Plugged in to the Vine

Finding Your Writing Voice as a Christian Writer

In 2007, I thought I was a good writer. Looking back, I was dead wrong. I had asked my wife, a gifted editor, to edit my papers for school. To that end, she had me double space each document and then print it out. She took hours editing my essays. When her edits came...

Taming the Social Media Beast

Last year I had an encounter with Scripture that got me thinking about my habits in a whole new way. A reply given by Jesus to the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath invited me to revise my attitude toward the various activities that occupy my energy every day....

Why I Am Blogging Through Job

Last year I started blogging through the book of Job, one chapter each week. While the basic plot is quickly told -- riches to rags to riches -- Job is not a short book. I am currently on chapter 31 of 42. Thankfully, over the course of these many months, the...
6 Questions To Ask Before Using Social Media

6 Questions To Ask Before Using Social Media

In 2019, experts estimate that almost 3 billion people will utilize social media in some capacity. In 2017, 71% of internet users engaged with social media.[1] If you are reading this article, the chances are you saw this posted on a social media platform you engage...

Proverbs for the Writer

Proverbs for the Writer

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). This, stated my professor, would be the starting point for our class on doctrine. Delivered to Bible college by the bus of the public school system, this axiom was delightfully new to my academic...

The Stories A Writer Tells

The Stories A Writer Tells

Sometimes I wonder what message I have for the hurting, the chronically ill, the wandering soul. How can I convey hope to my readers when I haven’t gone through their struggles? Have not walked a mile in their shoes? I may not fully understand their perspective, but I...

Sharing God’s Comfort

Sharing God’s Comfort

Comfort. Self-care. Indulgence. Emblazoned on tumblers and t-shirts everywhere, and of course, often critiqued, especially by Christians. Should we seek our own comfort? At what point does wise care for our bodies turn into sinful indulgence? For those with a chronic...

Village Poet

Village Poet

When I first arrived, the internet felt wide open with possibility. I staked out a quiet corner where I established my blog Little House in the Suburb. (It seemed a fitting name for a blog written by someone named Laura.) I took great care with each post, wanting to...

Blogging as a Local Ministry

Blogging as a Local Ministry

Tim Challies recently wrote on the need for Christians to continue writing on their personal blog instead of only writing for major ministry sites. He made several compelling points, but it was his final point that most resonated with me. He states: …You may think...

Stewarding the Skill of Writing

Stewarding the Skill of Writing

There are so many good reasons not to write. I mean, do people even read anymore? Everyone has something to say and the internet is a virtual cacophony. Why add to the noise? Especially when writing is hard. And lonely. Is it even worth it? The Christian writer...

Finding Your Voice as a Christian Blogger

Finding Your Voice as a Christian Blogger

Tim Challies has been doing an excellent job (as always) blogging about…blogging (here, here, and here). He’s noticed the decline in the number of individual bloggers actively blogging and is seeking to motivate Christians to blog again. Mom and Pop Blogs In...

Introduction to the Plugged in to the Vine

Introduction to the Plugged in to the Vine

I grew up with the computer. The timeline of my youth is punctuated by the invention of new, disruptive technologies. As I got bigger, the computers got smaller. This makes me a digital native, albeit one who can still remember a world where none of this technology...