My favorite baseball player of all time is Cal Ripken Jr., whose consistency and excellence ensured he reached 2,632 games played – the Major League Baseball record. It's a record which also ensured his enshrinement in the MLB Hall of Fame.
No award exists for Christian blogging longevity, but I know of no one who has blogged for 3,000 consecutive days – except for Tim Challies. Not only longevity but consistency has marked his contribution to the blogosphere. Like him or dislike him, you must admire his thoughtfulness and his tenacity. No one arrives at 3,000 posts worth posting without both qualities.
Even while posting a blog every day for the past 3,000 days, he managed to write two major books, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Crossway, 2007) and The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion (Zondervan, 2011). He also founded Cruciform Press along with Kevin Meath and Bob Bevington, and became a co-pastor alongside his own trusted pastor, Paul Martin. All this besides being a father and husband.
You may also know Tim founded this very site, Discerning Reader, which is nearing the end of a five-year run. Years ago he asked me, a blogosphere greenhorn, to be Managing Editor, a task I relished until it became clear that the end was near. What you don't know is that he singlehandedly kept Discerning Reader going, underwriting its hosting fees when its only payoff was the trickle from click-throughs to online booksellers. He would never tell you this himself, of course.
I'm also privileged to call Tim a friend. I was never a fanboy; I never had time to become one. Although I'm unable to recall just how our online correspondence began exactly, I thank God for the day he saw fit to connect us. Since then we have traded countless emails across the miles/kilometres and were providentially able to hang out a couple of times in Chicago and in my hometown. Good times, mice and all.
So Tim, if you're reading, thank you for running with the vision of Discerning Reader as an online review site by and for discerning Christians. Thank you for including me in the journey, and here's to thousands more blog posts in your future. The Christian blogosphere is better because you are part of it. Oh, and your books aren't bad either. Four stars each, at least.