Apparently, the recent craze of magazines or websites producing lists ranking "top" churches/pastors/etc. is undergoing a rising backlash. There have been many online comments and blog postings (besides mine) in recent days concerning this new form of ego masturbation – including this great one by Drew Moser.
From what I can tell, no one…including myself…has a problem with listing great resources (influential pastors, innovative churches, best cleaned toilets in the children’s ministry, etc.). The problem arises when the lists are ranked from best to worst numerically. I just can’t see how a God that emphasized in His Word, "the first shall be last and the last shall be first" can really be all that pleased with this list stupidity!!!