5 Writing Lessons from Stephen King

Stephen King’s book “On Writing” is a must for any aspiring writer. Here are five helpful tidbits just to tease your tastebuds: 1. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 2. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” 3. “Any word […]

15 Things I Learned from the Movies that Never Panned Out.

Movies are deceptive. Especially when you’re home-schooled. You get to thinking life is a certain way, and then it hits you like a bucket of cold movie-theater butter and you’re left there looking like an idiot wondering why you and your long-lost sister don’t have your own theme songs. Don’t believe me? Well then – […]

YSIB: Principle #1: How to Preach Passionately.

Welcome to the new series, “Your Sermon is Boring – 21 Principle for Preaching that Captivates”. Have you ever heard a really bad, really good sermon? Maybe it broke all the rules; no clear point, not organized, poorly illustrated; but somehow, it worked? Or maybe you’ve crafted a slick message, presented it for a congregation, […]

A Glimpse of Truth: Winnie the Pooh

Speaking of logical fallacies, my wife and I cracked up reading this aloud to Caleb last night:      The Piglet lived in a very grand house in the middle of a beech-tree, and the beech-tree was in the middle of the Forest, and the Piglet lived in the middle of the house. Next to his […]

Your Sermon is Boring: 21 Principles for Preaching that Captivates.

Hey Readers, I’m really excited to introduce a new series on Scribblepreach.com starting next Monday Morning: “Your Sermon is Boring: 21 Principles for Preaching that Captivates.” I’ve been organizing this list for a few years now, and it’ll eventually become a free e-book I put up for subscribers to the blog. For now, here’s a […]

How Not to Argue Like an Idiot…The 15 Most Common Logical Fallacies

Whether we like it or not, the protestant tradition is founded on “reason and the scriptures” – whether it’s Martin Luther standing before the Diet of Worms, C.S. Lewis apologetically defending the faith via radio waves, or Jonathon Edwards detailing the philosophical argument for the captivity of the soul – we are a community founded […]

A Glimpse of Truth: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“So — back again, Harry.” Harry felt as though his insides had turned to ice. He looked behind him. Sitting on one of the desks by the wall was none other than Albus Dumbledore. Harry must have walked straight past him, so desperate to get to the mirror he hadn’t noticed him. ” — I […]

Why do We Need Story?

Dr. Jonathon T. Pennington of SBTS, on “Why we need The Gospels” in “Reading the Gospels Wisely”:      Speaking of ‘art’ in its broadest sense, Dana Gioia observes: ‘Art addresses us in the fullness of our being – simultaneously speaking to our intellect, emotions, intuition, imagination, memory and physical senses. There are some truths about […]