A publisher asked me last week what my distinctive mission as a writer is. I think it's to probe beneath the surface into the deep longings of people, then to open a door into the invisible spiritual realm so people can see ultimate realities (including God, angels, demons, heaven and hell) with the eyes of faith and imagination.
Resources: About Randy Alcorn
- Wed, Mar 03, 2010
- About Randy Alcorn
I’ve written 17 nonfiction books and seven novels. The novels, while different in style from nonfiction, are nonetheless touched by a biblical worldview and can reach some people who won’t be reached by nonfiction.
THE BOOK’S PURPOSE
- Establish grace and truth as the essential building blocks of Christian spirituality
- Point out the difficulties of manifesting both qualities simultaneously
- Deepen our understanding of the relationship between these two virtues
- Demonstrate the power of grace and truth working in tandem
THE BOOK’S MESSAGE
Grace and truth found their perfect union in Christ, but the rest of us tend to gravitate toward one or the other. Truth without grace breeds self-righteousness and legalism. Grace without truth breeds deception and moral compromise. The key to true Christian spirituality is to integrate these two qualities into life ...
A Christian I met in passing once told me it troubled him that he really didn’t long for Heaven. Instead, he yearned for an Earth that was like God meant it to be. He didn’t desire a Heaven out there somewhere, but an Earth under his feet, where God was glorified. He felt guilty and unspiritual for this desire.
Do you recall the most difficult question you’ve ever been asked? If so, what was it and how did you respond?
Nothing in particular sticks out. But I do know one thing that is difficult, and that’s when I’m challenged about the hypocritical behavior of Christians, and in some cases I have to admit it’s true. For instance, to use a current example, there’s no way I can defend a televangelist flying around to vacation spots in a twenty million dollar private jet paid for by donors to his nonprofit ministry. 1 Timothy says we are to pay attention to our lives and our doctrine. Both are essential. Occasionally I see believers who I wish would just ...
- Wed, Jan 06, 2010
- About Randy Alcorn
Do you remember when the Lord called you into ministry, and how long it was before you actually started?
I became a Christian as a teenager, and by the time I’d known the Lord two years I knew I wanted to go to Bible college and study God’s Word. At first, I wanted to be a missionary, but then we started a church that I was asked to help pastor. I was 22 and Stu Weber was 31 when we were the two pastors of Good Shepherd Community Church. After all these years we meet weekly and are closer friends than ever. I haven’t been a pastor at my church since having to resign in 1990 ...
Do you use an outline when you write, or do you work with just a general idea of where the story is going, and the characters just tend to take over on the details?
I’ve tried outlining, and it works better with nonfiction for me, since fiction is so organic. While fiction has structure, it’s not as easy to control as nonfiction, because it has a life of its own. Your characters do tend to surprise you, and sometimes attempt insurrections. Of course you are still in charge and occasionally you must remind your characters of this. After all, they owe you their very names, which you are free to change at any time. Sometimes you must even threaten them with extinction.
My writing is a ministry, because ministry is service, and every aspect of our lives is to be a service that glorifies our Lord.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose. (Jim Elliot)
We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. (C. S. Lewis)
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. (C. S. Lewis)
How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose! You ...