I didn’t even know I’d been entered in the Evangelical Press Association’s contest, but apparently my story “Tina Meets The King” came in fifth in the Fiction category. Here’s some irony for you:
(1) Since I wasn’t aware that Discipleship Journal had entered the piece in the competition, coming in fifth was a nice little surprise.
(2) I’d originally written the piece after my first visit to the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. The visit solidified my conviction that I could no longer stay on staff at our church in Wisconsin. “Tina Meets The King” captured both all that was wrong with my life at the time, as well as all that God really wanted from me in story form.
(3) I had to do a double-take when I realized the story had been placed in the Fiction category. “Tina Meets The King” feels like reporting from the front lines to me.
Thank you, Jesus.