On Being Creatively Constipated

A friend of mine commented the other day, “I noticed you haven’t been posting as much as you used to.” It’s true, and it bothers me. Writing infrequently in recent months has morphed into some combination of guilt, frustration, and shame. Maybe you can relate regarding some creative endeavor of your own? I feel like […]

Home Building Updates

We’ve been building our house for years. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but it seems like it. When we moved to Wisconsin the fall of 2015, we looked at homes for a few months and decided that building was the best option for us. We found a lot location that provided walkability to downtown with it’s coffee […]

On Sickness, Death, and Winter

This past week was pretty crappy. Because I like things neat and tidy and to go the way I want them to go, it was a sucker punch to the face to realize, once again, that I’m not in control of the universe. I’ll start with the less trivial things. All week, I was wicked […]

#OneWord365 2017

Are you familiar with the idea of choosing a single word and seeing where it takes you in a year? It’s not too late to join the official movement here: This past year my word was restore; and did I experience restoration? I think so, yes. More about that in a moment. It’s both a […]

Some Words of Hope After the Election

I get that enough has been written about this election already…and yet I write on. Sometimes (a lot of the time) I write to figure out what I’m thinking, to pull myself out of darkness and fear and into light and truth. So, if you have found your way here, I appreciate the time you’re […]

My Interview For “Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket” & A Book Give-away

My friend Jenny Rae Armstrong just wrote an incredible book, Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket, a compilation of creative ideas for wanna-be world changers. I love this book, and not only because she was generous enough to include several friends from her writing community to be a part of it. You will […]

10 Observations from Escape to the Lake 2016

A few weeks ago our family attended our third Escape to the Lake (ETTL). What is ETTL? We all laugh about that question because it’s actually kind of hard to describe. Is it a conference? Is it a camp? Is it a retreat? Is it for artists or fans? Kids, families, or singles? Is it for […]

A Theological Coming Out

A few weeks ago I co-taught the Bible lessons for a Vacation Bible School program at the Presbyterian church next door. I loved it. I really enjoyed making the stories come alive and thought nothing of the fact that the leaders shepherding the kids through our station were also listening. Along with my co-lead, I […]

For All the Suffering

I wonder if every generation thinks about the state of the world, “This is the worst it’s ever been.” Our generation’s current troubles—acts of terrorism, rampant abortion, random school shootings, clergy sex scandals, police brutality, racial divides, and human trafficking—are just a few potential sources of injustice and suffering that plague us. And that’s on […]

Reflections on the Festival of Faith and Writing

It’s been two weeks since the 2016 Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI—a gathering for Christian readers, writers, editors, and book pitchers. It took me that much time to process it, because like the pile of papers and books I brought home, there was a cluttered pile of mental sentiments […]