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The Best of October

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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 2004.


My Halloween Theory – Last year I shared a theory about the growing popularity of Halloween.

This is a four-part series on the will of God:

  1. How to Know the Will of God
  2. How Does God Speak to Me Today?
  3. God’s Will for Your Life
  4. How Do I Make Decisions That Please God?


How I Got Here, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 – This is a three-part biographical series.

The Heart of Frugality – I needed to think about frugality and this is what I came up with.


Teachers, Watchmen, Gatekeepers – This reflects some of my thinking on the role of parents in the lives of their children.

Applying the Heat – An article about accountability relationships.


The Moral High Ground – Thinking about abortion where the pregnancy was caused by rape.

The Burden of Perverse Assumptions – Lincoln and Speed, Sam and Frodo, and the burden of perverse assumptions.


Halloween – Trick or Retreat? – Apparently I’ve done quite a bit of thinking about Halloween.

Bringing Life to the Living – One of my pet peeves is when people claim that their new book or new program will bring the Bible to life.


The Folly of Solomon – How the wise became foolish.

I Don’t Need a Boyfriend – I had just read a John Eldredge book…


Unity Through Theology – Doctrine divides? It shouldn’t.

The Extraordinary Value of Women – I claimed that no system of religion exalts women higher than biblical Christianity.


Tim – I had forgotten all about the day Aileen hijacked the blog.\

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.