Tuesday, March 11, 2014
[Note from Mary: Christian Poets & Writers often think in terms of writing and get books published, but sometimes our blogs may be the ministry! Thanks, Lynn, for your Inspired Writing on this important subject.]
Inspired Writing | Lynn Dove's Journey Thoughts
[Note from Mary: A major goal of our Christian Poets and Writers group on Facebook is to help Christians embrace and encourage one another and promote unity in the church Body of Christ through our writings. This post by member Chris Vonada gives us a bigger picture, including those little details in need of tending.]
The Big Picture Of Unity — Faith, Hope and Love — Medium
[Note from Mary: Many children put themselves to bed without even a "night, night" to comfort them. In this story Bible, the author provides suggestions for establishing a nightly routine that ends with pleasant thoughts and prayers appropriate to the child and to the story read.]
Bible Reviewer: My Bedtime Story Bible
[Note from Mary: In his new post, Glynn Young helps to broaden our understanding of poetry, giving us a glimpse of the works of a major poet of our times.]
Poets and Poems: “Selected Poems 1923-1975” by Robert Penn Warren
Monday, March 10, 2014
[Note from Mary: Finding a voice could be called being yourself! These tips from Linda will help.]
[Note from Mary: Good tips for Christian Poets & Writers!]
Seven Things Every Writer Must Know to Thrive and Survive | Kurt Bubna
[Note from Mary: In her latest post, Karin Peavy shows how easily we Christian poets, writers, and other communicators for Christ can broaden our understanding of the Bible by utilizing this excellent site on the Internet.]
Bible Gateway Offers a Fresh Way to Study the Most Famous Book
[Note from Mary: Why mention Stephen King's work on a blog for Christian Poets & Writers? As Glynn Young pointed out in this post, his books exemplify the well-written story with a "good versus evil" theme Christian writers identify with and consistently use.]
Faith, Fiction, Friends: The Gospel According to Stephen King?
[Note from Mary: “Good” poems occur as we give ourselves to them, opening our eyes and ears and letting our thoughts touch whatever is around, whether in a physical, mental, or spiritual realm. Somewhere, somehow a poet must capture wonder, causing readers to perk up, pay attention, and read the lines again.]
The Poetry Editor and Poetry: Secrets of good poetry
Saturday, March 8, 2014
[Note from Mary: The Bible refers to those of us who love Jesus Christ as "saints" about 100 times, but how do we become more recognizable as the saints we’re intended to be? Instead of starting with our toe aligned at Square One, we can turn to early Christian saints, known to have lived out their faith, and find out what they most want to tell us. Thankfully, this lovely edition of the New American Bible revised (NAB+) will help us to hear and heed.]
Bible Reviewer: The Saints Devotional Bible
[Note from Mary: Each church denomination has something unique to bring to the Body of Christ and each Christian poet or writer has something unique to bring too. Thank you, Joy, for this lovely reminder. May each of us hear God's voice, inspiring and directing us in Jesus' Name.]
Making space for not knowing | Poetry Joy
Thursday, March 6, 2014
[Note from Mary: In this new post, Bill Akers reminds us of The Voice of our Creator and Almighty God, Who spoke everything good into being. As members of the Body of Christ, Christian Poets & Writers can speak with that voice in our writings to draw others to Christ, encourage one another, and help to upbuild the church.]
Faith Akers: His Voice
[Note from Mary: These tips help Christian poets and writers to develop attitudes and work ethics that aim you toward publication and professionalism.]
10 Habits for Highly Effective Writers - Connie Mann
[Note from Mary: In this interview, Dana Cassell, the founder of Writers-Editors Network, asks about my writing life and upcoming projects. Thanks, Dana!]
Featured Author: Mary Harwell Sayler – The Home for Writers-Editors Network Members
[Note from Mary: As Lent begins, this article calls us to get real about our lives in Christ. Hopefully, most of us know that living the Christian faith is not about "being good" or doing the most work at church. What separates Christians from the rest of the world is knowing that, in Christ Jesus, we are forgiven! Spreading that Good News through our writings will draw others to God and also bring healing to the whole church Body of Christ.]
