Tackling Transitions

Next week, a new series of blog posts will begin to be published on the site Off The Page, a ministry of Our Daily Bread. I am excited about this opportunity to reach a larger audience and hope that the posts are engaging, inspiring, and thought provoking– sincere and maybe even a little funny nowContinue reading “Tackling Transitions”

Building Community

This past weekend, I spent some time in Indiana with about a dozen other writers who mostly met about three months ago at the Festival of Faith and Writing.  We decided to come together because we’re all at similar places in our careers, like-minded in ideology and vision for our poetry, and we’re all outrageouslyContinue reading “Building Community”

Occupy Tea Wall Party Street and Why I Dislike This Conversation

This afternoon I posted a link to Dave Ramsey’s “Dear Occupy Wall Street” blog, which raised some discussion on Facebook.  I am a fan of Dave Ramsey’s no-nonsense, pull yourself up from the bootstraps approach to personal finances, and I like his spitfire and sarcasm.  He is straightforward and pulls no punches.  He also holdsContinue reading “Occupy Tea Wall Party Street and Why I Dislike This Conversation”

Creativity in Worship

Recently I started working with the worship team at our church, and I’ve been having so much fun.  I don’t sing, and while I might be able to toot a tune on the ol’ licorice stick, there isn’t a whole lot of room for a clarinet in our contemporary worship band.  Unless we start playingContinue reading “Creativity in Worship”

Praise Sarah, From Whom All Blessings Flow…?

I’m having a hard time writing this blog because I want to sound cool. This is the trouble with confession – the idea is to humble yourself, not justify every little pip and squiggle. So here it is: your church service has revolved around one person for the last six months: me. I know youContinue reading “Praise Sarah, From Whom All Blessings Flow…?”