• 3 Tips for Those Who Find it Hard to Pray for Others

    In one of the courses I teach, the first part of the class focuses on helping church leaders know more about themselves – that is, the way God made them, gifted them, and how to organize their lives to be more effective as leaders within their respective churches. One of the aspects in Week 1 is to do a spiritual gift inventory. I realize many are skeptical of these inventories and they do have many weaknesses the greatest of which is trying to objectively measure something that is divinely given. However, these assessments can help people to gain a perspective on their ministry and why some things seem to come…

  • Living In Not Of

    Welcome to the new home of the fotonni blog! In the initial post of this blog, I want to briefly share a thought about the general idea of living in, not of, the world, and then explain why doing so is such a challenge. (I hope most posts are not quite this long, but this post is necessary for an overall explanation, so I will share in full, even if it is a little lengthy.) First, we are to live in the world, not of it (in, not of, which backwards spells fotonni) because Jesus prayed for us to do so (see John 17.14-18). But living in this manner is…