John R. Erickson

John provides commentary and short fiction to WORLD. His Hank the Cowdog series for children has sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide, and in addition to publishing 74 books, his work has appeared in news outlets such as The Dallas Morning News. John and his wife, Kris, reside near Perryton, Texas.

Christians and storytelling

Media
by John R. Erickson
Posted 4/16/12, 04:08 pm

In 1985 CBS made a 30-minute animated cartoon out of my first Hank the Cowdog book. My wife, Kris, and I were self-publishing the books in our garage, selling them at county fairs and rodeos, and struggling to pay our bills.

We were thrilled to get the exposure offered by a Saturday morning cartoon, aired on national television.

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The anthropic principle

Science
by John R. Erickson
Posted 4/09/12, 04:45 pm

The anthropic principle has presented researchers on the cutting edge of science with a vexing dilemma. Their data are showing that the mathematical relationships embedded within matter and energy, from the atomic to the galactic scale, are precisely aligned to support life on earth.

And the equations are saying, "This wasn't an accident." The earth appears to have been constructed as a home for us. Mankind. It's as though somebody knew we were coming, lit a fire, turned on the lights, and put supper on the table.

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The importance of writing letters

Communication
by John R. Erickson
Posted 4/02/12, 04:21 pm

Texting has given the human race a medium that is ideally suited for transmitting short bursts of information ("Out of milk," "U left water running," "Hurry hm, dog barfed on crpt"), but electronic messaging has its limitations. It tends to discourage the development of rich, extended thought, and it's a poor substitute for the composition of letters.

Christians-people of the written Word-should not lose the skill of writing letters.

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