What happened?

That question was posed to me a while back. I was shocked by my inquisitor. Who was she and why was she asking me, “What happened to you? Why did you stop writing; it has been a year?”

After I avoided my rush toward defensiveness and disorientation, I asked some clarifying questions. She was a regular reader of this blog. We had actually connected through email at one point. But she and her husband had recently moved from New Jersey to Iowa. Some of my struggle was she was out of context.

The busyness of my work had colluded with my lack of confidence that this blog was being helpful to push writing aside. Regretfully I am too vain to just throw something up here and feel too busy to block off time for writing the way I prefer. But the length of time since I had last posted anything actually shocked me. And now it has been even longer.

I find it fitful to write in a vacuum. Without feedback I flounder. Am I meeting a need? Am I like the proverbial tree that falls in the woods and no one hears?

It’s not that I did not write during those gaps. I just have not posted any of that on here. Much has been happening and I need to tell you about it, in due time. But I want to start by thanking you if you missed my writing (please don’t comment if you had not noticed, while I long for appreciative feedback, I must confess my skin is too thin for too much criticism).

Actually, I wrote most of the preceding material back in 2018 to explain my most recent hiatus. Well, guess what, I “ghosted” this blog again. It was not intentional, but it did happen. Please accept my apology and know that I seem to be back in the writing mood and hopefully rhythm by the time you see this post.

Some dear friends have encouraged me to write a book. Actually another friend has written an e-book which utilizes lots of my previous posts. If you might have an interest in reading it, let me know and I can send you a digital copy if you will promise to share it with five other people (no, I will not make any money from spreading it, and neither will my friend who wrote it). Also, I need your promise to email me any questions it sparks within you. My best writing has been in response to questions raised.



  1. John,

    Christ’s peace.

    I have also been glad to see your name popping up in my emails again recently, as I subscribed long ago, probably back when I first met who is now my wife in 2011. You may or may not remember me (Clint Boyd). We met when I was a student at MTSU; I got engaged to an international student from China and went there on scholarship to study Mandarin and marry her. While there, I used the DBS and CPM material you’d shared with me, and you directed me to John Mark Hicks for my questions about Calvinism, which is a theology I thankfully no longer hold.

    At any rate, thanks for your help back then, and your example in faithfulness now. May God bless you.

    Also, I was entertained by your use of the phrase “ghosting,” which is something I only learned from my college students recently. (I’m a campus minister now at University of Houston, still often utilizing DBS method for small groups, etc.).

    Thanks in Christ,

    Clint Boyd 615.738.9938 Houston, TX clintboyd.com thepoint-uh.com



  2. Yes, Clint, I remember you well. We are still friends on Facebook and I have kept up with you and your wife there. Someone recently mentioned you had told them about me. Good to hear you are still using Discovery in your campus work.


  3. I am somewhat aware of your schedule and the challenges of introducing and applying DBS through your global coaching and here in North America. I greatly appreciate and endorse your diligence. A mutual friend of ours told me at one point that you were doing the best writing for Discovery Bible Studies and Disciple-making Movements. I agreed then and I’m glad to see that you are posting from Yor writings again. I would like a copy of that ebook your friend wrote.


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