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The Best of August

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I’ve been at this blogging thing for quite a long time now—it’s coming up on ten 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 months of August, stretching all the way back to 2004.


A Holy Moment – This is a memory I had to deal with at last.

How Big Is the Universe? – As a Christian, you simply can’t ponder the universe without glorying in God.


5 Reasons Books Are Better Than E-Books, 5 Reasons E-Books Are Better Than Books, and concluding thoughts in Books & E-Books, Media & Messages – I look back at this and realize just how quickly our technology is moving us in new directions.

Help Lord—The Devil Wants Me Fat! – It just so happens that I was looking at this book yesterday. For some reason I keep it right beside my desk.


A Faithful Servant – A brief biographical sketch of Reverend Alden.

Counseling Myself – Here I am, after my eleventh wedding anniversary, lecturing myself.


Who Do You Love More? – Here’s a time I made my children cry.

Open Mind, Closed Bible – Sometimes having an “open mind” requires having a closed Bible.


My Best Friend’s Wedding – Another anniversary article. It was fun to read it again.

Wrestling with Evolution – Here I tried to think through some of the implications of evolution.


Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving – This was one of those moments that gave me a glimpse of God’s care for me.

Repaying a Gift – This is still one of my favorite articles of all-time, I think.


Biblical Perspectives on Sex and Autoeroticism, Part 1 and Part 2 – This series was an important stepping stone toward eventually writing Sexual Detox.

Human Predictability – We are an awfully predictable bunch, aren’t we?


What Could Be – Back in 2004 I was taking a sports metaphor to the pews of the church.

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…