We Star Wars fans represent both the best and the worst in all the fandoms. On the dark side, we have the misogynists, flunkies, and trolls who translate their "love" for the original trilogy into cruelty so strong that it has broken the hearts and affected the careers of Kelly Tran, Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen,... Continue Reading →
The following is most of the Prologue from my new book coming out this fall. It's called Pop Culture Pilgrim: The Believer's Journey Through Movies, Music, Media, and More. This book is my opus, and it offers a fresh lens for looking at spiritual life through the stories that most thrill and inspire us. I... Continue Reading →
"ALL HOMOSEXUALS ARE GOING TO HELL! ALL LIARS ARE GOING TO HELL! ALL DRUNKS AND DRUGGIES ARE GOING TO HELL!..." These were the jarring yet familiar words bombasting my aunt's and my ears as we waited in line for the (beautiful! powerful! amazing!) U2 concert last weekend. I've lived in the South off and on... Continue Reading →
Ah, Easter - that holy season of faith, new life, pastel candy...and movies! Okay, every season is movie season for me, I know, but if all stories are God's story (they are), then an Easter movie marathon is just a big bundle of holiness, right? Right. Here are my top seven favorite films for pondering... Continue Reading →
Happy December 1st, friends! Here's a FREE Copy of the first devotion from my book, Christmas Open House! - just in case yours hasn't come in yet. Enjoy!
This is the day I've been waiting for my whole life...or at least, since the fifth grade. That's when I entered a short story contest (a grade-wide competition for the best scary tale, in which I won second place) and first felt the call of writing on my life. As with so many creatives, the... Continue Reading →
The scene: A dark, too quiet night in the bowels of some remote location. The character: A beautiful but foolish all-American young person. The plot: S/he has come to a remote location with a group of friends to let off steam and maybe even get lucky, when suddenly (but only after receiving numerous warnings from... Continue Reading →
In my lifetime so far, there have been two celebrity deaths that hit me on such an inexplicably personal level of pain that I actually had to stop and cry: 1. Madeleine L'Engle (1919-2007): author of A Wrinkle in Time and so much more. Madeleine L'Engle made me want to write, to fly, to make... Continue Reading →