Last week, I posted a screenshot of books I read during 2013. Today, as a means of reviewing the past year, I will take a look at some of the topics and events that prompted me to write over the last twelve months. You may have already read some of these, but if not, the links will take you to each story.
2013 began just as it has for me for the past several years, with a spiritual review of the year by studying the Fruit of the Spirit. I have built upon this idea for the past couple of years, and this past January/February I wrote further on each individual piece of fruit. It has been a great way to begin the new year and I am embarking on this same exercise even now. For a full index of the Fruit of the Spirit, go to Top Posts and review all the entries on this topic.
Better yet, go here and download the complete guide! Yes, 2013 marked the release of the short study, Connected To The Vine, inspired by this topic and your feedback. Thanks to those who have read it, provided feedback, and even used it as a group study guide.
In March, my brother and I took a trip visiting many biblical sites throughout the Mediterranean region. Our journey began at Athens, and continued to Corinth, over to Ephesus in Turkey, then to the Cappadocia region of Turkey, and finally concluded in Istanbul. It was an amazing trip that continues to impact and shape the way I read scripture. I shared just some of my observations from each stop through this space.
2013 had its sad moments as well. Personally, I experienced the loss of a couple of loved ones. Death seemed to be a theme in the late summer/fall. More broadly speaking, two authors whose writings impacted me deeply, also passed. Brennan Manning and Dallas Willard always challenged me and their spiritual insights will be missed. I was fortunate to meet Brennan Manning in person and he was a great example of spiritual strength in brokenness.
I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to post this past fall – primarily due to the previously mentioned loss of loved ones. But I did have a moment sitting in an airport that reminded me how easily relationships can be pushed aside by electronic distractions if we are not careful. We can be so engrossed in our on-line world that we are not present for those actually along our path.
Finally, I completed this interview for my book site, where I share some of the events that led to my writing, as well as provide a glimpse of my upcoming project. God willing, 2014 will see the completion of A Journey Through Ephesus, a project I am very excited about!
Thanks for your support and encouragement; follow this blog to stay up-to-date on my observations and projects, and blessings in 2014!