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All Your Silver: To My Grandmother

By Hannah Hubin

When I was in high school, I carved out a piece of my humanities education to study stained glass windows, old cathedrals of European kingdoms, and the men who made them fine—medieval artists smelling strong of a long day’s labor, Middle Age wet mortar, and musty, dark communion wine. These men made beauty meant to age, with secret dyes that centuries of chemists in white lab coats have not yet learned to redesign that grow bolder and brighter year after year of sun and dust and time—years longer than any artist can survive. The moment those windows were made was the moment they were most decayed, and that is all the artist ever saw, and every generation watched the colors slowly come alive.

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Joy Remains: An Interview with Randall Goodgame

By Drew Miller

“As long as we’re singing, we might as well be smiling, too.” As I interviewed Randall about the new Slugs & Bugs album last week, he spoke that sentence so matter-of-factly that I knew he believed it the way a person believes more with each morning that the sun will rise tomorrow, too. And I wrote it down immediately.

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A Rabbit Room Digital Care Package

By Drew Miller

The deluge of frightful information we wake up to daily—though helpful in navigating a disease-ridden world with wisdom and love—ceases to be helpful when it eclipses everything else in sight. So when the Rabbit Room staff gathered on Monday to ask what it means to do the work before us in such a time as this, the answer took the familiar form of providing content that would contribute to the health of our imaginations, the sustaining of hope, and the de-escalation of anxiety—from our homes to yours.

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Wash the Next Dish

By Chris Wheeler

Today, again, I am at the wide sink in our kitchen scrubbing up the dinner dishes.

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Recover Wonder: A Review of Jesus and the Very Big Surprise

By Carolyn Leiloglou

When I first read Jesus and the Very Big Surprise by Randall Goodgame, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, I didn’t expect to actually be surprised. But I was.

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A Liturgy for Those Who Suffer Loss from Fire, Flood, or Storm

By The Rabbit Room

Leader: O Christ in Whom Our Lives are Hidden,
People: fix now our hope in that which alone might sustain it.

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A Behold the Lamb of God Thank-You Letter

By Randall Goodgame

I remember sitting in the old Church of Christ parsonage where the Petersons were living, listening to another new song by my friend, Andrew. He’d been working on a song project in which every song was leading up to Christmas. Each time he’d play a new one for me I’d gush about it, because they were all so good and deep and well crafted—but still fun and quirky and funny like him. And so far, this newest song was my favorite.

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The Habit Podcast, Episode 28: Chris Wall

By The Rabbit Room

The Habit Podcast is a series of conversations with writers about writing, hosted by Jonathan Rogers. In today’s episode, Jonathan Rogers talks with Chris Wall, producer of the Slugs & Bugs TV Show.

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A Liturgy For Feasting With Friends & “It Is Good”

By The Rabbit Room

We have two offerings for you this Thanksgiving: Doug McKelvey’s beautiful, classic “Liturgy for Feasting with Friends” from Every Moment Holy and a song from J Lind called “It Is Good”—a personal and sweeping affirmation of creation, from the first garden to the last. Wherever you find yourself this year, we invite you to remember with us that “nothing good and true and right will be lost forever. All good things will be restored.” And as J sings, “Arcing ‘cross the heavens, the rainbow bids you stand—a voice commands that it is good.”

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A Table for Us

By Elizabeth Harwell

I came to know Wendell Berry at the wrong time in my life. My husband and I, with three children in tow, had just barely gotten our feet on the ground after moving away from a place and a people that we had dearly loved for six years. We were walking into a two-year internship—where we would hover over another city before making the third move of our young marriage—when I picked up Jayber Crow for the first time.

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Of Mice and Magic: In Praise of Animal Stories

By Maria Bonvissuto

For the past twenty years or so, Pip Squeak the mouse has held a spell over me.

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The Power of Story: A Review of Slugs & Bugs Books

By Carolyn Leiloglou

Our family has long enjoyed Randall Goodgame’s Slugs & Bugs albums, and even though my older kids have outgrown asking for them, you might still overhear my 14-year old singing “Tractor Tractor” on occasion. What makes those albums so appealing is Goodgame’s ability to draw kids in with his just-right balance of silliness and sincerity, laughter and lesson.

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