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40 Years Ago Today

“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” ~Ruth Bell Graham Have you talked to your co-forgiver lately?  40 years ago today I met the woman I would marry.* Of course, I had no idea at the time. … Continue reading

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I Forgive You for Not Being Perfect, Dad

My Real Memoir Mark Twain famously said, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much … Continue reading

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When Life Gives You Compound Fractures

My Real Memoir I’d never been an athlete. While other kids learned how to follow-through with a baseball bat or how to throw a perfect football spiral, my buddy Jeff and I were learning how to be Tom and Huck … Continue reading

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This Little Light of Mine

A Filmmaker’s Journal Five years ago an independent production company agreed to finance my “compelling little story of forgiveness” as one of eight feature films for limited release to a faith-based audience. Thrilled, I wrote, directed, and produced the movie … Continue reading

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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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