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There are a lot of online resources for starting a blog, building an list, and getting a book published. This isn’t one of them. I want to ask deeper questions. How do you deal with insecurity as you write? How do you grow in the craft of writing Christian non-fiction? Where do the roles of pastor and writer intersect? How can you objectively evaluate your own writing? Join me as I interview pastors, authors, and writing experts in my own journey to better understand the calling and the craft of Christian writing.

There are a lot of online resources for starting a blog, building an list, and getting a book published. This isn’t one of them. I want to ask deeper questions. How do you deal with insecurity as you write? How do you grow in the craft of writing Christian non-fiction? Where do the roles of pastor and writer intersect? How can you objectively evaluate your own writing? Join me as I interview pastors, authors, and writing experts in my own journey to better understand the calling and the craft of Christian writing.
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There are a lot of online resources for starting a blog, building an list, and getting a book published. This isn’t one of them. I want to ask deeper questions. How do you deal with insecurity as you write? How do you grow in the craft of writing Christian non-fiction? Where do the roles of pastor and writer intersect? How can you objectively evaluate your own writing? Join me as I interview pastors, authors, and writing experts in my own journey to better understand the calling and the craft of Christian writing.

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Episodes

Chad Allen — Your Concept Can Always Be Stronger

9/17/2019
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Chad Allen is a full-time writer, editor, speaker, and writing coach. His background is in the traditional publishing industry, where he spent over 20 years as an editor, acquisitions editor, and the last seven as editorial director for Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. He is also the creator of Book Proposal Academy and BookCamp. Chad joins me to talk about the components of a strong book project. Particularly, we talk about a book's concept—its hook. The concept is a...

Duration:00:38:17

Scott Kedersha — Don't Let Writing Ruin Your Family

9/10/2019
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Scott Kedersha serves as the Director of Marriage Ministry at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. He writes about marriage, family, leadership, and ministry, and is the author of Ready or Knot? 12 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have before Marriage. Writing is long and hard work. It requires time, attention, and often money. But few of us write with unlimited quantities of those categories. We take up this new work in the context of relationships and pre-existing...

Duration:00:41:45

Andrew Peterson — Writing, Community, and the Mystery of Making

9/4/2019
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Andrew Peterson is a recording artist, songwriter, producer, filmmaker, publisher and award-winning author of The Wingfeather Saga. He is also the founder and president of The Rabbit Room, which fosters Christ-centered community and spiritual formation through music, story and art. Peterson has also been named “one of the foremost singer/songwriters around” and has received multiple “best album of the year” nods from critics along with two Dove Award nominations. Taking his hits and fan...

Duration:00:48:37

Frank Viola — Writing for Big Change

8/27/2019
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Frank Viola is a speaker, blogger, and bestselling author. You might be familiar with his books, Pagan Christianity, Insurgence, From Eternity to Here. His blog—frankviola.org—is regularly ranked in the top 5 of all Christian blogs on the Web and his podcast - Christ is All - has ranked #1 in Canada and #2 in the USA on iTunes. He is committed to helping serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact. Viola's...

Duration:00:45:19

Dr. Jim Denison — Engaging Culture By Writing Everyday

8/20/2019
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Dr. Jim Denison is the CEO of Denison Forum. His Daily Article and podcast globally reach over 160,000 subscribers. Dr. Denison guides readers to discern today’s news—biblically. He is the author of multiple books and has taught on the philosophy of religion and apologetics at several seminaries. Prior to launching Denison Forum in 2009, he pastored churches in Texas and Georgia. He holds a Ph.D and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He joins me to talk...

Duration:00:39:43

Jared C. Wilson — Faithfulness in Writing

8/13/2019
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Jared C. Wilson is a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction. He is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College and is an Author in Residence at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also services General Editor of For The Church. Jared joins me to talk about his career in writing and pastoral ministry. We discuss the role of writers in the work of the church and how writers can sustain the work even against a complicated and overwhelming publishing process.

Duration:01:04:49

Alisse Goldsmith-Wissman — Summer Reading: Upcoming Releases from IVP

8/5/2019
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As a part of our summer reading series, Alisse Goldsmith-Wissman joined me to talk about her role at InterVarsity Press and some of their upcoming releases. In addition to new releases, Alisse also shares some of her favorite IVP books. I've been extremely impressed with IVP's work and added several new books to my list based on this conversation.

Duration:00:36:12

Tommy Brown — From Idea to a Published Book

7/29/2019
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Tommy Brown is a pastor and a published author, having published the book, Seven Money Types, with Zondervan in 2017. Tommy joins me to talk about how his idea developed into a publishing contract and a best-selling book. If you have ever thought about publishing a book, there is a lot of helpful advice and perspective in this episode. We talk about the significance of a book's concept and how that concept can even help overcome a limited platform. Tommy was candid and honest about the...

Duration:00:44:52

Andrew Root — The Pastor in a Secular Age

7/23/2019
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Dr. Andrew Root is a professor at Luther Seminary since 2005. He is often mentioned as one of the leading scholars in youth ministry and practical theology in the world. His first book, Revisiting Relational Ministry (IVP, 2007) presented a new trajectory for youth ministry, offering the field one of the first robust theological projects. Since then, he has published sixteen books. His latest project is a three-volume series with Baker Academic called “Ministry in a Secular Age.” Volume one...

