Give Them Beauty

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When I was a drama tutor in college, something struck me. I was embarrassed I hadn’t thought of it before. When you look at the hit musicals and entertainment of the mid 40s and late 50s, what do you see? I might have called it fluff. Fun, sure. Pretty, often. But the simple plots were often resolved with love and …

Behold

The past few days, I’ve been writing and editing quite a bit. In fact, even on Good Friday, a good portion of my time was spent reading, writing, editing, and contemplating words. In all of that, I noticed a key word: Behold. It turns out that four of my hymns begin with that word. And of those four, three of …

Writing about Scary Things

This past month, we’ve seen goblins and ghouls line the store aisles. Shrieks and screams are a bit more commonplace as people pay high prices to get spooked. Many Christians wrestle with what to do during a month that celebrates fear. Where do we draw the line between dress up or candy and darkness or evil? As a mom, I’ll …

So, You Want to Write a Hymn?

A little while ago, author Sarah Baughman invited me to guest blog for a series looking at craft as a reminder that our Creator has crafted us and that He has given us creativity to create for His glory. She asked me to talk about the craft of writing a hymn. I loved this! In fact, two of my favorite …

Bittersweet

A few weeks ago, I was teaching someone the English word bittersweet. English is the fourth language my friend has learned, and his interest in the word reminded me of this special term we have. Bittersweet helps to explain why several of my friends and I expressed a love for the Good Friday services. It helps to explain why Lenten …

The True Worth of Great Writing

I was thinking about my teaching days recently, specifically when I used to teach Shakespeare. What fun we had! Sure, we talked about poetry. The classics. The theater. But the part I enjoyed the most? Talking about life. We were able to talk about sacrifice, love, hate, adolescent egocentrism, racism, friendship, truth, personal fable, and the list goes on. Sure, …

When There Are No Words

Some days, words fail. This may sound strange coming from a writer. And if you’ve read my writing-about-writing blog before, you’ll know that I give great importance to the power of words. But sometimes, our words seem too little, too trite, too hollow to do justice to what has just happened. In moments of extreme joy. In moments of wondrous …

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 …

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 …

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 …