Happy Birthday to us!

Happy Birthday to us (1)
by Kevin /

It was October 1, 2010, 2:30 in the morning, and our original website was finally live and functional. Three hours later I got on a plane in Washington, DC to fly to Minneapolis for the 2010 Desiring God National Conference. Co-founder Bob Bevington and I were about to debut the company and our first two books. These were Sexual Detox (by our other co-founder, Tim Challies), and Wrestling with an Angel, by Greg Lucas, whom I “happened” to meet in the Minneapolis airport almost immediately upon landing.

The conference theme seemed perfect for launching a publishing company (not that we planned it that way). It was called Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, and featured a truly remarkable group of speakers, including R.C. Sproul, Albert Mohler, Francis Chan, Randy Alcorn, Sam Storms, Kevin DeYoung, Thabiti Anyabwile, J.D. Greear, Justin Taylor, Rick Warren, and John Piper.

Bob had flown in from Ohio the night before. We met at the conference bookstore where our books, already in print, were waiting for us in boxes. We set up our table and tried to spread all two of the titles around to actually fill the table. Then the bookstore opened and the first rush began.

The next few days were, for me, a wonderfully sleep-deprived blur of encouraging conversations, great messages, new connections, and seemingly chance meetings with many friends and acquaintances. We left the conference excited, amazed by God’s grace, and grateful for his mercy, yet more aware than ever of all the work that lay ahead.

Now, 5 years later, we are still around! God has sustained us and is continuing to do so. This coming January, Lord willing, we will have 40 books in print. Bob and Tim and I are all still active with the company, this blog is just starting to get some long-overdue attention (from us, that is), and we are more encouraged than ever about the future.

Please stick around! Looks like the fun is just beginning.

Top Faith-Based Bloggers: Guess Who?

newsmaxby Kevin

Newsmax, in case you weren’t aware, is a conservative news network based in Florida that began in 1998. Last week they posted an article ranking, by their analysis, the top 75 religion bloggers. Our own Tim Challies clocked in at number eight, and Newsmax was kind enough to imply that his role in co-founding Cruciform Press has been one of his crowning achievements. That may open to debate, but who are we to quibble?

Tim ranked behind some impressive people, including Al Mohler and Russell Moore but, perhaps surprisingly, ahead of such luminaries as John Piper, Thom Rainer, Doug Wilson, and Michael Hyatt. Here’s the full article. If you pay attention to faith-based blogs, you’ll probably know lots of other names, too.

One secret of Tim’s success? Long obedience to a sense of calling in a single direction: as of right now he has blogged every single day for 11.89 years.