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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, 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.

helping to get my dad on his feet (literally)

Give respect to your father and mother,    for without them you wouldn’t even be here.    And don’t neglect them when they grow old. Embrace the truth and hold it close.    Don’t let go of wisdom, instruction, and life-giving understanding. Proverbs 23:22-23 This post fits with the occasional series around the ongoing care of our “noisy neighbors” – aka the ancients…

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Pain. Hope. Gratitude.

For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. – Ephesians 5:8-9 Update: So having shared my pain situation with you yesterday, here is the latest update. My family…

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belief in the middle of struggle

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24 I hadn’t planned to write about this; but – as it is literally impossible to think about anything else – I guess I have no choice. This blog is, after…

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February in 28 photos

I already shared – in my “Our Father” post – how difficult February has been. But this month has also been full with faith, great stories, love, light, and priceless glimpses of our beautiful family. So let’s wrap up February 2021 with 28 photos, one for each day. As always, I pray that these will…

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