arts & creativity, church, spiritual, writing

Words From the Wise

There's a question I've been wrestling with for a long time now, and I just don't know many people who could answer it. So, perhaps like Plato pursuing Socrates, I recently went out on a limb and sent my question to a handful of authors I respect and aspire to be like. The question shot… Continue reading Words From the Wise

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arts & creativity, Scripture, spiritual, theological

There Is Nothing New

It's January 31, 2016. The new year has undeniably settled in. And with it some new inspiration...maybe? On December 31, 2015, I officiated evening prayer at my church and read aloud the day's assigned New Testament lesson from Revelation 21, which says in part: "He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making… Continue reading There Is Nothing New

arts & creativity, personal

An Idea That Won’t Leave Me Alone

Some months ago, I enjoyed a roundtable discussion with Dr. Greg Garrett, an English professor at Baylor University, along with a handful of writer friends. I remember asking him: "How do you know when you have an idea that could merit a book?" Not just a blog or blog series, as I and many in the 21st century have become accustomed… Continue reading An Idea That Won’t Leave Me Alone

arts & creativity, mental health & wellness

the necessity of Sadness

Like many movie-goers, I recently spent 94 minutes of my Fourth of July weekend watching Inside Out, the story of 11-year-old Riley's move from small-town Minnesota to San Francisco -- as told by her emotions. The narrator and primary protagonist is Joy, who introduces viewers to Disgust, Fear, Anger, and my favorite -- Sadness. In… Continue reading the necessity of Sadness

arts & creativity, book reflections, mental health & wellness, spiritual

I Am Understood: The Spirituality of Reading

A couple of weeks ago I finished reading a book. Nothing unusual about that. But this time I read the last pages slowly, closed the cover gently, and -- no joke -- hugged the book to my chest with a sigh. "I am understood," I thought. Maybe you've experienced this too. It seems several Twitter… Continue reading I Am Understood: The Spirituality of Reading