November 18, 2011
Writing has increasingly become a passion of mine ever since my 7th grade English class at Brandon High School (Brandon, MS). My teacher, Mrs. Galloway, made words come alive for me, and - thankfully - I never really recovered from that life-altering experience! I have always loved to write, and once I truly came to Christ (in 1992) and discovered that the Lord was calling me to serve in full-time ministry (beginning in mid-1994), my writing immediately became my favorite means of telling people about the love of God. To this day, the overarching purpose of everything that I write is to help readers grow in their knowledge of God, and to encourage them to trust completely in him.
While my goal at all times is to help people learn more about God (and - hopefully - grow closer to him!), I enjoy doing this through a variety of literary genres. I enjoy devotional writing, biography, in-depth biblical study (as when I'm preparing sermons), apologetics (defending the Christian faith), and - at times - even some poetry. I even proposed to my wife (at the top of a ferris wheel) with a poem! :O)
For two years, I wrote a weekly devotional column in a local (Jackson, MS) newspaper. I also published a number of book reviews in "The Areopagus Journal", a nationally-distributed Christian apologetics magazine. I co-authored the book, "Crossing the Tracks" (Kregel, 2012) with Dr. Dolphus Weary and William Hendricks (son of the late theology professor from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. Howard Hendricks). With a pastor friend from Caledonia, Michigan, I co-authored a chapter, titled "Living Evangelistically", in the book "The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living" (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Most recently, I spent a year-and-a-half serving as a book editor for best-selling Christian author Randy Alcorn, as we prepared a book on the theme of "Christian happiness", due to be published by Tyndale House in 2015. For all of these wonderful opportunities - as well as several more that are still "in the works" - I'm extremely thankful! :)
I have attended LOTS of ministry-related conferences (...more than anybody else that I know!) - and since all of my favorite ministers are also extremely gifted and prolific writers, the topics of writing and publishing have often come up during conference sessions, and in conversations that I have had with people between sessions. Until recently, however, I had never "officially" attended a writers' conference. I attended the Maranatha Writers' Conference in 2012 and was richly blessed. The speakers were experts in the field(s) of writing / editing / publishing, and I know that I gained some valuable insights from them which will help me to be more effective in my own writing, and to have a greater chance of getting more of my future writing into print!
I hope to have a couple of well-written (and well-published!) books in print, along with - I hope - a multitude of published articles. I'm also hoping to do a second master's degree and perhaps even a doctorate someday soon, with the expectation and hope that this will open new doors for me to write and publish my work. Whether I wind up with fifty books in print someday or only one, though, my greatest hope is that God will be pleased with all that I write, and that people will be drawn closer to Christ as they read my writings. I do not need for my name to be made famous through my future writing, so long as the name of Christ becomes more widely known and loved!
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, I now live in Muskegon, with my beautiful wife, Karen, and our two precious children, Luther Martin & Nora Grace. I currently work for Eternal Perspective Ministries, where I'm the book editor for Randy Alcorn.