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 […]

The Root Cause of Writer’s Block

As someone who wrestles daily with writer’s block, I have come to a conclusion. It may or may not be profound, and it may not be true of everybody. But it is definitely true of me. My writer’s block (or creative block) manifests itself in many different ways, but I believe that there is one […]