About Me

Poc-Back-03-crop-dry-brush-1024x683 crop01About Pieces of Clay: This is my personal blog. It’s where I can write about topics and tidbits that don’t come up in my formal ministry. The things that require more time and thought or less constraint–Christian and cultural commentary, faith and doubt, contrafluent nonconformity, biblical insights, musings on media and music, and whatever other opinions I decide the world is entitled to. In my “real” life I write books about Christian parenting. But here on Pieces of Clay I’ll take the writing roads less traveled, the topics off the beaten trails. It’s about putting the pieces together.

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About Clay: I’m a 60-something husband of one, father of four, and follower of Jesus. I’m a writer, author, editor, self-publisher, acoustic guitarist, songwriter, and aspiring digital photographer. I’m proudly INTJ. Sally and I were married August 30, 1981. After Denver Seminary (MDiv with honors, 1985) I worked with churches in Vienna, SoCal, Nashville, and COSprings. We started Whole Heart Ministries in 1994 in an 80 year-old farmhouse in rural central Texas. In addition to writing and publishing books for our ministry, I dabble in public domain reprints and illustrated children’s storybooks.

DSC_0005aAbout the Pieces: There are lots of pieces to my life. Hence, pieces of Clay. There’s the parent piece. We homeschooled our four children K-12 with our own nonconformist model of home education. It worked. They’re great. Then there’s the music piece. I’m not a performing artist, but I play guitar and have written hundreds of songs since the mid-1970s. And, of course, there’s the words piece. I love concepts and ideas, and the words that give them form and meaning. There are other pieces, like images, theology, media, arts, people, and many more. Put all the pieces together and you get me, Clay.


The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
~Yogi Berra

The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
~G.K. Chesterton

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.
~C.S. Lewis

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
~Benjamin Franklin

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.
~G.K. Chesterton

Creativity is intelligence having fun.
~Albert Einstein

Writers never retire.
~Garrison Keillor

Life is not just about what we make of it, but what God makes of us.