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The Best of March

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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 Marchs, stretching all the way back to 2004.

2011

The New Evangelical Virtues – My take on what Rob Bell’s book on hell exposed about what passes for virtue in the Evangelical world.

Facebook Makes Us Miserable – This quickly became one of the more popular articles in the history of this site, a fact that kind of took me by surprise.

What I’d Have to Deny to Deny Hell – I guess this also came out of the Rob Bell controversy, as I thought about what it takes for someone to go from affirming to denying what the Bible makes clear.

2010

Read More, Read Better – This has always been hard to apply.

Of Luddites and iPads – I was working on a book about technology in 2010, and I suppose that fact is reflected in quite a few of my blog posts. This was a reflection on Luddism.

2009

Christians and Accountability – Here is a warning about the Evangelical obsession with accountability.

Endless Choice, Endless Discontent – With more choice comes less contentment; that’s the theme of this article. I followed it up with When Technology Outpaces Morality.

2008

Just Stop It! – This is still funny.

2007

Song of the Year – I still enjoy this song.

Testimony Tuesday (For Bloggers) – Here is a post in which I shared how the Lord saved me all those years ago.

2006

Blogging and the Wisdom of Solomon – An oldie but a goodie.

The Study of History – A few reflections on why we, as Christians, ought to study the history of the church.

2005

Seems So Long Ago, Nancy – This was my first crack at writing about my aunt whom Leonard Cohen immortalized in the song “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy.”

Unity at What Cost? – That is always the question we need to ask when pursuing unity–will this unity be true unity or will it exact an unbearably heavy cost from us?

2004

Spiritual Gift Assessments – These are a few thoughts on spiritual gift assessments. 2004 seems like a really, really long time ago now.

Take This Cup Away from Me! – I remember writing this one; it was as much worship as work.


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