• The Privilege of Prayer

    What if the Bible didn’t exist? Have you ever pondered that question? Theologians talk about the concepts of general revelation (God has revealed Himself in Creation) and special revelation (God has revealed certain characteristics about Himself – like love, righteousness, and mercy – in Scripture). So, if we did not have the Bible, we might know that Jesus existed, but we would likely care much less (would the historians have written enough for us to know what He did, let alone why He did it). And we would know far less about God. But another idea that would probably escape us completely is prayer. We may have wandered around looking…

  • Righteous Living – An Old Testament Perspetive

    What do you think of when you hear the word righteous? That is the question that started the post on 3/26. It fits well today as well. In that post, I said that the idea of “righteous” is more than about something related to the mind, it involves actions. And, I believe, that is part of why Paul wrote that Scripture was profitable for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3.16). I differentiate between teaching and training. Both are similar, but to me, training must include something hands on. Teaching should include application at some point, and that application will include doing something, but training must (at least, in my mind).…

  • A Day Unlike Any Other

    People all over the world are remembering, reflecting, and “celebrating” today. It happens every year, but nothing about the reason for remembering, reflecting, or celebrating was likely to be remembered on the initial day. Sure, a few might have remembered a year later, or even a couple of decades later, but those memories would have been relegated to family and a few close friends. It was a day like many others in the Roman Empire. Criminals faced trial, were found guilty, and were executed. In order to deter other criminals some of those individuals were executed on a cross in plain public view. It was impossible to pass by without…

  • Reading List – 2021 – 2nd Quarter

    My reading list for the 2nd Quarter is quite different once again. Last quarter it was because of a series of new courses as I was developing and teaching for the seminary that I needed to read and/or review. In May, I begin my last course to “upgrade” my doctorate and I will certainly have a lot of reading for that course. However, as of today, I do not have the reading list (although it should be out very soon). Therefore, I am cutting back on my usual reading for Q2, with the intention of ramping back up in Q3, where I intend to get back to the usual pattern…

  • Short Reviews – A Review of My Recent Reading List (2021 – 1st 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 which is comprised of the acrostic LEARN.* However, I am in the process of developing and teaching some new classes (for me) as well as being in the process of “upgrading” my doctorate. Therefore, I continue to put my usual reading schedule on hold to focus on the books (and work) related to that process. And due to my schedule, I have not read as many books this quarter (and probably will not in the second quarter either, but hopefully I will return to…

  • Righteous Living

    What do you think of when you hear the word righteous? Most people begin with the mind, and that is fine, because our mind controls our actions. But we cannot keep the thought confined to our minds because our minds are to control our actions. That is, righteousness might begin in our minds, but it must manifest itself in our actions. As we continue our series on redeeming the time, and specifically at Scripture’s profitability for training in righteousness, we must properly understand righteousness. We may not be able to fully understand it (I can’t!), but that does not excuse us from trying. In last week’s post, I shared about…

  • Focused Training

    I am not one who likes to exercise. I have been very diligent in the distant past, but more recently, I just struggle to exercise. Like many people, I am fully aware that exercise is “good for me” and that it will likely keep me healthy longer, but taking the time to do it is another matter. Most people learn best when they realize the need for their learning. This idea is actually one of the key components of adult learning theory. But the idea is not just true for some kind of formal learning, it is true for most anything we need to do or learn – including exercise!…

  • In Training

    Over the past couple of months, we have been reviewing how the profitability of Scripture can help us redeem the time. 2 Timothy 3.16 says that Scripture is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. We have briefly covered the first three elements, and this week we move to the final portion of training in righteousness. For this week, I will cover that idea generally. Then, next week, I will share a story from Scripture that encompasses that thought. In two weeks, I will share a perspective of righteousness from the Old Testament, before moving to another spiritual discipline for a while as we enter April. Much more…

  • Appealing for Unity

    In the midst of this series on learning to Redeem the Time, we are currently focused on how the spiritual disciplines need to be a part of our understanding to know what and how to do it. Currently, we are looking at how Scripture is profitable towards that end (based upon 2 Timothy 3.16). I have briefly covered the profitability of using Scripture to teach and reprove and today we will talk about correction using Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 1. I touched on Romans 12 last week, but we will jump into the first eight verses momentarily. First, let me remind us that Paul’s primary purpose in writing letters…

  • The Importance of Correction

    For the last couple of weeks, our focus has been on the second aspect of profitability as mentioned by Scripture in 2 Timothy 3.16. That aspect is reproof, which followed teaching. This week we will move to the third element in that list. And that element is correction. This look at 2 Timothy 3.16 is part of a larger series on knowing and applying the Bible to our lives. A proper “intake” of the Bible is important if we are to live effectively for God. And that is the goal of this even larger series called “Redeem the Time” which is based upon Paul’s words in Ephesians 5.16. These four…