Faith (sharing our part in God’s story)

As a writer, I appreciate the image of God as the Author of Life. I know He has written a specific story for me, a story that is just one thread in a rich tapestry of colorful stories, a story that He loves revealing to me, one page at a time.

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To the Crucified Jesus

poetry

translation of a poem by Andreas Gryphius From here I ne'er will part! May all the sabers ring! Grab pike and sword and lance! Use weapon's every might and flame, and all that this dark world would deem as fright. Not death nor Devil tears me from this cross whereon I cling. 'Tis here, when [...]

NaPoWriMo

poetry

April is National Poetry Writing Month, affectionately known as NaPoWriMo. It's a time when people of poetic persuasion are encouraged to write "30 poems in 30 days." You may recall that in November I celebrated my own version of [No] NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). And that was good for me. This month, rather than [...]

Creativity and truth: a review of Noah and Son of God

Creativity and truth

Creativity and truth do not have to be mutually exclusive. A good storyteller does not have to choose between them. "Literal" is one way to convey truth, but

Faith inaction

Faith inaction

As I closed the door to the prayer room behind me, a rather bold woman approached and asked, "You a member of this church?" I affirmed that I was. "Oh good," she replied. "I need help. See, I need some food for my kids." My church does have a pretty well-stocked food pantry, and it [...]

Ash Wednesday, redux

Cross of ashes

originally published February 13, 2013 A cross of ashes grits across my oily forehead under the calloused thumb of a fellow sinner a One day each year we exchange masks for marks and find grace a a

Five stats I’m a little sad about

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At the beginning of 2014, I looked over my blog stats, just to get a bird's-eye view of the LifeLines blog and see what I could learn. This is a good practice for bloggers. You want to know what your most popular posts and pages are, so you can duplicate your successes and maximize your [...]

Actions speak louder than words

Faith In Action

This is the fourth year that my church—Living Springs—has set aside an October Sunday as Faith In Action Sunday. Why do we do this? Because we recognize that our neighbors don't care about our theology or our values until they can SEE them. Actions speak louder than words. Here are some of the ways we [...]

Book review: Approaching Jehovah’s Witnesses in Love

by Wilbur Lingle

Several weeks ago, when CLC Publications asked me to review Amy Carmichael's Plowed Under, I did some research on their website and noticed Wilbur Lingle's book there. Because this is a topic that interests me, I asked if I could also review the Lingle book, and CLC was kind enough to send me a copy. What [...]

Why street corner evangelism doesn’t work

Street corner evangelism

The other morning I was approaching an onramp to the highway, and I noticed three people standing with giant black-and-yellow signs, angled to grab the attention of commuters on their way to work. The light at the top of the ramp was green, so I didn't have a chance to slow down and read the [...]

Elements of my American story

American flag

Diversity. Several years ago, when I worked for an international non-profit, I traveled around the world as an observer and reporter. Those experiences helped me understand how the culture we grow up in affects the way we see the world. Experience. I have also worked for senior living communities—not only as a writer, but also [...]

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