So the other day I was thinking about Star Wars and Jesus. Like ya do. Anyway, I realized that Christians are like Chewbacca. Not that they’re big and hairy (though some Christians are) and not that they smell (though some do). It’s not that they deserve medals when their friends get them all. Nor is […]Read More Be the Wookie.
I just finished reading Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King. This is a Good Book. It paints a chillingly accurate picture of spousal abuse from the eyes of a child with a stunningly original speculative twist thrown in: Sarah, sixteen years old at the time of the novel, encounters herself as a ten-year-old, […]Read More A Good Book is a Mirror
If your story is not remembered, you will cease to exist. I just finished the challenging novel Time’s Memory by Julius Lester. I’m not writing a review here – I’ll include it for next years “A Year of Books” roundup – but the book concludes with this thought: If your story is not remembered, you […]Read More The Forgotten Story
I wrote this story as an introduction to a class for 7th and 8th graders. It’s heavy handed and allegorical, an approach I usually don’t care for, but I was trying to illustrate a point and had just come off of a read through of C.S. Lewis’s Pilgrim’s Rergress, so it felt like it worked. I offer […]Read More A Tale of Two Men
I don’t often spend a lot of time reading Relevant, the trendy online magazine for the modern day Christian. It’s not that I have anything against what the magazine is trying to accomplish, it’s just that I am completely burned out by the word “Relevant” when it applies to faith. But never mind me and […]Read More How Christian should my artistic expression be?
“No matter how cold the world–no matter how much we struggle to survive in it–this world is not our goal.” That’s not my quote. Dan Italiano left that comment on Dying Songs, and it blew me away enough that I wanted to highlight it in its own post. How often do we forget that? How […]Read More A World Not Our Own
Tonight I sat down to prepare a blog post about how to show, rather than just telling, in follow up to my post from last week. As I took a break and was washing the dishes, two things occurred to me about my post: 1) I’m totally unqualified to be writing about the technicalities of […]Read More What am I showing in my writing?