Right here. Right now. Ash Wednesday. | A Beautiful Story by Pam Black
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
[Note from Mary: In his new collection of poems, award-winning Christian poet and writer Dana Gioia demonstrates how much poetry can matter in increasing our awareness of the beautiful, the spiritual, and the unexpected gifts of life.]
The Poetry Editor and Poetry: Review of Pity the Beautiful by Dana Gioia
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
[Note from Mary: Christian Poets & Writers, you'll love this beautiful prayer by a beautiful man! Bishop Tutu also wrote the poetic text for an exquisitely done picture book of creation, illustrated by Nancy Tillman and reviewed on the Bible Reviewer blog.]
Disturb Us O Lord – A Prayer by Desmond Tutu
Monday, March 3, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Kurt, you're enormously active in your writing and other ministries! How do you manage your time?
I don't sleep much! Typically, I write very early in the morning or later in the evening. I also do quite a bit on Saturdays.
Tell us a bit about your work and goals.
I'm a senior pastor of a large church, so most of what I do as a writer, author, and pastor is for Christians. That being said, my primary focus is to show how faith and real life intersect in a relevant and sometimes raw way. I have a personal goal to write one book a year until Jesus takes me home! I thought this goal might be too much until I heard that A.W. Tozer wrote most of his many books after turning 50.
I identify! By then, most of us have grown kids, and we're apt to know what's truly important. For me, the important focus became the Bible. In what ways does the Bible influence your work?
All truth is God's truth. I've been a student of the Word for almost 40 years. Everything I write is filtered through the grid of the Scriptures.
What writing projects are you working on now?
I'm working on my second book, Epic Life ~ How to Discover the Adventure You Were Made to Live (working title). My first book, Epic Grace ~ Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot, is about the mistakes I've made and lessons learned the hard way. Epic Life is about the risks I've taken in following Jesus and the amazing adventure I've had through life with Him. Just for fun, I'm also working on two children's books.
Books for children are fun! But does anything ever discourage you from writing?
There have been a few times where I've wondered, "Is this really making a difference?" Whenever I drift to that dark place, I try to remember that in God's economy even one changed life matters to Him. Success is not becoming a best selling author; success is obedience, and I feel called by God to write.
The Internet has been helpful to many of us in reaching others for Christ. Has that been true for you?
It's been amazing to see what modern social media can do to get God' Word and my simple words into the hands of so many people. My uncle, who was a pastor too, wrote two books published by Tyndale in the 1980's, and his platform was essentially just the people in his church. I have the blessing of hearing from folks all over the world that I never would have had any influence on without the internet. It is one of the greatest tools the Church has to reach our culture today.
How can we find your work online?
The best way to stay in touch with me is through my Facebook author page or through my author blog/website. I'm also pretty active on Twitter.
The main goal of the Christian Poets & Writers group on Facebook is to build up the church as we write in all genres. In what ways can Christian poets and writers help to unify, heal, or strengthen the church Body of Christ?
We share a common love for Jesus, His bride (the Church) and for writing. I love hearing the stories of what God is doing in and through the godly tribe in this group! We need to actively look for opportunities in this amazing family of poets and writers to practice 1 Thessalonians 5:1, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
Amen! Thank you, Kurt. May God continue to bless your good work in Jesus' Name.
© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, interviewer
Epic Grace ~ Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot, paperback
Epic Grace ~ Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot, Kindle e-book edition
Friday, February 28, 2014
[Note from Mary: Writing can be hard work! Living a Christ-like life of love can be even harder! This post gives Christian Poets & Writers encouragement with each step of the climb.]
Keep Climbing | justathoughtdevotionals
[Note from Mary: Many people think the church is outdated and irrelevant, but is it? In this excellent article, Kurt Bubna helps us to get a bigger vision of the church and the power it has when we come together AS the church - one in the Body of Christ.]
The Church Is Irrelevant! | Kurt Bubna