Duration:00:54:56

Article — I'm Allergic to Meat But God Honors Excellence

7/8/2019
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Can you imagine Ron Swanson waking up to discover he was suddenly allergic to meat? No steaks, no brats, no bacon, no cheeseburgers. Can you imagine his reaction? It would have made a great episode, but maybe it sounds too far fetched. Believe it or not, a meat allergy is a real thing, and I was as horrified to discover I had it as Ron Swanson would have been. Two years ago, I developed what I thought was strep throat. I found myself with a cough and having trouble swallowing. Quickly it...

Duration:00:14:57

Patrick Schreiner — Finding Your Own Approach to Studying and Writing

7/2/2019
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Patrick Shcreiner teaches New Testament at Western Seminary in Portland Oregon. His Ph.D. work was on spatial theories and their relationship to the kingdom in the Gospel of Matthew. In addition to his dissertation work, he is also the author of, The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross(A part of the crossway Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series), and the soon to be released Matthew, Disciple and Scribe: The First Gospel and Its Portrait of Jesus. I was interested in talking with...

Duration:00:36:45

Gary S. Selby — C. S. Lewis and Earthy Spirituality

6/24/2019
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When C. S. Lewis was asked where he wished his book royalties to be paid upon his death, Lewis responded, "after I've been dead five years, no one will read anything I've written." For all Lewis got right, he predicted that one wrong. Lewis's impact has only continued to grow. It's hard for me to estimate just how influential Lewis has been on my faith and thinking. Gary S. Selby's new book on Lewis captures this deep love and respect for Lewis's writings. Pursuing and Earthy Spirituality...

Duration:00:46:48

Article — Žižek, Peterson, and the Christian Atheist

6/21/2019
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This year’s debate between Jordan Peterson and Slavoj Žižek was marketed as one of the greatest intellectual debates of the century. At one point, tickets were being scalped for over $1,500 a seat. To many’s disappointment, but probably for the best, the event went off without the anticipated drama. Peterson and Žižek managed to find significant common ground. The debate, which lasted over two and a half hours, has been watched online by more than 350,000 viewers. The interest in Peterson...

Duration:00:23:44

Jenaye White — Summer Reading: Upcoming Releases from B&H

6/18/2019
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As a part of our summer reading series, Jenaye White joined me to talk about her role at B&H Publishing and some of their upcoming releases. In addition to new releases, Jenaye also shares some of her favorite B&H books. Her recommendations include non-fiction, memoir, children's, and even a cookbook. I hope a book catches your interest and might become a great summer read for that upcoming vacation.

Duration:00:40:13

Summer Reading — 16 Books Every Christian Should Read

6/12/2019
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One of the greatest joys in life is finding a really really good book. That doesn’t happen nearly as often as I would like. But every once in a while, you come across a book, and something about it, usually it only 10 to 15 pages, you just know this book is going to impact your life. Honestly, so much of my reading is just searching for that. To be fair, there is some reading you do just because you are trying to learn something about a particular topic. But everyone in a while you find one...

Duration:00:19:15

Article — Why Every Millennial Man Should Reread The Samson Story

6/7/2019
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Samson is everything a man might imagine becoming. I like to imagine him in Ray-Bans, a man bun, and a CrossFit t-shirt, hiking through some remote red stone canyon, documenting his adventurous life on Instagram. He is the model man, driven by passion and restless for adventure and romance. He was fascinated with the seductive nature of Philistia, the risk of roaming into enemy territory only making it all the more adventurous. Samson’s story is the millennial story—pursue your desires and...

Duration:00:16:53

Phil Ayres — Getting Started Writing

6/4/2019
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Phil Ayres is a pastor serving what he describes as a small church just north of Orlando, Florida. Phil blogs and writes about the challenges of doing ministry in a small church setting. He has published two books, How to Survive Ministry and Flannel-Graph Jesus. And he is also the host of the Bible Revealed podcast. In our conversation, we explore pastoring in a small church setting and the personal benefits of writing. Phil shares the challenges of getting started writing and how those...

Duration:00:39:25

Article — Aladdin, Self-Expression, and Our Search for a Happily Ever After

5/31/2019
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I recently found a computer emulator for playing vintage Super Nintendo games. And who knew you could buy USB Nintendo controllers on Amazon for eight bucks. Two days of waiting for our Prime package to arrive, and I sat down to introduce my son to the video games of my childhood. The first game I downloaded was Aladdin. Like so many of the other 30-somethings packed into this past Saturday evening’s showing, I was nervous and excited for the remake. Disney’s recent streak of live-action...

Duration:00:34:43

Jon Bailey — The Lost Art of Listening to the Bible

5/21/2019
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Jon and his brother have spent the past 12 years building software for the faith-based community. But they have always had a passion to redesign the experience of listening to the Bible. With the help of their supporters, the Dwell Bible App became the #4 most funded app on Kickstarter. Today, the Dwell app is supported by a large and passionate community of users. With a rich feature set, customizations, and careful attention to the user experience Dwell really has changed the way people...

Duration:00:34:43

Chris Nye — Reflections on Pastoral Writing

5/15/2019
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This May, Chis Nye is releasing his second book, Less of More: Pursuing Spiritual Abundance in a World of Never Enough. Chris is a pastor in the Bay area and his writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and RELEVANT Magazine. Chris is passionate about the craft of writing and has thought deeply about how writing has impacted him as a pastor. If you enjoy episodes on writing, this one's for you.

Duration:00:47:37