In the three years since I started this blog, some things have changed and some haven’t. The basic design and layout for the website has remained the same. My goal was to always keep it simple: a banner logo at the top, the latest blog at the home page, and a series of tabs to bring you to respective pages. While most blogs come with automatic archives by month, I thought it would be beneficial to have a separate Archives page where specific links to every blog was saved so the browser could scroll down and find them all, carefully sorted by date, with synopses. I’m not exactly a web design expert, so I’ve constructed this site with one philosophy: what would I, as a novice, want in a website?
But while the look of Depths of Pentecost has remained the same, I feel like you can see my journey as a writer from beginning to present. My writing style has improved dramatically. I used to try way too hard to be poetic, an easy trap for novices. I’ve learned that one of the most important fundamentals in good writing is to say as much in as few words possible (this is called the “word-to-punch ratio”). It helps the reader’s brain absorb the most information with the smallest effort so they don’t get too exhausted trying to comprehend the message.
Not that there’s anything wrong with my earlier blogs; they served their purpose according to what God wanted at the time. It’s funny that in the early days, I used to worry about someday running out of topics. God has never allowed that to happen, and keeps providing me with more and more things to blog about. It’s amazing what He will show you if you just keep a yielded mind!
Interestingly enough, I don’t remember even having a Twitter account when I first launched the blog. But now, my Twitter presence has grown to over 9,300 followers! And along the way, I’ve met some pretty extraordinary people.
Having recently finished my first book, and currently enduring the submission trenches, I vowed at the beginning of the year to bring this teaching and writing ministry to a new level. While the basic layout will probably stay the same, I’m adding a few new features. If you haven’t noticed, one of the tabs at the top has changed—“Testimonials” has become “Videos,” in preparation for my soon-to-be launched YouTube channel, which will have many of my classes on video and hopefully a weekly vlog.
But before we get there, I wanted to create an inter-connected community of other writers and Christian bloggers. So I’ve been reaching out to others and seeing if they’d be interested in being featured in a new “Recommended sites” section at the side bar.
Basically, if you love my blogs, you will like these other bloggers. Some write on apologetics, some are authors, some are preachers, and some just write stuff that is spiritually uplifting. Most of them I’ve met on Twitter. Some have helped me out while I needed a break from blogging to finish the book. I wanted to create links to their sites to drive some of my traffic to them, without asking for anything in return.
I want to give a brief write-up of each person whose blogs my writer should check out. So without further ado:
Katie Wilson: Katie runs her blog, “When Ruins Sing,” at Psalms8110.com. If you’ve been following my site for long enough, you’ll remember that she filled in for me November 11 of last year with a substitute blog, “God Wants to Show Us His Glory.” I especially recommend going to her site if you’ve just had a bad day and are in need of some Biblical encouragement. She describes the site as “Where my faith and creativity collide.” And sure enough, on top of writing, she is a prolific artist. You can see her very impressive art gallery there too!
Evan Minton: If you’re in the mood for intellectually-challenging apologetics, I can’t recommend Evan’s site, “Cerebral Faith,” enough. If you guys think I’m smart, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Which may explain the subtitle: “using the brains God gave us.” Evan writes on a wide variety of topics, each of which can be found on his site, most with the goal of equipping believers and trying to convince non-believers. Evan answers very complex “big picture” questions with a clarity that is unmatched. He also has recorded debates with atheists and Christians on YouTube that you can find on his site, and has two books out, Inference to the One True God and A Hellacious Doctrine, both of which you can order from his site.
Lorilyn Roberts: the story of how I met Lorilyn is perhaps the most interesting. She was doing research for one of her books and came across my site through a google search, then requested being put on the subscriber list. I couldn’t believe my good fortune at meeting a best-selling author this way! Lorilyn is the author of the Seventh Dimension series, a Christian-themed fantasy series. She also blogs advice for Christian writers (such as myself) and has other books out on her own personal testimonies of how God has helped her through difficult times. Lorilyn has given me immeasurably helpful advice as I’ve gotten my own first book in the can, for which I’m forever grateful.
Steve Simms: Steve actually has two websites that I’m linking to in the Recommended section: His blog can be found at SteveSimms.wordpress, and there you can also order his book, Beyond Church: An Invitation to Experience the Lost Word of the Bible. He also has a secondary site, Onebody.life, which focuses on re-unifying the Body of Christ (the church) by setting aside our differences and getting back to the basics of Biblical teaching.
BentheCPA: Ben is from Atlanta (like me) and runs three websites. His Christian blog, The Biblical Elevator, is what I’ll be linking to from Depths of Pentecost. If you follow him on Twitter, it doesn’t take long to see that he’s a massive Braves fan, so much so that he even has a second blog devoted to all things Braves-related, Braves By the Numbers. According to his blogger.com profile, he enjoys discussing the Bible and teaching a class at his local church. A man after my own heart!
Sy Garte: Sy (short for Seymour) is another friend I met on twitter; and like Evan, his intelligence makes mine pale in comparison. A lot of Christians get together and talk about biology or how the complexity of the cell requires it to have been designed. But not many of us are actual experts on the topic. Sy is an accomplished scientist with a doctoral degree in biochemistry. A former atheist whose life has been changed by the love of God, Sy’s blog (The Book of Works) is both informative and inspiring. He’s the author of several books whose names I can’t even comprehend, including Molecular Environmental Biology, Genetic Susceptibility to Environmental Carcinogens, and Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases. Sy helps shatter the myth that science and faith in Christ cannot coexist!
Bert Farias: Being a Pentecostal writer myself, I can’t resist good old fashioned, Holy Ghost-filled preaching. Bert’s main website for his ministry, Holy-fire.org (wish I had come up with that name first), also showcases his blog, The Flaming Herald. He has appeared on “The Supernatural” with Sid Roth and “Crosspoint” with Mark Taylor, and has authored ten books (having just spent two years writing one, my hat’s off to him), all of which you can order from the site. Holy Fire Ministries has also been awarded as a top 100 Christian blog.
So these are all the good folks I have so far. That said, this list is by no means complete. My goal isn’t just to help these people listed, but to build up a community of fellow Christian bloggers, all brought together for that one goal, to lift up the name of Jesus! So if you have a blog you’d like me to connect to on my site, feel free to let me know and I’ll have a look!