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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.\

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.