The King Herod School of Writing

The King Herod School of Writing

One of the more disconcerting pieces of advice that professionals give you when you start out as a writer is to “kill your babies”. The first time you hear it can be a bit of a “Wait, what!?!” moment. It’s designed to be shocking, because the idea that they want new writers to learn is a difficult one. You must be able to sacrifice anything in the story for the good of the story. It works a little like this……

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APEPT is not a Dirty Word

APEPT is not a Dirty Word

APEPT is theological shorthand for what is often called the five-fold ministry or the five-fold gifting. The five ministries are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors & Teachers – APEPT. The five-fold ministry is referenced in a few new testament sources, including 1 Corinthians and Romans, but the clearest outline is from Ephesians 4:11-16. 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying…

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Forgiveness – What and Who is Getting Repaid

Forgiveness – What and Who is Getting Repaid

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay.” Deut 32:35a There are people in my life who owe me revenge. When I was young, I was on the receiving end of some pretty brutal bullying. It was systematic and unending. I cannot remember happiness in my school life because of it. I remember being terrified, as well as punched, kicked, spat on, cursed and shunned, blamed and rejected. I was called “a reject” from the age of nine or ten until…

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Gardening with God

Gardening with God

Last Sunday at church the young man presenting communion spoke about sin using weeding as a metaphor. it was a simple but very strong message. It also reminded me of something I wrote when I was that young man’s age, so I dug out one of my old prayer journals and read the story again. The similarity was uncanny – which encourages me to believe that the Lord had spoken to both of us. So here is my piece, written…

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Writing, Writing and More Writing

Writing, Writing and More Writing

I’m doing my best to be head down and butt up with my writing this year. I know from experience that if I can get a good run at it, I can do a rough draft for a novel in about three months – fitting it around the household schedule. I’m the at home parent, but these days with one adult child and one teenager, that’s a pretty manageable set of chores, mostly.   So, I’ve been giving it some…

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A not so angry young man

A not so angry young man

Last Thursday, I heard a speaker preach a sermon using as one of his texts the famous incident of Jesus “cleansing” the temple. The story occurs in all four of the gospels in the Bible (Matthew 21:12–17, Mark 11:15–19, Luke 19:45–48 & John 2:13-16). Here’s the version found in Matthew’s gospel: 12 Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the…

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Arrogance or humility? Love and the Gospel of John

Arrogance or humility? Love and the Gospel of John

This Sunday past I was asked to present communion in our morning service and this is what I felt the Lord wanted me to share. I’ve added a couple of little bits, things I’ve thought of or realised since Sunday morning, but everything I said is still here. When I was a young Christian I did not like the Gospel of John very much. In his gospel John, refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. That always seemed a…

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Henry Latecomer keeps coming

Henry Latecomer keeps coming

The response to my last post has been really positive and I want say thinks to everyone who told me they enjoyed it. It looks like it’s going to yield some unexpected fruit. A friend of mine here in my hometown is an award winning short filmmaker. He’s been invited to present a short film this year as an alumni of a Christian film festival in the US. He contacted me the other day to say that he’d like to turn…

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Henry Latecomer – a parable

Henry Latecomer – a parable

This is a story I wrote a little while ago based on one of Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast. I thought I’d share it, see what folks thought. Fair warning, it’s a little longer than I normally write.   Henry Latecomer knocked on the door. On the other side he could hear the laughter and music and was eager to get inside out of the dark and the cold. He knocked again, banging with both fists to be heard….

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My Fanboy Weekend

My Fanboy Weekend

I would never normally describe myself as a fan – of anything. Not because I don’t like things; I like a lot of things. No, I don’t call myself a fan because I do not like a lot of what I have seen of fandom. Also, fans and fandom used to generate nuclear warfare levels of hate from the non-fan community (mundanes as they are sometimes called). Remember, I come from a point in history where the word cosplay didn’t…

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