Category Archives: Jim Denney

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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Write what you DON’T know!

By Jim Denney Saul Bellow once said, “A writer is a reader who is moved to emulation.” I know that’s true in my case. I’m a writer today because I wanted to emulate my literary heroes. Maybe you know that … Continue reading

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Blessed by Adversity

By Jim Denney I recently read a short story by W. Somerset Maugham called “The Verger.” If you’ve never read the story, here’s a SPOILER ALERT. That’s right, fair warning, I’m about to spoil the ending. But here’s a link … Continue reading

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Do You Have Lemon Juice on Your Face?

by Jim Denney Many aspiring writers assume that, because they’ve done a lot of reading, they know how to write. This is almost never true. Writing is a craft that must the mastered through intensive study and practice. The problem … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Why?

by Jim Denney In 1969, I sat in a university lecture hall and listened as Dr. Viktor Frankl — psychiatrist, author, and Holocaust survivor — talked about living a life of meaning in a world that makes no sense. Hearing … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and the Life-Changing Power of Stories

by Jim Denney Clive Staples Lewis — “Jack” to his friends and family — was raised in the Church of Ireland. The death of his mother when he was nine years old shattered his happy childhood. By age fifteen, he … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Blank Page

by Jim Denney “Almighty God, bestow upon us the meaning of words, the light of understanding, the nobility of diction, and the faith of the true nature. And grant that what we believe, we may also speak.” —Hilary of Poitiers (A.D. … Continue reading

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Fiction is a Different Kind of Truth

by Jim Denney “All good books have one thing in common — they are truer than if they had really happened.” —Ernest Hemingway I’m a fan of Lawrence Block and Stephen King, but there’s something these two fine writers have … Continue reading

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Writing is Finger-Painting with Words

by Jim Denney A few years ago, I taught a workshop at a writer’s conference. After one session, a young woman came up to me and said, “My problem is that I never finish anything. I’m so afraid that someone … Continue reading

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