Posts made in June, 2015

In God’s Image : Author : Luke Gilkerson

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in In God's Image Interview Series, Interviews

Luke Gilkerson is a champion among men. He is an author and one of the primary personnel behind the Covenant Eyes software. Not only that, but he was the first (and one of the few) bloggers/influencers willing to read Stronghold (He even interviewed me about it). Luke has always shown himself to be humble, kind, and compassionate—-whether in his comments on the Covenant Eyes blog or in his personal e-mail correspondence.

Nearly two years after Stronghold’s initial release, I was very glad to be back in touch with Luke, who was willing readily to participate in our ongoing In God’s Image Series.

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Worship Through Kindness on Social Media

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Writing As Worship

The Writing as Worship series continues, albeit not as I would have expected.

If the internet is any indication of human goodness, then let us all now agree that total depravity is indeed the default setting of our species. On a daily basis online, I encounter things I wish I didn’t, be they words, images, or ideas. Behind a facade of seeming privacy and anonymity, folks stare at screens and act as they choose, each doing and saying whatever is right in his/her own eyes. When I am online, it feels like a digital Wild West, a land of quickly drawn verbal shootings with no regard for life or human flourishing.

I’m not much of a fan of westerns.

So I’ve asked myself time and time again, “what’s a Christian’s place on this tumultuous frontier?” Frankly, I’ve found few answers, and when I rephrased the question, “what would Christ do online?” I had even less direction. So, I kept questioning and considered another framing point, “How do you want to be treated online?”

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In God’s Image: Author & Podcaster: Nathan James Norman

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in In God's Image Interview Series, Interviews

I first encountered Nathan James Norman during his appearance on the Strangers and Aliens podcast’s episode entitled, “What Makes Christian Fiction Good?” (also on itunes). Nathan’s thoughts were both articulate and interesting, and I listened to his conversation with host Ben Avery (who I interviewed HERE) more than once.

According to his website, Nathan James Norman is a “Husband. Father. Pastor. Storyteller. Reader. Comic Fan. Slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.” That means he and I have a great deal in common. Granted, I’ve not yet become a father, and I won’t be a pastor anytime soon (unless they stop requiring things like seminary), but other than that, Nathan James and I are pretty much on the same page.

That being the case, I was very grateful to Nathan for his willingness to take part in my In God’s Image Interview Series. Nathan’s The Untold Podcast is a very interesting and unique show that provides audio recordings of short stories that engage the culture’s imagination while also presenting truth and spiritual food for thought.

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Update About Everything and Nothing

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Site Business, Writer's Diary

Well,

Over a month has passed since my last post. Given 2015’s track record, I think it is safe to say that I am not much of a blogger. I’d like to apologize for my failure to be more consistent. Like everyone else, I have the best of intentions, but when it comes to committing time, effort, and energy—–well, I drop the ball with the best of ’em.

This isn’t to say I’ve been sitting on my hands doing nothing (though, admittedly, I have done my fair share of that, also). I could make all manner of excuses, and truth be told, I am giving myself far more grace than usual due to some significant life events. But the bottom line is that I simply did not apply myself to my tasks. Oh, I filled my idea vault with a few new concepts, and built endless Lego mini-figures for inspirado, and even continued to work on my long-gestating fantasy timeline, but the hard work of revising Stronghold, continuing the Writing as Worship series, and preparing To Retreat from Romance for publication all fell off my plate.

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