1. Best Video: Hillsong United at the top of Capitol records.
Gotta watch it till the end. The last 30 seconds are absolute heaven. It’s the perfect blend of raw passion, good sounds and coolness factor.
2. Best Book: Wanted
I kid you not. This book is a hidden gem! Yes, many people have read it, but compared to how many should read it, it’s a hidden gem. Here is the raw story of Chris Hoke. A jail chaplain who gets way too involved with the prisoners and decides to do the true Jesus with the most unwanted people in our society.
It’s like the biography of a potty mouth saint who lives the life we all really want to.
3. Best Podcast: Culture Shock
Will Matthews is the host. He is a Bethel music recording artist, and a super cool dude. He has traveled tons, been around different streams of Christendom and has a great perspective on art, music and other things that matter. This one episode with Jason Upton was particularly good. But honestly, most of the are. A bit of music, good questions and a rounded perspective on God, culture and church.
4. Best Song: No Longer Slaves
Honestly, ask Justin Bieber. According to an interview by Cosmopolitan Magazine, Justin Bieber has “No Longer Slaves” as one of his top 3 songs of the year. I have heard this song a thousand times in the last few months. Churches all over the world are singing it loud.
I’m glad Justin is listening. A whole generation needs this song. We have identified as too many things already: millennials, the future generation, Christians, hipsters, world changers, etc.
It’s time to embrace the ultimate identity: Sons and Daughters of God.
5. Best Album: Brother, The Brilliance
This is truly a masterpiece. Honestly. It might be my favorite album ever. Every song is a journey. Every lyric, a challenge. Somehow, these guys were able to make an album that is Christ centered without being cheese central. It’s like going to an old-school church service with beautiful hymns, that turns into a Charismatic meeting where you feel God’s presence.
6. Best Movie: Captive
Seeing as we’re focused right now between the intersection of faith and culture, I will go with the movie Captive. I know that many Christians went crazy for The War Room, but it was not for me.
Captive is more of a human story with “faith” twist. It’s a Hollywood movie where one of the main character is The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? (The book by pastor Rick Warren). Kate Mara and David Oyelow star in this action, redemption, true-story saga. And it works.
7. Best Documentary: The Dropbox
Oh my, my, my. The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to save newborns. It is a heart-wrenching observation of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets.
Pastor Lee has saved hundreds of babies and adopted the ones that no one else wanted. I was in a downpour from minute five till the very end of the credits.
Read more of what it did to us: http://www.happysonship.com/the-day-she-comes-home
8. Best Twitter: Brian Zahnd
This man will challenge everything you know about God while being 100% committed to the local church. He’s a healthy rebel, and we are in need of his voice.
Brian is the pastor of Word of Life Church. The author of A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save the World, and other books and articles which get quoted more on HappySonship.com than any other source.
Trust me. Follow him on Twitter @
9. Best Article: How God Made Bruce Jenner
Yeah. We went there. Chose one of our own articles as the best one of the year. It’s had more than 1.3 million readers. Hundreds of comments. And an incredible amount of healthy conversation started.
We know of people who went back to Jesus after reading it. Christian families who began the process of reconciliation with their LGBT members. And hopefully many, many more.
“I’m not sure there’s anything worse than causing those whom God loves, to question whether God loves them.”1 Tullian Tchividjian in One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World
Now it’s your turn. Comment below and let me know your choices. What you enjoyed and what you hated. And how your 2015 list looks like today.
The Best In Faith And Culture 2015.