Top 10 Posts on Cataclysmic in 2013

2013 was a good year for Cataclysmic. The biggest development was adding three wonderful new contributors to the blog and as you can see from the following list, they’ve made quite the impact.

The ten most viewed posts from 2013.

  1.  In Which I Disagree with Mark Driscoll (and it has little to do with women)
  2. Jesus is Cruciform, Not Octagonal (A Response to Mark Driscoll)
  3. Interpreting the Violent Imagery in Revelation
  4. Why the Left Behind Series Should be Left Behind
  5. Kenosis, Cruciformity, and Feminism
  6. Have We Ruined The Bible?
  7. Genuine Christmas Theology: Sermon Suicide?
  8. How To: Your First Biblical Studies Conference Paper
  9. Metaphor and The Enlightenment
  10. Paul’s Apocalyptic Imagination: ‘The Martyn School’




Meet Mike…

Mike Skinner is the Lead Pastor of First Colony Christian Church (Sugar Land, TX) and has served in that role for just under 5 years. He also teaches full-time at a local high school, Fort Bend Christian Academy. His class at FBCA is the freshmen Bible course which covers the four Gospels and the book of Revelation. In his free time, Mike is finishing up a master’s degree in Theological Studies at Houston Baptist University. He is particularly interested in hermeneutics, political theology, theological ethics, homiletics, and patristics. Since he is also currently writing his master’s thesis on Cyril of Alexandria, it would be fair to expect some reflections on Cyril’s work and theology. Mike is looking forward to offering some thoughts and interacting with readers on these issues and more.

Follow Mike on Twitter @mike_skinner and listen to his latest sermon from the Resident Aliens series – Don Quixote (Daniel 4).

Introducing New Contributors to Cataclysmic

Over the next several weeks, multiple changes will be coming to Cataclysmic.

The most exciting and immediately noticeable change will be the addition of two new regular contributors to the blog. I am happy to welcome – Jessica Parks and Mike Skinner. I met Jessica and Mike through our connection with Houston Baptist University. I was once a graduate student there and now teach as an adjunct; Jessica and her husband (Jimmy) graduated in May with matching Masters in Biblical Languages; and Mike is currently working on his Master of Theological Studies. Bios will post later in the week, in the mean time you can find out more about Jessica on her current blog Facing the Jabberwock (also @mrsjessparks on Twitter) or Mike at First Colony Christian Church (also @mike_skinner on Twitter). I am looking forward to all they will bring to Cataclysmic.

A second change is that Jessica has agreed to become the administrator for Cataclysmic and she has a green light to make any changes she wants. Thus, I am sure that over the next few months you will begin to see the blog refined. The changes may be slight or substantial, but certain they will be for the better.

Finally, with new contributors you will see content exploring topics that have not been previously considered on the blog. I am excited to see where Jessica and Mike will lead us in this regard. Also, the blog may even become more academic in nature, will see how it plays out, but it will not lose two central components.

  1. First, all three of us love scripture. We regard scripture as a source of authority over our lives, albeit we might describe it differently, and believe the voice of scripture continues to speak to us, in us, and through us. Thus, the blog will not lose it focus on scripture.
  2. Second, each of us values the church. Our scholarship and this blog are meant to edify; in other words, we think and write to serve the church. Therefore, the blog will continue to engage topics important to the church.

I, for one, am very excited about the future of Cataclysmic. Cataclysmic is changing. Welcome change.