Fact vs. Fiction

“Fact vs Fiction” had apparently been a teaching topic for my two oldest little kids at school. They were telling me about it… “Fact is, like, real.  But fiction is not real.  Fiction is stuff that’s not true.” I took offense. “You mean,” I asked, “fiction is not true at all?” “No, Dad, of course…

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1-Year Anniversary of Faith Without Illusions (part 1)

A year ago I ripped open a cardboard box stamped with “InterVarsity Press.”  There is just nothing like it, seeing your first book.  From Word doc on a screen to a thing in your hand.  Text once pixelated now reified (I really like the word “reify”).  Ripping open the box to find freshly minted copies…

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James K.A. Smith on Writing Theology

I just read two great blog posts by James K.A. Smith on writing.  In Writing (and) Theology, he expresses disappointment with the theologian’s tendency to focus on content to the neglect of form in their writing.  In (Unsolicited) Advice for Young (Theological) Authors he encourages us aspiring writer-theologian types to heed the wisdom of the…

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The Book Cover

I have never met Cindy Kiple.  I had to go to Google Reader and scroll to the copyright page of my yet-to-be-released book to even figure out her name.  She is the designer of the book’s cover.  I would love to know about the creative process, the decision-making and artistic tweaks and revisions behind the…

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