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The Best of December

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I’ve been at this blogging thing for ten years now and have 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 December, stretching all the way back to 2004.


The Driscolls and Real Marriage – These were some thoughts on Mark Driscoll’s book on marriage.

Money Matters: Do I Have to Give? and How Much Do I Give? – These were two entries in a series on money.


I Looked for Love in Your Eyes – This is such a sad but powerful poem.

A Wikileaks Society – Here I reflected on what a Wikileaks culture might mean for the church.


The Necessity of Long Division – Too often we try to get out of doing the hard work of the Christian life.

A Day-After Christmas Reflection – A reflection on celebrating–or not celebrating–Christmas.


We Shall Be Changed – Every Christmas I try to take in a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

A Great Servant; An Evil Master – We’re always in a power-struggle with our technology.


Delighting in Delight – It is great to delight in the delight of another.

Longing for the Im-mediate – This was important in the run-up to my book on technology.


The “S-Word” – It’s probably not the one you’re thinking of.

Prayer and the Empty Hand – We humans have a problem with grace.


Certainly This Was a Righteous Man! – I’ve always loved the centurion’s statement.

Effectual Worrying – Way back in 2005 I was reflecting on the nature of worry.


Church of the Dropouts, Losers, Sinners, Failures And Fools – One of my favorite Switchfoot songs.

Old Fashioned Christian – I’m just an old-fashioned kind of Christian.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.