The Master Musician and the Church

updated November 16, 2019 Since my husband and I both started a daily gratitude list, every day is a kind of Thanksgiving Day. And since the church often makes it onto my list, today I'm sharing some challenging words to and about the church from The Master Musician: Meditations on Jesus (InterVarsity Press, 2015) by John Michael Talbot. … Continue reading The Master Musician and the Church

Writing and Other Acts of Faith

Have you ever thought of writing as an act of faith? It takes faith: To have an idea and start putting it into words even before you understand all that it means; To keep on writing without knowing if any of it will ever make sense to anyone else; To spend hours alone at your desk … Continue reading Writing and Other Acts of Faith


A Bible Study Guide on Handel’s Messiah

This week I decided to treat myself by starting the Advent/Christmas season a few weeks early with this new study guide, The Messiah: The Texts Behind Handel's Masterpiece by Douglas Connelly (InterVarsity Press, 2014). After all, since I was already celebrating Christmas in October, it seemed quite natural for my thoughts to turn next to … Continue reading A Bible Study Guide on Handel’s Messiah

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

Five weeks ago, I posted Why Writers Should Stop Blogging, and decided to take my own advice by cutting back on blogging from three times a week to just once or twice. Just as I had hoped, this more flexible approach to blogging has felt freeing, and I've been able to use some of the extra time for other writing and starting my newest project on creativity.

Why I’m Still Holding onto Christmas

And why not? It may well be that Jesus' birth was not actually at this time of year at all. The gospel of Luke includes shepherds in the fields with their sheep (Luke 2:8) which would have been more likely in spring, and a rare meeting of Saturn and Jupiter also in the spring may have been the star sign observed by the magi.