• 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…

  • 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).…

  • 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…

  • The Importance of Correction

    For the last couple of weeks, our focus has been on the second aspect of profitability as mentioned by Scripture in 2 Timothy 3.16. That aspect is reproof, which followed teaching. This week we will move to the third element in that list. And that element is correction. This look at 2 Timothy 3.16 is part of a larger series on knowing and applying the Bible to our lives. A proper “intake” of the Bible is important if we are to live effectively for God. And that is the goal of this even larger series called “Redeem the Time” which is based upon Paul’s words in Ephesians 5.16. These four…

  • Better Judgment

    In last week’s blog, I gave a practical formula for judgment. The formula is based upon considerations of Matthew 6.33-7.5 and 2 Timothy 3.16, which is our focal verse right now as we consider what it means to redeem the time (Ephesians 5.16). If you are reading for the first time, the goal of this series is to consider how the spiritual disciplines can help us to live in, not of the world. (“In not of” spelled backwards is fotonni, the name of this blog.) If we are to live in, not of the world, we must consider what we are to do in the world, and then discover how…