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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 (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • 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…