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Five Easy Steps to Becoming a Writer

Daydream about it a lot. Talk about your story idea. Write three pages every three months—not necessarily of the same story. Stop talking about your story idea. Think about it some more. This is cheating, a little: you won’t actually become a writer but you can think of yourself as one.  And you’ll have to […]

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My Visit to The Shack

The Shack is again a topic of conversation with the opening of the movie version last weekend (as well as new publications like The Shack Revisited and The Shack Reflections).  I won’t see the movie, but I did read the book.  This review is adapted from my original thoughts: “What’s up with this book?” asked the […]

Happy New Year--Again??

Create in me O God a pure heart And grant a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence And turn not your holy spirit from me                                                 Psalm 51:10-11 The Hebrew word for “create”—Ba ra’—is reserved for God as something only he can do.  It is not mere making, or rearranging […]

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From His Own Mouth

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes.  And they led him away to their council, and they said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.”  Luke 22:66-67a It has been a long night.  Everyone is exhausted. Later, that will be their excuse, if they […]

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Lord, Look at Me

And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowd.  And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.  And Peter remembered . . .  Luke 22:60b-61a The deed is done, the words said— Those words, crowding my mouth, clamoring to get out, and where did they come from? What secret sniveling ghost of my heart […]

The Devil's Sifter

Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house.  Peter was following at a distance.  And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.  Luke 22:54-55 Within the hour, Simon “the Rock” feels like a handful […]

Time Closes In

And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.  Luke 22:39 He leads the way back toward their camping place on the Mount of Olives, but then turns aside in the little valley between the outer wall of Jerusalem and the crown of the […]

Setting the Table

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.  So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.”  Luke 22:7-8       The next day was Passover and no plans have been made.  Or so it seems.  While they are […]

The Deal

Now the feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover.  And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.  Luke 22:1-2 The next day, the eve of the Passover, the Master and his followers go into the city and make their […]

Watch Out

But watch yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap . . .”  And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet.  Luke 21:34, […]