New Blog: Live [Simply] Free

28 09 2010

The Core has been a faithful blog to me for serveral years but it’s time to move on now. I’ve graduated college, and I’m starting a new chapter in my life.  My new blog, Live [Simply] Free, is more focused and really defines and depicts this new journey in my life.

Live [Simply] Free is about setting and accomplishing goals which could include:

  • Having no debt
  • Living your wildest dreams
  • Traveling and living anywhere
  • Being more productive
  • Enriching your relationships

All through simplifying your life, commonly referred to as the minimalist lifestyle.  The less a person has, the more freedom they have to do.  This is my journey as I seek to live that kind of life, and what I’m doing to make it a reality.  I hope to inspire others to follow.

Hi, my name is Andrew Randazzo.  I’m the sole creator and writer of Live [Simply] Free.

Andrew Randazzo

I grew up in a Christian family and lived a pretty good life.  I ended up going to college to study Theology, but I was questioning a lot of things (ie. faith) and getting really tired of the rat race.  After finishing my BA in 3 years, I took a step back to figure out what life was all about.  I became resolute in my faith, and I realized that I can rush towards a goal and die the day before I reach it and miss all the opportunities that were around me in the present.  I’m done rushing around, and I’m all about living in the moment and squeezing the most of life.

I believe there’s more to life than what our society is settling for.  Life is all what you make it to be, and I choose to live extraordinarily.  I believe we all have a higher purpose to serve God and serve others, and that that life is the most fulfilling life one can live, and nothing can be done apart from Christ.  That’s the premise of this blog.  Below is a little bit more about me, and you can also check out my Life Rules:

  • I’m a hard core Christian
  • I’ve spent a few years living in Venezuela
  • I have a degree in Theology from Northland International University
  • I currently live in the beautiful city of Knoxville
  • I am an EMT
  • My future plans are to go through Paramedic school and then get my RN
  • My hobbies consist of swimming, blogging, and wakeboarding

You can contact me by email.

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Small Bible College, Now University Makes Global Impact

7 04 2009

DUNBAR, Wisc., Apr 07, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Anyone driving along Highway 8 in Wisconsin, 85 miles north of Green Bay, probably wouldn’t notice many signs of life. But along this route is a small university that is showing true life to people all over the world. The Christians that graduate from this university are vehicles for that change, and they will now be even better prepared.

Located in Dunbar, Northland Ministries announced today the formation of Northland International University to expand and adapt its approach to Christian education, equipping its students for making a difference around the world. The university’s mission is to prepare the next generation of servant leaders to fulfill the Great Commission, reaching the nations with the truth about Jesus Christ.

“Northland is responding to what’s happening around the globe,” said Dr. Les Ollila, Northland’s chancellor. “Northland International University is our answer for providing the necessary biblical, practical training and resources to churches and Christians worldwide to fulfill the Great Commission in today’s exciting global culture.”

“Innovations in technology, transportation and communication have led to unprecedented opportunities to proclaim Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Matt Olson, Northland’s president. “The new name more clearly represents how Northland will use these innovations to accomplish the mission God gave to reach all nations with the good news about Jesus Christ.

“With this training, graduates will be better suited to cross borders that were once impenetrable by foreigners sharing their faith,” continued Olson. “The training and degree from Northland International University will provide Christians with skills to enter and exist in international and cultural settings–all with the goal of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Northland International University consists of four divisions: Northland Baptist Bible College, Northland Graduate School, Northland Online and Northland Center for Global Opportunities. Videos of university administrators discussing the changes can be viewed by visiting the university’s website, Ollila and Olson are joined by Dr. Sam Horn, vice president of ministry training and Dr. Jim Bennett, vice president of academic affairs.

The Bible College will remain Northland’s foundation. Northland Graduate School is now separate from the college and continues to expand. Northland Online will be the outlet to equip churches and Christians worldwide who are unable to attend the physical campus. The Northland Center for Global Opportunities serves as Northland’s collection of practical resources to create opportunities locally and internationally to live out the Great Commission.

