Please accept my thanks for reading this blog in 2015. I hope that the posts have been encouraging and edifying to you. Below are the top ten posts that you read in 2015, according to WordPress stats, listed from least to most read.
10. How can they be so remorseless? This post discusses the idea of committing evil without remorse. Since it is a sequel to They Say He Has No Conscience, number 4 below, I suggest reading number 4 first.
9. An Unloved Woman What does Proverbs 30 tells us about a woman who has experienced significant rejection? What is likely to happen if she marries?
8. Do You Believe in Magic? In Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, Paul Offit shines the lamp of research on alternative medicine, its history, promoters, and practitioners. This post provides a review of the book.
7. A Purpose for Marriage: Oneness Marriage was the topic of three of the top ten (7, 6, and 2). (I find it curious that none of the three is the post on God’s foremost purpose for marriage.) These posts all deal with purposes for marriage. Everyone who marries does so for a reason or his or her own, often not realizing that God has purposes for marriage far more important than ours. Our purposes, if they are not in agreement with God’s, lead to problems because we are basically selfish. Living for God’s purposes rather than our own transforms how we handle communication, decision-making, sex, child-rearing, finances, socializing, and relational conflicts.
5. Parenting the Difficult Child This page introduces my book and gives some background on it that is not in the book. The book is being used by parents whose children are often disobedient and oppositional. Additionally, it appeals to adoptive parents and parents whose children behave according to the psychological label Reactive Attachment Disorder. That label is not biblical, and so part of this book contrasts this man-made view with the Word of God and, in doing so, sets the Christian moving into biblical thinking about other psychology-constructed models.
4. They Say He Has No Conscience. This post examines the popular idea that some people lack a conscience. The reasoning for such an idea goes like this. We hear of (or even receive upon ourselves) some extreme evil and that the perpetrator carries no remorse for what he has done. From our perspective, lack of remorse seems unreasonable. Normal people would certainly feel remorse for such acts. Since the perpetrator does not, he must be mentally ill or not even have a conscience. But is this what the Bible teaches? This post is best read with its partner post, How can they be so remorseless?.
3. No Trust, No Love. Really? This post challenges the popular notion that a person cannot love another unless they first trust him or her. It is really one of a series, so I recommend reading the related posts to put it into a broader context.
2. The Secondary Primary Purpose of Marriage: Companionship Marriage was the topic of three of the top ten. These posts all deal with purposes for marriage. Everyone who marries does so for a reason or his or her own, often not realizing that God has purposes for marriage far more important than ours. Our purposes, if they are not in agreement with God’s, lead to problems because we are basically selfish. Knowing God’s purpose helps us to set daily interactions with our spouses into an eternal context. Living for God’s purposes rather than our own transforms how we view our communication, decision-making, sex, child-rearing, finances, socializing, and relational conflicts. Taking God’s view for our own will change our behaviors, which usually results in a more satisfying relationship with one’s spouse.
1. Blood Moons and Signs of the Times As our solar system moved through its regular cycle, it provided us with a series of unusually colored and gorgeous full moons, which have been called blood moons. Seizing the opportunity, false teachers proclaimed these moons as signs of the end of the world. This post was a call for sober-minded discernment. This topic so prevailed in the world’s social currents that in a very short space of days this post received more viewings for the year than other posts which are viewed on just about a daily basis.
I wish you a 2016 full of God’s grace and peace!