• 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…

  • Preparing for 2021

    What is culture? If we are to be in the world, not of it, then we must consider what it is that we are “in.” It is not just the world that we are in, it is a particular culture (or multiple cultures). And therefore, we need to consider culture more deeply. (This has become more clear to me for multiple reasons including the two previous posts on this blog about 1) what do I mean to be in the world for God or in God for the world and 2) having influence not fame?) So, developing a better understanding of culture requires a deeper look – a much deeper…

  • A Clarifying Statement

    What do you want from your life? That question will draw a lot of different responses and many reasons for those responses. I have known my answer for several years, but I have not been able to articulate it as clearly as I would have liked. That changed last week. I will share my newfound clarity momentarily, but first, let me share the challenge. If you have been following this blog for long you know that I want to encourage people, including myself to live in, not of the world. That is the message of fotonni (again, fotonni is in not of spelled backwards – we need to turn the…

  • A Question to Take Seriously

    What is culture? That question is very simple on the surface. We hear the word all the time. The term is common and is used in many different ways. But when you stop to think about the definition, it can be more complex. I recently started a new course as a student to “change” my doctoral degree. Our first assignment was to read a couple of books (actually three, but I am just starting the third one) and develop a cogent definition of culture that will work for our church and the community. Thus, the definition must be broad enough so as not to isolate one particular aspect, but I…

  • Applying the System – A Second Look

    How do you make decisions? That was the question last week, and now I return to it next week. As I mentioned then, the decisions I am referencing are life decisions, not the average decisions we make daily – although the theory does still work. The purpose of this post is to provide another example of how I use my system to make decisions. Last week, I shared how I made a decision to return to school for a different doctoral degree. I encourage you to read that post as it provides additional context. Today, I will speak about a more difficult decision – one that did not align originally…

  • Applying the System – Example 1

    How do you make decisions? Well, I would guess most of the decisions you make on a daily basis are made by thinking, without thinking. This idea is known as unconscious competence. It is the idea that we do many things so well we don’t have to think about doing them. For instance, when you walk, you slightly bend the left knee as you lift your left foot, extend your left leg, straighten the knee, plant the left foot, and then begin the same process with your right knee, foot, leg, etc. And then you repeat. And all of this is done without any real thought (for most people). So…

  • Deciding To Do What’s Next

    What do you need to do next? The answer to that question will have similarities for many people; however, the answer will be different for every one of us. But by what needs to be done next, I am not asking you to consider, “Should I finish reading this blog post or should I…?” Certainly, that question is pertinent for this moment, but it may not matter in five minutes. It certainly will not matter in five days or five years. Instead, what I mean by the opening question is what is the next thing that you are to do according to living out your SYSTEM.* *If you are reading…