Founded in 1976, Northland International University exists to train the pastors, missionaries, teachers and godly laymen of tomorrow. Located in Dunbar, Wisc., Northland enrolls approximately 650 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, representing 45 states and 11 foreign countries. Northland International University offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and five graduate programs to students who are preparing to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ around the world. For information, visit the website at

SOURCE: Northland International University

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Reformation Study Bible (ESV) Give Away

29 10 2008

Ligonier Ministries is graciously giving away their Reformation Study Bible (ESV) for any size donation.  Below is their description of the study Bible.

Widely considered one of the best tools available for Bible study and previously only available in the New King James translation, The Reformation Study Bible has been updated to the readable and accurate English Standard Version (ESV). This foundational resource was created by more than fifty scholars and features thousands of in-depth study notes, 96 theological articles, 19 in-text maps, and 12 charts to help you understand the Bible better.

The genuine leather edition Bible measures 9 ¼ in. x 6 ¾ in. The type of the ESV text is 10.25 points and the study notes are approximately 8 points. This is the study Bible for the next generation of reformers.

The limit is one per household.

Free Book Contest: Unpacking Forgiveness

7 10 2008

Chris Brauns is giving away a copy of his book, “Unpacking Forgiveness”, by selecting one of the people took his quiz on forgiveness.  The quiz is only 8 questions long and it’s True or False.  You have to hurry, though, the quiz ends Wed., the 8th.

Take the quiz.

ESV Study Bible Giveaway

7 10 2008

There are actually two places out on the web right now that are running contests for a free ESV Study Bible.  The ESV Study Bible just came out, and it has been gaining widespread popularity.  Don’t miss your opportunity to enter and win a copy of this great study Bible.

Monergism: They’re giving away 5 copies of the ESV Study Bible.  All you have to do is enter some basic information and they’ll randomly draw from the entries.

Boundless Line: They have 17 copies of the ESV Study Bible that they’re giving away every weekday between now and Oct. 17th to the person who can write the most convincing email about why they should get a copy of the ESV Study Bible.

Flapjacks & Theology

6 10 2008

I am really excited to announce a new dimension to the evangelical niche.  It’s a forum called Flapjacks & Theology.  The idea of Flapjacks & Theology was started by my friends here at school a year ago, and one of them decided to put together a forum for all the hungry theologians out there to sharpen our minds and challenge our thoughts.  You can read the whole story here.

In the past, this forum has been kept private, but after some thought, the original creator and my personal friend, Scott Cline, decided to go public this past weekend.  Not only are there people from our school, but there are pastors, seminarians, and missionaries all involved in this forum.

It’s an exciting place right now with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. There are people with views from all across the board, and F&T welcomes anyone within the Evangelical all the way to Fundamentalist realm.

What you can do is check it out right now, and if you find it to be something you like, register a username and get in on all the Theological fun!

How to Blog

3 10 2008

Technorati, a social bookmarking site, produces what’s called the “State of the Blogosphere”.  They’ve come out with the 2008 edition, and here’s what they have to say about it.

Since 2004, our annual study has unearthed and analyzed the trends and themes of blogging, but for the 2008 study, we resolved to go beyond the numbers of the Technorati Index to deliver even deeper insights into the blogging mind. For the first time, we surveyed bloggers directly about the role of blogging in their lives, the tools, time, and resources used to produce their blogs, and how blogging has impacted them personally, professionally, and financially. Our bloggers were generous with their thoughts and insights.

What I found to be most helpful was their section on “The How of Blogging”.  For those of you who just started blogging, this is a great resource.  Even if you’ve been blogging for a while, it’s worth checking out to see if you’ve got all ducks in a row.

The article talks about some of the big tools for audience-building which include:

listing their blog on Technorati and Google, commenting or linking to other blogs, and tagging blog posts so that they are more easily searchable. All of this hard work has paid off — half of active blogs attract more than 1000 monthly visitors.

So check out the whole article, I think you’ll find it interesting.