I don't remember when I started writing, but I remember well the day I decided to keep on doing it.

I was sitting in a faculty office in Ryland Hall, lamenting my inability to determine a topic for Josephine Humphreys' seminar on non-ficition writing.  She asked me what I wanted to write about, and I froze, so in awe of this Hemingway-Prize-winning, New-York-Times-Magazine-writing author.  "I don't know," I admitted sheepishly. We sat in silence for a moment.  Then Jo looked at me with her trademark warmth and said matter of fact,

"I know. You want to write something true."  

Yes!  That was it!  I wanted to write something True. How did she know?!

Words are fantastic vehicles of truth.

I love the way they can brighten a day, inspire courage, or build up faith.

At the end of the day, I believe that all the true words point to Jesus.  

Words are the theologian's tools, says John Frame.  They are how we get at God, how he lends us access to Himself.  Small wonder that both His Book and His Son He calls the Word.  "His whole work is an unveiling."

So, as Jo put it, I endeavor to write something True. Words on a page that point to Jesus the "one and only" Word (John 1:14).

Life is a little crazy these days, so I don't write as often as I'd like.  Actually, I write all the time, between ministering to students as Youth Director at Walnut Hill Community Church, and in my second life as a full-time seminary student at Gordon-Conwell, and in my just-starting-to-bud freelance career.  I guess it's more that I don't blog as often as I'd like--but I'm grateful that you would join me when I do!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Greetings to you! I am preparing to preach tomorrow on the thought of Christ as an "admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies." In studying this out your blog came up. I see you mentioned Ryland Hall - Is that at UR? I graduated from UR in 1993 and was saved between my Sophomore and Junior year. Thank you for the post and may God richly bless your kingdom labors!

Because of Jesus,
Charlie Kennon