The Last ScribblePreach Award

Dear Readers,

As many of you know by now, I’ve recently received a call to RUF ministry at the University of Missouri.

Over the weekend, several conversations and other acute circumstances have conspired together to make up my mind on something I’ve questioned: If campus ministry is going to take 50-60 hours of my week during the semester, do I have time to continue the work I’m doing at ScribblePreach?

The clear and definitive answer to that question is: Not without compromising my marriage, family, and ministry.

Providing the ScribblePreach Awards has been an absolute joy to me. But as one wise mentor said to me this weekend, “I regret all the good things I did rather than spend time with my family.” I felt the ache of that this weekend as I tried to rouse myself to prepare the awards, and finding I had to choose between this blog and my two boys and lovely wife.

So, I didn’t do it.

I feel good about that decision. I realize many of you have supported me monetarily to keep up costs here at the site at my Patreon site. THANK YOU so very much for believing in my work, and supporting it. Please consider this my clearance to either A. Transfer your support over to my ministry at Mizzou ( and type in “Nick McDonald”), or B. Give to another great cause that aligns with your mission and passions.

And finally, I want to say to all who’ve read, commented, e-mailed and enjoyed ScribblePreach: The very last ScribblePreach Award goes to you. Thank you for sharing with me a passion for Christ in our world. This has been enjoyable to me because we have done it together. Thank you.

And what of writing, you ask?

A few things:

  1. Feel free to follow me on twitter, where I’ll start channeling any resources I find around the web: @NicholasMcD
  2. I’m praying about beginning a video blog sometime next year, taking the apologetic portions of my weekly sermons to students and condensing them into a shareable format on Youtube. Stay tuned on the blog for more.
  3. I will continue to pursue my more at-length fiction and non-fiction work, as well as any guest posting opportunities when asked, and if it’s summer, and if it’s based on something I’ve already written…so not much of that guest posting stuff really.
  4. The bulk of my writing efforts will now be channeled into producing weekly sermons for students during the semester – I do invite you to partner with me in prayer for that. I want to spend myself doing this work, and I can’t let anything detract from it. I really do believe RUF is the most important ministry in the world.

And with that, I leave you with a farewell of our mutual friend:

I regret to announce – this is the end. I am going now. Goodbye.

*Disappears into the abyss*

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Nicholas McDonald is a blogger, pastor, and author of the book "Faker: How to Be Real When You're Tempted to Fake it." He studied creative writing and communication at Oxford University and Olivet Nazerene University, and received his M.Div from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Lexington, NC, with his wife and two boys, Caleb and Owen.


  1. My friends in campus ministry use social media for all the things you can imagine when it comes to being in contact with the students they work with. I’m sure we’ll see a lot fo you there. Praying for the work, family, life transition, Nick!

    • You’re right, Tim! You’ll certainly overhear (overread?) much of my ministry to students. Thanks for your encouragement over the years.

  2. Thanks for all your work here over the years Nick. I’ve enjoyed your distinctive and creative voice. May God richly bless you in your new calling and use you mightily for his glory and the good of souls. I’m sure we have not heard the last of you.

  3. Thanks so much for using your gifts to glorify Him and enrich our lives. I am sad for us but thankful for you. Many blessings in this new season.

    • Thank you for engaging with me and the content I put here on a regular basis, Jennifer! It made the journey more enjoyable.

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