Real Life, Freedom ... and Faith

Expressions of life, grace, love, and true freedom from the perspective of Jim Minker (aka. theShovel)

New Audio Series: The Study

I imagine some of you may have been wondering when I’d ever update the front page. Well, here it is — the announcement of a new series of audios: Shovelaudio, The Study. These audios will be coming out of a new Bible study/fellowship group that my friend Rick and I have started. We simply couldn’t stand our inability to keep in contact with each other and to enjoy sharing Christ together so we decided to schedule a weekly gathering. We’re loving it! And for those of you who may live or perhaps venture close enough to Boca Raton, Florida who would want to join us on a Friday evening, please let me know. I’ve uploaded the first audio file — Expel the Wicked — from last night’s meeting. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • Shovelaudio: The Study > Articles
    I recently started a new Bible study/fellowship group with my friend Rick who lives about 25 minutes south of me. Currently, we meet on Friday evenings in Boca Raton, Florida. If you live close by and would like to visit, we'd love to have you. Anyhow, I thought I'd experiment with recording our... READ MORE (Posted: Aug 23, 2014 / Updated: Aug 24, 2014 - 9:21 pm)
  • Shovelation Bible > Compilations > Shovelation Bible
    I think a little background might help me describe this thing I eventually referred to as the Shovelation. This growing compilation began in 1998 during a Wednesday evening men's group in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Well, the meeting was supposed to be a men's group, but after I reluctantly, but... READ MORE (Posted: May 23, 2000 / Updated: Aug 10, 2014 - 8:28 am)
  • Homosexuality and acceptance > Question-Answer > sexual-issues
    Good morning Jim. I have been following your blog for a few years now, and have appreciated your perspectives. Specifically, the drinking from a dry well perspective. I've struggled for years with drinking from a dry well rather than looking to Jesus for healing and validation. Lately, I've... READ MORE (Posted: Jul 31, 2014 / Updated: Aug 2, 2014 - 5:07 pm)
  • Why do we need the Bible if the truth is in us? > Question-Answer > bible
    I've taken this from a response to a blog article Arguments about the Bible so that it might be easily found by those who search the QnA. Can you help me to better understand what you mean by "But I say that we don’t need any specific statements to make it or prove it to be true. For the truth... READ MORE (Posted: Jul 9, 2014 / Updated: Jul 9, 2014 - 4:26 pm)
  • Galatians 4: Legitimacy > Compilations > Shovelation Bible
    The intimidation you feel is not from God but from the system. Where do you get the idea that membership means anything to God? The time for His people to be led about by the hand in such a way is long gone. But many, like little children forming a clubhouse with rules to join, want to say who does... READ MORE (Posted: Aug 27, 1999 / Updated: Jul 5, 2014 - 12:47 pm)

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(These are my longer responses to comments. Jim)

  • I had a quick chat this morning with a brother on Facebook at 3 a.m. Below is his request, and my answer In your shovel letter concerning the forgiveness fix, you wrote: Don’t kid yourself, there is no such thing as being confident of your own forgiveness if you are holding something against... READ MORE
    (added: 2014-08-28 15:36 > The Forgiveness Fix )
  • Hello Joan. Thanks for your suggestion. :) From the beginning, the idea behind the digging has been in reference to the piles of religious dirt that have covered over the simplicity of Christ. Those phrases used to be part of some of my earlier logos and headers. What I've discovered is that no... READ MORE
    (added: 2014-08-24 20:48 > New Audio Series: The Study )
  • Hello my friend Yves (aka Sidney), When a ritual becomes — in the minds of those who follow and observe it — something other than what it represented from the beginning, are we still following Jesus' example in the doing of it? For those who come together to witness a testimony to our union... READ MORE
    (added: 2014-07-29 17:10 > Arguments about the Bible? )
  • Hello my dear Mrs Vicky, I'm not sure why you think I would have supporting verses for something I did not say. Consider a statement I made in my article: On the one hand, we've got the vastly popular statements that declare Jesus died for every single man, woman, boy and girl, old and young... READ MORE
    (added: 2014-07-26 08:02 > Did Jesus die for the sins of all people or only the elect? )
  • Julie, I so understand the infuriation of those who lost their hold on me. I know it was often chalked up to a matter of interpretation or of viewpoint by some who couldn't understand what had happened, but I always found it interesting how the actual cause of the difference was totally overlooked... READ MORE
    (added: 2014-06-16 16:12 > 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved )