This isn't that.
But while Pyro is idling for a month, folks are visiting the archives. So I thought I'd suggest some posts you might have missed, that I thought particularly significant. So, out of my 271 posts thus far, I select eighteen for your edification.
There is no significance to the number "eighteen." It just happens to be how many I singled out. I picked 'em, then I counted 'em.
However, the first five are the ones I'd pick (today) as the most important of these. The rest are in no particular order.
- Pastoral marriage counseling: what if? Trying to help folks in troubled marriages is one of the most dangerous, draining activities pastors undertake. The first explosion I endured was in connection with trying to help a married couple in my church. In the end, both savaged me. In this, I posed a question: what if we took an entirely different approach?
- 25 things I've learned was born of some sharply painful experience, and distilled tersely pointed Biblical wisdom on sin's ways and wiles. Learn it now, save yourself (and others) much pain.
- Sister... show mercy! considered the issue of clothing (or its lack) from the perspective, not of modesty, but of Christian love and mercy.
- God, evil and the Cross takes the perennial issue out of the theoretical and the philosophical, and anchors it in history and the Cross.
- The Bible and my decisions contrasts Biblical teaching on decision-making with muzzy modern mysticism.
- When "compassion" is Satanic, I mention simply because it was my first. Hundreds of years from now, future archeologists... will rightly ignore it.
- Dealing with Proverbs, and dealing with faith was a three-parter. It's notable as being my first of many on Proverbs. I was surprised at how little "buzz" it caused. It set out some important factors to consider when interpreting Proverbs, and actually gave an example by forming a proverb as an example.
- Tongues across the water: response to Adrian was a four-part series in which I tried to deal at length with some common Charismatic bypaths, as represented in the questions of an otherwise good brother across the pond.
- In What prayer is and isn't, I took a Bible buzz-saw to some common, traditionalistic notions about prayer. Upset some folks. I managed to muddle on all the same.
- Calling him "Lord" — or, Blacks and women developed a point I've seen made nowhere else, before or since, about 1 Peter 3:6 and the Biblical teaching of submission.
- Four faces: gaining perspective for the new year sought to gain wisdom from considering four people dealing in grace with difficulties most of us can only imagine.
- A word to Christian yoots brought the Word to bear on our younger readers, in a practical way.
- The Amazing Dr. von Cipher's "Conversation" with "God" was a hearty fisking of more Charismatic nonsense and doubletalk, as brought to us all by the line-blurrers at Christianity Astray.
- Why God gave you parents, etc. sought to force young folks to think through God's wisdom in placing Commandment #5 in the foundational and pivotal position as the first horizontal directive.
- Dating: when words and choices clash grew out of my astonishment that so many Christian young people name Jesus as Lord, then yoke their hearts to His enemies. I pointed out the (to be candid) spiritual insanity of this. I also pointed out what a hateful, selfish way it is to use the unbeliever.
- A theological trio from Proverbs, including a two-parter called Substitutionary atonement and Proverbs, and Sovereign grace in Proverbs. I single these out as examples of theological exegesis from a Calvinist perspective; I'm not aware of anything, anywhere, quite like them.
- Another heartfelt two-part post titled The hardest aspect of pastoral ministry took inspiration from a remark of my friend Ligon Duncan at the T4G conference. It deals with that regard in which pastoral ministry is harder than any other fulltime occupation on earth.
- Finally, given the Oprah-ized day in which we live, I think the three-parter on Transparency is worth a mention. Should I disclose myself? Must I? How much is enough, how much is too much?