The Best of 2018
Updated: Feb 3, 2020
It's been fun to read people's lists of posts from 2018. Whether it's Challies' top Christian blogs and bloggers of the year or David Brooks' Sidney awards, Part 1 & Part 2, this is a great time of the year to catch up on - or remember - everything that's happened. This has been one crazy year.
Politics has been the overwhelming topic of 2018, and I wonder sometimes, what will be remembered from this era in American history? Which essays, articles, and op-eds will embody the spirit of this moment. If I'm honest, I don't think much of it will survive - reactionary content doesn't age very well. I've come across a few really thoughtful, insightful pieces, and I've tried to stay off the beaten path. Hopefully there are a few new finds for you among this list.
First, David Brooks' article "Donald Trump's Lizard Wisdom" comes as close to summarizing the President's foreign policy as anything I've seen. The Washington Examiner's wrap-up, "What Does It Mean to Be a Conservative in the Age of Trump" is an excellent pulse on the conservative world, including short essays from Larry Arnn, David French, Erick Erickson and others. Tim Keller's post, "How Do Christians Fit Into the Two Party System?" is excellent, even if he doesn't provide any hard and fast solutions.
My favorite genre this year has been culture. There have been some really fantastic and enjoyable reads published in 2018. First, Deborah Savage's essay, "Reflections on the Revolution," in First Things is one of the best things I've ever read on cultivating a distinctly Christian view of sexuality, especially as it pertains to Christian women. "The Preachers of the Great Awokening" by the Winegard brothers at Quillette changed the way I thought about privilege, discussions of race, and virtue signaling. Last, I'm struck by the evolution of our "third spaces" in the last few decades. Where do you go and what do you do when you aren't at work and you aren't at home? "What Cafe's Did For Liberalism" by Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker is as insightful as it is enjoyable. His article on Frederick Douglass was excellent as well.
For fun, check out "All the Ways James Harden Can Make You Foul Him," over at the Ringer, Bruce Handy's profile of Steve Carell at Esquire, and one of my favorite reads in any category this year, "The Steward of Middle Earth," by Hannah Long. If you want to listen instead of read, Doris Kearns Goodwin's interview with Lloyd Blankfein on the Talks at Goldman Sachs podcast was phenomenal.
We've also had a lot of great content on our site this year. Here's a list of the top posts at So We Speak:
Top Posts of 2018:
Top 5 Podcast Episodes of 2018:
Christians and Politics, Tim Keller, and Heroes of the Faith
Grieving and the Gospel, Hope, and Desert Island Books with Lance Ward
Thanks for reading and listening this year!
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Cole Feix is the President of So We Speak and a regular writer. Follow him on Twitter, @cfeix7.