Year in Review

December 28, 2007

With the end of the year comes a lot of lists reviewing the important or interesting events of the year. Recently I noted the Associated Baptist Press's list of the top Baptist stories of the year. Today, Ethics Daily reviewed its top stories of the year and named Al Gore the "Baptist of the Year." Gore will speak at next month's Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant.

Recently, the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations offered a list of the top ten quotations of 2007. Topping the list was my favorite: "Don't tase me, bro!" Other ones included the rambling answer by a Miss Teen USA contestant and Senator Larry Craig's claim to have a "wide stance." The New York Times has a piece exploring the new words and phrases that came into use this year. The list includes: astronaut diaper, forever stamp, gorno, truther, and wide stance. It is interesting to see how language evolves.

Come Monday I'll offer my own annual list of the "Worst Christian Mouth of the Year." This will be the third year (see 2006 results here and 2005 results here). In April, this list was reported on by Youthwork, a British magazine for church youth leaders.