Books come in different forms and serve various purposes. Some books are read, then shelved so they can be retrieved during times of difficulty. Like poems and Psalms, they wrap us in a protective coat and inspire us to persevere. With wisdom and guidance, they offer us a gentle push and help change our perspectives on life.
Douglas Kashorek, preacher for the Plattsburg [New York] Church of Christ has a a new novel, Kin of Cain. He is the only man in Churches of Christ that I know of, with a published novel. He updates the story of Beowulf in the Adirondack mountains in a fantasy novel that is filled with suspense. He covers the era between the end of the Civil War to the Great Depression in the Adirondack Mountains. He includes a lot of Scripture in the novel and preaching and Scripture have a key part in the plot.
I review Paula Harrington’s new book, A Common Bond. She interviews several experienced and knowledgeable preachers and shares their answers to help her readers see preaching from the inside out. Paula has done good work with this book.
On my Moving Word writing blog, I have weekly writing exercises to help you grow as a writer. They are fun, as well.
Today I provide an opportunity to write about a memory of exploring outdoors when you were young and what you found there. I also give you a chance to create a character and tell us who they are and what they are about. On Mondays, we have What Do You See? where you write a scene based on a photo.
I hope you will come and explore the site. I hope to grow this site over time and make it something special. I have interviews with writers and novelists in the church, as well.
“If we want to write a non-fiction article that will move people to act decisively to improve their lives or correct a shortcoming, we must remember these four basic tips. We must never settle for mediocrity. Always strive to produce a masterpiece, even if we fall short. Aspiring for greatness pushes us to higher levels of competency.”
“A writer opens his toolbox and places his tools on the table, to construct a work of art. Words take form and sentences become pages. The writer labors to find the perfect word in his arsenal of vocabulary. His training, knowledge, study and reading come to bear as he struggles for perfection. His freedom of thought pours onto the page and something special takes life. Writing is a singular exercise built on the shoulders of the ages. The penman fills his toolbox with the best at his disposal. Words are his sword.”
The issue is that the vocabularies of readers are growing smaller, so writers have a smaller pool of words to choose from, as they write. What can we do about this challenge as writers of sermons/articles?
I am continuing my interviews with writers of fiction and non-fiction on the Moving Word. I am enjoying them and many readers appear to, as well.
Tomorrow, the Hinesville, Georgia lectureship starts. I speak on Sunday morning on “Heaven is a Temple.” This is a challenging subject, but I will conquer it.
It has been quiet around here since Randal has been gone. Please stop by and read Tim Hall’s new article at Forthright. He will soon be taking a hiatus from his column, so read him while you still have the chance!
May God bless you richly. Remember that, “Faith and peace are paddles to get you through the stormy waters of life.”
I have, what I consider to be, an excellent interview with Tom Wacaster, author of several excellent commentaries. His thoughts on evangelism are memorable and inspiring.
Do you have a love for libraries? I share my love for them and I wonder what will happen to them in the digital age. Share your thoughts, as well.
Interview with Allen Webster of House to House. His articles are read by millions of people. See what he has to say about writing.
In my series of interviews with bloggers, I interview Weylan Deaver today. I hope you will stop by and read his interesting thoughts.
Greetings. I have not been active here lately. As you know, I have been working on getting my website and mission started helping people become better writers. That has taken a lot of my time. It is like trying to raise a baby. I am proud of the progress so far.
My question at the blog today is where your ideas for articles come from. Share your stories.
Today is three months since I began these health challenges. I am somewhat better and learning how to cope with everything. Overcoming self-reliance, so I can accept help from others was a challenge. I expect that is true of most men. My family has been extraordinary.
My article today is called Peace in His Pocket and looks at one man’s life and how he remains calm amidst chaos.
I had the privilege to vote today, which is always an extraordinary opportunity.
We plan to have Randal and his family with us in Georgia in September. It will be glorious to see them again and to hear him preach!
Daniel’s recent nudge turns our minds to sanctification, which is one of the most vital and overlooked topics in the New Testament. Thanks, Daniel, for reminding us.
On Wednesday, I plan to start a series on the Sermon on the Mount. That should be a lot of fun.
I have posted my mission as a writer as well as that of J. Randal Matheny, Ron Thomas, Paula Harrington, John Henson, Weylan Deaver, Mike Riley an d Jeff A. Jenkins. Come and read what they say and share your mission as a writer.
I also have an interview with Adam Faughn about perspectives on blogging.