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Hutchmoot: Sonata at Payne Hollow

By Pete Peterson

A man named Harlan Hubbard—a writer, a painter, a musician, a husband, and a lover of the good earth—once wrote: “It happened this morning that I left for wild, far off places.”

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Why You Really Ought to Learn about Mongolian Throat Singing

By Mark Meynell

Those ancient Greeks didn’t mince their words. If you weren’t Greek, you were lumped together, not with the lumpenproletariat as Marx & Engels had it, but with the rest of the world, the vast hordes of the ignorant and uncivilised unwashed. They had a single, lump-all word for the lot of them: hoi barbaroi (βάρβαροι). Its etymological roots are assumed to derive from the apparent gibberish uttered by ‘Johnny Foreigner’ (as a previous generation of Brits might have put it). “Bar-bar-bar-bar”—it’s all a bunch of codswallop. No wonder they’re all barbarians when they talk like that.

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Radiohead and the Virtue of Accessibility

By Chris Thiessen

I have quite a few friends who are more passionate and well-versed in the expansive, daunting world of board games than I. These are the people that have every expansion pack, every collector’s item, etc. (Some of you may be reading this right now). I am not one of those people. I grew up with chess, Monopoly, and Yahtzee, not knowing anything of the world beyond Parker Bros. Then, in college, I was introduced to Settlers of Catan.

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A Grace Triptych

By Andrew Roycroft

The experience of lockdown that gripped much of the world during the Covid–19 crisis was, for me, a strange period in creative terms. New ministry and family pressures brought on by the existence of the virus meant that much of the mental space I rely on for reading and reflection was gone. In the earliest days of isolating and “social distancing” I felt like I had undergone a power cut in terms of writing.

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Let Justice Roll Down Book Group: Week 4

By The Rabbit Room

Our reading group for Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins, led by Dr. Steve Guthrie, is in its final week. All materials for Week 4 are now available, including discussion questions, videos, and articles for further reading. Enrollment is ongoing, so join whenever you like.

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The Good Infection: A Love Letter to the Rabbit Room

By Ben Palpant

While shopping for something else entirely, I discovered a pair of white K-Swiss sneakers with red stripes for only $27.00 at a local department store. When I arrived home, I proudly laced them up, sauntered up to my teenage daughter, and thrust my foot into her line of sight.

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Let Justice Roll Down Book Group: Week 3

By The Rabbit Room

Our reading group for Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins, led by Dr. Steve Guthrie, has begun its third week. All materials for Week 3 are now available, including discussion questions, videos, and articles for further reading. Enrollment is ongoing, so join whenever you like.

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The Stories of Others

By Rebecca D. Martin

In the 1960s, Robert Coles was the child psychologist who treated Ruby Bridges, six years old, black, integrating a white elementary school in New Orleans. He would hate my use of the word treated. Rather, he listened to Ruby’s story as he counseled her through the massive life disruption and trauma that was integration during the Civil Rights movement. Later, he would write a book about what he learned from these brave children, and he would win a Pulitzer for it. In another book, The Call of Stories, Coles wonders: What if we don’t jump to conclusions trying to fix others? What if, instead, we “listen carefully, record faithfully, understand as fully as possible”?

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Gardening 101: Fallow Time

By Adam Whipple

Our backyard is surrounded by blessed groves. There’s a black maple directly behind the house, standing virtually alone in the path of the west wind. A couple of teenaged walnut trees toss their tennis ball fruits to the ground with slack-armed irregularity. At the south end, near “The Swamp,” green ash and cottonwoods spear the airspace, vying for sunlight. Storm-beaten in my neighbor’s yard, venerable poplars and oaks rain down the leathery opacity of their leaf litter. I collect all of it, every scrap of autumn-shed habiliment from these disrobing hardwoods.

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Let Justice Roll Down Book Group: Week 2

By The Rabbit Room

Our reading group for Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins, led by Dr. Steve Guthrie, begins its second week today. All materials for Week 2 are now available, including discussion questions, videos, and articles for further reading. Enrollment is ongoing, so join whenever you like.

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Let Justice Roll Down Book Group: Week 1

By The Rabbit Room

Our reading group for Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins, led by Dr. Steve Guthrie, begins today. All materials for Week 1 are now available, including discussion questions, videos, and articles for further reading. Enrollment is ongoing, so join whenever you like.

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North Wind Manor: Update

By The Rabbit Room

The renovation of North Wind Manor is nearly complete! The fireplace from Tolkien’s Oxford house is up and ready, just waiting for a fire to bring it to life and books to surround it with good company.

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