Sand in the Gears

Death in Charleston

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 Posted in Faith and Life | 18 Comments »

Tonight I made my way home through rain driven from a shrouded sky. It struck the scorched asphalt, and everywhere was steam. I remembered the verse, how rain falls on the just and the unjust, and as I squinted against ...

Good guy or bad guy?

Friday, September 20th, 2013 Posted in Fatherhood, The Art of Parenting, The Sermons | 15 Comments »

One of my sons asked about an historical figure, or maybe it was some living politician whom history will soon forget. My son wanted to know whether this man was a good guy, or a bad guy. This is our most ...

How we talk about good and evil

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 Posted in Faith and Life | Comments Off on How we talk about good and evil

Those of you who caught my first essay, in which I argued that the layman no longer has adequate language to discuss good and evil, and who did not subsequently spit out your coffee while sputtering with outrage, might appreciate ...

Words for Good and Evil

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 Posted in Faith and Life | 3 Comments »

The thing is, I'd rather write screenplays. Actually, I'd like to write novels that become screenplays. Or short stories that get spun into TV series. (Did you know that "Justified" is based on an Elmore Leonard story?) The other thing—one of ...

Monster parents

Monday, December 28th, 2009 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 19 Comments »

A woman and her boyfriend beat her two-month old baby to death on Christmas Eve in Detroit, and the Wayne County Prosecutor suggests parenting classes might help stem the tide of such abuse. While we lose the traditions and practices ...

Christian Fiction, Part III: Bad Writing Is Evil

Friday, April 6th, 2007 Posted in The Artful Life | 6 Comments »

After I discovered Leif Enger's Peace Like a River, I breathlessly recommended it to my friends. I could barely disguise my disappointment when some said it was "too slow," or "hard to get into." I love them all the same, ...