If You Question It, Delete It.

“Kill your darlings.” – William Faulkner. There is an editor inside you. He doesn’t always give you answers, but he often, as you reread, highlights something. It’s the sentence that keeps catching your eye – the one you keep questioning. It’s the point you’re just not sure about. Of course, your inner editor is passive […]

Why Must Paul Preach With Clarity?

“At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:4 How can Paul say he “ought” to […]

Just Type Furiously.

You want to write that book. You don’t have time. Too many chores, too many bills to pay…you need a log cabin. You need time on your own. You need the writer’s lifestyle. But actually, what you need is 25 minutes. Not just any 25 minutes – 25 minutes of fastidious, intense, keyboard-pounding, ninja-skill like […]

Scribblepreach Awards 08.13.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18″ – $1.99. Heard good things, can’t wait to dig in! Apologetics: An Essential Key to Understanding the NT Canon – Michael Kruger, balanced as ever, showing […]

Aristotle’s Simple Secret to Effective Communication.

In this week’s 6-minute video, you’ll learn: Why most “brilliant” communicators won’t attract an audience. How to avoid two extremes of ineffective communication. How great communicators keep things both clear and interesting. Aristotle’s simple tool that ensures you have a perfect communication style. (If you’re an e-mail subscriber, click here to view the video). If you […]

Christian Art Should Have an Agenda.

I’m weary of hearing folks who don’t create things quip: “The problem with Christian movies/stories/artwork is that it has an agenda.” This is absolute nonsense. Read Flannery O’Connor: Agenda, anyone? Watch a Pixar film: Agenda extraordinaires. Listen to Handel’s Messiah: Agenda-mania. T.S. Eliot once said he never would have written anything if he hadn’t had […]

When the Muse Mutinies

Writers ought to be in touch with their subconscious, especially on first drafts. Just let your hands move – type, don’t think. But after this, you need to take the muse off the throne. The first draft gives you an ingenious flood of creativity, but the second draft needs to make sense of it all. […]

You Can’t Overemphasize Truth.

It’s impossible to overemphasize any truth. It is possible to emphasize to the exclusion of something else. It’s not possible to overemphasize God’s sovereignty. It is possible to emphasize it to the exclusion of human responsibility. It’s not possible to overemphasize social justice. It is possible to emphasize it to the exclusion of evangelism. It’s […]