7 Steps Anyone can Take to Lead.

    A few weeks ago, David Murray posted on the #1 reason pastors are fired in their first year of ministry: a lack of EQ (Emotional Quotient – or, “peopleability”).  Well, I’ll be the first to admit I have a hard time in this area; I tend to focus on teaching and preaching to […]

How to Write Like Orson Welles

According to Welles: 1. “The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.” 2. “I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.” 3. “A good artist should be isolated. If he isn’t isolated, something is wrong.” 4. “I want to […]

34 Books that Influenced C.S. Lewis

Last week I posted a series of writing tips courtesy of Bob Dylan. One piece of advice that struck me was his admonition not just to listen to your favorite artists, but also to listen to what they listened to. Since I have a lot of C.S. Lewis fans, I thought I’d share from my […]

A Glimpse of Truth: Crash

“It’s the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.”

6 Ways to Understand the New Testament Use of the Old Tesament

Have you ever read Matthew, Paul or another NT writer quoting the OT in a way that made you scratch your head? “Maybe if I look it up, it will help”. You look up the reference, and…it’s even worse. The writer seems to take the quote totally out of context. The Bible wasn’t prophesying JESUS […]

Bob Dylan: 11 Writing Tips.

1. “It is only natural to pattern yourself after someone. If I wanted to be a painter, I might think about trying to be like Van Gogh, or if I was an actor, act like Laurence Olivier. If I was an architect, there’s Frank Gehry. But you can’t just copy someone. If you like someone’s […]

12 Ways to Enjoy Life Like a Hobbit

As I read once again through LOTR, I’m reminded of how much I love Hobbits. There’s something attractive about these ‘strange folk’; we love to be in the Shire with them, hear their conversations. I’d go so far as to say we’re jealous of them, because Hobbits represent everything we corporate folk are not. A […]

A Glimpse of Truth: A Tale of Two Cities.

Maybe my favorite line from literature of all time: “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, […]