Doing Right By The Work: Choosing This Day

The task in my writing today is nothing unusual; it is the mundane work of choosing the timing and pace by which the world I am creating in my play unfolds.   When do the revelations come?  What is the appropriate cost of the lies these people have told? What is the consequence of my major …

The Spirit’s Arrival: The Wait is Over

What can an artist take from the story of what Christians call "The Day of Pentecost?" In Christian teaching, the day of Pentecost is the day on which the Holy Spirit of God first took up residence in the hearts of those who follow Jesus Christ.  This same "Spirit of God" is the one who …

Learning to Work on Your Work

So I went from full time to half time to all-the-time.  From lots of people everyday to hardly any people any day.   From interactions with people focused primarily on what some would call "spirituality" to interactions based on whatever happens to be flying around the human experience at the moment.   From intense Biblical …

Taking Transformation

After over a decade of teaching an Arts and Culture class at Abilene Christian University, you'd think I'd have it figured out by now.  Truth is, I'm in my annual panic. It's a bit of ritual, to emerge from the daily privilege of family, work, and more work, to raise my head and try to …

The Ten Great Blessings

On New Year's Eve, I glanced over an email from Bill Hybels, the Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, in which he encouraged everyone to take time to count their blessings.  He told the story of his own family, of their New Year's Eve tradition (if I'm getting this right) of sharing ten great …