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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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    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.