In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year that were read on The Aquila Report site based on the number of hits. We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run on five lists on consecutive days. Here are numbers 1-10.

Top 50 Stories on The Aquila Report for 2016: 1-10

Numbers 1-10 of the top 50 articles for 2016

In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year that were read on The Aquila Report site based on the number of hits. We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run on five lists on consecutive days. Here are numbers 1-10.

 

In 2016 The Aquila Report (TAR) posted over 3,000 stories. At the end of each year we feature the top 50 stories that were read. The top story this year had over 26,900 hits.

TAR posts about 8 new stories each day, on a variety of subjects – all of which we trust are of interest to our readers. As a web magazine TAR is an aggregator of news and information that we believe will provide articles that will inform the church of current trends and movements within the church and culture.

In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year that were read on The Aquila Report site based on the number of hits. We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run on five lists on consecutive days. Here are numbers 1-10.

  1. How Skipping Church Affects Our Children

Maybe the reason why our children have no love for Christ is due to the fact that we as parents do not show any love or passion for Christ, evidenced by how we prioritize our time both on Sundays and during the week. When television, sports, school, hobbies even family itself are elevated to a place of idolatry and replace the vital Christian responsibilities, then we tell our children that Christ is secondary to all these things.

  1. PCA General Assembly Should Not Approve CMC’s Recommendation to Form A Study Committee on Women Serving in Ministry

Moreover, what is being overlooked by the CMC and AC in this recommendation is that the “biblical basis, theology, history, nature, and authority of ordination,” “the biblical nature and function of the office of deacon,” and “the ordination or commissioning of deacons/deaconesses” have already been studied, explored and settled. Not only has this happened through past General Assemblies, but the PCA’s Constitution is already clear on what the PCA believes is the Scripture’s teaching on these issues.

  1. Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety

When Presbyterians and Baptists and free church evangelicals start attending Ash Wednesday services and observing Lent, one can only conclude that they have either been poorly instructed in the theology or the history of their own traditions, or that they have no theology and history. Or maybe they are simply exhibiting the attitude of the world around: They consume the bits and pieces which catch their attention in any tradition they find appealing, while eschewing the broader structure, demands and discipline which belonging to an historically rooted confessional community requires.

  1. Tullian Tchividjian Out at Willow Creek Presbyterian; Majority of Liberate Network Board Members Quit

Tchividjian’s dismissal appears to be related to new allegations of wrong doing involving another inappropriate relationship prior to the affair which led to his resignation at Coral Ridge.  Also, the woman with whom Tchividjian had an improper relationship has accused him of owing money to her husband and of fooling his counselor while still pursuing her. Although the details are unclear, other new problems have surfaced which have been communicated to members of Liberate’s board.

  1. Why Your Pastor Should Say “No More to Beth Moore”

“Although concerns have been raised through the years, Beth Moore continues to be welcomed into the study groups within local churches where women read her books, study guides, and watch her videos with limited, if any, oversight from the pastoral staff.  Below I’ve documented three main reasons why pastors should fire Beth Moore from the women’s ministry within their local church.”

  1. Teachers Unions Back Bill Allowing Adult Males To Shower With Young Girls In Massachusetts

“The transgender lobbying organization ‘Freedom Massachusetts’ is backed by dozens of insurance companies, law firms, big banks and San Francisco tech companies trying to force their values on all of us,” according to the Massachusetts Family Institute, which is also fighting the bill. But Ryan says the teachers unions’ support calls into question the underlying quality of public schools.

  1. Comparing A Beth Moore & Martyn Lloyd-Jones Teaching On the Same Verse

Because writing a discernment lesson about a false teacher takes so much time, which means I have to spend a lot of time wallowing in her muck, it necessitates a spiritual wash afterwards. I got curious about Moore’s teaching on Ephesians 3:19, which The Hairbrush Story was allegedly about. She focused on the part of the verse which promises the full measure of God (NIV), or the fullness of God (ESV).

  1. Why Evangelicals Should Oppose Donald Trump

I belong to a religious tradition which forbids the Church from speaking officially to political matters, “except by way of humble petition in cases extraordinary.”  In that spirit, as a minister within this tradition, I have never spoken publicly about any ongoing political race.  However, I believe the current successful candidacy of Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for president has now reached the threshold of becoming an extraordinary case which requires a response from thoughtful, conservative Christians.  

  1. What Do You Think?

According to this ruling one has to wonder if a pastor in the PCA would be liable if he reveals an unrepentant attraction to have sex with little children or an attraction to have sex with the wives of other men, as long as they don’t touch. Are such things now permissible in the PCA? This Presbytery seems to have ruled it would be.

  1. And the number one story on The Aquila Report for 2016 with just under 26,900 hits:
    Spurgeon’s, “Of Two Evils, Choose Neither,” Doesn’t Help Us With Trump

Imagine our two families are miles from land in a sinking boat. Suddenly, out of the mist, come two boats to save us. One is captained by an adulterer; the other is captained by a thief. Which boat will you get into?  You say, “Neither one. I’m waiting for the evangelical boat which is captained by a devout Christian who will end abortion.” I say, “You’re kidding, right?” You reply, “Both these guys are reprobates and I’m not going to choose between two evils.”