The Layman vs. the Vicar

One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes is “Once the layman was anxious to hide the fact that he believed so much less than the vicar; now he tends to hide the fact that he believes so much more.” I knew Rob Bell left his church in Grandville, Michigan, for southern California, but I didn’t knowContinue Reading

The Second Anna Denning Mystery

The Second Anna Denning Mystery

I haven’t posted in a while, but there’s a good reason for my long absence. I’ve been working furiously on Sparrow House, the second book in my Anna Denning mystery series. I just got the cover for it (left), and I think the artist nailed it. I wanted spooky but fun, creepy but cozy. The kind of mysteryContinue Reading

Top Ten TV Mystery/Detective Shows of All Time

One of the simplest yet most enjoyable pleasures in life is settling down to a good mystery on TV. A little popcorn, maybe a glass of wine. Rain beating on the windows, dog sleeping by the fire . . . Well, you get the idea. It’s heaven for us mystery lovers. There have been someContinue Reading

The Emergent Church: We’ve Heard It All Before (part 2)

Someone once said that trying to get an emergent church (EC) leader to clearly state his beliefs is like trying to “nail Jell-O to the wall.” EC leader Tony Jones, for one, finds the Jell-O analogy amusing. It doesn’t occur to him that not being able to define your beliefs or at least answer directContinue Reading

The Emergent Church: We’ve Heard It All Before (part 1)

I’m not a glutton for punishment, honestly I’m not, but I enjoy listening to and reading interviews with leaders in the emergent church movement. Yesterday it was a YouTube interview with author, radio host, and pastor Doug Pagitt. The guy is fascinating. A walking, talking lesson in postmodern rhetoric. So are his compatriots in the emergentContinue Reading

Guest Blogger Gail M. Baugniet

Guest Blogger Gail M. Baugniet

It’s my pleasure to welcome author Gail M. Baugniet as guest blogger today. Gail’s first self-published novel, FOR EVERY ACTION There Are Consequences, released in 2011, introduces Hawaiian-born Pepper Bibeau as an insurance investigator whose routine assignments lead her through a maze of suspense. (Note to my blog readers: If you love a good mystery,Continue Reading

Hope and Another Year

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? —Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I make all things new. —Revelation 21:5 I love new beginnings. Fresh starts, fresh hopes. Where would we be without the hope that things can be made new? “By this time next year . . .”Continue Reading

Atheists and Unicorns

The atheists are out in full force again this Christmas season (or as some atheists call it, “buy a billboard season”). And the same old stories are in the news: Major retail chains are telling their employees to greet customers with a colorless “happy holidays,” an atheist group in Wisconsin is trying to remove aContinue Reading

Pagan Origins, My Donkey

Pagan Origins, My Donkey

This time of year I can’t get enough of Christmas trees. I love all Christmas decorations, really—except for big plastic snowmen—but trees are the quintessential decoration. Apparently, the first Christmas trees date to the fifteenth century in Estonia and Latvia and the sixteenth century in Germany. Some say the Christmas tree has pagan origins, butContinue Reading

Interview and Book Giveaway: Author K Dawn Byrd

Interview and Book Giveaway: Author K Dawn Byrd

It’s my pleasure to welcome K Dawn Byrd to my blog today. K Dawn is the author of inspirational novels in several genres, including romance, romantic suspense, and young adult. She maintains an active and popular blog and is the moderator of the Christian Fiction Gathering group on Facebook. If all that weren’t enough, she holdsContinue Reading

Interview: Christian Romance Author Amanda Stephan

Interview: Christian Romance Author Amanda Stephan

It’s a pleasure to welcome my friend Amanda Stephan to my blog today. Amanda is a Christian romance author, the co-founder of Christian Indie Authors, and a homeschooling mom extraordinaire. You can read more about Amanda and her work by checking the websites listed below. And now, without further ado, here’s Amanda. Hi Karin! Thank youContinue Reading

How to Spot the Christian Villain: Ten Tips

It happened again. I was watching an episode of the British mystery series Midsomer Murders, one of the best cozy series of all time, and once again the villain of the story was a Christian. And I knew early on, as soon as this character mentioned God, that he would be the killer. Some whodunit,Continue Reading