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Since January 1, 2004, I’ve maintained a practice of reading through the Bible, cover to cover.


Granted, I use the word “maintained” loosely. When I started, I read the Bible in one year. Since then, every time I’ve done so, it’s taken me much longer, with the longest time taking over three years. I think I’m on my seventh time reading through.


The Common English Bible – the current translation I’m reading

Each time I read through the Bible, I read a different translation, and I try to alternate between a more literal translation and a more readable translation. This helps keep it fresh. Although, 1 Chronicles 1-9 is rough no matter which translation you read. Continue Reading…

Jesus Loves Me?

July 10, 2017 — Leave a comment

Where I lay, next to Everett, singing our favorite songs.

I recently heard an interesting phrase. I’m quoting somebody who’s quoting somebody else, so I’ll probably butcher it. But it goes something like this:


So many of us live with habitual feelings of disappointing God.


That’s me.


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My robe with my Grandpa’s Celtic cross, and a set of his doctoral bars.

Just recently I finished my doctoral thesis and officially completed all of my requirements for my D. Min. at Fuller Theological Seminary.


This day has been a long time coming, five years, to be exact. I applied for this program in the summer of 2012. Almost exactly five years later I finished.


Let me be honest with you. Continue Reading…

Now that I’ve finished my doctorate, I’m even reading Greek for fun! I’ve got no excuse for not writing more.


Last night I couldn’t sleep.


I was supposed to be up at 5:30am for our weekly breakfast Bible study. I almost never get enough sleep on these nights, but I had actually turned out the lights at 9:37pm.


8 hours on a Monday night!


But I just lay there, tossing and turning. I had left the door open and the cats were walking all over me. Unable to get comfortable, I finally checked my watch. 10:30. So much for 8 hours. Continue Reading…

Chapter 27 – So Cold

September 18, 2015 — 1 Comment


This is chapter 27 of my novel, Foreign. I’ve taken about a month off while I traveled to Guatemala and Atlanta, had family visit, finished a doctoral paper, and got back into the swing of the school year. I’m hoping to get back to posting every week. If not, I’ll shoot for every two weeks. Either way, I cannot guarantee that I’ll be posting by noon on Fridays. It will be some time on Fridays. Thanks for your patience! The story still continues! If you’ve missed a chapter, you can check out the archives here. That page also includes a PDF and E-pub file of the whole book through chapter 26. If you like what you read, please spread the word, and make sure to sign up in the upper-right corner to get each new chapter emailed to you. Thanks and enjoy!




“They’ve escaped, sir.”


“Our resources will be more limited now.”

“I’m aware. See if you can procure some more help.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Be discreet.”

-From the office of the Secadoma


    “You shoulda listened to me, you turd!” Justin yelled out, catching his breath as he sat next to Mark on the ice.

    Mark didn’t bother to respond, but continued to lay on his back, looking up at the stars, heaving from exhaustion.

    “After all we’ve gone through, we coulda died because you didn’t want to get dirty?” Justin pressed further.

    Mark still didn’t respond. Continue Reading…