A New Year, A New Blog

A couple years ago I began a new blog using the pen name Matt Esperanza, which is actually my birth name. (My surname was changed to Owens when I was a child.) The idea at the time was that when I finished the book I was working on, I would attempt to publish it under the name…

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Tour de H2O

It was a few months before Christmas two years ago when I sat in a staff meeting at my church as we discussed seasonal impact opportunities. We usually have a couple projects we encourage our members to contribute financially to, as people in general, not just Christians, typically increase their charitable giving around Christmas. One…

Casting Call

For the first time in some fifteen years of worship ministry, I am producing a full scale Christmas drama at my church with shows this Friday evening and Sunday morning. Nearly all of my productions in the past, and throughout the calendar year, have been worship services, not even considering the 52 times per year…

What’s in My Man Bag

I've taken to carrying what I call a man bag. Like Seinfeld's "European carry-all," I carry just about anything I need in it. Sounds like a purse? Well, you'd be mistaken, my friend. This is no purse. It's simply a downsized version of the computer backpack I used to lug around.

Confessions #2, #3 and #4

I've been in the confessing mood lately, I suppose, for I have a few posts I plan to roll out in my Confessions category. There's something we Protestants are missing out on, because there aren't confessionals in or near our sanctuaries -- we have basketball hoops in mine. Now, I'm not advocating confessing sins to…

Confessions #1

I'm trying out a new featurette here, not as though I need another category of posts. SWYW has problems with focus, as it is. A few months ago I wrote about my harmless addiction to sunflower seeds. From time to time I think I just need to get some stuff off my chest. So here we go, Confession #1 ...