• Communicating With God, Part 1

    As the focus right now is on redeeming the time, Andy is taking a short break from new content. The posts for April 30th, May 7th, and May 14th, will be reposts of articles about prayer originally posted in August 2019. Why is it, in a time when we cannot escape communication, we find it more difficult than ever to communicate with God? Well, the answer cannot be because we do not know how to communicate. Communication is everywhere. The light on our phone is constantly blinking which is a message from our phone to us that we have some message or action that needs to be addressed. Messages come…

  • Blinking, Buzzing, & God

    Imagine your phone making a noise and the light beginning to blink. The truth is that you may not have to imagine very hard. That may have happened as you read the first few words of this post. One study from 2016 showed that people touch their phone an average of 2617 times per day. The top 10% of the people are more than double that at 5400+ times per day. PER DAY. A touch was considered to be a swipe, typing, and tapping. In that same article Apple revealed that the average user unlocked their phone about 80 times per day (about 5-6 times per hour that we are…

  • 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 – 3rd Quarter

    My reading list for the 3rd Quarter is actually a repeat of Q2. I did read some in the 2nd Quarter, but the work on my current class prevented me from reading as much as I had planned. This course ends in late August and then I will have “upgraded” my doctorate, and should have more time. Therefore, I am going to finish the Q2 books I have not yet read, and will add more in Q4. Here is the list for the third quarter in alphabetical order by author’s last name. From Social Media to Social Ministry – Nona Jones The Post-Quarantine Church – Thom Rainer A Many Colored…