Doorways into Terrorism

“I am no longer a terrorist.” The first speaker at our peacemaking event had been a member of JAD, the same terrorist group behind the Surabaya church bombings in 2018, famous for using children as young as nine years old as suicide bombers. After a series of bomb attacks, there was a nation-wide net thrownContinue reading “Doorways into Terrorism”

Someone Has to Die in Indonesian!

I’m happy to announce that my first novel on terrorism and peacemaking in Indonesia, SOMEONE HAS TO DIE, is now published in the Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), and on sale here. I’ve been blessed with some amazing endorsements from leading Indonesian Muslims such as Abd. Rohim Ghazali (Executive Director of the Maarif Institute), Azaki KhoirudinContinue reading “Someone Has to Die in Indonesian!”

Book Review: The Beekeeper of Aleppo

This week I found myself writhing in pain and crying out—in my dentist’s chair. The infection was so deep under the tooth he couldn’t seem to get it anesthetized. I kept telling myself, “This nightmare will soon end; just hang on for a few more minutes…” And then it was over. I went back toContinue reading “Book Review: The Beekeeper of Aleppo”

Fallen Heroes–What We Learn from Ravi Zacharias’ Downfall

After nearly 50 years as one of the world’s most famous Christian apologists, Ravi Zacharias (deceased) has now been exposed for sexually abusing many women, and threatening them to keep his horrendous deeds hidden. This news dropped like a bomb across the Christian community. Millions had been strengthened in their faith through Ravi’s ministry. IContinue reading “Fallen Heroes–What We Learn from Ravi Zacharias’ Downfall”

A Drama for Inauguration Day

As we prepare for the U.S. presidential Inauguration Day, so many thoughts and emotions are swirling through me, it’s hard for me to write them all down. Peacemaking is needed in our nation now more than ever. Fortunately, another writer has captured many of my feelings in her powerful short drama. I’d like to introduceContinue reading “A Drama for Inauguration Day”

What America Needs in 2021

I watched the US presidential election as a man caught between two horn-locked bison slowing the flow of progress. The two pursuits of my professional life—peacemaking and revival—have deeply connected me with two very divergent communities of Jesus followers. One group follows Christ in pursuing peacemaking, speaking out for social justice, and serving the poorContinue reading “What America Needs in 2021”

If Jesus Emigrated to Modern-day America…

Photo by Brennan Burling on Unsplash If Jesus emigrated to modern-day America, would we Christians even notice? Most of his ministry wasn’t in houses of worship. In fact, he upset the religious by breaking one of their rules to heal a man’s withered hand. I wonder what rules he might break if he came toContinue reading “If Jesus Emigrated to Modern-day America…”

Jesus and Social Distancing

The dawning sun did its best to peek through the clouds as I prayerwalked my neighborhood this morning. I prayed that all of my neighbors would wake up feeling a supernatural peace, and a trust that God was for them, not against them. I prayed that as the world is being shaken, they would holdContinue reading “Jesus and Social Distancing”

All the People We’ll Meet this Christmas

As I’m working on writing my fourth novel, starting a new trilogy on the topic of hope, I’ve been studying Johnny Enlow’s RISE teaching on bringing God’s kingdom into the 7 mountains of culture: government, business, education, religion, media, arts & entertainment, and family. As a teacher, I’ve been especially fascinated by his ideas onContinue reading “All the People We’ll Meet this Christmas”

A Halloween to Remember

Halloween—the dentists’ favorite holiday… My American friends who take a walk through their neighborhoods today will be greeted by an assortment of scary decorations in front of their neighbors’ homes: carved pumpkins, skeletons, witches, ghosts, gravestones, giant spiders, black cats, even skulls placed on a stick. In American culture, decorating homes like this is aContinue reading “A Halloween to Remember”