New Blog Series: Being in Communion

The world is going mad around us. Who knew that it wouldn’t be the zombie apocalypse, but a virus with a mortality rate less than some flu epidemics? People are fighting in store aisles for toilet paper. Some lovely human beings are trying to financially capitalize on the sufferings of others by buying (and reselling) tens of thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer. And the best, culturally, that we seem to be…

Introducing: In a Certain Kingdom (teaser)

You may have heard me speak (a lot) about the power of stories to effect change and to inspire a good life. Well, I’m going to show you exactly how that’s true in a new podcast from Ancient Faith Radio. Introducing: In a Certain Kingdom! In it, I will retell famous and not-so-famous Slavic fairy tales, and I’ll share not only my love for them, but how they help us see the…

Accepting the World: Leaving Room for Providence

Welcome to my last post in my not-quite-successfully-accomplished series on “accepting the world.” You can catch up on the rest of the series at its dedicated page here. When I started this series, I wanted to try to write something short but useful for thirty days straight. My initial idea was that I ‘d be able to write a post in around 20 minutes and share it by 30. But that was…

Day 15: Heroes, Especially for our Time

Welcome to Day Fifteen of my blog series on “accepting the world.” You can catch up on earlier posts at this series’ dedicated page here. As I trusted, my personal hero’s journey at the WMG SF craft workshop happened, and then some. It’s been everything I could have hoped, and more. Mostly because of self-knowledge and a clear idea of how to improve as a writer, in terms of my craft. There…

Day 14: Dispatches from the Belly of the Beast

Welcome to day fourteen of my (now-no-longer) daily blog series on “accepting the world.” You can catch up on the rest of the series at its dedicated page here. Today is day four of the WMG Science Fiction Craft Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada. When sharing my initial thoughts before I left, I suggested that this workshop would be a hero’s journey for me. Turns out I was very, very right about…

Day 11: Please, no Censorship!

Welcome to day 11 of my “accepting the world” series. Catch up on the rest of the series on its dedicated page here. Last week, I was absolutely thrilled to receive a preliminary offer from a Russian publishing house concerning a possible translation of my novels. Naturally, I was through the roof. I had no idea that the experience would instead evoke memories of 19th century censorship. Ilyin’s Idea of Creative Freedom…

Day 10: The Best Laid Schemes o’ Mice and Men…

Welcome to day ten of my “accepting the world” series. If you have no idea what i’m talking about, or if you want to catch up on the rest of the series, you can do so on its dedicated page here. I admit, I had lofty goals for this series. I was inspired by Ross Gay’s experiment in seeing daily delights. But sometimes, “accepting the world” means accepting my own limitations. After…

Day 9: Going to Vegas… for Ascetic Reasons?

Welcome to day 9 of my blog series on accepting the world. You can catch up on the rest of the series at its dedicated page here. Reading that headline, you might think I’ve finally crossed a line, gone a little crazy, taken this whole “accepting the world” idea too far! No, I’m just being a little cheeky. And admit it, it got your attention! Why Vegas? In my “Call for a…

Day 8: Is the Science of Habit Formation Compatible with a Christian Life?

Welcome to day eight of my blog series on “accepting the world.” To catch up on the rest of the series, visit the dedicated page for the series here. When I began this series, I was just coming out of a long-ongoing and difficult professional situation that had a personal component to it. To be honest, even if there hadn’t been a personal component to it, I would have felt it on…

Day 7: Why it’s Difficult for Christians to “Accept the World”

Welcome to day 7 of my new blog series on “accepting the world.” You can catch up on the entire series on its dedicated page here. It occurred to me this morning that it might be useful and interesting for you to get a more detailed sense of what “accepting the world” really means, according to the writing of Ivan Ilyin. So I’ve decided to share an entire chapter of Foundations of Christian…