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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.

The Sacred Rhythms of Lent

Today’s post is unusual. It’s extremely long and it is – essentially – a sermon. But I’m posting it because many people have requested my notes from the message I shared at the meeting of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay last weekend. However, I believe it’s worth the read anyway, because the message staked out my…

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BONUS! (Feb 29)

Thank you for responding to me God; you’ve truly become my salvation! The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone! This is God’s work. We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it! This is the very day God acted— let’s celebrate and be festive! Salvation now, God. Salvation now! Oh yes, God—a free and full…

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communication and active listening – more on the “C” word

It is truly wonderful when relatives live together in peace. It is as beautiful as olive oil poured on Aaron’s head and running down his beard and the collar of his robe. It is like the dew from Mount Hermon, falling on Zion’s mountains, where the LORD has promised to bless his people with life forevermore. – Psalm 133 As I left my brother Geoff’s house, Monday…

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my week with people, and the common denominator that counts

Yesterday wrapped up a hugely busy week. I’ve had seven speaking engagements, in Lakeland, Nashville, Bartow and Temple Terrace, all related to the “Reaching Toward Easter” initiative. Additionally, I’ve been in “virtual” contact with another 110 people through the Upper Room/Be A Disciple on-line retreat. Sunday morning I had the opportunity to share with a…

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