Author Archives: writinginoverdrive

What is Truth?

Opinion by Jim Denney, author of Answers to Satisfy the Soul Kathy Myatt has been a missionary nurse in Brazil, an instructor in pediatric nursing at Tennessee State University, and an instructor in psychopathology and psychopharmacology at Gordon Conwell Seminary. … Continue reading

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Who is Mary Poppins? And Why is She Singing That Song?

Opinion by Jim Denney Let’s talk about Mary Poppins Returns. And if you haven’t seen it yet, relax — there will be no plot spoilers in this post. I expected to love this new Poppins movie — and I did. … Continue reading

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Respect for Old Books

Opinion by Jim Denney I make my living writing brand-new books and putting them up for sale. So while the following quote from C. S. Lewis may not further my economic interests, I believe this is sound advice we all … Continue reading

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Tracking the Star of Bethlehem

Opinion by Jim Denney Last week, I wrote about J. R. R. Tolkien’s belief that the Birth of Christ is the great unexpected “plot twist” in human history, when our story turns from tragedy to triumph, from darkness to light. … Continue reading

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The Christmas Eucatastrophe

Opinion by Jim Denney J. R. R. Tolkien, the creator of The Lord of the Rings, once wrote that his goal as a writer of fantasy was to provide for his readers an experience he called “the Consolation of the … Continue reading

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Father Brown versus Father Brown

Watching the BBC’s Father Brown on Netflix on my computer. Opinion by Jim Denney I’ve been reading G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown detective stories while also viewing the BBC television series Father Brown on Netflix. That’s probably a bad idea. … Continue reading

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The Proven Power of Prayer

Opinion by Jim Denney, author of Answers to Satisfy the Soul: Clear, Straight Answers to 20 of Life’s Most Perplexing Questions Some years ago, my brother Tim was driving on a two-lane highway after dark, returning home from college in Southern California.  At … Continue reading

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Death and Destruction in Paradise

Opinion by Jim Denney I have visited Paradise. Years ago, we visited my wife’s brother and his wife in their home in the northern California town of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Our kids played in the snow on … Continue reading

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Angels and Space Aliens: An Unexplained Personal Account

Opinion by Jim Denney In the summer of 1970, before my senior year in high school, I went with a high school youth group from California to a Young Life camp at Malibu, British Columbia. During the long drive up … Continue reading

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Christian Unity in Times of Hate and Division

Opinion by Jim Denney One of the great tragedies of the church today is the way Christians divide from each other and attack each other over politics. I’m not saying our political views are unimportant. As Christians, we are to … Continue reading

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Citizens of Another Kingdom

Opinion by Jim Denney I was reading a science-fiction story today by Fred Saberhagen. Titled “Stone Place,” it is a story in his futuristic Berserker series. The story contains this interesting exchange between two characters, a skeptical poet-warrior named Mitchell Spain … Continue reading

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Football and Faith: Remembering Reggie White, the Green Bay Packers’ Minister of Defense

Opinion by Jim Denney The called him The Minister of Defense. Whether he was preaching or playing football, Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White always worked hardest on Sundays. In the spring of 1996, I spent several days with … Continue reading

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Why I Read and Why I Write

Opinion by Jim Denney [An apology: I should have posted this piece early this morning instead of late this evening, but I’ve been on the road this past week and just arrived home. Next week, I hope to post on-time. … Continue reading

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A Holy Calling

Opinion by Jim Denney “Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for?” … Continue reading

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An Assault on the Bride of Christ

Opinion by Jim Denney Brace yourself. This is going to be different from the usual sort of post I write for this blog. Recent headlines have triggered memories and emotions from a long time ago. I don’t need to mention … Continue reading

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