As the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen comes to an end, I wanted to publish a post that both looks back at the year that was and provide some resources for the year ahead.  Below are the top six posts from the past year at From Balaam's Donkey, as well as five book recommendations, and six articles to check out as we approach the new year. Enjoy.

Top Five Posts @ From Balaam's Donkey

1. A Scientist In God's Service: John G. Verkade (from April 11, 2016)

2. Speaking Prophetically Into the Election (from November 7, 2016)

3. That Justice May Roll Down: Christians and Social Catechesis (from July 11, 2016)

4. Persevering in Your Calling: A Fourfold Comfort and Assurance (from September 20, 2016)

5. Transgender: A (Detailed) Review (from October 18, 2016)

6. A Unique Opportunity: Church Planting in University Contexts (from March 2, 2016)

Five Recommended Books

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (James K.A. Smith)

The Complete Stories (Flannery O'Connor)

Talking Points: Transgender (Vaughan Roberts)

Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search For Meaning, Purpose and Faith (Sharon Daloz Parks)

Gospel Culture: Living in God's Kingdom (Joseph Boot)

Six Recommended Articles

Telling Time Differently
Sexuality and the Gospel: My Response to Nicholas Wolterstorff
The Dangers of Echo Chambers On Campus
Separate and Unequal
Cultural Marxism & the Geo-Political Order
Hillsborough: Important Lessons Learned--And Not Just For Liverpool

A Few Quotes For The Road...

"The enduring power of an idea is different from its fleeting expression in any one event."
-Abraham Kuyper

"God the Father has reconciled His created but fallen world through the death of His Son, and renews it into a Kingdom of God by His Spirit."
-Herman Bavinck

"I believe that the time is ripe for contemporary Christians to engage in serious reflection on the shape of our eschatology. This eschatology must be grounded firmly in the entire biblical story, beginning with God's original intent for earthly flourishing and culminating in God's redemptive purpose of restoring earthly life to what it was meant to be--a purpose accomplished through Christ.  We especially need to grapple with the robust ethical implications of this biblical eschatology, exploring how a holistic vision of the future can motivate and ground compassionate yet bold redemptive living in God's world."
-J. Richard Middleton

*Also, check out Dr. R. Scott Clark's great podcast series on baptism, "I Will Be A God To You And To Your Children."  In this series, Dr. Clark presents a robust case built upon history, theology, and Scripture, for a Reformed (covenantal) approach to baptism.