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Celestial Rodeo

The massive bull weighed two thousand pounds. Well, two thousand and nine actually, according to the auctioneer’s official scale reading, and he did not want to get into the trailer. And I had never tried to put a bull in a trailer before. A few cows, yes. A bull, no. Two of us stood inside […]

God, the Playwright

“God, The Playwright” is a free verse rendition of Frederick Buechner’s book Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale. In this poem, I take the reader through the Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale of the Gospel in order to reveal that our Creator is in fact the Master Storyteller and the […]

Imagining Conversion

It is difficult, if not impossible, to act without first imagining what one is about to do. And it is difficult to imagine something one has never seen or heard described before. If an evangelist says “repent and be saved” to someone who lacks a clear idea of what “repent and be saved” looks like, […]

Light in the Darkness

(Inspired by the true story of Charlotte Thomason which you can read at charlottethomason.com) The mud seized Beth’s boots with each step, the sludge doing its best to drag her feet and ankles permanently into its murky depths and hold her there ‘til she could no longer recall where she was going. She slowly ran […]

Reviving a Sacred Imagination

In the fourth chapter of Proverbs, Solomon instructs his son to diligently tend his own soul: My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their […]

Awe

Edmund Spenser [1552/1553 – 1599] invented the Spenserian stanza for his book, The Fairie Queen. He filled his beautiful, allegorical work with characters that inspire the reader’s imagination — knights, courageous women, magical creatures, and a dragon. I’ve chosen Spenser’s poetic rhyme scheme to inspire the reader to pause and truly soak in the magic […]