Author Archives: Tim Archer

A Prayer For Friday (July 19, 2019)

Lord of the nations,

May we today seek to serve and not to be served. May we be willing to surrender our rights and freedoms for the good of your Kingdom. May we always remember that the Lion of Judah turned out to be the Lamb that was slain.

May we seek goodness and truth, rather than power. May we respond to evil with good, to violence with love, to reproach with blessing.

Free us from the need to win, seeking only the victory that was won at Calvary.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Links To Go (June 26, 2019)

The Lord is not on your side

So be very careful about making decisions and choices. It is easy for Christians — and churches — to make decisions and treat everyone who disagrees with us as enemies. And of course we expect God to be on our side. But here is the thing. God doesn’t choose sides.


SIN – It’s Not Just a Little Boo-boo

As I study the apostle Paul, I am not at all sure that he would agree. SIN is not just violating a little children’s song. SIN is systemic, it is the presence of a malevolent being under whom we all live (or, for Christians, lived). SIN is following the prince of the power of the air. And, read in context of chapter one, a person is either IN CHRIST or IN SIN. There is no middle ground, no neutral field.


The Indescribable Joy Of Loving The Church God Called You To Serve

We need to be careful, in our noble and necessary attempt to see Christ’s kingdom expand, not to put numerical increase ahead of the health and well-being of good churches and their leaders.


How a Worship Song Is Fueling Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong

Christian pastors and leaders have been at the forefront of the democracy movement in Hong Kong and often served as a buffer between other protestors and police. They sang “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” as they tried to keep both sides calm, according to World and Asia Times.


Eleven votes

Every year, the Baseball Writers of America vote for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Eleven of them voted NO when Babe Ruth came up for the first time.


People Don’t Actually Know Themselves Very Well

The good news: You have some unique insight into your emotional stability. In the study, people outperformed their friends at predicting how anxious they’d look and sound when giving a speech about how they felt about their bodies. But they did no better than their friends (or than strangers who had met them just eight minutes earlier) at forecasting how assertive they’d be in a group discussion. And when they tried to predict their performance on an IQ test and a creativity test, they were less accurate than their friends.


But what is this question for?

Other than name and phone number, when someone asks you a question, it’s worth considering why. Intentionally answering the real question is a great place to start.


He thought he snagged a villa for $9,100. He got a foot-wide strip of land.

He got a 1-foot-wide, 100-foot-long strip of land on Northwest 100th Way — valued at $50.


A Prayer For Friday (June 7, 2019)

Father of compassion and God of all comfort,

Help me Lord, to show to others the mercy I’ve received from you. Help me to console as I have been consoled, to comfort as I have been comforted.

Let me not shy away from suffering, Lord, but use it to learn to better serve others in the midst of their suffering.

Grant me more compassion for others, Father.

In the name of He who suffered for me,

Amen

Links To Go (June 7, 2019)

Of course they’re wrong

Culture, by its very definition, isn’t the work of being right. It’s the work of being in sync. Culture is people like us do things like this.


How and When to Offend

Rather, my point was that I want to bring the offense of the gospel to bear on everyone I encounter. Faithfully confronting sinners with the depth of their depravity, the cost of their wickedness, and their desperate need to repent is rightly offensive. I want my speech and my behavior to adorn the gospel, and to let its offensive truths do the offending.


The History Of Humankind Proves Masculinity Is A Powerful Positive Good

The modern narrative of “toxic” and “tyrannical” masculinity is misguided at best and a terrible lie at worst. If the modern narrative were in any way true, then why would the man in the cave venture forth into danger? Why would he not leave his wife to fight for her survival? The answer, of course, is the same as it is now—because he loved her.


Many Churchgoers Fail to Intentionally Serve Others

The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found few Protestant churchgoers say they strongly agree they are personally taking actions that indicate a life of service to God and others.


The preachers getting rich from poor Americans

It was during these sessions that Ole started to note a common thread. When people were on the verge of homelessness in the heart of the Bible belt, a surprising number offered the last of their cash to televangelists who promised them financial salvation.


Six Possible Second Jobs for Bi-vocational Revitalizers and Replanters

The six side jobs we discuss are:

  1. New economy delivery service (Uber Eats, Shipt, Postmates, Amazon Flex)
  2. Driving services (Uber, Lyft)
  3. Rent your own assets (Turo, Airbnb)
  4. App-based handyman or cleaner (Handy)
  5. Virtual assistant or bookkeeper (Belay)
  6. Survey taker (VIP Voice, Survey Junkie)

iPhones Harvest And Transmit Massive Amounts Of Data While You Sleep

With the help of privacy firm Disconnect, Fowler encountered over 5,400 trackers in just one week – mostly within apps, that send his information to third party companies. Over the course of a month, the unwanted trackers were on track to upload 1.5 gigabytes of data.


You’re probably answering these 5 common interview questions wrong

No matter what sorts of jobs you applied for, you can expect certain interview questions to pop up again and again. But just because you’ve answered these questions before doesn’t mean you should skip the prep work. In fact, some of these super-common questions are the hardest ones to get right.


Denied trip to Disney World, teen takes family himself – baking cupcakes

Isaiah, who had already shown an aptitude for cupcake creation, went on a spree. At $20 a dozen, Isaiah sold enough cupcakes to pay for airfare, hotel and Disney World tickets for his mom, dad, sister, brother, sister-in-law and nephew – seven people in all.


Louisianans Called the Police When Their Local Taco Bell Ran Out of Tortillas

Local law enforcement in Slidell, Louisiana entered crisis mode this week when area residents called 9-1-1 after discovering the town’s Taco Bell restaurant was out of both hard and soft-shell tortillas.


Sense of wonder

Wonder. I need to recover a sense of wonder. That goes for much of my spiritual life, but especially as regards Bible study. Specifically when thinking about the Book of Revelation, which I’m preparing to teach in the very near future.

I need to see the monsters and disasters and events, then proclaim “Wow!” like the boy in the above video. Then I need to remember that they are tiny compared to my God.

That should make me erupt in “Holy, holy, holy!”