I'm just proud to call you friend. Keep up your good works. But always remember, pray not for wisdom, or talent, or power, or prestige, but pray for God to show you his wonder in the here and now, in this moment. In every moment. For that is His Kingdom. In the here and now. Why not make every moment count. Why live in the past? Why live in the … [Read more...]
If you'd like some insight into Hemingway's writing,
read his interview in the PARIS REVIEW from 1958.
Earnest Hemingway, The Art of Fiction No.21
Interviewed by George Plimpton
ISSUE 18, Spring 1958
"When a writer omits things he does not know, they … [Read more...]
I've been to many writing workshops -- held a few of my own -- and I invariably ask for a show of hands, "How many of you grew up on a farm?" More than half usually hold their hands high. And proudly.
Granted, it's a small sample size for any bona fide research project. But, it does seem to me that many writers did grow … [Read more...]
He gave us one. Why wouldn't He have one. It's time for a funny. So here... On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you … [Read more...]
All of my novels in the Solo series include a few theological discussions between the rector and some of the characters. Here's one from The Actress.
After breakfast, I told Father Paul how guilty I felt.
“Satan wants you to feel guilty,” he said. “Satan is the ultimate accuser. He cherishes our guilt. Do you know why? … [Read more...]
An Excerpt From The Rector.
As the teacher drove on, I began to wonder about all the evil in the world. “Father, I don’t understand something. Where does evil come from in the first place? How could God allow it? I thought He was completely sovereign.”
“He is. Let me explain it this way: God cannot do evil and He did not … [Read more...]
In Matthew 5:21 Jesus says: "You have heard it said to the people long ago ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment." Then, in verse 22 Jesus takes the commandment a step further when he says, "But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, Raca … [Read more...]
Why would Jesus turn water into wine for his first miracle? And why did he object when his mother asked him to do something about the empty wine jars? She said to him, "They have no more wine." She was asking Jesus to fix the problem. It's important to understand the … [Read more...]
DISCERNMENT— Part II: How Can We Discern Good from Evil? The basic principle for applying discernment is a solid understanding of Scripture. Scripture is the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative word of God. It is to be our only rule of faith and practice. Discernment is the application of scripture to life; it is finding that wisdom … [Read more...]
@MHThompsonSr This space will be devoted to a group of Christian authors and readers, all of us delving deeper into God’s inspired word through our comments. I’m merely acting as the catalyst to get us started each week. After this Discernment series, I hope to post on topics such as The Soul—What Is It? And Holy Spirit—What’s He Doing … [Read more...]