HOPE in 2018

One of the best things about Facebook is reconnecting with old friends, and I recently had an interesting exchange with a few far-flung friends from my school days. We talked about the word God is leading us to choose for 2018. We may all view this word a little differently, but essentially it captures an … Continue reading HOPE in 2018

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Renewed Strength

This morning, two of my favorite Scripture texts became real to me as never before. You probably love these passages as well. The first is Isaiah 40:28–31. Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding … Continue reading Renewed Strength

Puritan project

Since last March, I've been writing biographical sketches about Puritans. These will appear in Puritan Heroes, which I'm writing with Dr. Joel Beeke for Reformation Heritage Books. Puritan Heroes will be formatted similarly to RHB's popular Reformation Heroes. Marketed for all ages, it will be written to appeal to twelve-year-old readers. This is a big project that I was reluctant … Continue reading Puritan project

5 Basic formatting mistakes

When you're submitting a manuscript to publishing professionals, you want to avoid written work that screams, "Amateur!" While editors may be able to plow past glaring errors and see the potential of your epic story, why create roadblocks? You may think your manuscript looks fine, but someone in the industry can spot amateur mistakes at a glance. Formatting is the foundation … Continue reading 5 Basic formatting mistakes

Dwelling with a deadline

God often weaves my life's tapestry with interlocking threads. One of my favorite songs in the psalter is Psalm 90, a prayer of Moses, which I've reflected on over the years here and here and here. I also wrote a meditation on it that appears in my devotional A Month of Sundays. But in recent weeks, personal circumstances have caused … Continue reading Dwelling with a deadline

The Glen West experience

How would you like to spend several days participating in a productive workshop and living within a creative community? Attend Glen West! Many years ago, Gideon Strauss and I chatted about Christianity and culture. I was writing a series of articles for Christian Renewal on Christians in the arts, and he's passionate about promoting art and leadership … Continue reading The Glen West experience

Autumnal Equinox 2012

Say "Autumnal Equinox" aloud. Notice the way it rolls off the tongue? "Autumnal Equinox" is a phrase I love to say. In the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox comes at 9:49 CDT today, September 22. It marks the beginning of fall and a time when day and night are equal (from the Latin words aequus "equal" and nox "night"). … Continue reading Autumnal Equinox 2012

Mourning into dancing (Vacation saga 1)

On our honeymoon 40 years ago, David and I tented in Yellowstone National Park. When we walked into Old Faithful Inn, we were so struck by its rustic architecture and unique beauty that we said, "We're going to come back and stay here some day." We vaguely thought "some day" would be when we were … Continue reading Mourning into dancing (Vacation saga 1)

God speaks

Sometimes God speak so directly we can almost hear his whisper in our ear. For several weeks, this blog has been primarily in silent mode while I work hard to complete a devotional manuscript. [I'll post more specifics about that when appropriate.] With my intense writing schedule, the most I've managed is posting the occasional … Continue reading God speaks

The two-edged sword of promotion

On this wonderful Wednesday, I'm wondering about promotion, which is a two-edged sword for the Christian who writes. One side of the blade cuts with the necessity of self-promotion, while the other side slices with the desire for kingdom promotion. I write to glorify God. When I begin thinking about my name on the cover … Continue reading The two-edged sword of promotion