Note: This is the first part of a post that's up over at For the Family, so go ahead and go there if you want to skip this tease... --- I peruse twitter and, despite my half-hearted efforts at censoring them, the ubiquitous quotes on maximizing success just cannot be stopped. These success quote manufacturers must be reading their own material, because it is impossible to escape their … [Read more...] about Planting Trees vs. #Successing
People have been saying nice things to me. Also, they’ve been giving me money. Both of those things are--and I know this sounds insane--kind of hard to take. Because I’m proud. And scared. I was really reluctant to do the pre-sale for my debut novel on kickstarter. But we decided to do it and, after some great advice (and many cautions) from experienced and wise friends, we forged ahead. I had no … [Read more...] about The Green Ember and an Apologetic Posture
Did you hear the one about the family that never laughed? It’s a bad one and not worth retelling. Laughter is a wonderful ingredient to add to the mix of family life. When Dad and Mom can’t or don’t laugh, then children fail to develop part of what it means to be a mature human. God made us to laugh and when we laugh we feel alive. According to Science, laughter is good for our health. And we … [Read more...] about Getting Serious About Laughter
This subject deserves more attention, but consider this a timid foray into a field with tall grass and various lurking beasts all of which this adventurer cannot hope to see. A friend recently bemoaned the apparent problem that many of our leading theologians are disconnected from good storytelling and that many of our leading storytellers are disconnected from good theology. I share that … [Read more...] about Why Are Storytellers Often Bad Preachers and Preachers Often Bad Storytellers?
My wife picked out our freshly-five-year-old son’s birthday present, a pair of walkie-talkies. He was thrilled. “Oh, Mommy! It’s just E-zackly what I wanted. Thank you!” We were pleased, proud, and happy. What amazing parents we were. What gift selection. What a joyful home we had made. Everything, as the poets have said, was awesome. That is, until the kids started playing with … [Read more...] about Have You Got Your Ears On?
"Remember your Aristotle—the universal form adheres within particulars. If you set out to tell a story about Everything, you’ll get nothing. It will be so broad and ambitious that it ends up signifying nothing. But if you, for instance, tell a story about an ordinary family in an ordinary Texas town, you might end up with an incredible story of love and loyalty and duty, of courage during times of … [Read more...] about C.S. Lewis: Mere Anglican, More Christian
Did you know that C.S Lewis loved Beatrix Potter’s books when he was a young child? In Surprised By Joy he described an early stab of joy after reading Squirrel Nutkin. Now, few people believe Squirrel Nutkin to be world-changing stuff. It’s just a silly story. But what about The Chronicles of Narnia? What about The Abolition of Man? Till We Have Faces? Mere Christianity? OK, now it’s getting … [Read more...] about You Are Not C.S. Lewis
My latest post is up at For the Family. (I was out of town when it actually posted, so I'm a little late to share...) I have always wanted to be a husband and father. I love it. In no other calling do I feel quite as secure and delighted. (Note: I have exactly zero teenagers.) I am a family man. I’m not the poster boy for a family man, but I’m his eager, bespectacled understudy. I love my own … [Read more...] about Against the Family at For the Family
Hey Friends, I'm delighted to be a contributor over at For the Family, a new site designed to serve people who are seeking to build God-honoring homes. I'm for that. Pat and Ruth Schwenk are some good eggs and I'm very grateful to be on this team. Clay Clarkson was my avenue there and I basically just do whatever Clay says. Anyway, this is the beginning of my first post there. I thought it was … [Read more...] about News: Thinking Small at For the Family
I am often tempted to start sentences with the phrase, "What's wrong with this country is..." and then finish with what I think is wrong with this country. Then I usually want to add how mad I am about it. I'm fed up, I might say. Can we last must longer if we do this? I might add. I may even allude to sacred forefathers sacredly rolling over in their sacred graves. This is because it's pretty … [Read more...] about What’s Wrong With This Country?
Dear Parent, Hello! I’m your child’s new soccer coach for this season. I love soccer and have played for many years on a couple of different continents (ooh, impressive!), mostly many years ago. At present, the two best parts of my game are tripping over the ball and getting hurt. Sometimes, defying the critics, I do both at once. Despite my own limits, I believe I have something to offer … [Read more...] about A Note to The Parents of the Kids On My Soccer Team
Well, this is special. You are, for some strange reason, reading my 1,000th post at this blog. I started blogging many moons ago and now have a garage-full of posts to be half-embarrassed and half-proud of. OK, maybe not half and half. I'll leave it up to you which is more likely, the pride, or embarrassment. I have always struggled between those two things, really. I aim to be neither. I want to … [Read more...] about A Crooked Finger Pointing: My 1,000th Post