May 26, 2020

The calendar plays a huge part in our everyday lives. We write or type entries in planners or phones, looking forward to future events with joyful anticipation—birthdays, concerts, dinners, weddings, lunches, parties, and vacations. We remember significant times by looking back at dates past—anniversaries of a loved one’s death, health recovery, obstacles overcome. We often fill our days and require more flexibility and space to allow God room to work in between our tasks and appointments. Right now we sit… Read more

May 19, 2020

Historical fiction is my favorite genre. History major meets storyteller—the perfect combination of my two loves. Aside from inspiring interesting “what if’s” and teaching famous and obscure historical events, sometimes the story and/or characters cause us to reflect on ourselves. We ask ourselves questions like: What was life really like back then? How would I react if I faced similar circumstances? How are those long-gone people just like me? Amanda Barratt, author of My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s… Read more

April 22, 2020

Men and women can be better than “just friends,” says Bronwyn Lea, writer, wife, mom, and now author. They can be family—and she doesn’t necessarily mean the married kind. When I heard about her new book, Beyond Awkward Side Hugs: Living as Christian Brothers and Sisters in a Sex-Crazed World, I felt an immediate kinship with my mostly-internet friend-with-a-divine-accent. After all, a decade ago I co-authored a book called Mixed Ministry: Working Together as Brothers and Sisters in an Oversexed Society. (Note… Read more

February 12, 2020

The market has plenty of pregnancy books for women, leaving guys on the outside looking in, hoping they’ll pick up crucial information by the time they need it. Veteran dad-of-four Aaron Sharp, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and my work colleague, decided to do what dads do best—fix it! In You Got This, Dad, Aaron offers a sort of wisdom literature, if you will: lessons for expectant fathers, learned from his own experiences. Having worked with him for the… Read more

February 4, 2020

When my children were small, I was able to stay home with them. As much for my sanity as their enjoyment, we visited the tiny library in our tiny town every Monday morning for children’s hour. Ms. Jan, the ancient librarian, was a wizard with kids. She knew which books would keep their attention and which authors wrote quality content. She thought up and supplied creative crafts every week to go along with her theme. And she could keep a… Read more

February 3, 2020

Over a decade ago, my co-author and I were encouraged to write a book about men and women relating to one another in a holy way, particularly in the church. We immediately realized that, to accomplish our goal, we needed to invite a male to co-author alongside us. What sort of credibility would we have, two women writing about women—and men? The process proved fun, eye-opening, and encouraging. Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher are collaborating in a similar manner in… Read more

January 17, 2020

While the Bible is full of interesting people, sometimes we modern readers struggle to understand them fully. They lived in a different time, with vastly unfamiliar social norms and cultures. Sometimes the text doesn’t share enough to give us a well-rounded picture of them. Dr. Ben Witherington, III, a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, decided to investigate one of the most prominent New Testament women, Priscilla, a contemporary of the Apostle Paul. Who Was Priscilla? We first read about Priscilla… Read more

January 17, 2020

Embed from Getty Images The election year has started off with an impeachment bang, and everyone has an opinion—nay, OPINIONS!—about both. Thankfully we can all access the latest facts online before we talk amongst ourselves. Why are you laughing at me? Okay, okay, it was a joke. It’s true, though, that the facts are out there on all the sites we access for news. It’s also true that the facts are obscured in spin. Each news outlet or network has… Read more

January 8, 2020

It’s the first rule of writing: show, don’t tell. Literature is littered with metaphors, similes, and analogies. These descriptive tools create mental images that communicate an intangible concept. Good storytellers know how to paint an idea onto the canvas of a reader’s imagination. They don’t even have to write them down; in some cultures, stories and traditions are passed down orally. In the Sermon on the Mount, the Word of God brought a word. Specifically, he painted word pictures. With… Read more

January 2, 2020

One of my favorite writing opportunities has been contributing both articles and book reviews to Bible Study Magazine. Produced by Lexham Press, the publishing arm of Faithlife, which also created Logos Bible Software, this bi-monthly magazine contains complete Bible studies, explores major themes from the Bible, interviews authors of important books on those themes, and reviews interesting books from within Christianity. It’s a wonderful resource for pastors, teachers, and regular believers seeking accessible—but not dumbed-down—content on the Bible. The most… Read more

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