The Magical Imagination

As a genre, fantasy has made great strides in recent years, especially within Christian fiction. Yet some are still inclined to ask, “How can this be okay?” For me, the main point of fantasy is about feeding the imagination. A healthy, daring imagination is a holy thing, and vital to raising strong, well-balanced children. While…

Three for #3: A Review for a Song!

Due to FB’s stringent contest rules, I had to relocate the contest info here. Sorry for the extra step! INTRO: Beginning immediately, I’m going to give away 3 free, signed copies of Book 3: The Song of Unmaking to 3 separate winners! Winners will receive their books just as soon as the book releases next…

Quick Review of Genesis 15

I chose to launch my blog with a series focusing on families. In particular, I’ve sought to examine various aspects of a father’s role as head of his own family. Abram/Abraham was a great template for this. If you need a quick review, this should help: Everything begins with God, who commits Himself in covenant…

Contending for the New

In Genesis 15, the call to Abram and his dialog with God form a microcosm of the call to all fathers—you and me included. As I conclude this little intro series in the next few verses, things quickly take a strange turn. What’s going on? “And (God) said to him, ‘I am the LORD who…

From Here to the Far Side of Crazy Big

Time is both fact and dilemma. It frustrates, disappoints, rewards and thwarts. It blinds us (can’t see the future); lures us (maybe today will be better); haunts us (“memories, like the corners of my mind…”); and intoxicates (I never want this moment to end!). It is perhaps the most inescapable mystery of human existence. The…

You Can’t Do it Alone, Man

“Then the word of the Lord came to Abram, saying, ‘This man will not be your heir; but one who shall come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.’ ” (Gen 15:4) Let us now pause and give thanks for Woman. Abram will have an heir. He’s going to be a son, not…

More Than 15 Seconds: The Lasting Fame of Family

Humor me. For just a moment, consider the following “thought experiment:” After a chance encounter at your local grocery store, a world-famous talent scout says you have what it takes to be great and famous. Or maybe Warren Buffett calls and says he wants to make you wealthy. Maybe you have a dream in which…