If you missed it yesterday, please check out our 2015 Christmas Newsletter. The post is worth the read, and includes some great pictures.
This morning, unfortunately, I’m sick. So I’ll just post this photograph from last night’s WFPC choir party, and then redirect you to my “Happy Holidays” column at Wake Forest Today.
If I was feeling better, I’d have labeled this, “Derek hanging out with the 2nd most interesting man in the world.” But it really does provoke some good thinking; how would I write my biography if it was titled, “The Most Interesting Man in the World”?
Or, more importantly, how would I live my biography? There is – always – this standing imperative to live like we mean it, because God certainly meant something profound, and wonderful, and interesting when each one of us was created.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: So here’s the link to my “Happy Holidays” column in Wake Forest Today. In it, I ask some hard questions of those who get all defensive and offensive regarding any greeting other than “Merry Christmas.” Really!
As you can guess, I have some fairly strong opinions when it comes to the whole “Christmas Wars” scenario. Here’s an excerpt:
Good grief, there are people in this community who believe it’s a crime against all that is holy to return their “Merry Christmas” with a heartfelt, friendly “Happy Holidays.”
“What do you mean, ‘Happy Holidays?’”
“Do you have something against Jesus?”
“Are you one of those un-American secularists who hates God?”
“Are you suggesting I should lose my right to practice my faith in a public place?”
Happy Holidays, friends! – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.