A Little Can Go a Long Way

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This week we begin our second small group, and today I deliverd study guides to some of the participants. Did I mention that one of our first group members is also starting a new group? Makes me think. What if every small group spun off another like that? It’s called geometric progression. You know, 8, 16, […]

Advice from Churchill

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After last night’s blog, my friend Sue posted this quote by Winston Churchill on FB: “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” If Churchill had been the whiner I am, WWII would have been lost. “Never, never, never give up.”

Tired of Promoting

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In his book On Writing, Stephen King asks the question: “What are you going to write about”? He emphatically answers his own question, “Anything you damn well want. Anything at all as long as you tell the truth.” Sounds easy, huh? Especially for Christians. Truth telling is what we’re all about. I wish. The problem is […]

They Have My Back

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The preacher dropped by unexpectantly on the Searchers’ Class this morning. Of all passages, I was teaching I Corinthias 14, a lesson I titled “How to Do/or Not Do/Church.” John’s a warm, friendly guy, but I wonder if I made laypeople that nevous when I showed up unannounced. Keeping my promise (something every day): I invited another […]

The Urgent and the Important

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“The important is seldom urgent, and the urgent is seldom important.” I think it was Dwight D. Einsenhower who first said that, and it rings true with me, especially while working on this book. So easy to let urgent things, reading student papers for instance, crowd out promotional work. But it’s not that easy; is […]

A Good Word

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“Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). My friend and former pastor, Richard Bales died today. I’ll remember him for many things, but mostly for being a person who offered encouragment at just the right time. I’ve been blessed with many friends like […]


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Gave a book to someone who will use it with an Emmaus retreat. Could be a great opportunity. Their message seems a good fit with mine. Also, I’ve put some initial reader comments on the Fortis Press site. Check it out. Today, I took part in a focus group for Amarillo Magazine, a monthly publication of […]

Time for a Break

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A little overwhelmed tonight. OK, a lot overwhelmed tonight. Almost through with journals. Will get more tomorrow, plus research papers, plus creative writing samples. Plus . . . well, you get the idea, and you know the feeling. None of us has all the time we want. I started to write “need.” But I guess […]

Small Successes

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Was reading about Don Miller, the author of Blue Like Jazz who, just a couple of years after writing his bestseller, went into a funk because he couldn’t seem to write another. I’m reminding myself of this as I struggle with my own slow and small successes with the novelette. If one only feels happy […]

Being Genuine

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Will take part in a discussion tomorrow night over Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller. Did some research and found out he was influenced by Traveling Mercies by Anne LaMott. Not surprising. Both belong to a new genre of Christian writers who are not afraid to be genuine with their readers. I’m talking truly genuine–embarrassing […]