Paul Shepherd is like the servant in Jesus’ parable who was given five talents and doubled them for his master (Matthew 25:14-30). But Shepherd’s talents aren’t monetary — they’re spiritual gifts he has multiplied through wisdom, generosity and hard work.
Shepherd is a writer. He’s a poet, an award-winning novelist, a former writer-in-residence and teacher at Florida State University, Tallahassee—and the founder and director of the Lutheran Writers Project .
Though he was probably born a writer, he wasn’t born a Lutheran. “I was raised a Baptist. I married into this church and into grace,’’ said Shepherd, a resident of Charlottesville, Va., where he attends St. Mark Lutheran Church.
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