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November 23, 2016
Introducing: “Side Hustles for Pastors”
In my experience young pastors are a little too idealistic to entertain a side hustle...
November 15, 2016
Fish Stories: Is Fiction Just a Well-told Lie?
One of my favorite films--definitely in the top 5--is Tim Burton's, Big Fish. The story...
November 12, 2016
Jack, the Giant, and the Indigestible Bean
A modern fable about love and work. by C. R. Wiley There were giants in...
November 08, 2016
Being a Pastor on Election Day
If you follow this blog you can probably guess my politics. But you might be...
November 03, 2016
Children and Household Religion
Years ago a Haitian pastor asked me, "Why do white people hate children?" When I...
November 01, 2016
Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle: What Will Become of Our Work?
Leaf by Niggle is a personal favorite. It's right up there with Smith of Wootton...
October 27, 2016
Put Your Kids to Work, Go Ahead, They’ll Thank You for It
Some people apparently believe that children are better off when they're useless. I got a...
October 25, 2016
Is Horror Fiction Immoral?
Last evening I was in attendance for a reading at a local library by contributors...
October 20, 2016
What ARE Children For?
I continue my reflections on the New Testament household codes today with a subject you...
October 18, 2016
Story-telling and Sovereignty
When my daughter was a little girl she didn't like stories with bad-guys in them....
October 14, 2016
Slavery and You: Why You’re Not as Free as You Think
Laws often trail practices, not the other way around. In most slave-keeping societies the law...
October 11, 2016
Was Jesus a Self-Promoter?
I've been working to reconcile myself to a reality I've been denying for years. What's...
October 06, 2016
New Testament Household Codes and the Problem of Slavery
Slavery is an ignominious fact of history. Historically it was also well-nigh universal. I know you've...
October 04, 2016
Christian Humility and the Self-Promotion Problem
A little over a decade ago, when I first began writing fiction, a few of...
September 29, 2016
New Testament Household Codes: Embarrassing or Enlightening?
In my old church we never read the household codes. (The church I'm referring to...
September 27, 2016
Getting Published is Easy, Getting Read Is the Tough Thing
Karl Marx, among the absurd things he said (some things were pretty sound, but I'm...
September 22, 2016
Focus! (Some changes coming to this blog.)
Art makes its demands. Anyone who believes it is merely a matter of self-expression hasn't...
September 19, 2016
What Inside Out Managed to Leave Out
Pixar seems to have found that little spot behind the collective ear that we like...
September 14, 2016
I Like It When a Children’s Book Scares Me a Little
I'm nearly done writing the text for a children's picture book. It's called Daisy (at...
September 12, 2016
The Economics of Love
The words love and economy rarely find their ways into the same sentence. Economics has been called the dismal science but...
September 09, 2016
How to Tell a Story Like an Inkling
Chapter One: Kick the Allegory Habit (Editorial note: this puts my last four posts on...
September 06, 2016
And Now, in Conclusion: How to End a Story
"Have the courage to conclude." (Don't recall where I read that, but it's good advice.)...
September 02, 2016
Tales of the Sublime: They aren’t Safe, but They Can be Good
G. K. Chesterton once spoke of nature as our "little sister" and C. S. Lewis...
August 31, 2016
How to Tell a Meaningful Story without Preaching It
The movie mogul Sam Goldwyn once said, "If you want to send a message, use...
August 29, 2016
How to Tell a Story: a Primer for Preachers
(Note: this is the first in a series of forays on the subject of preachers...
August 26, 2016
If you like folk music, you may like this: ChurchFolk!
In my last post I spoke about taking one of my sons to college. Well,...
August 22, 2016
Taking a Son to College
I suspect that I'll cry. The last time I cried was when we dropped his...
August 01, 2016
Wiley, Where Are You?
It is impossible to know how many regular readers there are for this blog. But...
July 19, 2016
So You Want to Be Famous?
I have a book on the shelf that I really should to return to the...
July 14, 2016
Darwin and the Gnostics
Seemingly incompatible doctrines can actually reinforce each other. I'm thinking of Darwinism and gnosticism here....
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