Dairy-Free Fruit Ice Cream

Since I wrote about dairy-free ice cream in January, I have been doing much more experimenting and having a lot of fun in the kitchen. Recently, I developed a fantastic recipe for a dairy-free fruit-based ice cream that I personally think almost can’t be distinguished from the “real” stuff. This gets its goodness from the fact that the custard is partially fruit purée. Deliciousness! Continue reading

My Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipe

My wife can’t eat dairy, so I simply had to find a way for her to enjoy ice cream. My dad had already created a batch of coconut milk-based ice cream for her before we were married, and I’ve been taking the concept further. A couple people asked for the recipe when I mentioned on Facebook that I was making a new batch, so here it is. Continue reading

The Refining

My Facebook and Twitter feeds have been abuzz (and that’s putting it mildly) with posts and counter-posts and counter-counter-posts regarding a number of current issues facing Christians. I’ve watched debates rage about courtship/dating/betrothal, the patriarchy movement, and Mark Driscoll stepping down from Mars Hill Church, to name just a few. And as I stand on the outside looking in, I see a problem:

Those whose beliefs are being scrutinized seem to see no room for God’s direction to be that they might be in error.

I’m not saying they need to change. I’m not even saying any side of the 14 or so out there is the right one. But what I’m very, very concerned about is the lack of humility and soul-searching in this process of refinement. Continue reading

The Performing Church

The other day, I was stopped in my tracks by a statement. It went something like this: “It’s hard for musicians to detach themselves from performance when Sunday morning is the only time they aren’t performing.”

Something inside me couldn’t reconcile myself to that thought. Does music always have to be a performance, barring use in church where we say we’re leading instead? After I had time to mull it over, I decided that the answer is no. Here are two examples. Continue reading

Revival Doesn’t Have to be Huge

I’d like to shrink a term that is most often used with huge implications. We, the church, tend to say we want revival, and by that we mean that we want throngs of people repenting visibly, making it clear that “God is at work.”

Revival, however, the really, truly revival, is more teensy weensy. It’s not necessarily immediately visible, nor does it have to happen in a tent or a stadium.

It happens when complacency becomes commitment. When even one person is saved, a revival has happened. When one Christian lives his or her faith, revival is here.

It’s not huge. It’s not showy. It won’t capture the world’s attention and turn the TV cameras. Because revival, ultimately, is a matter of the heart.

And when you think about it, that’s even bigger than the way we like to use the word.

Free Book! Free Book!

A Purple and Gold Afghan and other stories coverYou might remember that I announced a little e-book short story collection of mine a little while back. I’m quite pleased to announce that A Purple and Gold Afghan and other stories is now free on the Amazon Kindle store from now through Sunday!

A Purple and Gold Afghan is a collection of three short stories that relate the story of Joseph, a lonely young man who’s just begun seminary. When he finds a beautiful afghan on his dorm room bed and attempts to track down its maker, Joseph runs headlong into a series of events that might just lead to something called… love.

One reviewer said this: “These stories are the epitome of ‘short and sweet.’ Simple and endearing, they are told from the perspective of an innocent, insecure young man as he takes his first bumbling steps into the realm of love. This is romance as it should be—not idealized and contrived, but gentle and unsure.”

You don’t need a Kindle to read it. Amazon has free reader software for PC and Mac, so you have no excuses. Grab my book and enjoy!

Feel free to leave a review or spread the word to your friends. I’d appreciate it. :-)

Heartaches and Headaches

This morning I discovered this piece that I wrote from a dark place back in August. I’d been suffering from a splitting headache all day, and then some emotional stuff happened and caused heartache into the bargain. The two words mixed in my mind and I rambled this out on digital paper, trying to console myself. Writing the truth to myself helped. Maybe you needed to hear it, too. Continue reading

Announcing A Purple and Gold Afghan and other stories

I may have mentioned a screenplay I’m working on called Bellwether. The story centers around a couple that meets unexpected resistance to adopting a little girl. Early last year, I finished the third draft of the script and sent it to some test readers. One of my readers wondered how the main characters met, and after some thought, I came up with a short story to answer that question.

A Purple and Gold Afghan and other stories cover

I’ve since followed that story with two more, taking the characters from their first meeting to the beginning of courtship. The stories have been fun to write, and those who have read them tell me they have enjoyed the stories and that I’ve done a good job capturing the feelings surrounding the first steps into romance.

I was never quite sure what I was going to do with the stories. But then I self-published a book. In the midst of all that, I realized that the Kindle platform was perfect for a collection of short stories, so I began working on getting them ready for publication. About a month later, right about now, the book is done!

So, allow me to share the description from Amazon, and then I’ll leave you to check it out.

About the last thing shy and lonely Joseph wanted to do was live on campus at seminary. But when he finds a beautiful afghan on his dorm room bed and attempts to track down its maker, Joseph runs headlong into a series of events that might just lead to something called… love.

Charming, whimsical, and poignantly funny, A Purple and Gold Afghan and other stories is a delightful collection that will tug at your heartstrings.

A Purple and Gold Afghan and other stories is available right now on the Kindle store for 99¢. I hope you enjoy it!