Thursday, August 28, 2008

Top Ten Reasons Hurricane Season is Like Christmas
(in honor of my Louisiana heritage...these bring back memories)
10. Decorating the house (boarding up windows).
9. Dragging out boxes that haven't been used since last season (camping gear, flashlights).
8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores.
7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for "specials."
6. Family coming to stay with you.
5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling.
4. Buying food you don't normally buy ... And in large quantities.
3. Days off from work.
2. Candles.

1 And the number one reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas...

At some point you know you're going to have a tree in your house!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More Ancient Bible Texts Digitalized

If my earlier post about the Codex Sinaiticus was interesting to you, then today's announcement regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls should light your fire, too. The Israel Antiquities Authority, which apparently owns the rights to the scrolls discovered in caves near the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956, will digitally photograph and scan the scrolls. The images will be posted on the Internet for anyone to see within the next two years.

Some of the scrolls date back more than 2,000 years. The texts include, among other documents, the oldest written record of the Bible's Old Testament. I should expect there to be great excitement when these digital images start becoming available to viewers worldwide, instead of only to those selected scholars who have had the opportunity personally to inspect them. Perhaps now the entire text of the Bible can finally be preserved.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Anyone Linked In?

A few months ago, I decided to get on the social networking bandwagon by joining LinkedIn. I really had no desire to join the My Space gang, nor the Facebook community. I know that I could get sucked in to ongoing time-wasting online socializing addiction. But I thought it prudent, as a freelance writer and editor, to get in the game somehow and...what?...advertise--is that the word?--my skills, my published books, and freelance business.

So far, I've connected with some DTS classmates and professors, a few old friends, other authors, and the occasional editing client. I have no idea if these connections have resulted in any book sales or increased visibility. I haven't been offered any jobs through it (yet). LinkedIn's stated mission is to assist in that sort of thing:

Through your network you can:
Find potential clients, service providers, subject experts, and partners who come recommended
Be found for business opportunities
Search for great jobs
Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals
Post and distribute job listings
Find high-quality passive candidates
Get introduced to other professionals through the people you know

Recently my online writer's group discussed the pros and cons of joining this sort of social networking site. Oh, the opinions abounded! One proponent shared how he landed a couple of business deals through his network. Others related stories of their networks helping beef up their book signings across the country. So, yes, some people are seeing tangible benefits. They seem to be rather scarce so far, but maybe over time--as these professional networks grow in popularity--they will reap sales, jobs, and similar long-term benefits.

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear if you've had success with any of the social networking sites, particularly professionally. Job leads? Book sales?

Take a look at my profile and consider joining my network, especially if you are a personal friend, former client or classmate, or someone interested in the topics I've written about.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Proven Way Hosting Mixed Ministry Seminary

Tomorrow night, Tuesday August 12, Sue Edwards--my coauthor--is the keynote speaker at "WExchange," the Fall Kickoff for Proven Way. This organization comes alongside women in ministry leadership:

ProvenWay equips women to use their gifts to serve God more effectively. We will assist you as you begin or expand a ministry, plan more meaningful events, build community among volunteers, and embrace your true potential as a leader.

Our book, Mixed Ministry, will be the highlighted topic of the evening, and our coauthor Henry Rogers and I will be joining Sue for a panel discussion after her presentation. Please pray for a frank and fruitful discussion between the participants and panelists. We are looking forward to the dialogue on this touchy topic of men and women working together in the church in purity and effectiveness.

Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas TX
7-9 pm

I think visitors are welcome, if you are interested. There may be a small entrance fee--I'm not sure.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Chapmans Speak Out

Many of you will remember the news story from last May in which the youngest daughter of Steven Curtis Chapman, Maria Sue, was accidentaly killed on their family driveway. The Christian recording star and his family recently opened up about their grieving process, and the role that their faith plays in that, to ABC News reporter Robin Roberts. The feature, which included the entire family, was shown on Good Morning America this morning.

You can read the interview here. You can also see clips of the interview, some of which were cut from the GMA version, on Steven's site.

Stay tuned for People Magazine's August 13th issue, which will also have a feature on the Chapman family. And tomorrow night, August 7th, you can see them all on Larry King Live (I think he's on CNN).

Why the flurry of publicity? Well, Steven has recently resumed touring for his newest album, coming back into public life as it were. Naturally his fans are concerned and curious about how the family is doing. These opportunities with national media will spread their message of grieving with hope to millions of people who don't often hear the gospel, who might wonder how in the world they could cope with a tragedy like Maria's death. Who knows how God might be honored through these interviews?

1 Thess. 4:13-14 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Tapestry: A New Blog for Christian Women

This week, a new collaborative blog launches through the ministry of, this one devoted to women who love Jesus and serve Him in some capacity. Readers will be drawn by the bloggers' passion, experience, and honest discussion about relevant issues facing women in the church today.

From the "about us" profile: "Tapestry features leading Christian writers and thinkers who have come together to engage culture about the person and work of Jesus Christ."

I'm not sure that's completely accurate, especially the "leading Christian writers and thinkers," since I am one of the blogging team. You can take my submissions as you like, but I will vouch for the excellence of the others. Women like Sandi, my coauthor Sue Edwards, wordsmith/art theologian Heather, ministry leaders Gwynne and Dianne. Some of the women on the team are not personally known to me, but I have no doubts about their love for God, their passion for women to know and serve Him better.

If you are a woman leading a women's ministry, studying theology, joyfully volunteering in church life, working with men in ministry...if you are in any way involved in serving the Lord, bookmark this blog. Each weekday in two-week cycles, various authors and theologians will post their thoughts, inviting comments and conversation. Some will teach, some will muse, others will provoke. You will think, question, rejoice, converse...we can't wait to get started.

Join the conversation. Check Tapestry each weekday starting August 4. Add us to your RSS feed or bookmark the site. You'll want to come back often.