Quick Review: The Hobbit–The Battle of the Five Armies

If you’re planning to see The Hobbit during the holidays, here are some suggestions for enjoying the film, particularly if you have read and loved the book. (BTW, just so you’ll know, I began reading Tolkien when I was 15 years old and have lost count of the number of times I’ve read The Hobbit […]

A Powerful “Christian” Movie

As a rule, I am not a fan of Christian movies. I find that most of them tend to be preachy and agenda driven. The filmmakers set out to communicate a message, and often that message takes precedence over the quality of the storytelling. I know there are exceptions, but in my opinion they are […]

Why Blog about Suffering?

Suffering is not a pleasant topic. So why am I blogging about it? The short answer is that my pastor asked me to help him with an upcoming sermon series on suffering. In preparation for that, I’m going to be exploring my thoughts on the subject here on my blog. So for the next few […]

An Author’s Ice Bucket Challenge

When I wrote my mystery/thriller, “Mercy Killer,” I wanted my lead character to be struggling with a debilitating illness. Ultimately, I decided that he should be someone with ALS. As I researched about ALS and wrote the novel, I was deeply impressed by the courage of those who face this horrible disease and also that […]