when death and resurrection are essentially the same idea

I thought about my friend Sandee, who would pass peacefully into her own sunset a little over an hour later (probably around sundown in Minnesota), and I thanked God for the continuous witness to the resurrection that we enjoy every single day. Continue reading when death and resurrection are essentially the same idea

“meme of the week” – a new gift for my readers

NEW FEATURE! Happy Friday, friends! Today I’m introducing something new that I pray will prove to be both a source of encouragement to you and an exciting new vehicle of communication for me. Yesterday I finally figured out how to put words on my photographs (yes, I acknowledge I’m a little slow when it comes to technology!). So, one day per week (most likely over the … Continue reading “meme of the week” – a new gift for my readers

stunning sunset photos and road-trip images

One of the absolute best things I get to do as an author is to talk about faith at conferences and retreats. Here’s some relevant pre-retreat dialogue: Unsuspecting pastor or men’s leader: “Wow, this Derek Maul guy’s a pretty good writer; let’s ask him to come talk for four hours over a weekend.” Me: “OK. I’m in. Just tell me when and where.” Me (to … Continue reading stunning sunset photos and road-trip images

Immortality interfacing with the everyday…

  Today I’m entranced by the constant crash of waves on the shoreline. It moves my soul. Rebekah and I talked about why I’m so attracted to the sea, and we decided it’s probably because I grew up in a coastal town. I don’t sail, I’m not a strong swimmer, and I don’t even have good sea-legs. But I do like to be close to … Continue reading Immortality interfacing with the everyday…

Photos and Stories for Monday

Happy Monday, friends! I’m rushing around from the RDU to PHL to PVD (airports) then ultimately to Naomi and Craig’s home in Moodus, CT. So just a few photos today and brief stories to go with them. The opening shot was taken as Rebekah and I left Milton’s Wake Forest location Sunday evening. We wanted a quiet dinner together before I head out today and … Continue reading Photos and Stories for Monday

“motoring” – sometimes you just drive (the photo I didn’t take)

There’s a stretch of highway in Vermont, just after you cross the bridge from New York that spans the southern point of Lake Champlain, where you can simultaneously view the Green Mountains, to the east, and the Adirondacks, to the west. Yesterday evening, as the sun was setting, we did just that. As we made our way north toward Burlington, the last of the light … Continue reading “motoring” – sometimes you just drive (the photo I didn’t take)

when the sacred sanctifies the everyday

Today, I’d like to talk about the important relationship between the every-day and the sacred. This photograph, taken with my iPhone pressed up against the massive windows in the cafeteria at the Tampa Ikea store, does a great job of illustrating my thinking. Then, first thing this morning at church, the men’s breakfast I attended accomplished pretty-much the same thing. PHOTOGRAPH: But I’ll start with … Continue reading when the sacred sanctifies the everyday

two weddings and a great story (the greatest ever told)…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. This weekend I attended two weddings. Two simple ceremonies designed to launch the beginnings … Continue reading two weddings and a great story (the greatest ever told)…

three photographs and an “ah-ha”

So much to do in the next 24-hours… but then we’ll be cruising, literally, with no alternative but to relax. I’m just going to have to make my list and go through today like a writing machine. Consequently – and no offense to my most excellent readers – I’m resorting to the tried-and-true “Three Photographs” formula for today’s post. # 1 – PURE SUNSET: I’ll start … Continue reading three photographs and an “ah-ha”