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Image Journal Blog Essay: "The Afflicter of the Comforted"

Image Journal Blog Essay: “The Afflicter of the Comforted”

My latest essay for Image Journal‘s “Good Letters” blog appears today. It may be my favorite short-essay I’ve ever written. I had a blast working on it. It’s called “The Afflicter of the Comfortable.” It is a loving tribute to my dear friend, Mr. Timothy P. Herndon, whose elbow is well acquainted with my ribs. Please...
New IN TOUCH Magazine Essay: "Kill and Eat: A Story of Life, Death, and Crawfish"

New IN TOUCH Magazine Essay: “Kill and Eat: A Story of Life, Death, and Crawfish”

KILL AND EAT: A STORY OF LIFE, DEATH, AND CRAWFISH My latest essay, “Kill and Eat: A Story of Life, Death, and Crawfish,” published through In Touch Magazine Online today. Enjoy the read, or listen to Jeff Gregory’s streamable audio narration of it! Thanks to Shane Schenkel for letting me interview him about his family’s...
NEW Image Journal Blog Essays + A Free "Haunted Sports Musical"

NEW Image Journal Blog Essays + A Free “Haunted Sports Musical”

My Two Latest Image Journal Blog Essays My latest essay for IMAGE Journal’s “Good Letters” blog—a piece titled “Why Should Darkness Seem Truer Than Light?”—published today. If you like it, please share it via the usual social media channels. Also, be sure to check out Jan Vallone’s excellent book, Pieces of Someday, which you can...
New IMAGE Journal "Good Letters" Blog Essays from CTJ

New IMAGE Journal “Good Letters” Blog Essays from CTJ

Art by Anselm Kiefer. “Book with Wings.” This work appears on the cover of the latest IMAGE Journal. Subscribe to IMAGE here. I am seriously behind on blogging. That’s because we have been vacationing, and I’ve been promoting Nightmarriage, writing new pieces, and networking. That being said, here are my five most recent essays for IMAGE...
Jennifer Harris Dault's "The Modern Magnificat: Women Responding to the Call of God"

Jennifer Harris Dault’s “The Modern Magnificat: Women Responding to the Call of God”

My friend Jennifer Harris Dault’s book, The Modern Magnificat: Women Responding to the Call of God, is out and on sale at Amazon.com today. Buy it if: a) You like women. b) You like books. c) You like books about women responding to the call of God. d) You like woman who do not send...
Book Review: "When a Daughter Dies," by Ben Witherington, with Ann Witherington

Book Review: “When a Daughter Dies,” by Ben Witherington, with Ann Witherington

I had to check the date more than once. Ben and Ann Witherington lost their daughter Christy on January 11, 2012. On March 15th—only slightly more than two months later—Ben and Ann released an eBook titled When a Daughter Dies: Walking the Way of Grace in the Midst of Our Grief. Only a few months prior,...
New IMAGE Journal "Good Letters" Blog Essay: "My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected"

New IMAGE Journal “Good Letters” Blog Essay: “My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected”

My latest essay, “My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected,” is now available at IMAGE Journal’s “Good Letters” blog, which has moved to Patheos.com. Patheos was named “Smartest Religion Site” by NEWSWEEK in 2011, and has between 100-250,000 visitors each month. Read “My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected” HERE. “It was a Saturday night and my wife, Becki, wanted to...
IMAGE Essay: "Songs Everyone Can Hear"

IMAGE Essay: “Songs Everyone Can Hear”

My latest IMAGE Journal “Good Letters” blog essay, titled “Songs Everyone Can Hear,” is available to read here. It a tale from the musical confession booth, in which I own up to loving (Heaven forgive me) pop music. Here is an excerpt: In 1990, when the New Kids on the Block were so popular that...
"The Cannibal and the Eucharist" Essay on IMAGE's "Good Letters" Blog

“The Cannibal and the Eucharist” Essay on IMAGE’s “Good Letters” Blog

  Today my essay “The Cannibal and the Eucharist” is available to read at IMAGE’s “Good Letters”  blog. It describes my none-too-brave encounter with singer-songwriter Michael Knott’s song “Kitty” as a sophomore in high school. “The Cannibal and the Eucharist” is my first essay for IMAGE. I hope to write many more for them if...
40 Days of Lent with Don and Karen Peris: The Innocence Mission and I

40 Days of Lent with Don and Karen Peris: The Innocence Mission and I

I grew up in the Southern Baptist church, where traditions such as Lent are wholly absent. As a child (and perhaps as an adult, too), whenever I heard Catholics mention Lent, I immediately thought of bellybutton lint or dryer lint. It certainly did not prompt much in the way of spiritual contemplation. When I was...
Guest Post by Clint Bland: "Darwin’s Bones in a House of the Lord"

Guest Post by Clint Bland: “Darwin’s Bones in a House of the Lord”

Not long ago, I asked my friend and former neighbor Clint Bland to write about how he wishes Christians would act in light of their professed faith. Clint is a self-proclaimed “hard agnostic.” As a Christian, I am painfully aware of things that have been done in the name of Christ. As a Kansan who...
Guest Post: Caleb Wilde's "Living at the Crossroads of Life and Death"

Guest Post: Caleb Wilde’s “Living at the Crossroads of Life and Death”

From CTJ: I found Caleb Wilde on Twitter a few months ago and was immediately fascinated. My dad had given me a copy of Thomas Lynch’s excellent The Undertaking a few years ago for Christmas – a funereal present at a festive time – and it left an indelible mark on my soul. “What do...