A Great Article About Traveling to Africa

My sister (who's written an award-winning short story and blogs about books on her own WordPress site) just appeared in The Gazette, a Colorado Spring newspaper, talking about her 4-month trip to Africa with MercyShips: http://gazette.com/article/1617280?TC_SC_REF I got a brief mention in the article because of my trip to Asia in 2015, which you may …

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How to Politely Disagree, According to Chesterton

How do you politely disagree with people? How do you show you don’t have the same views as someone else, even critique their views, without seeming rude or angry? Too many people (myself included) aren’t sure how to do this. Fortunately, over a hundred years ago author G.K. Chesterton helped answer that question. Chesterton’s known …

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6 Powerful Books On Christian Art

Some time ago, I argued in one of my articles that a great way artistic Christians can connect with other churchgoers is by studying books together about art. Here are some of the best books I've read about how faith and art intersect (including the classic Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer): https://www.theodysseyonline.com/6-books-small-groups-studies-christian-art If you're …

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How to Fit Spiritual Themes in Stories (Part 4)

(Part 4 of 4, based on a workshop on fitting faith-based themes or symbols in mainstream stories. Here's Part 3 for those who missed it). Method 4: Talk about spiritual ideas openly, but in different words. The 2016 movie Dr. Strange (co-written and directed by Scott Derrickson, whom I mentioned in Part 1) shows this idea very …

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How to Fit Spiritual Themes in Stories (Part 3)

(Part 3 of 4, based on a workshop on fitting faith-based themes or symbols in mainstream stories. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2 for those who missed it). Method 3: Include spiritual themes/symbols along with other themes/symbols in the story. Grant Morrison's graphic novel Arkham Asylum provides a great example of how to do this. For those …

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