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The Best of November

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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 October, stretching all the way back to 2003.


Christians and Alcohol – Because discussing alcohol never generates any controversy or strong opinions, right?

Three-part series, Finding Joy, Finding Hope, I Can Only Imagine, and The Crushing Weight of Glory


This Is Your Moment! – I felt that this was an important word about being slow to interpret providence.

7 Weird Things I’ve Written – I’ve written a few weird things over the years. Seven, at least.


The Late Merger and its follow-up, The Right Way to Merge – I still remember getting an email from someone lambasting me for wasting his time with the first of these posts.

The Ultimate Christian Novel – Still a favorite, despite a couple of incorrect facts about the Amish (and probably about vampires as well).


Darwin on the Right – I was taking issue with Darwinism. Again.

Overlooking an Offense – How do you determine when to pursue someone who has sinned against you and when do you choose to overlook their offense?


It Was My Sin That Held Him There – A reflection on the cross.

Blood on the Book – I’ve always loved this metaphor.


Poetry – I have a recurring love for poetry, but I’m a terrible poet.

Plagiarism in the Pulpit – Here is an issue that just doesn’t go away.


A Theology of Profanity – I think I’ve written about this a few times. This was my first go at it.

Miracles and the Peculiarities of Human Psychology – Here are some reflections on the psychology of miracles.


Decisional Regeneration – This hardly seems like an original thought, but it was important to me back then.

The Listener’s Responsibility – The same is true of this–not exactly original, but still an important part of my personal development.


The Myth of Mother Teresa – Where it all began.

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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.