Writing with grace

Near my home in East Texas, two major highways intersect. You know it’s a major intersection because around it are ten restaurants, five gas stations, six motels, a medical clinic and the usual Starbucks and Walmart. Hop on Interstate 20, and it will take you all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Go south on US Highway 69, and you will reach the Gulf of Mexico.

Great writing is a highway. It takes us to places we’ll never visit and into the minds of amazing people we’ll never meet. It has the power to inspire, to teach and to entertain. Great Christian writing goes even further. When its super-powered message of grace intersects the written word, it’s like putting rocket fuel in a Jetta. Grace launches ordinary humans into life-altering journeys of redemption.

My life is one of millions of examples of this truth. I was on a highway to nowhere when the Lord’s grace intersected my life. He forgave and freed me, launching me on a journey that has been more fruitful and wonderful than I could ever have imagined. I love Philip Yancey’s book, What’s So Amazing About Grace, because it shows so clearly how grace in its various forms can transform lives.

I loved my 20+ years of work in the newspaper field, but I love even more my work in the good news business. I’ve had the privilege of helping people from around the world to tell their amazing stories of redemption. I hope that in so doing, others will be transformed by His wonderful grace.

Scott Tompkins

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