minds around sometimes is actually a good thing, and part of His plan to show us how much different than us He really is.  Complete with a math lesson.

 

Thank You

We write for this site with a goal that God would be glorified, but without our readers we wouldn’t have anyone to show our passion for the story He’s written into our hearts.  Thank you all for joining us on the first few steps of this journey; we hope you’ll stick around and see what He has in store for us to tackle in 2015.  You’re great.