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My Proposed Writing Projects: Would You Pray for Me?

Friends: As most of you know, I love to write. And I have a lot of writing projects that I need to, I want to, pursue. Would you consider praying for me that God would lead me in my writing? I want to maximize my energies and produce what would be beneficial to God’s people and a blessing to Him! Here are several manuscript ideas “in the works.” Feel free to leave a comment on which one interests you the most. Thanks!

Friends Don’t Let Friends . . . Die! This is a multi-part study of the story of Lazarus, a good friend of Jesus, who dies. And Jesus could have prevented that from happening. This study deals with the important topics of friendship, suffering, and sovereignty.

A Five-Minute Theology: Daily Devotionals in the Basics of Belief  This may sound a bit strange, but a lot can be accomplished in 5 minutes a day. My concept is 300 five-minute devotionals on the ten areas of theology (thirty each on Christology, Hamartiology, Ecclesiology, etc.). So in less than a year one can get a pretty good grasp on the fundamentals of the Christian faith. I’ll also produce 5-minute videos along the same line.

Insight from a Blind Man (A Study of John 9)  This miracle — the most detailed account of a healing in all of Scripture — provides many practical lessons for the believer.

With Friends Like These . . . Job’s Friends and Religious Foolishness  I’ve studied the book of Job — and preached on it — for years. I’m fascinated, not so much by Job’s suffering, as by the friends’ spiritually mugging him for thirty chapters! There are many lessons in this study about friendship and how poor theology can bring more hurt than healing.

Finding Deep Joy in a Sad, Shallow World (A Study of the Epistle to the Philippians) We know that the prominent word in this letter is joy. But what is joy? And how does it differ from happiness? A study of the dozen or so uses of that term will greatly help us in being a people of joy.

The Forgotten Third: Developing a Biblical Relationship with God the Holy Spirit   This project will probably be the first under contract. Christians either overemphasize or overlook the Third Member of the Trinity. If He is truly personal, He can be spoken to. If He is fully divine, He can and should be worshiped. Learning of His various ministries to believer and unbeliever is key to developing a relationship with Him, for we are to enjoy the “fellowship of the Spirit” (2 Cor. 13:14).

Would you consider praying for God’s leading in my life and in my writing? Thank you!


Posted by on April 5, 2021 in writing projects


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Writing Projects I’m Working on ….

One of the benefits of being retired is that I can get back into writing — which I normally love to do.  I say “normally” because I’m venturing into the world of fiction which I find really difficult.  Here are some of the projects I’m working on.

1. I just had an article posted on which you might find interesting. It is found at:  I originally entitled the article “Gambling with God: Five Certainties in the Stephen Paddock Tragedy.”  The Patheos editor thought his title would draw more interest — and it has generated 163 comments!

2.  Some of you know that I am quite committed to the idea of friendship evangelism.  So I’m working on a book entitled Unlike Jesus:  One Area Where Jesus-Followers Excel.  We are not a friend of sinners like Jesus was — and I’m praying my small effort might help to change that!  I also want to develop a four-message weekend conference on this theme.  Those four messages are just about ready.  Consider having your church invite me for a weekend!

3.  For years I have been working on a novel whose central character is Dr. Theophilus Hornby, a Bible college teacher, who solves mysteries and crimes (part-time, of course).  I find fiction really tough to do well, but I’m working on my first adventure with this sixty-some-year-old professor (who looks and acts a lot like …. me!).  [Some of you might be aware that I wrote a short novel a few years ago entitled Abandon All Hope (which is still available on].

4.  I have a great interest in producing a full year DocDevos, daily devotionals in biblical doctrine.  The original DocDevos was published in 2002 by Christian Publications and was subtitled Ten-Minute Daily Devotional on the Great Doctrines of the Christian Faith.  That volume only covered the first three areas of theology (Introductory Matters, Bibliology, and Theology Proper).

5.  I would like to write several shorter (and smaller) books similar to, say, this one by the folks at the Christian Research Journal or Robert Morgan’s fantastic The Red Sea Rules.  One would be a study of the man born blind in John 9 and entitled Insight from a Blind Man.  The other might be a survey of the minor prophet Jonah and entitled Belief Contradicted by Behavior: A Study of Jonah.   Some of you know that I’ve worked a bit on helping myself and others improve their preaching, so I might expand on my little pamphlet which is entitled Ten Specific Steps You Can Take To Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better!

Well, those are a couple of projects I’m working on.  (I also want to write some Christian comedy, but that’s a topic for another day!).

Prayers are definitely appreciated, friends.  Thanks for lifting me and my efforts up before the King!



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Posted by on October 13, 2017 in writing, writing projects


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (writer’s block)

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 3.49.10 PMFriends:

Some of you might want to know what I’m working on these days in terms of writing.

I recently wrote Saved! Rescued from God, by God, and for God.  A free copy is yours if you will post a comment on my blog and email me your shipping address.

Presently, I’m working on a short book called STUCK!  Five Truths to Get You Moving in Your Christian Life.  If you’ve read my posts on “Back to Basics” (my study of Titus 2), you’ve pretty much got the gist of STUCK!

I want to revise and Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 6.26.29 AMexpand my first novel, Abandon All Hope.  I need to do much more character development in that project.

Over the years I’ve been intrigued by the story of the man born blind in John 9.  So I’m working on a short manuscript tentatively entitled Insight from a Blind Man.  My wife Linda is encouraging me to develop a series of Sunday School lessons on doctrine.

I sure appreciate your prayers for me as I continue my seminary teaching and preaching in conferences and retreats over the next few months.  Please let me know what ministries you are involved in — and how I can pray for you!


Posted by on September 12, 2015 in writing projects


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