Dan Kent Can Write

A Writer’s Venn for Writing-Zen

June 18, 2022

Let me share with you the nature of my toil. I’ve got all this stuff in my head that I believe you would enjoy having in your head. That’s why I write. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. A great distance lies between my head and yours, with terrible obstacles in the space…

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The ONLY Truly Creative Thing We Can Do

June 4, 2022

I daydream often. Lately, in my fog of contemplation, I’ve pondered a question about creativity: Can a person truly be creative? So far I keep coming back to the same conclusion: The only truly creative thing we can create is how we treat the world and others. We do not truly create anything else. Everything…

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What “Man Gave Names to All the Animals” REALLY Means

June 4, 2022

“So the man named all the animals, the birds of the air, and the living creatures of the field.” Genesis 2:20 In the fog of our over-Googled, ‘Hey Siri,’ information-obsessed minds I believe we may be looking upon the story of Adam-naming-the-animals with dull eyes. When we hear the story we imagine Adam mechanically identify…

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The Universe is a Crime Scene

May 31, 2022

I’m conflicted. Most scientists tingle with suspicion at any hypothesis about the natural world that even vaguely smells like “intelligent design.” I don’t blame them! Christian thinkers have historically embarrassed themselves with their eagerness to find God everywhere. Wherever you look in history, whenever some ambiguous phenomenon or some unexplained thing perplexes humanity, there you…

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15 Reasons Open Theism is TRUE (a reply to Andrew Wilson)

May 20, 2022

Recently, Andrew Wilson shared an impressive critique of open theism called: “Responding To Open Theism In Fourteen Words.” Andrew’s article didn’t persuade me, but it did challenge me (seriously!). Below I will respond to each of the words Andrew presents. But first I will add one word of my own (if Andrew gets 14 words,…

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Must I Become Less?

May 20, 2022

Have you ever proclaimed a theological belief loudly and publicly only to have the Bible seem to proclaim the exact opposite? In 2019 Fortress Press published my book Confident Humility. There I argue that humility doesn’t mean anything like making yourself smaller, viewing yourself as insignificant, or any other self-belittling understanding. The humility Jesus teaches,…

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Was Jesus “Crazy”?

May 20, 2022

“Do you believe I’m the messiah,” the man asked, his voice part tenor, part nasal-congestion. He rubbed his robe collar between his thumb and index finger. This detail sticks in my memory because his fingernails were thick and uncut, the color of banana slices left out on the counter too long. “No,” I said, right…

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Work-Life Balance is a Lie

May 20, 2022

I swear, I see a new viral article about work-life balance on the internet every day. It’s fine, I guess. Yes, don’t be a workaholic. Yes, enjoy life. The problem with these pieces, though, is that they’re always written by-or-about some hotshot who’s already successful — someone who has found financial security, someone who has…

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Why I Created Fruitless Verses

May 29, 2021

I created @fruitlessVerses because I was getting annoyed at the perpetual deluge of “inspirational verses,” plastered on beautiful pictures, constantly bombarding our eyeballs all across the social media empire. Believe me, I like inspirational verses. And I like beautiful pictures. Of course I do! But things were getting out of hand. An insanity grew inside…

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