So which subjects did our readers find the most interesting and engaging in 2017?

Unsurprisingly, the most frequented blog posts on our site involved stories of people who are real.

And calls to action.

#1 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT RISK IN CANADA

Is Trinity Western University a canary in the coalmine?

Bob Kuhn, president of TWU certainly thinks so. On November 30 and December 1, TWU brought their arguments before the Supreme Court of Canada to defend their right to be a faith-based, accredited law school in Canada.

Kuhn says “the very essence of religious freedom in Canada” is being threatened.

Why I agreed with him.

Read more here.

#2 MY ENCOUNTER WITH GOD: AKIANE KRAMARIK

Akiane Kramarik’s atheist parents were surprised when their three-year-old began to describe dreams and visions from God. This inexplicable direction in their daughter’s life, combined with a remarkable talent in art and poetry, inspired her family to re-examine their own lives.

Read more here.

#3 WIDLENE EARLE: DEAR MR TRUDEAU

Vaden Earle is a patriotic Canadian citizen, a lifetime humanitarian and a loving father. This year he had to hide his twelve year old daughter, Widlene from the police in the Dominican Republic and keep her back from attending school.

Through a perfect storm of unbelievable circumstances, including natural disasters and changes to country laws, every attempt to relocate back to Canada has failed and Widlene Earle has fallen through the proverbial cracks in the system.

Read more here.

#4 27 JUST IN TIME LINES FROM JOANNE GOODWIN

Joanne Goodwin dispenses medicine for your soul. She’s got a double PhD in joy and humor. Women and men across North America attribute their sanity to Joanne.

Her prescriptions have no side effects other than a sore gut from laughing.

She learned their secret the hard way.

Read more here.

#5 A PASTOR’S RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT

Good spiritual communication calls for a response. Practical applications. “How-should-we-then-live” kind of action. Examples set by pastor/leaders. Many remarked on my call to action in a message referring to the #MeToo campaign.

“I’m sure you’re hearing this a lot today but thank you for what you said in your message. I talk to my boys about stepping up and being compassionate in highly politicized subject matters.

As their pastor I just wanted you to know that you echoed that to them today and they heard you. As your friend, I wanted to say that I am proud of you for courageously speaking out in such a thoughtful and insightful way. The world truly needs Jesus.”

Read more here.

APPLICATION: Which one of the most popular posts was your favorite? What stories would you like to read about in 2018? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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