• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Ready! Aim! Fire!

    It is said that the world is filled with (at least) three different types of people. The three types are those that live by the practice of: Ready. Aim. Fire.                 Ready. Fire. Aim.                 Ready. Aim. Aim. Aim. Aim. Fire. Frankly, for a larger part of my life I have been closer to the last group of people than the others. That means it probably would not surprise you to know that I am an Enneagram 1. But I am finding myself far less trapped by the need to be perfect as I used to be. Perhaps it is age. Perhaps it is wisdom. But it is certainly realizing…

  • Knowing God, Part 3

    As we prepare for a new year and a new decade, a goal we should each have is to know God better. If we know God better, we should be better equipped to love Him more and to live accordingly (live in, not of – fotonni). Thus, for these last three weeks of the year, I am going to repost a short series from 2017 about knowing God. This is the third, and final, post of that series. You can find the first and second post here and here. — This post first appeared on this blog’s former site fotonni.blogspot.com on December 21, 2017. In the first two posts of…

  • Knowing God, Part 2

    As we prepare for a new year and a new decade, a goal we should each have is to know God better. If we know God better, we should be better equipped to love Him more and to live accordingly (live in, not of – fotonni). Thus, for these last three weeks of the year, I am going to repost a short series from 2017 about knowing God. This post is the second of three posts in the series. You can find the first post here. — This post first appeared on this blog’s former site fotonni.blogspot.com on December 14, 2017. In last week’s post, I attempted to prove that…