Tag Archives: forgiveness

Tips for Writers: Trust the Story

Experience is the most effective teacher (I learned more Spanish in three days in Barcelona than I did in two years of high school Spanish class). But one of the most interesting things about the human psyche is that we’re … Continue reading

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Another Thief on the Cross

Photo by My Ticklefeet I’d just finished a month-long gig, teaching acting in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, and had said goodbye to the last of my students. It had been a heady time, suffused with history. I had tickets … Continue reading

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A Hard School

Photo by Alex Conchillos My cousin Cody struggled his entire short life with depression, addiction, and soul crushing self-doubts. He learned to drive that wretched machine in a hard school. And yet in the midst of the struggle he found … Continue reading

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The Seeds of Grace

A pastor friend recently asked me to speak about forgiveness. Knowing my history with the subject as a writer, filmmaker and teacher, he suggested I do a follow-up to his own recent message on forgiveness. This provided a surprising opportunity … Continue reading

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Photo by Aleviva-Medien Thought for the Week Be quick to protest when you see others treated wrongly–and slow to protest on your own behalf. Rather, learn to use what happens to change your circumstances. Here’s a brief account of one … Continue reading

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Making Something Real

Five years ago this month, we dared to enter our not-yet-finished movie Healing River (then titled after its setting, Cincinnati’s gritty inner-city neighborhood Over-the-Rhine) in the world’s largest Christian film festival. It was my first feature film as a writer-director-producer, … Continue reading

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Our Unnatural Love

It’s my wife Trudy’s birthday. We celebrated with dinner and a concert last night and will continue celebrating this weekend. And then, two weeks from now, we’ll celebrate our engagement anniversary—the day we chose to do something completely unnatural, to … Continue reading

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The Inspirational Collection

Dear blogger friends, and normal people, I’m up to my creative eyeballs with a new in-development film project, as well as doing background research for my in-progress Memoirs. So I’m on a weeklong blogging hiatus, of sorts. Meanwhile, may I … Continue reading

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Full of Forgiveness

May your life be filled with forgiveness– both for others and for yourself (there is a connection) “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” ~1 Peter 5:7

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Mercy Is Strength in Disguise

Thought for the Week Our current culture loves to point out people’s failings. It makes us feel strong, righteous. But how often do we really know why others act–or fail to act–the way they do? Before we ridicule or punish … Continue reading

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