Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the cyber universe. I appreciate your visit and I hope you found something of interest during your visit.
THE PERSONAL SIDE
On the personal side of things, I’m a writer, a speaker, and an ordained United Methodist minister. I served churches in North Carolina and Georgia before my ministry took a sharp turn and writing and speaking became my full-time ministry. I am married to a woman I am absolutely crazy about, we have a dog I am also crazy about, and I am constantly amazed at the doors God opens when I least expect it.
I received my M.Div from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and am a Sherman Scholar. My primary focus was Preaching as Communication with a secondary emphasis on Applied Communication. While at Emory I taught a special section of Sermon Preparation and Delivery and co-developed the course Communication for Ministers with Dr. Richard Ward. We developed the material for the course into a three-day workshop which we presented in settings such as the Duke Divinity School.
As both a worship leader and a worship musician it has been my privilege to lead others in worship for over 25 years.
From little country churches with 40 members to a large downtown church with over 4000 members, my goal has always the same: to live the words of John 3:30.
“He must become greater; I must become less.”
As a writer it has been my privilege to be involved with some interesting projects. I started out writing for Sunday School take home papers then made the move to short stories, essays, and plays. The stories were primarily horror stories. Nothing overly graphic, but there were pages filled with ghosts, wraiths, worms, and creatures that had no names. The essays were primarily regional pieces with no creepy crawlies, but a lot of humor.
Now things seem to have come full circle. I was on the writing team (including Rick Warren, Ravi Zacharias, the late Chuck Colson and others) that produced Zondervan’s New Men’s Devotional Bible, and my first novel, Something Stirs, is the first haunted house novel for the Christian market. I’m currently at work on my next novel (also supernatural suspense) and a proposal for a romantic suspense novel. I also have a proposal for a men’s Bible study pending.
I am a three-time recipient of the American Christian Writers Writer of the Year Award and I am represented by Les Stobbe. He is both a great literary agent and a true gentleman. For more on the writing side of what I do, you can click here.
ABOUT THIS SITE
Probably the most important thing to know about me is the fact that I have a deep abiding faith in God. I am the son of a minister and the brother of a minister. I guess you could say it runs in the family. And now that I am on “the other side of the pulpit, I have the opportunity to see things from an additional perspective.
Over the years I have been a witness to just how powerful it can be when we allow God to move within our lives. I have experienced first hand the joy that comes from becoming lost in his will. I have watched as God moved within the lives of people and I have watched as others shut him out.
This blog is an attempt to look at the place where God and society meet.
Sometimes the results are glorious.
Other times…anything but.
As I said, I’m a writer, but I am not an eloquent man. I pray. I study. Sometimes I even think deep thoughts. But they tend to come out in simple statements. But if God can use me with all my limitations, I’m open to it.
[Note: I don’t care much for political correctness. As a friend of mine who served in the Air Force once said, “Plain talk is easy to understand.”]
I am the son of a minister and the brother of a minister. I guess you could say it runs in the family.