I don't think there are enough laments in Christian music. Christian radio seems obsessed with the theology of empowerment and happy thoughts. While God is certainly good and while we do have victory in his name, happy songs alone give and incomplete and even dishonest picture of the Christian life. But what is a lament? … Continue reading Top 5 Christian Laments
Some people are heroes, some are villains, and some occupy this spine-tingling middle ground. Not all stories are about good guys standing against the world. Some are about bad people who are able to do bad things and get away with them, even for a while. But no, I'm not talking about villains. These aren't … Continue reading How to Write a Hate-Worthy Hero
If nothing else, my life is a monument of what not to do. If you want to get far in life, grab a seat, watch me for a few minutes, cringe in pain, then go do the opposite. Case in point? Fifth grade, a time when a boy starts his long journey into manhood, but … Continue reading Two Lessons You Should Learn (Because I Sure Didn’t)
Ah, my horrible, awful, vomit-inducing, virginity-protecting, cancerous first book. A 77-page Legend of Dragoon fanfiction. You can decide which part of that sentence makes you squirm the most. Did I mention there was a self-insert in there? Anywho, if by some herculean effort and non-existent gag reflex you should slog through the bulk of this … Continue reading One Sure Sign of Bad Writing
What makes a good villain? I've already written an article on what I call the Villainous Venn-Triagram, but there's an element I left out: hatability. It's the amount of deadness you want that person to suffer. For example: Voldemort is a good villain, but Umbridge is the one you want to strangle with piano wire. … Continue reading Top 10 Hatable Disney Villains
If you're still with me, God bless your patience. I've been trying to unpack why Christianity makes sense, at least to me. In Part 1, I said that atheism doesn't hold water. In Part 2, I argued that multiple religions can't coexist, not without bowing to some order that judges them all, thereby negating the … Continue reading Why Christianity? Part Three: Why Not Another Religion?
Author C. Scott Frank (Frosthammer, Echo) allowed me an interview on his website. We talked about: What it means to be an R-Rated Christian. How God has influenced my books. Advice for authors. And a little more. Click here to read the brief interview!