Russ Ramsey

Russ Ramsey is the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church Cool Springs in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and four children. He grew up in the fields of Indiana and studied at Taylor University and Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM). Russ is the author of the Retelling the Story Series (IVP, 2018) and Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (IVP, 2017).


An Interview with Leif Enger about Virgil Wander

By Russ Ramsey

A few years ago, Leif Enger came to speak at Hutchmoot, the annual Rabbit Room conference. That year, he and I had both gone through sudden medical crises. We bonded then over recovery stories and continued that friendship in the form of a fairly regular correspondence. When I was preparing to release Struck, a memoir about my experience, I asked Leif if he might be willing to read it and write an endorsement. He graciously obliged, providing one of the true high points in my career as an author—support from a literary hero.

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Why I Started Art Wednesday

By Russ Ramsey

At the beginning of November, I began a weekly habit of posting art to my social media feeds—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I call it Art Wednesday. Every Wednesday, over the course of the day, I post a series of eight to ten paintings based on an artist or a theme. I name each work and usually offer a small comment about each one.

I began this weekly ritual before I had a vision for what I was actually trying to do. It started because I had been to The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and wanted to share some pictures I took of paintings I’ve loved since my youth.

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Jeans and a T-Shirt: In Memory of Rich Mullins

By Russ Ramsey

Earlier this fall, a group of amazing musicians gathered at The Ryman Auditorium to play through Rich Mullins’ A Liturgy, a Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band, note for note. Andrew Peterson, who pulled the show together asked me to write an essay for that evening’s program. This is that essay. Read More ›

Loving Vincent – Reflections from a Reluctant Viewer

By Russ Ramsey

I am not a van Gogh scholar in the academic sense. But following my middle school art teacher’s advice to pick an artist to study for the rest of my life, I chose Vincent van Gogh. Read More ›

Struck – Chapter 1: Learning to See

By Russ Ramsey

 I’m pleased to be able to offer here, in full, the first chapter of Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death.


When my doctor told me I was dying, I came alive. Read More ›

Those Kids Still Have No Idea

By Russ Ramsey

Last week, the internet nearly caved in on itself when a happy toddler in white glasses and a yellow sweater danced her way into her father’s live interview on a BBC news program. If you have not seen the video I’m talking about, watch it here. Read More ›

Trailer: Struck

By Russ Ramsey

Here’s the book trailer for Russ Ramsey’s Struck. Check out the Rabbit Room review here.

Behold! The Book Trailer for Struck

By Russ Ramsey

Tomorrow is release day for Russ Ramsey’s new book, Struck. Look for the Rabbit Room review to come, and in the meantime, watch the book trailer (by Samantha Fisher and Stephen Gage). Read More ›

Songs from Struck

By Russ Ramsey

I started writing songs when I was in High School. In recent years, life, calling, and family have redirected my creative bandwidth to other endeavors—good work I love and happily give myself to. But in recent years a desire to write songs has returned. So I’ve been knocking off the rust a little. Read More ›

The Rabbit Room, Year 1 – Something Resembling a Community

By Russ Ramsey

Back in 2007, I got an email from Andrew Peterson asking me if I would like to be one of the contributors to a new blog he was going to start. Read More ›

Why I Promote My Friends’ Art

By Russ Ramsey

I promote my friends’ art—books, records, poetry, film-making, visual arts, etc. Many of my friends promote each other’s work too. When my new book comes out in early 2017, I will ask my friends to help me get the word out. And many of them will. Read More ›

Struck – Coming in March 2017

By Russ Ramsey

I am pleased to officially reveal the title and cover for my forthcoming release from InterVarsity Press: Read More ›