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Holes, Jesus and the act of Salvation

Holes, Jesus and the act of Salvation

Our church has someone present communion each Sunday. Generally the person doing it shares some insight from the Bible, something relevant to communion. This week past I presented communion and I thought I’d share what I said, since I wrote it as well… ——   I want to start by telling a story. It’s a story I’ve told before, but I think the Lord wants me to tell it again. So, A man was walking along one day and he…

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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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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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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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7 ways to make a better Assassin’s Creed movie

7 ways to make a better Assassin’s Creed movie

So I took the family to see Assassin’s Creed last night and almost from the get go I was doing that thing so many writers do, thinking how I could make it better. This is actually a piece of advice given to budding screenwriters – if you don’t like something you’re watching, ask yourself why and what can I do to make it better? The idea is that you can develop your skills in specifics this way and it teaches…

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Three days to go!

Three days to go!

My book “Prentice Ash” goes hard copy live on Amazon this Thursday. (buy it here) I’m excited and nervous. I only barely understand all the online publishing and social media stuff involved. If something goes wrong, I have no idea what I’ll need to do to fix it. This is where faith comes in, I guess. I truly believe that this is the path I’m supposed to pursue and I believe that the Lord will bless me, but I know…

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Faith First

Faith First

Time to relaunch my blog. So, re-starting from the beginning, my name is Matt Barron. I’m a committed Christian, mid-forties married father of two. I’m the at home parent and love my family. I cook (well) and clean (less well), as well as having a hobby or two, but my main hope in this life is to be a writer. I’ve been working at it to a greater or lesser degree for my entire adult life. For a long time…

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