Category Speaking

A Story to Live By: My Talk from BUC

Hey all! If there’s one thing I’ve always been terrible at it’s taking time to video-record my talks. I’ve been speaking publicly since the age of 17 and have delivered around 300 unique talks—and yet until a week and a half ago, I don’t think I’ve ever video-recorded a single one of them! So, okay now, […]

Dr. Jenna Jacobs Gets Taken to the Woodshed; And Others Too

I am rejoicing right now in a grand appreciation for logic and wit. And it all began as I stumbled upon a video placed on my Facebook newsfeed. Given my fond affection for The West Wing and the good reputation my friend has for sharing great content, I pushed play and sat with eager anticipation. By the end of […]

Due Preparations: Diary of a Perfectionist

This is the story of accepting a challenge and then failing, even though it wasn’t really a failure, and of then using the pseudo-failure to create a new story of refocused redemptive moments. Okay, so it’s been awhile since I’ve spoken publicly about much of anything.  And by “spoken publicly,” I mean communication that is […]

Why You Don’t Have to be an Atheist

So let me set the record straight, as they say. Last week an old friend from Bible college — one of the ones who remain Christian — commented on a tweet of mine that he found on Facebook. His response: “You sound like a new Christian. You demand that everyone follows this new found belief you’ve discovered. […]

The Klout Race, Pt. 2

Well, I did it!  Not quite sure how.  If you’re not sure what the hell I’m talking about, free yourself to read my August 21 post “The Race to Drive Up My Klout.”  That post detailed my budding new experience with the social media tool named Klout.  A particular literary agent requires a score of […]

Praying for Terrorists

We all remember what we were doing thirteen years ago today.  Where we were.  What city, what building, what room.  What was going on when we first heard the news.  I had arrived on-campus for seminary classes just after the first plane struck Tower 1 and walked into the commons to find myself standing with […]

The Race to Drive Up My Klout

So as I’m seeing the end of the proverbial tunnel on my book writing, I’ve kinda begun my search for a literary agent.  The latest said person of interest is someone named Wendy Keller.  But rather than sending a typical query letter, she requires you pass something of an initial screening via online form.  The only […]