Let’s get our head on straight about this

This ‘Sin’ issue, I mean. This article below prompted a long-standing theological issue to surface yet again. https://www.dailywire.com/news/39037/listen-popular-christian-singer-lauren-daigle-not-amanda-prestigiacomo?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro Basically a nice young Christian music celebrity can’t say for certain if a practice – homosexuality in this case – is a ‘sin’ on a TV talk show. Not real news, right? There’s been a lot of hedging, loads of waffle and mince on this one lately, so this can’t be a huge shock. So… she can’t? She won’t? Is our poor celebrity cowed by secular pressure? Choosing the ‘fear of Man’ over the… Read More

Thoughts on ‘art’ as ‘ministry’

When churched people learn I’m a stained glass artisan who also writes fiction, after they recover from the initial surprise, they often spin my vocation as some form of ministry. (After all, it’s artistic, not practical. Not ‘real’ work, eh) So my windows must be for churches and my stories about Jesus or theology. Or maybe the End Times – that’s OK too. If I have the time and enough of a relationship with the individual, I try to explain my “Christian” testimony in these contexts actually consists of me treating my… Read More

Thoughts on the Conventions of Genre and Faith

  ” Those French have a different word for everything.” – Steve Martin as huffy ‘Merican tourist   *** I’ve come to accept the fact – but not really comprehend – there are people who don’t read. Like, at all. It’s an exertion, painful on the same level as a marathon or a colonoscopy. And of those who do read as a past-time, there are some who don’t read fiction, especially speculative fiction. My brother for example sees no value in the Lord of the Rings, which to him is a bunch… Read More

Mind the Gap

Some thoughts on the quandary of ‘crossover ‘ Christian Fiction. The ‘too Christian for secular and too secular for Christian’ phrase has been popping up like the proverbial bad penny in recent online discussions. Seems the ‘professional’ consensus is an aspiring Christian writer must fall firmly on one side or the other is they want to go pro, be taken seriously, make a living at their craft. Couple things: I’m as willing as any aggravated non-believer to toss ham-fisted didactics in the critics’s den. Good riddance, I say. Dramatized sermonizing tends to… Read More

The Grim Fall notes

WHO CAN YOU TRUST WHEN THE GODS BETRAY YOU? Tagline for my next novel right there. Eshu International and Clar1ty Wars are going to stew on the back burner for a while. The Grim Fall is the project that’s banging inside me demanding to be let out. So the initial outline is complete and I’m 15K into the first draft. To explain, The Grim Fall is a post-apocalyptic quest story set in a desolate, shattered fantasy world. The Gods managed to murder each other in their final cosmic battle before they could destroy… Read More

One for my ‘concerned’ brethren

When I mention my fiction writing in a group of Christians, I often get suspicious glances/blank looks when I explain I don’t write ‘Christian’ books or target the Christian market. It probably doesn’t help that I use the word ‘explicit’ to describe my approach. What I mean by that is I try to write whatever I believe best conveys a credible portrayal of both Christian and non-Christian elements. Part of my devotion to God is faithfulness in my vocation. I have to be true to God and true to my work, which… Read More

Shift Complete + Free Excerpts

The shift to Shift Tense is complete: all three novellas are now compiled in a single volume. Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement. Apologies to you print book lovers; at present, my status as a writer combined with the reader demographic for spec-fiction doesn’t make it worth the extra ISBN, effort, and cost to do POD. If anything, it gives you late-adopters another reason to buy an IPad or Kindle. Speaking of which…part one of both Running Black and Shift Tense are available in PDF here on the site. Scroll… Read More

Sozo at Crossover Alliance

The short fiction piece “Sozo” is currently featured at The Crossover Alliance. Many thanks to Mr. Alderman for the opportunity and gathering the like-minded. Only.99, “Sozo” is a quick read for your Kindle, and all proceeds from Dec/Jan sales will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project. Thanks much.

“Sozo” release day

The short story “Sozo” is now available at Amazon for Kindle, IPad, or whatever your flavor of eReader. Set in a fictional near-future, it is a redemptive story focused on a combat vet who faces hard choices instead of easy answers. A hair under 5K words, it’s only .99. All the proceeds for Dec/Jan will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project. Amazon Link Thank you and happy new year. – p.a.t. ps. if you enjoy it, please tell a friend and/or fire off a quick review. Much appreciated.

Coming Soon

A short story for those who fought the good fight and are still fighting. If anyone would like an Advance e-Copy, leave a comment below. Thanks.