Category: Short Stories

  • While Mary Slept: A story for Christmas Eve

    By David SchellOriginally written for the Christmas Eve service at Fairplain Presbyterian Church in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and originally read in the Christmas Day Special Message. Joseph stood over the manger looking at his baby boy. Well, his in every sense but one. After all the fussing over him from his Bethlehem family, Aunt Elizabeth…

  • The City: A Short Story

    The other night I got a picture in my head of a man, staring at a shining city in disgust.

  • The Eternal Homes: A Short Story

    I have not done the work required to justify this story, and I have no way of knowing for sure what heaven is like, but the Bible verse at the end makes me think there might be some truth in it. A rich man died. After a long walk through the valley of the shadow…

  • a candle and a prayer :: a story for advent

    for alex This story follows “And You Welcome Me :: A Story For Advent.” If you haven’t read it yet, you should probably read it first. The news flashed across the screen like a thunderstorm. No. More like a tsunami. Kids killed in a school shooting. Kids killed by terrorists. Kids killed by American soldiers.…

  • A Notch on a Bible

    A Notch on a Bible

    “Amen,” said Darren. “Amen,” repeated the grocery store clerk whose name Darren didn’t know. Wait. He looked at the name tag. Craig. “Craig, all of heaven is rejoicing right now,” said Darren. “Luke 15:10 says that “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Craig brushed a…

  • Lies Against God : Huey

    Lies Against God : Huey

    A Story About Eternal Punishment Warning: Not for the faint of heart, faint of stomach, or easily offended. This is horrible, disgusting, and offensive. When Rusty Thorne woke up on Saturday, January 22nd, he had no idea the sort of day that would befall him – or that it would be his last. He had…

  • Bail Bonds :: A Short Story

    To my regular readers: There is no moral in this story. No, seriously, there isn’t. I wrote this for fun. Josh was unemployed and sick of being broke, so he knocked on the ratty door marked “Bail Bonds.” “Have you ever shot anyone?” asked Mr. Roger Telinsen, gnawing on his fat cigar. “No,” Josh said.…

  • And You Welcomed Me :: A Story For Advent

    Jessica shivered against the North Minnesota December cold. She replayed the scene from an hour ago for the hundredth time in her head. Dad. Holding her positive pregnancy test. Why did she throw it away in the bathroom garbage can? What was she thinking? The Bible verses came in a stream of rage, one after…

  • Lies Against God : Jerry

    When Samantha travelled north to visit her sister Taylor, she didn’t bother wearing long sleeves to hide the bruises. Taylor asked about them, and Samantha said they came from her husband Jerry. Taylor looked a little worried, but Sam assured her that Jerry knew what was best for her and that, though the hurt had…

  • Illuminati: A Short Story

    For John. It happened this way. I was wandering around in a hotel on a Monday evening looking for the meeting room for the drug company I work for. It was one of those meetings that you go to because you have to go to them, and all of a sudden I saw a sign…