Behind the Scenes (Writing for a Musical)

Not long ago, I had the unexpected pleasure of channeling my hymn writing interests into writing lyrics for a school musical. Today, I’m enjoying the fruits of that project as I listen to my kids and their fellow students practice the songs! It reminded me of a joint interview I was able to be a part of, teaming up with …

Reading Like a Writer

“What book are you teaching right now?” Me: “[Enter title here.]” “Do you like it?” Me: “It’s not my favorite, but since I’ve spent so much time teaching it, I can appreciate it.” During my time as a teacher, conversations like the one above occurred fairly often. But I hadn’t given it much thought lately until this week, when the …

Setting Goals

Writing and a new year have at least one thing in common: goals. Sure, some of us choose to make them and others don’t, but goals are often a key aspect to both writing and starting a new calendar year. So, are you making any goals for this year? How about writing goals? When it comes to writing, here are …

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Carol of the Lamb

As we begin the season of Christmas, I wanted to give you something as a gift, of sorts. A way to share my appreciation for all the support you’ve given and simply to show that I care. But how to do that over a blog? Well, perhaps, I can offer you something handmade–and on a blog site about writing, perhaps …

The Word “Word”

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a …

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Poetry That Gives Pause: Advent and Christmas

Poetry can be a powerful medium in so many ways, I could write a whole blog post about it. (Hmm. Maybe I will!) But especially in hymns and songs, I love it when there’s a moment when you suddenly become arrested with the words you’re hearing. There you are, singing along with words you know well, and suddenly you’re caught …

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Good Theology, Bad Grammar? (Part Two)

Earlier this week, I proposed that in order to have good theology, you have to have bad grammar. Sometimes. Your keen eye may have noticed a number of qualifiers. Sometimes . . . In many cases . . . Often . . . And I even ended the blog with an obvious cliffhanger. This is by no means an effort …

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Good Theology, Bad Grammar?

It started as a joke. I was in college, reading a book for one of my classes. “Wow, theologians have terrible grammar!” My reaction came after reading yet another run-on sentence. It was an older piece of work, written when this kind of construction was perhaps more permissible. And I knew the motivation: This writer had so much to say—so …

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Friends and (Inner) Critics

I love the opportunity to be a part of interviews; it’s a great time to reflect on my writing, my life, my favorite snack choices. One of my favorite interviews, however, was a team effort. In a roundtable interview, several different writers gave their take on the same question: What do you do about your inner critic? I love this …

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Why of a Writer

Hello again! Thanks for stopping by. I realize, of course, that the title of my blog can be a little confusing. Why of a Writer? What? Who? Okay, so let me do my best to explain myself. The title “The Why of a Writer” is actually the title of a talk I’ve given at a few workshops. And the reason …