December 14, 2017

The other day a person whose ignorance was only exceeded by his confidence said dismissively, “That sounds medieval!” My unspoken thought was, “You say that as though it is a bad thing.” I had already treated him rather roughly, trying to shake some sense into him on a couple of points, so I let his remark go unchallenged. But upon reflection I think anyone who dismisses something merely because its provenance is medieval is guilty of more than “chronological snobbery”–he’s… Read more

December 7, 2017

What do all these things have in common: broken home, Scientology, fatherhood, and writing? Answer: I’ve experienced them all. I was interviewed last week by a new friend for his podcast. The podcast is called The Chris Craft Show and it is hosted by, you guessed it, Chris Craft. Chris has a number of things going on and this podcast is a new venture. I encourage you to give it a listen. I enjoyed the conversation very much. Hopefully you… Read more

December 4, 2017

Well, lookie what came in the mail! My young adult fantasy series has just had a re-boot, I’m happy to say. Canonball Books has just released the first book. They’ve told me they are hard at work on editing book two (I’m sure my long suffering readers are glad to hear that.) Here’s a fun Youtube video of the books arriving at the warehouse. One of the great things about the re-release of the first book is you can get… Read more

November 16, 2017

Idolatry is making too much of a good thing. And this is what makes it subtle and hard to see. Read more

November 4, 2017

Like so many other people, the works of J. R. R. Tolkien have stirred me deeply. But it wasn’t the heroism, or the cool monsters, or even the magic that produced the effect when I was a teenager back in the early 70s. It was a deeper magic. You may recall that Tolkien’s friend C. S. Lewis wrote about deeper magic in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. When Lucy and Susan ask Aslan how he could come back… Read more

November 2, 2017

Sloth is the sin of the hopeless. Read more

October 23, 2017

Naturally we’d all like to forget some things: our failures, our sins, our stupid remarks. But we want everyone to know about our successes, our virtues, our good grades. Read more

October 17, 2017

This review was originally published at Patheos February 1, 2016. A year and a half later maybe we should think about its message again. — By 2004 I owned real estate in 3 states, had 18 tenants, and two people worked for me part-time. In 2006 I sold it all, paid enough capital gains tax to support a family of 4 for a year, and sat down to watch the world come to an end. I did pretty well. Really… Read more

October 10, 2017

Things are a bit busy for me these days.  I’m finishing up some edits on a young adult novel for Canon Press; I’m working on illustrations for my children’s picture book so my agent can begin the farming it around to trade-publishers; I’m wrapping up the renovation of one of my apartments. And on top of those things I have the normal work of pastoral ministry to attend to. All this to say, I’m sorry I’ve been a little out… Read more

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