Archive: Jan 2022



Faith & Contingency in J Lind’s The Land of Canaan

By Drew Miller

I heard it said once in an interview with Michael Pollan that, when it comes down to it, every writer only really asks one question with their entire career. I can’t decide whether I agree with that assessment. As with all aphorisms, part of me straightens up in my chair with that feeling of eureka! It really is that simple! while another part of me sits back, scratches my chin, and bitterly mutters, That is entirely reductive and unfair to all writers. But, for the purposes of this review, I’ve managed to persuade my skeptical half that this observation is valid, because as I listen to J Lind’s songs, I find that they all ask one existentially rattling question: Where and how are we to find meaning given our inescapable condition of contingency?

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Imagination as a Spiritual Practice (Part 2 of 3)

By Hannah Mitchell

When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do was to play pretend. My friend and I created an entire town in her backyard. Our house was inside a meticulously de-cobwebbed corner of her crawlspace. The market area stretched around her back deck. The battlefield where we fought bloody wars against the tyranny of the king was the sprawling woods beyond. I was always good at playing pretend; I could see the town and hear the voices of our comrades in battle. The clashing of swords and the tang of fear were all real to me. I was so good at playing pretend that when I realized my imaginative thoughts would not be valued during discussions in school, church, or other “serious” settings, I simply pretended I wasn’t imaginative whenever speaking. In time, I wasn’t even imaginative when thinking of ideas while in those settings. I put my imagination in a box, only to be taken out under proper circumstances. As I grew older, those proper times for imagining grew fewer and farther between until eventually I forgot who I truly was. I pretended a part of myself away, but the problem was that no matter how good I was at pretending, that part of me was never truly gone.

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Rabbit Trails #36: Thwappit Trails Edition

By Jonny Jimison

Jonny Jimison is back with a special, Creaturepedia-themed edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails.

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The Habit Podcast: David French Tries to Move the Elephant

By The Rabbit Room

This week on The Habit Podcast, Jonathan Rogers talks with political and cultural commentator David French. French is senior editor at The Dispatch, a contributing writer at The Atlantic Monthly, and the author of several books, including Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation as well as the French Press newsletter. He’s the co-host—with Curtis Chang—of the new podcast, Good Faith.

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Every Moment Holy, Vol. 2: Pocket Edition

By The Rabbit Room

We’re excited to share that Every Moment Holy, Vol. 2: Pocket Edition is now available for pre-order in the Rabbit Room Store—the complete second volume of Douglas McKelvey’s book of liturgies, at a fraction of the size and cost of the original.

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God of the Garden Reading List

By Andrew Peterson

Hello, folks! I had good intentions of adding this resource list to the Rabbit Room’s annual “Stuff We Liked in 2021” post, but the document kept growing and I missed the boat. I ended up posting these on social media, but thought it would be helpful to compile them here for your perusal. One of my favorite parts of writing The God of the Garden was the excuse to read a whole bunch of books about place, culture, gardening, community, and the natural world, and to read them through the lens of my belief in Christ, his Kingdom, and the promise of a New Creation. Lest you think I read more than I do, I confess that I read a few of these in 2020, and a couple of others were first read years ago but were referenced in my book. I hope some of these will ignite in you a love for this creation that God so loves.

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In This Sign

By Leah McMichael

If I say “pottery show,” chances are good you think of form and color: whimsical mugs on a shelf, maybe, or the elegant curve of a well-made vase. Images of 4th century monasticism probably don’t spring instantly to mind. I wouldn’t connect the two either, apart from friendship.

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artists & a new year’s view

By The Rabbit Room

Artists & is back! Join hosts Jamin Still and Kyra Hinton as they review the old year and walk into the new one, through the lens of visual artists.

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The Habit Podcast: Kelly Kapic Is Lacking

By The Rabbit Room

This week on The Habit Podcast, Jonathan Rogers interviews author and professor of theology at Covenant College, Kelly Kapic. His most recent book is You’re Only Human: How Your Limits Reflect God’s Design and Why That’s Good News.

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Hutchmoot Podcast & Video: The Trees at the Heart of Creation

By The Rabbit Room

The Hutchmoot Podcast features some of our favorite sessions recorded at our annual conference which celebrates art, music, story, and faith in all their many intersections. Today, we’re excited to share a session led by Andrew Peterson and Tim Mackie (of the Bible Project) called “The Trees at the Heart of Creation” from 2021’s Hutchmoot: Homebound, in both video and audio form.

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Good Bad Art and Bad Bad Art

By Jonathan Rogers

In college I had a housemate who was a DJ at a Christian radio station. He believed (and freely admitted) that the music he played at the radio station was mostly a watered down imitation of the pop and rock music that was his first love. He viewed it as an act of spiritual sacrifice to give up “secular” music for “Christian” music that he considered artistically inferior. At the time I didn’t know what to think of this pious sentiment. I have since decided that this kind of thinking is a threat to civilization.

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Imagination as an Agent of Healing (Part 1 of 3)

By Hannah Mitchell

Imagination is absolutely critical to the quality of our lives… Without imagination there is no hope, no chance to envision a better future, no place to go, no goal to reach.

—Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score
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