• True Nutrition

    Last week I talked a bit about resolutions. As I mentioned then, one of the main ideas for many people relates to their health. Whether the resolution is about eating better or exercising more, the ultimate goal is health. This series on redeeming the time is, in one sense, a lot about exercise. As Paul wrote to Timothy so many years ago, physical exercise is of some benefit, but training ourselves spiritually is what makes a difference both now and for eternity. Thus, I will be sharing a lot of different thoughts on exercising the spiritual disciplines. But my plans are to do so with the intent of having that…

  • The Bigger Picture

    Each year many people make all kinds of resolutions. Perhaps you made one. Maybe you made several. We are now two weeks into the new year and you may be doing well in keeping your resolutions or maybe you are ready to give up. Your success or failure is not the purpose of this post, but it is important. So, what is the point? Well, many of the resolutions people make relate to health. Physical health, emotional health, spiritual health, etc. So, really a resolution is (for most people) about making ourselves better in some way. In other words, it is about doing more or better for our bodies, our…

  • Redeem the Time

    Welcome to 2021. Are you glad that 2020 is in the rear-view mirror? If so, why? Now, I realize that last line may create a lot of emotion, but the question of WHY is not irrelevant? Sure, COVID disrupted the planet, and more importantly, it disrupted many individual lives in unimaginable ways. Sure, the world saw racial tensions elevate throughout the year and some of those issues led to further protests and calls for reform. Sure, America had a presidential election that had as much contention after the election as it did prior to election day. Sure, the world saw disasters related to fires, as well as weather-related issues all…

  • Reading List – 2021 – 1st Quarter

    My reading list for the first quarter looks a little different this month because of a different need for reading and review. I am in the midst of developing two different courses for classes I will be teaching this spring, and I will be devoting much of my reading time to reading a few new books and reviewing others to prepare the various elements of each course. I do plan to listen to books as I drive to/from campus and am including those books below. I plan to return to a more normal list in the 2nd Quarter and then resume my regular reading schedule (aligned with each of the…

  • Short Reviews – A Review of My Recent Reading List (2020 – 4th Qtr)

    On the right side of this blog, I provide my current reading list. Usually, the reading list (and these short reviews, relate directly to my strategy of which is comprised of the acrostic LEARN.* However, I am currently in the process of “upgrading” my doctorate, and have put my usual reading schedule on hold to focus on the books (and work) related to that process. So, this review is based (mostly) on those books. Please note, this is not a formal review, but I will state if I recommend the read. My goal here is to simply provide a few key insights from each book. *See the recent series on…

  • REPOST – The Year = xxx9

    This is the last repost for 2020. The post, from September 2019, is by far the most read post of 2020. Three times as many people read this post as the second highest post. New posts will return on January 8th, with my book summaries (12/31) and new reading list (1/1) posted on their usual schedules. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you find it helpful, I encourage you to share this site with others. Each of these repostings are in their original, unedited form. — During the past two weeks, this blog has shared a couple of announcements related to a new podcast (Christian…

  • REPOST – Towards a Healthy Church – The Three-Legged Stool

    For the remainder of 2020, I will be reposting the most viewed posts from this past year. This week, is the second most viewed post of 2020. New posts will return on January 8th, with my book summaries (12/31) and new reading list (1/1) posted on their usual schedules. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you find it helpful, I encourage you to share this site with others. The following post was first posted on this in June of 2019. Each of these repostings are in their original, unedited form. — In this week’s post, I want to highlight the three-legged stool. First, let me…

  • REPOST – Being Part of the (Toy) Story, Part 3

    For the remainder of 2020, I will be reposting the most viewed posts from this past year. This week is the third most viewed post of 2020 on our way to the most viewed post of the year. New posts will return on January 8th, with my book summaries (12/31) and new reading list (1/1) posted on their usual schedules. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you find it helpful, I encourage you to share this site with others. The following post was first posted on this in November of 2018. Each of these repostings are in their original, unedited form. — Before reading this…

  • REPOST – Desires vs Pride

    For the remainder of 2020, I will be reposting the most viewed posts from this past year. This week, the post is the 4th most viewed post of 2020 on our way to the most viewed post of the year. New posts will return on January 8th, with my book summaries (12/31) and new reading list (1/1) posted on their usual schedules. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you find it helpful, I encourage you to share this site with others. The following post was first posted on this site October 4th, 2019. Each of these repostings are in their original, unedited form. —- Many…

  • REPOST – 3 Tips for Those Who Find It Hard to Pray for Others

    For the remainder of 2020, I will be reposting the most viewed posts from this past year. This week, we start with the 5th most viewed post of 2020 on our way to the most viewed post of the year. New posts will return on January 8th, with my book summaries (12/31) and new reading list (1/1) posted on their usual schedules. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you find it helpful, I encourage you to share this site with others. The following post was first posted on this site October 26th, 2018. Each of these repostings are in their original, unedited form. —- In…