“A Man Named John Smith” – Story Warren, September 2015
“Give It to the Alien”  – Story Warren, November 2013


“The Mess at the Wall” – Church at Charlotte Blog, January 2015
“A Gospel Story”  – Church at Charlotte Blog, January 2015
“Pure Imagination”
 – Church at Charlotte Blog, October 2015
The Poetry of Baseball: Finishing Well” – The Rabbit Room, October 2015
“Though We’re Strangers” – Church at Charlotte Blog, October 2015
“The Bible Quiz Subculture”The Curator, September 2015
“When Everything is Broken, Remember” – Church at Charlotte Blog, September 2015
“Writing with Light” – Church at Charlotte Blog, July 2015
“I’m Not the Queen” – Church at Charlotte Blog, July 2015
“Community and Compulsion” – Church at Charlotte Blog, June 2015
“Exchange” – Church at Charlotte Blog, April 2015
“Saturday: Sabbath”  – Church at Charlotte Blog, April 2015
“Perception and Grace” – Church at Charlotte Blog, March 2015
“The Story Needs to Be Told” Church at Charlotte Blog, February 2015
“The Melancholy Ones”  – Church at Charlotte Blog, December 2014
“Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative”  – Church at Charlotte Blog, November 2014
“Practice” – Church at Charlotte Blog, November 2014
“Of Maps and Shadows” – Greener Trees, October 2014
“Exploring Infinity” – Church at Charlotte Blog, August 2014
“The Ice Bucket Challenge” – The Curator, August 2014
“Feast of Grace”  – Church at Charlotte Blog, July 2014
“Rethinking Scarcity: The Emergence of Creative Communities” – The High Calling, June 2014
“The Other Side of the Glass”  – Church at Charlotte Blog, June 2014
“Listening Walls” – The Curator, June 2014
“A Romance It Certainly Is” (Revised) – Church at Charlotte Blog, May 2014
“Destruction and Creation”  – Church at Charlotte Blog, April 2014
“Death and Resurrection”  – Church at Charlotte Blog, April 2014
“A Year in Asia with Bible Christians” – Everyday Liturgy, March 2014
“A Year in Asia with Evangelicals” – Everyday Liturgy, March 2014
“A Year in Asia with Anglicans” – Everyday Liturgy, March 2014
“Our Beautiful Common Humanity”  – The Curator, September 2013
“The Love of a Thing” – Story Warren, July 2013
“Summoned By Music and Light” – Greener Trees, July 2013
“A Romance It Certainly Is” – Everyday Liturgy, June 2013
“The Stories I Rub Shoulders With” – Everyday Liturgy, June 2013
“The Art of Baseball” – The Curator, April 2013
“I Write Stories During Sermons” – Everyday Liturgy, January 2013
“The Gospel According to Eliot” – Greener Trees, January 2013
A Sinner Saved by Grace” – Cairn, Spring 2012


Ron Block’s Walking Song – The Curator, September 2013
Joss Whedon’s 
Much Ado About Nothing – The Curator, July 2013
Jonathan Auxier’s Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes – Story Warren, January 2013

Recent Posts

Pushing to Christmas

I’m sleeping on the couch near the Christmas tree tonight. I just want to be by the lights longer, to drift toward dreamland in their glow. I’ve just arrived home from a Christmas concert and the chords of “Silent Night” are still echoing in my memory as I lie here, but the music of the evening isn’t why I’m sleeping out by the tree. No, I’ve been thinking about doing this all week.

I’m a no-Christmas-before-Thanksgiving hardliner, but this year I found myself wishing for Christmas to come, faster, faster. As if by wishing I could hurry it along. As if I could push myself forward, even just a few seconds faster than ordinary time goes, to Christmas.

I know a lot of people who are weary this year. Weary of the battles, the disappointments, the violence, the bile that seems to be spewing out everywhere. Some people look back. They think of another year, another era. They may be looking through rose colored glasses or they may actually be right that things used to be better. But I’m looking forward, not for rose-colors but for twinkle lights.

It’s dark out there.

We’re entering the tenebrous season of Advent now. Pushing through the weeks of expectant waiting for the King’s arrival. He won’t come like we expect him, though. He never has. We wanted a conquering ruler and he came as a little baby, ready to live a fragile human life and then lay himself down as a blood sacrifice for the sins of the world. It wasn’t what we expected.Christmas

The light shines in the darkness.

We might expect Christmas to arrive with blinding brightness and bombastic fanfare, but it often comes with a night like this one, where we drift off to sleep in the room with the tree. The twinkle lights are just tiny points of brightness, but the whole corner is aglow with them.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

I need a little bit of hope this year. I need the light shining in the darkness. I need what Advent and Christmas mean. I’m pushing toward Christmas this year, pushing forward to the twinkle lights shining in the darkness. They’re small, like a tiny Savior born in a manger. They’re steady, like a kind carpenter who took Mary as his bride. And they’re bright, bright as the eyes of a young mother looking down at the Hope of the World in her arms.

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