Welcome to “It’s Never Too Late: Uncovering the Magic of Writing After Sixty,” I’m Dr. Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Christian nonfiction author and poet. This is my writer’s log for Saturday, July 1, 2023, the first day of July! Today, I’m writing about my writing life as a sixty-nine-year-old writer.
In Personal News
Walking daily and stretching tops my physical activity goals. During the past week, I walked on the fitness center treadmill at least 30 minutes six of seven days. Four days I walked twice, one in the morning and once in the afternoon.
My daily totals were Saturday 7,856 steps (2.9 miles), Sunday 5,239 steps (2.0 miles), Monday 10,715 steps (3.8 miles), Tuesday 9,555 steps (3.3 miles), Wednesday 8,910 steps (3.2 miles), Thursday 5,482 steps (2.0 miles), and Friday 10,070 steps (3.6 miles).
Without the air conditioning of the fitness center I would not have been able to achieve these levels of exercise as the daily highs ranged from 100 degrees F to 106 degrees F with heat index in the 115 to 118 degrees F range.
In Spiritual News
I maintained my devotional time each day. Spending a regular time with God and in God’s word is important to me as a Christian. Devotional and Christian living blog posts written by friends in the Blue Ridge Bible Study Writers, Refresh Bible Study Writers, and Christian Devotions US website and the Holy Bible were my resources. I attend church and Bible fellowship class weekly at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas where I’m a twenty plus years member and even a former deacon.
Issues and votes from the recent Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting were also examined. Viewing a few hours of debates between Dr. Rick Warren (a classmate of mine at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – note: I had a class named Discipleship Evangelism taught by Dr. Roy Fish were Rick Warren and I worked on the same group project) and Dr Al Mohler (President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). I’ve come away with much more concern over Dr Mohler’s theology, attitudes, views on polity, and politics than on Dr Warren.
I’m also becoming increasingly aware of poor leadership and financial management of the two immediate past presidents of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS). SWBTS is a shell of what it was when I was a student there in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The enrollment is about ten percent of what it was when I was there. I’ve also learned Southwestern Baptist seminary ran up $140 million in deficit spending since 2000. For decades, spending went up at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while enrollment plummeted, causing the school to overspend by millions in 19 of the last 21 years.
In Reading News
I’m back to doing some comfort reading. Harry Potter and The Soccer’s Stone (Book One of the Harry Potter Series) is my main reading this past week. I’m continuing to read Madly, Deeply by Alan Rickman.
In Writing News
My continuing education and main source for writing news/education continues to be Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn Podcast (https://www.youtube.com/@thecreativepenn). I also enjoy the daily emails from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (https://www.blueridgeconference.com/blog/) and the Your Best Writing Life podcast by Linda Goldfarb (https://www.blueridgeconference.com/podcast/). About five hours a week are invested in my writing continuing education.
I’m also engaged in three writing groups. One is in person and meets monthly. It’s the Writer’s Guild of Texas. I meeting in two online groups – the 540 Writer’s Community and the Refresh Bible Study Writers.
Am I writing? No, well yes, I am doing my regular Writer’s Log blog posts. I’m also editing and writing my current book and about halfway through the edits. I did several chapter’s yesterday.
Have a good Saturday. Consider attending church on Sunday – either in person or online.