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Why Fantasy?

“Is this written for children?” Authors of fantasy, myself included, often hear this question. The answer is, well, no.  Yes.  Maybe. Both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien pointed out that although fairy tales and myths have in our culture been … Continue reading

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Birthing a Novel

They say writing a novel is like giving birth.  I don’t think that’s quite right.  Writing a novel is like being pregnant; having it published is like giving birth. When the idea for a new novel first strikes us, it … Continue reading

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The Desert – New Book!

Re-announcement of my new book, The Desert.  A sequel to The Forest, it is the story of an impetuous young man who plunges into a forbidding and unknown desert, intent on rescuing his beloved.  He finds mortal danger, friendship and … Continue reading

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Home

I was no more than two or three years old when a strange but wonderful moment came upon me.  I was watching the passing scene from a car window as rolling hillocks of very green grass flowed by, lit by … Continue reading

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Being the Image of God

Each of us is a reflection of God.  Isn’t that stunning, when you really think about it?   How far I feel from the dignity and honor of simply, in myself, reflecting Him! But of course, no one reflects Him completely.  … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

Christmas comes in many layers.  On the far outside are the stores with their decorations, the crowds, the gift-buying, the Salvation Army bells.  This begins to set the mood and draw us toward the center.  Closer to home, in our … Continue reading

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A Theology of Oreo Cookies

Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.”  But I think life is like an Oreo cookie.  The bottom cookie is the world as we know it.  The top cookie is heaven.  They do not exist apart, but … Continue reading

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Grace

God’s grace is one of the greatest of mysteries.  I think a fitting Advent preparation for Christmas would be to try to comprehend more of this great gift than we ever have before.  Paul Tillich described it this way: “Grace … Continue reading

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Resurrection

Resurrection.  Have you ever tried to imagine it?  What does it look like?  What actually happened to Jesus’ body?  Do you imagine the color beginning to flow back into his flesh, then his eyes opening, then his arms and legs … Continue reading

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Pre-Easter Ponderings

Holy Saturday.  Thursday was Maundy Thursday, with an evening church service to celebrate the institution of the Eucharist.  It ended with the stripping of the altar, in which every ornament is removed.  At the end, the altar is completely bare, … Continue reading

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