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A Case for Mealtime Grace

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There is a hollow growing inside with each turn of page. I’m reading the first five essays in The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, the current High Calling Blogs book club selection. You might think the hollow I refer to is a gnawing hunger,…

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If Christianity Started an Ad Campaign

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It is rare for an idea to come without baggage. We have a lifetime of experiences through which we’ve formed opinions that are difficult to disconnect from (remember the Curse of Knowledge?). When I mention the words Christian and Christianity to someone who does not know Jesus, often there is…

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When Knowledge Becomes a Curse

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My simple gets trampled on. A lot. By me, myself, and I—and the many words I can’t seem to part with. It’s buried by my inability to be concise. Authors—and brothers—Chip and Dan Heath give some great excavating advice in their book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and…

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Casting a Vision for Writing Bliss

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Over at High Calling Blogs, we just wrapped a book club for Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life. The book’s content and the participants’ discussions provided plenty to mull over, including the final challenge by Cameron to develop your own writing contract….

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Criteria for a Writer’s Station

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Virginia Woolf declared that all a woman needs to write is some money and a room of her own. The mental and financial freedom she was likely referring to—in addition to an actual place—has faded over the years as we writers project into this our own vision of the perfect…

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