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Happy New Year

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I will probably remember 2015 as the year I was baptised. I had been praying on and off for many years about getting baptised, asking God to show me the right time and place to take this step forward in the Christian faith. A few days before the event I wrote a blog post explaining why I was getting baptised, and I really appreciated the encouragement and support of those of you who responded to this article. The day of my baptism was truly special and I will never forget it.

This blog evolved a lot in 2015. At the start of the year I was going through a period of being critical about Christianity. I responded to various news items dealing with Christian issues, including Stephen Fry on God, Pope Francis on having children, and Richard Dawkins on the absurdity of the crucifixion. All of these posts provoked lively discussion, which was great to see.

As the year went on and I found myself returning to the Christian faith (through Bible study, watching TBN, and attending the church where I was baptised), I posted some articles about writing that has inspired me. A couple of touching poems by Marianne Farningham, and the lyrics to a song called The Lighthouse were my favourite posts in September.

Towards the end of the year I was feeling rather evangelical, and posted several articles which demonstrated my newly revived faith in Jesus. My favourites were By His Stripes We Are Healed (a poem I wrote inspired by the Psalms) and The Importance of Prayer, an article encouraging those readers who were perhaps new to prayer or were struggling in their prayer lives.

Perhaps my most controversial article of the year was on a topic that has caused me much confusion and headaches in recent years. For many people a belief in the devil is at the heart of the way they understand the Christian faith and so my article entitled The Devil Doesn’t Exist provided a real challenge to myself as well as my readers.

In 2015 I continued to review books that I found inspiring and thought-provoking and there are now more than 10 book reviews on the blog. If you’re looking for some reading material for 2016, you can view a full list of my reviews here. Also, if you’re looking for prayers to use there are now more than a dozen articles which feature prayers that I’ve written.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who visited this blog in 2015. It has continued to be a source of great enjoyment discussing theology, philosophy, and mental health with you and I hope we will have some lively debates in 2016.

Happy New Year and may God’s blessing and favour rest over your lives in the coming months.