2011 was a great year for the Veritas blog. We added a lot of content on a lot of topics like movies, music, apologetics, prayer, Bible reading, theology, personal devotion, and more. Here’s a refined list of the best 11 blogs of 2011. If you haven’t read one, check it out, because you know you’re getting the good stuff.
11. Black Swan or Flat Wrong? – As Christians we need to be actively engaged viewers and participants in culture. This blog asked a lot of questions about when to say yes to movies, and when to say no. Along with it, I’d recommend a number of our cultural-review blogs from the last year: Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, Lady Gaga and the Need to Worship, Death, Depression and the End of the World in Melancholia, Thor, and A Thin Red Line.
10. Are Mormons Christians? – Most Mormons would call themselves Christians, so naturally a lot of Christians wonder whether or not they’re right. In the blog we look into what makes someone a Christian, and why Mormons don’t size up.
9. Be Still My Soul – No one can escape the tragedies that come with life. In this blog one of our staff members poignantly reflects of on the recent loss of a loved one, and how Christians can deal with death and grief.
8. Why I Don’t Watch MTV – Sometimes consuming culture requires more work than careful reflection. In the wake of MTV’s flop, Skins, this blog asked about the destructive implications of some cultural output, which we all might want to seriously consider avoiding.
7. Redeeming Our Work – We wrongly divide the world into two categories: good work and bad work. The good stuff is spiritual – pastors and missionaries. The bad stuff is secular – everything else. This three part series shows how that’s a false dichotomy, and God wants to redeem and participate in every kind of work out there.
6. The Gospel and Fashion – Along the same lines, this blog looks at how Christianity interfaces with a supposedly non-Christian field: fashion. In it, we look at the gospel’s implications for fashion, and why good style is a good thing in God’s mind.
5. The Modern Conquest: Alcohol and Sex – Part of the college culture is self-discovery and self-satisfaction. We’re encouraged to have fun, and find happiness in sensual pleasures. In this blog we look at how God satisfies more deeply than either sex or alcohol.
4. Following Christ in Greek Life – As Christians in a fraternity or sorority you face a lot of temptations, but also a lot of incredible opportunities for the gospel. In this blog a former greek staffer gives some practical advice on how to navigate the waters of Greek Life at Mizzou.
3. God Give Me the Blueprint! – One our students reflects on a longing we’ve all experienced: wanting God to come out of the sky and tell us what do with our lives. In it, she looks at what the Bible has to say about our future plans and God’s true will for our lives.
2. Intolerance and Exclusivity – One of the greatest criticisms leveled against Christianity today is its exclusivity. How can Christians possibly think there’s only way to God and heaven? In this blog we look at this criticism and ask whether it’s fair and reasonable.
1. Screwtape Letters for College Students – Emulating the style of C.S. Lewis we took two blogs to look at how we’re all deceived by our flesh and outside enemies, to turning away from God and the church. (Part 2 here).