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 patheos.com which you might find interesting. It is found at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/evangelicalpulpit/2017/10/stephen-paddock-hell/ 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 Amazon.com)].
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!