Two Thousand Years in Rehearsal

A high school stage play is more polished than the service we have been rehearsing since the year one. In 2000 years, we have not worked out the kinks. We positively glorify them. Week after week we witness the same miracle: that God is so mighty he can stifle his own laughter. Week after week,Continue reading “Two Thousand Years in Rehearsal”

Lent – A Tithe of Your Time

In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year’s income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year’s days. After being baptized by John in the river Jordan, Jesus went offContinue reading “Lent – A Tithe of Your Time”

The Best Books I’ve Read on the Writing Life

There comes a time in every aspiring writer’s life that they decide they want to learn writing from the best writers out there. And that means reading books on writing by successful and well-loved authors. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from. It seems that nearly every successful and established writer has writtenContinue reading “The Best Books I’ve Read on the Writing Life”

Explaining my Lapse in Posts

It was Covid. Omicron, I’m pretty sure. It didn’t hit hard … at first … But the effects seemed to compound and double every day, and everyone in my family got it. Then, the physical symptoms faded … But that brain fog is no joke! And one of my family members needed some special care,Continue reading “Explaining my Lapse in Posts”

The 12 Best Books I Read in 2021

I didn’t reach my reading goals for 2021. I started the year with a Reading Challenge on Goodreads of completing 77 books. Didn’t think it would be too challenging. After all, in 2020, I read 126 books (although my initial goal was only 99). In fact, I’ve met or exceeded my reading challenges for theContinue reading “The 12 Best Books I Read in 2021”

Rest in Joy, Joan Didion

In Memoriam, A Review of The White Album Joan Didion, American novelist and essayist, passed away last week, at the age of 87. Her book, The White Album, was required reading for me to obtain my MFA in Creative Writing. One of my professors loved her work and spoke about it at length. I hadContinue reading “Rest in Joy, Joan Didion”

Starseeker: A Christmas Story

Who was left behind when Wise Men followed the star? Starseeker The world has become so small, it feels, since my brother left. At the edge of every day, an expectancy. And every long night, just an extension of the long day, though quieter. Always quieter. I hear a noise at the door and listenContinue reading “Starseeker: A Christmas Story”

Two Christmas Devotional Readings

The first evangelists were shepherds. It was a task for which they had no skill, no special gift. No theological teaching or individual training. They had no organization to go before them and no literature to leave behind them. What they had, and all they had, was a divine encounter. The shepherds live in aContinue reading “Two Christmas Devotional Readings”

To Follow the Star – A Christmas Reflection

My kids and I were heading home from school. I was driving as they sat in the back seat, telling me about their day. Thanksgiving still approached, but the radio station we often listen to had already begun to play Christmas songs. In fact, it played only Christmas songs. I was humming along with oneContinue reading “To Follow the Star – A Christmas Reflection”