The Stories Only We Can Tell
God hardwired our brains for stories. Most of us enjoy — and remember — Jesus’ parables far more than Paul’s letters.
This is why I write movie scripts in the category of drama. My screenplays seek to honor God and entertain a general audience.
Our broken world tries to satisfy its hunger for God in many ways, including films we’d be embarrassed to watch in the presence of Jesus. I believe my calling is to feed the world interesting stories undergirded with biblical truth.
Stories only I can tell.
Stories about real people facing real problems, like the ones we find in the Bible. Scripture doesn’t shy away from the raw and messy. That’s why my first project is about a character with a past who must deal with human trafficking.
Stories that wrestle with the double standards so rampant today. Because the truth is:
- Right is still right, even if our worst enemy does it.
- Wrong is still wrong, even if our best friend does it.
Yet in the midst of great brokenness, the hope of redemption is always possible.
When one of my stories is made into a film, the producer might have my script rewritten by someone else to add in profanity and/or onscreen nudity. Screenwriters can’t control what happens after they sell their work. But I have made a promise to the Lord: I will write clean on my end.
I was blessed to receive 1st place for Film Scripts at the 2018 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. With me are the Co-directors, DiAnn Mills (left) and Edie Melson (right). Photograph by Mary Denman.
Are you fulfilling your created purpose?
Prior to turning my creative attention to the big screen, I left pastoral ministry to follow God’s call to write a book for high school graduates. Choose: Fulfill Your Created Purpose shares the advice I wish I’d had during my transition to adulthood.
In fact, middle-aged and senior citizen readers tell me this book is helpful in their seasons of life!
I live in East Tennessee with my wife, Mary Ethel, and our daughter, Molly Kate.
5 odd facts about me:
- Mary Ethel and I became engaged on our fourth date, two and a half months after we met. In May 2018 we celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary.
- I predicted our baby would be a girl and arrive on her due date at 2 p.m. Labor pains set in on the due date; Molly Kate was born at 3:37 p.m.
- At age 6, I received Green Bay Packers pajamas for Christmas. Coincidentally, today I own a foam Cheesehead, a Vince Lombardi lunchbox, and one share of stock in the team.
- In 1989, John Cougar Mellencamp’s grandmother wrote me a letter thanking my friend and me for stopping by while on a visit to Indiana.
- The chief reason why 19 is my favorite number is that at age 19, I renewed my faith and chose to follow Jesus.
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