• The End?

    Well, this post marks the end of a journey…maybe permanently. In 2004, the idea of fotonni was first developed. Shortly afterward, we organized a ministry around the idea. Over the years that ministry has expanded in other areas, but fotonni was always an important part. In 2008, I wrote my first blog for fotonni. The blogosphere was young, and I soon learned I was not ready for it. In 2012, I began blogging weekly. And have posted at least one new post almost every week for nearly 10 years now. But that ends today. This will be the last weekly blog for awhile. And maybe for quite some time. And…

  • Communicating With God, Part 3

    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. In last week’s post, I shared three aspects of what prayer can (should?) be. Like with all communication between close friends, we should find ourselves sending messages and expecting replies, receiving messages and sending replies, and regularly checking in with the other person.  But prayer is not just talking with any person, it is talking to God. And thus, most of us struggle with these concepts for a variety…

  • Communicating With God, Part 2

    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. In last week’s post, I wrote of our need to pray. Why do we need to pray? Because Jesus did. And Jesus is God. So, if He, as the Son, needed to pray to the Father, then we do too. But the concept of prayer is scary to most people. Why? In part because we make it more than it is. What do I mean? Well, prayer is simply…

  • 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…

  • 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!…