Letters to the Editor (Blogging, Preaching, Gossip, Church Services and Godly Moms)

It has been too long since I’ve shared a selection of letters to the editor. Here are a few of the most noteworthy that have come my way recently. They cover blogging, preaching, gossip, and more. Letters on Nobody Respects a Blogger Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for not using the dreaded “Sign up for my newsletter” popup. I consider it one of the scourges of the internet. On every encounter, my reaction …

Ask Me Anything (Parents, Porn-Free Families, Studying the Bible, Worship Services)

Here is another batch of answers to questions I’ve received as part of my Ask Me Anything series. I hope you find them helpful! Would you consider updating the Porn-Free Family Plan? My wife and I have three small children, and this is something we would like to implement early. The principles laid out in the plan are solid, but I’d like to know about any new tools I haven’t heard of. I’m aware of Circle, but I wonder if …

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Ask Me Anything (Abortion, 13 Reasons Why, Local Church, Cartoon Pornography, etc)

I receive questions—lots and lots of questions—as part of the feature I call Ask Me Anything. Here is another attempt to answer a few of them. I had an abortion when I was in college. I have confessed that sin to God and know I have been forgiven. I am now dating and about to be engaged, but have never told my boyfriend about the abortion. Does he need to know? Do I need to confess the sin to him …

Letters to the Editor (Hymnals, Godly Mothers, Mother’s Day Tributes, Church)

Once again, I am glad to share a selection of letters to the editor. All of these have been submitted in response to recent articles. I hope you enjoy them! Letters on and What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals and What We Gained When We Lost Our Hymnals Your article regarding the use of Power Point over the use of traditional hymnals was spot on! Obviously, the feedback and comments have indicated the hymnals portray a special place in …

Ask Me Anything (Visiting Bad Churches, Radical vs Ordinary, Bad Dreams, etc)

I continue to receive a lot of interesting and challenging questions as part of my regular Ask Me Anything feature, and today I’m going to do my best to answer a few of them. These ones concern the purpose of worship services, ordinary versus radical, visiting bad churches, repenting for depraved dreams, and children who die in infancy. Are weekly church services primarily for believers or for non-believers? It is difficult to overstate the importance of this question. The modern …

Letters to the Editor (Hymnals and Tributes to Mom)

I continue to receive Letters to the Editor that cover a variety of subjects. Today, though, I’m narrowing it down to two: what we gained and lost when we moved from hymnals to PowerPoint and tributes to godly moms. Tributes to Moms (based on Will You Write a Mother’s Day Tribute?) There are at least 3 mothers who have had a positive influence on my life; my biological mom who died when I was 9, my foster mom who died when I …

Ask Me Anything (Calvinism, Erotica, Giving, Church Libraries, and Sex Before Marriage)

Ask Me Anything is an opportunity for you to submit questions that are related or unrelated to things I’ve written, and for me to take a shot at answer them. This week’s questions concern Calvinism, a husband who wants his wife to read erotica, pastors who give to their own church, the usefulness of church libraries, and conundrums in dating relationships. Do you believe that God calls everyone? In other words, that He takes the initiative in drawing all people to …

Letters to the Editor (Hymnals, Christian Celebrity, Godly Mothers)

I get letters—lots and lots of letters. And, from time to time, I share some of the best of them. Here are some recent letters to the editor I thought you would enjoy. They concern hymnals, Christian celebrity, and Christian moms. Letters on What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals I thoroughly enjoyed reading your discussion about hymns and hymnals, and even more so, reading the Letters to the Editor section and people’s additional thoughts. Thanks for your wise …

Letters to the Editor: Special Edition on Hymns and Hymnals

Last week I wrote about What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals. In that article I mostly wanted to comment on how changing from one medium to another—in this case, from hymnals to PowerPoint screens—has a great deal of significance. As Marshall McLuhan famously said, “the medium is the message.” Every medium promotes certain ideologies while diminishing others. While hymnals and PowerPoint screens may achieve the same effect of allowing us to sing together in church, their underlying ideologies are different …

Letters to the Editor (Why I Didn’t Sing, Public School Teachers, Suburban Sprawl)

The topics I’ve written about over the past couple of weeks have ranged far and wide. Therefore, so too have the letters to the editor. Here are a selection of highlights. Letters on Why I Didn’t Sing When I Visited Your Church This article assumes congregational singing is the ultimate goal (or that congregational singing is always a good thing). And, for churched people, this is largely true. But a significant majority of unchurched people that are polled say they …