Welcome to The Ink Forge

A Journal

The Ink Forge

We all spend our lives being shaped by something. Sometimes for good, sometimes for bad. There is no escaping this. When I asked myself "what is The Ink Forge to me?" the driving thought that came out was shaping; as honest as I can stand, as brutal as truth can...

The Weight Of A Secret

Genesis 33:20Then he erected there an altar and called it El-elhe-Israel.How can something as light as a secret weigh as heavy as a stone on the soul? Few things on earth match the weight of a secret sin. Do you have one? Most folks do. We keep them...

Hope That Abounds

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. My family and I just returned to the states recently from a tiny island called Man O War Cay. It sits a little...

Daughters of Eve

When God made Eve for Adam, He wasn't just making another soul-inhabited body. He wasn’t just solving Adam’s desire for a help-mate. We’re not even sure if Adam knew what He was missing. I can’t help but get tickled at that thought, though. What in the...

An Easter Guarantee

If you know Christ and His resurrection power, then every problem you have is temporary. God is going to Redeem it all!Easter is, undoubtedly, the enemy’s worst nightmare. Why? Because Easter is the day that all devils and fear-giants were put on notice;...

Skipping

My wife and I had just finished a quick workout at the gym. We drove separately that day and were about to pull out of the parking-lot when I glanced over and saw April smiling at something. Naturally, I looked to see what it was, and boom! That’s when I...

The Conversation Of Praise

A Psalm of David. Psalms 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I...

Prayer and the Gospel Chicken

What have I said to God today that was any different than yesterday? It’s a simple question, but a sobering one, especially, if you were raised like me. I’m a Bible-belt born and raised Carolina boy. Church is what we do in the south. It’s sort of a right...

The Pattern of Presence

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. CONTEXT John the Baptist is done. He Baptizes Jesus and boom, the Man that would save the world begins a 3-year walk toward...

JAMES (son of Alphaeus)

We’re not all called to be Chris Tomlin. Thank God for him, but as worship leaders, it just doesn’t work like that. I don’t know the man and truthfully this journal entry isn’t really about him as much as it is about his notoriety in the modern church....

The Gospel Windup

I saw a new shore this week: The Adriatic Sea. The same sea that Paul the apostle and many other disciples stood on, I stood on. The same seashore that Christ buried his toes in while speaking the message of His gospel, I buried my toes in. It was a moment...

Family

I’ve been getting a lot of notes and texts lately about my daughter. Let me tell you, this is one of my favorite parts about being a dad. I love to hear that my daughter is about the things of God. I love to hear about how she has encouraged someone and...

The Other Side Of Faithfulness

Ok... something amazing happened this weekend. It all started on my way to the airport, early Friday morning. Many of Mrs. Beth’s events happen over the course of two days— a Friday evening, then usually ending with a Saturday morning session. This makes...

The Overlooked Hymn

I have a question for you today at the Forge. It’s kind of macabre but just bear with me for a few minutes. I think you’ll like where it ends up. Here’s the question: What would I sing if I knew I was going to die tomorrow? I know, it’s a tough one. Why...

Unwrapped Gifts

Luke 1:39-47 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was...

I Am Going

It's early morning while I sit out on the balcony of a huge ship headed for Haiti. Already, I'm thinking of Him and the smallness of me. For me, it's hard not to in moments like these—so much water out here. The deepness of the blue gives it away, you know—that the...

Jesus Was A Carpenter

JESUS WAS A CARPENTER I read a quote recently that sent me, head spinning, questions rising, straight to the Forge. The thought was fun to me at first, but the more I hammered it out in my head, the more convicting it became. It's about Jesus' job. The quote says,...

Broken Scales

My mind has been on brokenness lately—my brokenness. There's a width and breadth to it that, frankly, I can't seem to wrap my head around yet. Sometimes I think the notion of eternity seems clearer to me than my own broken down heart. There's this disconnect. I don't...

Peace

  I hope you forgive me for writing about death so much lately. That is where I am. That is where my family is, so I guess the inkForge involuntarily ends up in that place, too. In all honesty, this story is not so much about death as it is a miracle— a...

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