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The Best of April

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I’ve been at this blogging thing for quite a long time now—a bit over 9 years. I’ve been at the daily blogging thing for almost as long. This means that I’ve got an extensive backlist of articles from years gone by. I thought it might be fun to pull out some of the articles I wrote in previous Aprils, stretching all the way back to 2004.


I Hate Hell – An article on hating hell but accepting the reality and necessity of it.

Why Christians Should Read in the Mainstream – I wrote about why Christians shouldn’t confine themselves to reading only Christian books. Looking back a year later I can see that I took this to heart!


When God Abandons the Public Schools – Rejoicing in an evidence of God’s common grace when a particularly ugly curriculum was rejected by the public school board.

The Writer’s Life – I enjoyed re-reading these reflections on the writer’s life.


The Quiet Time Performance – This was a reflection on how quiet time or personal devotions can so easily become a kind of performance.

Reveling in Humiliation – This article reflected on what it says about us that we find such joy in television shows that humiliate the participants.


The Hardening – Maybe I had been reading John Owen and taking a page out of his playbook by comparing sin with an awful disease.

Drawing Out the Infection – Here are some thoughts on the value and method of accountability relationships.


Frugality – I remember being surprised at how much heat I took for this article on frugality. I simply sought to show that there is no inherent good in frugality.

Spiritual Counterfeits – This must have been in the run-up to my book on discernment. I was thinking about the nature of evil and whether Satan’s modus operandi is to counterfeit truth.


Training for the Ministry – This article seems a bit ironic in that I have since become a pastor but without seminary training.

Boldness Is Our Birthright – This may not be the best article I’ve ever written, but I can see that it was one of those important ones in my spiritual development.


Blogging and Accountability – Seven years ago I was reflecting on how the accountability structures of the local church can work hand-in-hand with the blogosphere. I don’t know that we’ve gotten a whole lot better at this.

Gray Hair Is a Crown of Glory: Ageism in the Church – This may have been one of the first articles I wrote that was picked up by a magazine.


Tolkien’s Tale of Stewardship – I have revisited this article a couple of times because the metaphor really works well.

Knowledge of God – In retrospect this article seems really kind of amateurish.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.