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No doubt you’ve seen this ”share ten albums that had a big impact on you” going around social media. I received a nomination on Facebook from an old friend. Rather than spam my social media walls, I decided to post, and share the list here. This list isn’t definitive, but if I was to give a quick answer as to what were my top ten albums, these would feature heavy in that kind of a discussion.

So, here goes:

“Ten of my all time favourite albums. What really made an impact, and is still on my rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same.” I nominate, guitarist, and talented illustrator extraordinaire, Mr. Frank Grau.

1. Guardian – ‘Miracle Mile’, 1993

2. Guns N’ Roses – ‘Use Your Illusion I & II‘, 1991

3. Metallica – ‘Metallica (Black Album)‘, 1991

4. John Denver – ‘An Evening With John Denver (Live), 1975

5. Aerosmith – ‘Get A Grip‘, 1993

6. Led Zepplin – ‘Led Zepplin IV‘, 1971

7. DC Talk, ‘Jesus Freak‘, 1995

8. Barry McGuire, ‘Lighten’ Up‘, 1975

9. Simon & Garfunkel – ‘The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel‘, 1992

10. Third Day – ‘Conspiracy No.5‘, 1997.

*Close winners for tenth place:

* Jon Bon Jovi – ‘Blaze of Glory (Young Guns II)‘, 1990

** Top Gun  – ‘Soundtrack‘, 1985 

*** Steve Joblansky – ‘Transformers’: The Score, 2007

**** Need to Breath – ‘Hard Love‘, 2016

***** Forrest Gump – ‘Forrest Gump Soundtrack’, (especially “Forrest Gump Suite” composed and conducted by Alan Silvestri)

Special mentions:

P.O.D – ‘Satellite‘, 2001

Paul Wilbur – ‘Jerusalem Arise!‘, 1999

Chuck Berry – ‘The Blues Collection’, 1993.


Thanks for the nomination.

It was fun thinking it through.

Top Twenty Posts 2015

Last year was huge. Part turmoil. Part grief. Part adventure.

It was my third year in the blogging world and my second year as a full-time homeschool dad; directing, teaching and ministering to my kids, leading them to where God has led me. Helping them to see their own call. Enabling them to step up and out, to encounter the One who chooses to walk with us and longs for us to respond in kind.

The year also brought grief. The death of my father, not long after the death of another valued family member, meant that the long-held hope of a healthier relationship, an apology or acknowledgement of wrongs, was no longer a possibility. This said, the eight-hour road trip to visit him, his coherence and words on that day are things to be thankful for.

Still, the subtle sadness lingers. C.S Lewis wrote, ‘grief is a process, not a state of mind. We all experience it differently.’ (A Grief Observed)  I’m learning to agree with him. My own grief comes in waves. It overshadows the day, like skies that are drenched in clouds, but the land remains untouched by rain. The promise of it lingers, but disappears before it can deliver.

I don’t write this blog for a living, so I have no real need to “obsess” over stats. However, the retailer manager in me does find them interesting and encouraging to note. In all, there were 42 articles less than 2014 and 77 less than 2013. This had no overall significant impact on visits or views.

The top twenty posts for 2015 are:

1. Of Relative Importance: C.S Lewis, David Low, Cartoons & Blimpophobia

2. Review: Prayer, Karl Barth

3. The Light In My Darkness

4. Bonhoeffer’s Discourse On Pride, Identity, Lust & Christian Discipleship

5. The Rise of The Technocrat & The Growing Impossibility of Persuasion

6. Review: ‘The Reason’, Lacey Sturm

7. Karl Barth: God Is The One Who Loves In Freedom

8. Five Two

9. You Don’t Have To Be A Progressive, To Be For Progress

10. Viewing Christianity As An Ethic Of Universal Niceness Misses The Point

11. Lifeschooling

12. Review: Peter Harrison’s, The Territories of Science & Religion

13. Navigating Hostility: Homeschooling In The Face Of Direct Opposition

14. The Young Messiah & Risen, 2016

15. George Orwell & Karl Barth: On The Irruption Of a Third Reich Of Madness

16. Homeschooling In High Definition

17. The Denial of Christ Is More About Prejudiced Conclusions, Than Facts

18. With Fallen, Stryper Continue To Raise The Standard

19. Elshtain’s Criticism Of “The Left’s” Totalitarian Claim On Thought & The Academy.

Looking back over my posts for this year, I’m content with the work.I’m particularly excited about sharing my journey through Barth’s Dogmatics, homeschooling, theology, politics, and creating some of my art, and music.

From the music category, two works I’m grateful to have had the time to create this year are God, Do you speak morse? and Sagacity:

My hope is that this project, now entering its fourth year, will continue to be a blessing, challenge and uplift.

Thanks for reading in 2015. All the best to you and yours for 2016.

May it be to the glory of God.

– Rod.


 

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Year in Review: Top Twenty Posts of 2014