Faith & Friction 4/9 – livable and not just quotable

Filter Two: Livable and Not Just Quotable. We can be attracted to a belief because of its sheer beauty. Some embrace more pluralistic beliefs because they appear to unify instead of divide, include instead of marginalize, affirm instead of accuse. …

Faith & Friction 3/9 – consistent at its core

As a new follower of Jesus, my faith in Him was questioned immediately and almost daily through my university studies. Jesus had captivated me and the world’s skepticism served to strengthen me. Today, as I continue my thoughts on faith and …

Faith & Friction 2/9 – navigating options

The possibilities available to the seeking soul in every age are diverse and numerous. In a day when many are skeptical about the existence of truth as an eternal compass (please see the last blog for more on that thought), …

Faith & Friction 1/9 – the truth compass

The West has reawakened to spirituality. From my limited perspective, it seems that the East never went to sleep. An open sea of options now awaits the awakened spirit. If we dare to look closely, though, the coastline is littered …

Writing, in a journal

Journaling seems to fill some souls with relief and others with anxiety. For the former group, expressing themselves with pen and paper or via an e-journal is like sweet therapy. In the latter group are (1) those for whom writing …

Writing, your questions

Thank you for the questions you have sent. I plan to address them all in the 7-week Writing Encounter (that Mary Yerkes and I hope to offer this fall). Below, please find brief responses to seven of the more frequently asked questions. Do …

Writing, my process

Over the last decade since Thomas Nelson published my first two books, encouraging readers have asked questions about my “writing process”: Do you write every day? Where do you get your ideas? Do you start writing a book from the beginning? …

Writing, my first book

As I mentioned in the monthly letter Q&A, a few years after God unexpectedly directed me into a speaking ministry, a wonderful acquisitions VP from Thomas Nelson asked me to write a book for them. Well, this was unexpected! Looking …

An interview with Bishop Claude Alexander, Jr.

Dr. Bishop Claude R. Alexander, Jr. is a prince among preachers and an insightful thinker. In this two-part interview, Claude speaks about the Apostle Paul’s redefinition of strength, uninvited tutors that redefine strength for us, and life events that have redefined …

Writing, my backstory

As a child, my favorite book was the dictionary—oh, what a wonder! Words upon words, like paint on a pallet or voices in a choir or instruments in an orchestra. I held each one, examining its parts, sinking into its …