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The Best of June

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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 Junes, stretching all the way back to 2004.


From the Garden to the Cross – This was one of those connections I made while studying the book of Genesis and just had to preach and write about it.

I Am Unalarmed – This article generated quite a loud response, as I recall.


Trusting God with what Matters Most – I have thought about this subject often, about coming up against the edge of my faith.

A Parody of Ourselves – Sometimes I think the evangelical world is beyond parody. We Reformed types may be getting close as well.


Don’t Take Your iPod to Church! Parts 1, 1.5, and 2 – I once told people not to take their iPods to church. Apparently no one listened!

Little Evils, Little Sins – I found this a useful illustration in my own life.


Seven Reasons To Study the Church’s Past – Here are seven reasons that we ought to study church history.

God Is With Us – I reflected on an amazing little word.


The Appeal of Roman Catholicism – I wanted to think about why people are drawn to Roman Catholicism.

A Notch in the Belt – In this article I reflected on doing good for the sake of accruing some kind of merit.


Counterfeit Detection Part 1 and Part 2 – This was background to The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment.

Credo – I still enjoy this one, though it feels like there’s almost an arrogance to it.


Becoming Compassionate Truth-Tellers – Here’s yet another time that Al Mohler has sparked my thinking.

Postmodern Morality, Authority and Accountability – I guess the title just about says it all.


Minister of the Word – What does it mean to be a minister of God’s Word?

Dear Neighbor – I must have been having a bad day. It may have been her fault.

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…

  • Moral Vision

    From Washington & Jefferson to Trump & Biden

    The United States has produced more than its fair share of fascinating figures. Over the course of its storied history, it has produced a host of figures who have shaped the nation, the continent, and the world. Many of these have been its presidents and politicians, though others have been its inventors, its business leaders,…

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    A La Carte (February 16)

    A La Carte: What does the Bible say about dealing with divisive people? / How local churches can bridge a widening gender divide / Never preach to one person / Five pictures of the church / Two ways, two ends / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 15)

    A La Carte: This is what courage looks like / An important ministry skill no one talks about / Why you can’t get to heaven through the Mormon faith / Questions a pastor doesn’t want to ask / Christian displays of affection / Help! I don’t enjoy the Old Testament / and more.

  • When Goodbye Is Forever

    When Goodbye Is Forever

    I didn’t know that I would be saying goodbye to my son for the last time. How could I have known? He was only 20 years old, still in the prime of life, still living in as safe a spot as any. There was no reason to assume, no reason to be concerned, no reason…