• 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…