Sponsored Posts

For many years now I have relied on advertising to cover the costs associated with hosting and maintaining this site. As the site has grown (there were well over a million visits last month!) I have relied on several different forms of advertising to do this. Almost a year ago I decided I would abandon the model that places a long series of banner ads all over the site and move instead to sponsorships–Christian companies or ministries that will exclusively …

A Whole New Site

There was a time in the history of this site when I would debut a new design every year or two. I was a web designer in those days, and often used the site as a kind of laboratory for new ideas and new methods of programming. But as the site grew and I worked my way out of web design, I gave that up and focused more on the content. But, many years later, I’ve finally moved to a …

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The Book Review Page

This is just a quick note about a section of my site that, if you didn’t already know about it, might come in handy for you. I have recently put quite a lot of work into making it more organized and, therefore, more helpful. I read and review quite a few books, which may well be one of the reasons you visit this site (or one of the reasons you first began to visit). Whether you’re looking for a recent …

A Digital-Free Vacation

The house keys have been passed to our house-sitters, the dog has been sent to a pet penitentiary, and I am on vacation. I have fled the city (and the country, for that) with the wife and kids so we can spend a week with my parents, brother, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and miscellaneous others. We will be braving the Virginia heat and pretty much taking over a state park. While we are away we intend to avoid any kind …

Friends of the Blog 3

In April of 2010 I announced a program called Friends of the Blog. With the costs of maintaining this blog on the rise, Friends of the Blog allowed readers to support the site while receiving tangible benefits. The program worked out very well and for that reason I renewed it for 2011 and again for 2012. And that leads me to announce Friends of the Blog 3. This year builds on what I’ve done in the past two years which …

Top Ten Articles of 2011

This may be one of those articles that is far more interesting to me than to anyone else, so you may need to bear with me. But at the end of the year it is always interesting to me to see which articles gained the most attention in the year that was. There are always a couple of surprises. Here, then, are the top 10 articles from 2011. The Driscolls and Real Marriage – This article was a late-comer, being …

Resources for the 3650 Challenge

Last week I asked if some of you would like to take The 3650 Challenge with me (reading 3650 chapters of the Bible in 2012). I expected that 50 or 100 of you might like to join me. I was more than a little surprised to see well over 800 join up, with more joining every day. This is going to be fun! If you’d like to join us, the best place to go is the Facebook group. To do …

Are You a Friend of the Blog?

Every now and again I like to remind people of one of the programs I offer at this site. It is called Friends of the Blog. Friends of the Blog is primarily a means of supporting this site, but it offers a unique incentive to do so. Friends receive all kinds of great things–books, gift certificates, music, magazines and so on. So here is some of what Friends of the Blog receive: A gift certificate for Westminster Books A gift …

Friends of the Blog 2

In April of 2010 I announced a program called Friends of the Blog. With the costs of maintaining this blog on the rise, Friends of the Blog allowed readers to support the site while receiving tangible benefits. The program worked out very well and for that reason I have renewed it for 2011. And that leads me to announce Friends of the Blog 2. This year is the same but different. It is the same in that Friends of the …

Top Ten Articles of 2010

One day away from the end of 2010, I went looking through the statistics software that runs behind-the-scenes at my web site to see which articles were the most popular. And just for your amusement I thought I’d share them with you. Two observations: first, it was a little surprising to me how many of them were written prior to 2010–so some of the most popular articles were ones I wrote as far back as 2006. And second, it’s notable …