Three Things to STOP doing, immediately!

(1) Expecting things in your life to go perfectly. Yes, you were made for eternity. That’s why you seek perfection, desire beauty, and hunger for unending happiness. But we live in an imperfect, ugly, and forlorn world because of sin. So when things don’t go your way or when things get you down or when you get scared, it’s simply …Continue reading →

Joe Christian

Troubled senior, Joe Christian, moves to California during the middle of the school year with his mother to escape an alcoholic and abusive father. In his youth, the man was a national championship wrestler. Now, he lives in his glory days and vicariously through his son coaching wrestling at a high school that is well-known for producing All-American champion wrestlers. …Continue reading →

Suitcase of One

Saying goodbye in 1979, we left our father and motherland behind. “Will we ever see you alive again and feel your fraternal embrace, and if not, how long before we forget the sound of your voice, your high cheekbones, and your fearless face?” Courage and strength led you by your fists to stay and fight CONTRA communism and atheism, all …Continue reading →

The Gardener

Capitalism will never defeat communism. Capitalism might prove to be a better politico-economic system of government, but it’s powerless in and of itself to deracinate communism’s destructive roots, which choke the life of all diversity, drive, competition, and nutrition in a garden that’s designed as a feast for the eyes and stomach. Only with scarred hands that till the arid, …Continue reading →

“Imagining Jesus” Book Proposal

I want to share with you my journey as I traverse through the literary waters of writing a short story of Christian fiction for children in order to attain representation. Below is my book proposal, including cover letter, marketing analysis, chapter summary outline, and sample chapter, just as it will be read by literary agents and publishers. I would love …Continue reading →

Children’s Book

I’d like to take this time to officially announce that I’m writing a children’s book with my son. We started writing it a few years back. I just finished putting together a query letter, which I’m sending to Kregel Publications. I’m sharing it with you now to get some honest feedback. Please leave a comment if this is a story …Continue reading →

Sin–Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be–the Spoiling of Shalom

Sin is a form of self-harm, some might even say, self-hatred. For example, when a man is not a good husband, and, say, repeatedly commits adultery, he not only hurts his wife and children, but also his own wellbeing. Put differently, by fulfilling his role as a faithful husband, who models his loving actions to his children, he lives life …Continue reading →

Sacred and Secular?

It is widely acknowledged that some of the early church fathers, such as Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Jerome, and even Augustine, were partially influenced by Greek philosophy, particularly Plato’s metaphysical philosophy of splitting reality into two realms: an upper level of atemporal, immaterial ideals, and a lower level of temporal, physical matter.[1] The higher level is called Form …Continue reading →

Fulfillment vs. Pleasure

You were made for fulfillment! But that’s not the same thing as saying you were made for pleasure. Pleasure, however, is not a bad thing. Matter-of-fact, pleasure can be the natural consequence of eating a satiable meal or spending quality-time with an ole friend or behaving virtuously. The kind of pleasure that gets a bad rap is hedonism, that is, …Continue reading →

A Postmodern Mode of Happiness

“What’s right for me is right, and what’s right for you is right.” This postmodern slogan drips rich with agent relativism or moral subjectivism.[1] Moral subjectivism maintains that there are no objective, universal, absolute, or external ethical truths or norms for all people at all times and in all circumstances. There are only one’s own individualistic tastes to sample and …Continue reading →

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