Binding of the Blade

For my first post on this blog about my fantasy series, The Binding of the Blade, I wanted to take a moment to explain the title. For those who haven’t read any of the books, I’ll try not to give too much away. For those who have, this is probably stating the obvious, but I[…]

Strength that stoops to conquer

As Christmas draws near, I think of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ famous poem, “The Windhover.” Hopkins dedicated the poem to Christ, but many believe that the poem is itself, about him, not just dedicated to him. The poem revolves around what my literary mentor, Lee Ryken, called the theme of strength that stoops to conquer. It[…]


Part of believing in the basic notion of a supernatural being who made the world and governs its operations is that it removes a lot of the tendency to see “coincidences” as random. Instead, the idea of Providence, that God watches over his people and provides what they need, becomes the prism through which we[…]


Having a .com after my name is a little strange. A lot strange, actually, as swirling and indeterminate images of internet commerce wholly unrelated and alien to my name are conjured by the thought. I’m not a global bookseller sans bookshops or an online auction house, so I’ve never really thought about being a .com.[…]