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The Best of May

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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 Mays, stretching all the way back to 2004.

2011

Letting Herself Go – I guess the fact that there were 277 comments before we shut them down tells you something about this article!

Pursuing Relationship – This article looked at the relational aspect of pursuing God. Looking back, I can see that at times I’ve done well with this and at times not so well.

2010

Ten Great Biographies – This was simply a list of ten of my favorite biographies.

Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie? – I enjoyed putting this one together. Todd Friel used it on his radio show which was probably a more natural place for it.

2009

Soul-Winning Made Easy – If you haven’t ever seen the book Soul-Winning Made Easy, then you need to check out this article.

Ashamed of Shame Itself – This is an article about the death of shame.

2008

Review – Amazon’s Kindle Reading Device – Was it only this long ago that the Kindle exploded onto the scene? Here’s my review of it. It’s hilarious how archaic that first generation Kindle looks.

Sin: What We Do or What We Are? – “The Bible tells us in plain terms that we are not sinners because we sin, but we sin because we are sinners. And I don’t think we can overstate what a fundamental difference this is! We do not need to seek forgiveness merely for the sins we commit, but for our fundamentally evil and rebellious hearts—hearts that, in their natural state, hate God and are fully and completely and gleefully and willingly opposed to Him.”

2007

In May of 2007 I wrote a four-part series on blogging:

  1. Blogging – My Story
  2. Blogging – History and Societal Trends
  3. Blogging – State of the Blogosphere
  4. Blogging – Wrapping It Up

2006

Make the Bible Come Alive – It has always bothered me when I’ve heard people say that something or someone has made the Bible come alive.

Accountability Through Visibility – This article was awfully important to me and has made its way into more than one of my books, talks and sermons.

2005

Pornography Driving Technology – Here are some not-entirely-original thoughts on the relationship between pornography and technology.

First Century Eyes – I have no recollection of this article, but rather enjoyed reading it again. Well, I enjoyed reading the content; I hope I’ve improved as a writer since then, because it’s more than a bit clunky!

2004

Ups & Downs of Blogging – In this article I mention that I had blogged for 202 consecutive days and offered a few reflections. That strikes me as funny.

Appraising Your Treasures – Here’s another of those articles that made its way into one of my books. I hadn’t realized how much my blog served as a kind of minor leagues for books.


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    We Who Are So Ordinary

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    What Is the Best Thing In Life?

    Any time we consider the spiritual disciplines, or means of grace, it is crucial that we remember not only the great purpose of these habits but also the great blessing they represent. We were made to know God and to be known by God. We were made in the image of God to have a…

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