Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. And I thought this proclamation from earlier American President during a very tumultuous time in our country might be worth taking to heart. Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added,… Read More

Whence Cometh Evil?

Plenty is happening on the writing front but I want to post something on a serious note. In the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting, my wife and I attended an interfaith service at the Cape Cod Synagogue last night. Not the sort of thing I would have done earlier in my faith and religious walk. Not at all. But sometimes, things changed for the better. No, I haven’t embraced warm and fuzzy, Kumbaya ecumenicalism; we were invited and I believe it’s critical to be numbered among those who stand against savage acts… Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  LET THE STABLE STILL ASTONISH Let the stable still astonish: Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes, Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen; Crumbling, crooked walls; No bed to carry that pain, And then, the child– Rag-wrapped, laid to cry In a trough. Who would have chosen this? Who would have said, “Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth Be born in this place”? Who but the same God Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms Of our hearts And says, “Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth Be born in this place.”… Read More

Twenty Things

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”   – Psalm 90:12   Lately, I go over this list whenever I turn on my computer. *** You’re going to die and you have no idea when. Stop pretending that you’re invincible. Acknowledge the fact of your own mortality, and then start structuring your life in a more meaningful way. Everyone you love is going to die, and you don’t know when. This truth may be saddening at first, but it also gives you permission to… Read More

In Between

Thoughts on Faith and Disability A long-ish article that’s part testimony, part experiences as a Christian with a disability. I made it a separate page. There’s a drop down tab in the Header under About HSSJ or you can click on this link. Feel free to comment. I’ll get back to cyber-enhanced soldiers and half-breed orcs now. Have a good weekend.

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

Just my .02

Preachers often rail against the lure and message of Hollywood and there’s something to be said there in certain instances. But Life and the world being what they are, is it any wonder people seek escapism? In my experience, ministers called to declare ‘the greatest story ever told’ often fail to make it captivating, fail to engage the audience. Can you really fault them when the wonder of an Almighty God, His everlasting kingdom, the mystery and promise of redemption, get replaced by insipid platitudes or petty indignations? If those are the… Read More

A card-carrying member…

in the Post-Evangelical Wilderness. *** Not that I want to be defined by ‘what I’m against’ or slap on a trendy label, but after being called a ‘good post-evangelical’ recently, I prayed to St. Google and realized it was time to send away for my membership card and decoder ring. If you require further explanation, browse these links: Wiki Page, This Blog Post, or This One, and This Excellent Article. No, I’m not draping myself in the mantle of Indignant Victim/Misunderstood Prophet, nor am I jettisoning foundational orthodox doctrines. I’m weary of… Read More

Thought for today

“Somehow or other, and with the best intentions, we have shown the world the typical Christian in the likeness of a crashing and rather ill-natured bore—and this in the name of the one who assuredly never bored a soul in those thirty-three years during which he passed through the world like a flame. Let us, in heaven’s name, drag out the divine drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped upon it, and set it on an open stage to startle the world into some sort of… Read More

Plug for ‘Story’

Of the hundreds of ‘How to Write’ books, I suspect there are very few you actually need. “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers”, Gotham Writer’s Workshop’s Writing Fiction workbook, and How to write Science Fiction and Fantasy helped me tremendously. Add in Steven Pressfield’s ‘War of Art’, and Stephen King’s Memoir on Craft. But STORY by Robert McKee is dope-slapping me in the best possible way. I haven’t highlighted and underlined a book in years. This however is so perceptive and articulate, not only am I marking it up like a middle-schooler, I’m reading… Read More