• Pure Profit

    In the 1970s and 1980s, a popular set of commercials were those about the brokerage EF Hutton. Generally, two people were in a crowded room talking about investing, and one would ask the other what their broker says. The response included, “Well, my broker is EF Hutton,…” and at that point everyone in the room stopped what they were doing and tried to listen in. (If you are not familiar with the commercials, here is one clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_ygqPepLjM.) The success behind the commercials is that people wanted to get a tip on their investments. Specifically, they wanted to know what to do to be profitable. Well, the Bible answers the…

  • 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…