Thanks for coming by. Please, grab a cup of coffee and make yourself comfortable.
C. S. Lewis said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
I’m hoping your visit here will be the beginning of that kind of friendship.
If you’re a creative type who imagines using your gifts, talents, and art to make a positive impression on the world around you;
if you’re a writer who wants to discover your unique voice, create meaningful art, and make a difference that really matters;
if you are intrigued by the connection between poetry and philosophy, theology and literature, and faith and culture;
or, if you like to read old books–preferably with a pipe in your teeth and a pencil in your hand–then you’re definitely in the right place…
The folks that typically hang around here are creative professionals, culture makers, and wordsmiths. Although, there are a few normal people who come by from time to time too.
We love the Great Books, the Great Commandments, and the Great Commission. And of course, we’d be amiss if we didn’t love exploring these Great Ideas through the Great Craft of Writing.
We enjoy plunging the depths and expanses of the human experience; exploring the realms of the true, the good, and the beautiful.
And we feel called to seek the peace and prosperity of our cities and towns through spiritual formation, humane wisdom, and the Christian imagination.
If any of this resonates with you, and you’re looking for valuable tips on writing and teaching, rich insights into the arts and humanities, and meaningful perspective on faith and culture, I invite you to JOIN OUR MERRY BAND of bards, bishops, and bibliophiles; students, scholars, and philosophers; and poets, preachers, and pirates by SUBSCRIBING FOR FREE.
Below, I’ll explain more about what’s available here, but first…
A Little Background
I’m married to one of the smartest, funniest, and most beautiful women on the planet, my high school sweetheart, Tammy.
With the Lord’s help, we succeeded at staying married for more than 25 years, which allowed us to raise four pretty-amazing, and mostly-normal, kids. By that I mean we taught ’em to read and write, and kept them fed and in church until they were old enough to fend and forage for themselves.
And since none of them went to jail, and all our efforts seem to be paying off in graduations, weddings, and grand-babies, so far we’re pretty happy with the outcome.
I served in the Air Force at the close of the Cold War Era and during Operation Desert Shield, repairing electronic counter-measure systems on BUFFs. (The B-52 Bomber is still one of the most magnificent airplanes to dominate the wild-blue yonder, giving more than 60 years of faithful service.)
Really, that means I spent four years swapping black boxes, picking bird guts out of the plane’s nose radome, and racing B-4 stands down the flight line. But don’t tell anybody who matters; it might disappoint some who thought I was the average rank and file.
For the past 20-something years, I’ve served as a minister and educator, developing youth, planting churches, and starting private schools. All the while, I’ve tried to tell anyone who’d let me why the resurrection of Jesus Christ is such good news, and how this single event has changed the course of human history, giving unprecedented hope to billions of people from every race, tongue, and ethnicity, in every generation.
Finally, I’ve earned degrees in creative writing (A.A.), theology (B.A., M.A.), religion and literature (B.S.), and classical studies (M.A.C.C.S.). Mostly, I’ve read a lot of books, wrote a lot of papers, and–as some would say–done some mental gymnastics with angels on the head of a pin.
Currently, I live in North Idaho where I write and teach, while pursuing a PhD in the humanities. My focus is on the literature, philosophy and theology of Classical and Christian thought in the Western tradition and its relationship to the revival of contemporary Christian humanism in a post-modern culture (anticipated completion, early 2019).
Creating Meaningful Art
These are some of the ways I’m currently working to create meaningful art, and make a difference that actually matters. Most of these projects are in the initial up-start phase.
Some have launched or are launching this fall, but all should be fully operational by the close of 2017.
Click on any one of the images to learn more about that particular project.
Saturday School is writers go for class. I post a new lesson most Saturdays.
Crumbs From Our Master’s Table is nourishment for your soul delivered right to your inbox every weekday. These short devotional readings are a morsel of truth you can consume in a minute, then chew on throughout the day.
If you are a writer or creative professional who wants a classical education that will enlarge your soul and expand your imagination, but you don’t want the exorbitant cost that comes with obtaining a formal degree, you’ll want to learn more about Poiema.
Some of My More Popular Posts
Following are some popular posts that reflect the heart of this project. They’ll give you a sense of what you can expect from the blog, anyway.
On Pastoral Ministry
On Reading and Education
- The Easiest Way to Keep Your Kids Out of Jail
- Ten Reasons to Read the Bible Even if You’re Not Religious
- How to Get a $30,000 Education for $300
- Five Valid Reasons to Start Writing (Blogging)
- Nine Tips That Will Set Your Writing Apart
- Three Essentials Every Writer Needs to Improve Her Craft
- Five Secrets Good Writers Know
On Personal Leadership and Productivity
On Faith and Culture
- Wearing the Same Skin
- Sola Scriptura: Sure You Know What it Means?
- 10 Rock-solid Reasons to Consider Atheism
That’s it. If you’re ready to discover your significance, create meaningful art, and make a difference that matters, why not subscribe to the tribe? It’s absolutely free to join and you can opt out anytime.