Thorns

The other night, I had myself pretty stressed out. Everything I needed to do, all the tiny, forgotten details, and the stacks of correspondence seemed to be closing in on me. Each second, I remembered two more things. Last Sunday’s sermon was on the parable of the Sower. (And I got to read the Mark … More Thorns

The Director

There’s this thing that authors aren’t supposed to do. A deadly thing. So deadly they put it in a foreign language. It’s called deus ex machina. It literally means “god from the machine” a term used for the part in Greek and Roman plays when a “god” would descend into the middle of the play … More The Director

Redeemer

I was thinking about the book of Ruth today. It’s one of my favorites in the Bible. Maybe because it has a female main character and gives a nice break from the violence and hopelessness of Judges. More probably because it is partly a love story… Boaz never apologizes first. Ruth doesn’t have a cute car (more … More Redeemer

Master Storyteller

I’ve been thinking a lot about denouements lately. They’ve been cropping up in articles, workshops, and even everyday conversation as Mom helped us fix our French pronunciation. 🙂 Everyone says this is one of the most important parts of your story. It’s the summation. The tied strings. The tiny puzzle piece that can make or break the … More Master Storyteller