My Interview With Author Joy Wilson

I did an interview recently with Civitas author Joy Wilson, author of “Uncensored Prayer.” It’s up today over at Provoketive. I did a review of her book and loved it and I enjoyed interacting with her and learning more about her and Uncensored Prayer.

I think you’ll enjoy the interview, so head on over to Provoketive and check it out. Thanks, as always, for reading.

Fifty Shades of Grey: Is My Church Reading It?

Over at Provoketive Magazine, I wrote a review of the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” It’s not purely a review, it’s a look at how and why this book is affecting the culture, especially the church culture. Hopefully, I asked the right questions.

Here’s an excerpt:

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve seen this book around a lot. I mean, a lot. Not just in the hands of “regular” people. But I’ve heard Christians discussing it. I don’t have any hard and fast statistics to share with you, but I’ve seen and heard enough online and face to face chatter to let me know that Christian people are reading this book. What gives?

So head on over and check it out. Thanks for reading.

A Book You Need To Read

I just had a review published at Provoketive Magazine on Joy Wilson’s, “Uncensored Prayer.” It was a phenomenal book and if you let it, it will transform your own thinking.

Joy is a great writer and has been through a lot. Please take time to read the review, then go on over to Amazon and get her book.

Here’s an excerpt:

To be honest, I knew a long time ago that you could talk to God in an uncensored way. Apologies to Joy, but when I was seven, I sneaked a peek at my mom’s prayer journal. She was an author and she recorded many of her conversations with God. When I read them, she wrote messages from God that began with, “My dearest child . . .” For years, I thought about that. Could God really speak to us like that?

As always, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read.

Exciting Upcoming Posts on

I’ve got some neat things coming up in the next couple of weeks that I wanted to let you know about. I guess this is like a movie preview. Without the annoying people sitting around you crunching popcorn and slurping their drinks even though they know they’ve drank the entirety of their $7 medium Diet Coke.

I have sent a review of Joy Wilson’s book “Uncensored Prayer” to Provoketive Magazine for publication. This book was amazing and changed the way I viewed God and looked at prayer. Her book is transformative – in fact, in my review, I call it the indie version of “Experiencing God.” You’ll want to look at the review when it comes out, then run out and download it for your device or buy it in paperback.

I’m also working on an interview with Joy about issues in her book. She’s very down to earth and can teach all of us a lot about prayer. She has a great blog at that you’ll want to frequent.

I’m also working on an interview with Jake Larson, the co-founder of Fireproof Ministries. Jake gave me some great material for my book, “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” and he even wrote the foreword for me. In the interview, I’m curious about his current ministry,, which is reaching out to help combat the sin of pornography. Jake is a great guy and is on the front lines in the battle of pornography.

Now, the last thing to be on the lookout for. And how odd that I would post this after mentioning an interview with someone about pornography. I’m working on a book review of the runaway bestseller, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James. It seems like everywhere I go, I hear something about it. On one hand, I hear women telling other women, “You have to read this!” And other people saying, “This needs to be burned.”

This book has caused a firestorm in our culture. Is it just a book? Are they just words? Why are people taking it so personally? Has a line been crossed in literature? Should Christians read it? Well, the fallen pastor is reading it and working on a review. It may end up being less of a review and more of a desire to wrestle with the questions I just mentioned. Be prepared. I’m going to submit it for review to Provoketive Magazine hopefully this weekend. Props to fellow Provoketive writer Jordan Hageman for her article on the subject. I hope I can come at the book from a different angle.

I thought for a moment of changing the title of my blog to “Fifty Shades of Ray,” but then I thought better . . .

So that’s what’s transpiring in my heat addled brain at the moment. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Changing The Mind: Helping Others See How Wrong They Are

Ever notice how wrong other people are? All the time? I did. And I wrote an article for Provoketive Magazine about it.

It’s pretty tongue in cheek, so don’t rush to any conclusions. Here’s an excerpt:

Why is it so hard to change beliefs? I think we’ve all been there. I would guess most adults have changed their beliefs about something. Why is it so difficult?

Hop on over there and check it out if you get a chance. Before you change your mind, that is.


“Hey Wait! I’m the Samaritan!”

I’ve got a new post up over at Provoketive Magazine. I think it’s a fair rendering of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Please take time to read it. Here’s an excerpt:

Therefore, for Jesus to put a Samaritan as the hero of the story was a stunner. It offended his largely Jewish audience. Especially when he asked the man who had posed the original question, “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” (Luke 10:36 ESV) The man couldn’t even bring himself to say the word “Samaritan.” Instead, he said, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Junior Seau and “The Easy Way Out”

Had an article posted up over at Provoketive Magazine recently. It’s called, “Junior Seau and ‘The Easy Way Out.”

It was about tacky comments I heard made about the recent suicide of former NFL great Junior Seau. It delves deeper into insensitive remarks we tend to have engraved upon our minds about suicide in general.

Hop over there and take a look if you get a chance.

Post-Good Friday Traumatic Stress

Just had a new article go up at Provoketive Magazine. It’s called, “Post-Good Friday Traumatic Stress.”

It deals with living crucifixion scenes, the horror of Good Friday, and what it all means.

Here’s an excerpt: I hate to say that [living crucifixion scenes] “offend” me. Everyone is offended these days. It takes so little to offend the modern mind. So, I’m not offended. I just run afoul of the fact that churches think that the gospel is being spread by putting middle-aged men on a cross so people can see them on there. In a world filled with suffering, what good does it do to see a picture of more suffering without explanation? People drive by without any idea why the Christ suffered.

Take a moment to check it out if you can. And I should have a new blog post up here tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

Leaving Our Mark On Eternity

I’ve got a new post up over at Provoketive Magazine entitled, “Leaving Our Mark On Eternity.” It’s about making sure we express our love for people in this life while we still have time.

Here’s an excerpt:

One of the most regrettable things we can do is let time pass without telling someone how we feel. One of the best things we can do is take a pen to paper (not email, not Facebook, but real ink) and write down our feelings for someone. 

Check it out if you get a moment.

List of Fallen Pastors

Man, I’ve been busy the past two weeks. I haven’t blogged at all.

I did find the time a while back to submit a very important article to – “List of Fallen Pastors.” I’ve been wanting to write it for a long time. Here’s an excerpt:

On my blog at, WordPress keeps track of how people arrive to my site through search engines. the most searched for word combination is “list of fallen pastors.” It’s not rocket surgery that my site would come up since I wrote a book on the subject of fallen pastors and I am one.

I’ve thought about that for a long time. It has boiled in the back of my cerebral cortex for over a year. Why are people searching for a list of fallen pastors?

Please take a moment to read it and let me know what you think.

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