Not too long ago I had someone pitch me a book. The book had good potential, but needed some revisions. As in other cases in my experience, the author was ready to participate in the marketing of the book, but by that it seemed clear that it was going to be publisher-initiated. The author expected me to help him revise his book and then take the lead on advertising it. This is what ‘traditional publishers’ do. I had to explain that A., I am not a publisher in that sense and B., publishers like that are a dying breed. There … continue reading...
I’ve written it before and I’m writing it again. As life around me has become complex, the remedy for the complexities have become simple: trust in the Lord with all your heart. This has brought great peace and joy to me as I’ve learned in a very pro-active and productive environment that I am not at the helm and the buck does not stop with me. I am not promoting complacency, apathy, or laziness. It just seems that there’s lots of spinning wheels going on with little progress when perhaps God is telling us to just put it in … continue reading...
Popular opinion has been to call Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger every vile name in the book for his sordid affair with the housekeeper, fathering a baby with her while while his wife was pregnant as well.
On the one hand, we have the stand that leaders should be above reproach. There are many in the Christian community who hold a man’s character in high regard in the political arena. Of course we do not want a man in leadership who is flawed with glaring weaknesses if we have a say in the matter through our votes.
But then… there’s David and … continue reading...
The disciples argued with each other about who would be greatest. Think about that. Not only grown men, but the disciples. These guys were hand-picked by God Himself for the task of being the closest to Jesus and they were arguing about which one of them would be better than the other.
Time and time again I think of the capacity every one of us have for being like this. And yet, if we are honest, we don’t believe it. How prideful we’ve become.
Jesus knew their thoughts and He stood a child next to Him and said this:… continue reading...
Athanatos Christian Ministries (ACM) invites you to the 3rd Annual Christian Short Story and Poetry Contest. ACM is calling all young Christians to promote Christian world view through fiction. The ministry believes that the secular world is promoting itself through the arts and that Christians should be prepared to fight back.
All winners and honorable mentions receive complimentary access to Athanatos Christian Ministry’s online apologetics conference on literature. The grand prize winner of the 19 and up category of this contest will be invited to present at the conference. Short Stories Categories includes College (19 thru 90+) Category prizes are … continue reading...
When we turn to Jesus as our Savior and Lord, there is a mystery that occurs beyond human comprehension. The sin that once marked us is gone.
As if it was never there.
Yet, sin… it’s always “there”.
When one receives Christ, the payment of sin, being eternal death, turns into eternal life. There’s a contract on all of our heads. We came into the world vulnerable and helpless. We can’t help ourselves but to sin and to be destined for the results.
Sin creates a problem. It distances us from God. His hand is extended toward … continue reading...
Story Craft, John R. Erickson
Book Review by Debbie Thompson, ACM Volunteer
If you have 8-10 year old children you may already know John Erickson. He is the author of the popular Hank, the Cowdog stories. Hank is such a delightful doggy character that almost any child or animal loving adult will shake their head at his foibles, laugh at his doggy logic, and wish that they could just once scratch him behind the ears. But here is the amazing thing about Hank the Cowdog: he is an undercover agent, covertly planting goodness, truth, mercy, justice, courage, and joy … continue reading...
Observations on Writing Christian Fiction culled from comments on the novels submitted to the ACM novel contest.
First and foremost, our culture needs good stories, well crafted and edited, which affirm and extend thinking about Christian ideas and teaching. Sometimes these stories have to be communicated in an explicit way but that approach often limits readership and we end up ‘preaching to the choir’. A good story which is well crated can make its message subtle and therefore more widely appealing by restraining the impulse to make it explicitly Christian.
Don’t try to ‘put on’ a Christian mask in … continue reading...
Book Review by Mary Ann Kreitzer
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare — hearing the words, “You have a very sick child.” For a dad, it’s particularly difficult because his job, besides providing materially for his family, is to protect his loved ones from harm. But when illness strikes a child, a dad often stands helpless to “fix it.” Decisions about dealing with a critical illness in an already born child are difficult enough, but when that illness occurs in utero, parents are faced with another issue. The question is inevitable – “Will you keep it?” Since Roe v. Wade made … continue reading...
Please be patient with me as I process this Pastor Terry Jones and his cancelled burn the Koran event (although now an update is he may reconsider since the mosque/community center will not be moved from Ground Zero as he believed).
I read a bit about his background but am not going to label him a fanatic who has gone off the deep end, nor will I label him a godly man standing up for righteousness. Because I do not know. I do not know his heart.
Yet, his behavior is likened to many who we have hailed as heroic … continue reading...
But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
commend: present as suitable for approval or acceptance; recommend.
So God is not just demonstrating love, He is presenting it to us and giving His approval, His acceptance.
Then why is it we demand from others what we have been forgiven of?
Why isn’t that same love given to others?
Why is it we disapprove what God approves?
Why is it we find people unacceptable?
Because you are still in charge of your life.
How we skirt around this with … continue reading...
People want to be valued. People need to be valued.
Apparently, God greatly values people. Even people who do not believe in Him. Because while we were yet sinners, He died for us. That love is what draws us.
How do we rate?
Many churches have become so large that we have lost the social connections. We try to suffice through replacing breaking bread from house to house with cell groups tailor-made for specific needs. We have programs to teach people to be hospitable. We read books that help us to be better Christians. It’s an attempt, howbeit earnest … continue reading...
I wonder if we realize how vast God’s love is for humanity. Beyond those who believe, but those who aren’t sure or do not (for whatever reason).
I imagine one of my kids walking along a path and me placing sure footing in front of each step they take. Even if they hated me I would still do it. Even if they committed the worst sin I would still do it.
I think there is too much Pharisaical thinking in a lot of us today. When one of us goes down, or at the very least, does not look like … continue reading...