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How do You Forgive the Unforgivable?

I’ve just finished the first draft of the novelization of my feature film Over-the-Rhine (distribution plans in-the-works), a story about the hard work of forgiveness, and more. How do you forgive the unforgiveable? To begin with, you have to remember … Continue reading

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The Waiter from Hell?

All I wanted from our server was for him to tell us what the specials were, to make a few recommendations, and then bring us our food, quickly and hotly (is that a word?). Instead, he seemed offended at everything, … Continue reading

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The Real Me

I prayed before sunrise this morning, confessing my failings, admitting my fears, seeking to better know my God. Later on, at the bathroom mirror, I was startled to see the face of an adult staring back at me. Why? Because … Continue reading

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Bee Happy

I found a bee in my house. The poor thing was weak, struggling to move. So I picked it up. It barely budged. I was going to put it out of its misery, but then I thought, “Wait, why not … Continue reading

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Ruffled Feathers and Unanswered Prayers

Why does God so frequently let us go through the things from which we’ve prayed to be spared? It has a lot to do, I suspect, with the fact that God is in the discipleship business, not the insurance business. … Continue reading

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Dishonest Prayers

Back when I was an atheist, I thought this progressively self-centered mock-prayer by Piet Hein* (below) summed up the essence of faith, that prayer was, in fact, nothing more than a method of brownnosing God in order get what we … Continue reading

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To Judge or Judge Not: Getting Personal

Part Two (To read Part One, click here) A few years back, a publisher friend named Richard stunned me by announcing, after we’d completed a successful project together, that he would never work with me again. When I asked why, … Continue reading

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