Story



Branching Out: Galahad and the Tree of Tales

By Malcolm Guite

Tolkien has rightly described the world of story, and especially the mysterious world of fairy tale, myth and legend, as being like a great branching tree: deeply rooted in the past, rooted in the very origins of language and the earliest mysteries of our creation as human beings, but branching out from the past into the present as each new generation absorbs the sap of the old tales and puts out branches, unfolds leaves—which are themselves new creations, new developments and yet rising out of the earliest stories, organically related to the whole, not so much inventing novelties as teasing out and opening up seeds of potentiality hidden in the earlier telling.

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Postcards Along the Way (Mile 0)

By Pete Peterson

Jennifer and I are taking something of a sabbatical this month and walking the Camino de Santiago, a 500+ mile pilgrimage from France, across northern Spain, to Santiago de Compostela, the traditional resting place of St. James. I’m writing a bit about the experience along the way.

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Feasts We Were Never Meant to Serve

By Leslie E. Thompson

My name is Leslie, and I built the Hutchmoot: Homebound experience. This could easily be an essay about the Rabbit Room staff giving their time to make the experience a reality (and we could regale you with stories worthy of such an essay!), but it’s actually a blog about how, after months of work, I stepped away from preparing the feast of Hutchmoot: Homebound in order to serve another feast altogether.

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Breathing Again: Long Covid & All the Wrecked Light

By Leah McMichael

I was a little dizzy when All The Wrecked Light livestreamed during the last week of Lent in 2021. As a grad student, I couldn’t afford to do just one thing at a time, so I was roasting discount vegetables as my wireless headphones negotiated with the Wi-Fi. I only caught snatches of the dove over the water and breath taken back again. Two months into long Covid, that sounded familiar.

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Call It Good: Thomas McKenzie, Helena Sorensen, Russ Ramsey, & Malcolm Guite

By The Rabbit Room

New to the Rabbit Room Podcast Network is Call It Good: Conversations on Creative Confidence. Hosted by Matt Conner (host of The Resistance), Call It Good is a limited series of conversations with authors, artists, and pastors about the invitation before us to join with the Spirit in the act of re-creating the world.

We’re excited to share with you not one or two but FOUR in-depth interviews on creativity, the Creation story, and what it means to bless the work of your hands. Read on for a word from Matt about each of these guests and what they bring to the conversation.

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Imagination Boot Camp: An Essay from Wild Things and Castles in the Sky

By Katy Bowser Hutson

[Editor’s note: Our friends at Square Halo books have a brand new collection of essays called Wild Things and Castles in the Sky. Together, these essays form one cohesive guide for choosing books for children. We’re grateful to get to share with you an essay from the book written by Katy Bowser Hutson, which explores themes of wonder, magic, courage, and how fairy tales remind us we’re part of something bigger than we could ever dream.]

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THE HIDING PLACE: Tickets On Sale

By The Rabbit Room

Tickets are now available for Rabbit Room Theatre’s production of Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place! Opening night is June 30, 2022. The show will run through July 17, 2022 at Christ Presbyterian’s new Soli Deo Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit RabbitRoomTheatre.com for ticketing information.

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Rabbit Room Theatre Presents: THE HIDING PLACE

By Pete Peterson

It’s been a long time coming, but today I finally get to unveil the Rabbit Room’s newest program: Rabbit Room Theatre. And on June 30th, 2022, we will launch headlong into our fresh, newly-imagined production of Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place.

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Easter Week In Real Time

By Russ Ramsey

[Editor’s note: For this year’s Passion Week, we share an oldie and a goodie from Russ Ramsey, which originally appeared on the blog ten years ago. In this post, Russ outlines the narrative arc of Passion Week one day at a time, from Palm Sunday through Good Friday and into Resurrection Sunday. We hope Russ’s words bring you closer to the story, and we encourage you to revisit them throughout this week.]

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The Story of “There Will Be Surprises”

By Drew Miller

I suppose naming a song and album “There Will Be Surprises” is rather like praying to God for patience. Meaning, I can’t set out on a project with this title and expect not to be surprised myself. And let me tell you: I’m not easy to surprise. I’m supposed to be the one doing the surprising here after all, but every step of the way, I’ve been given taste after taste of my own medicine.

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Hutchmoot US Registration Opens at Noon Central

By The Rabbit Room

On October 6-9, the Rabbit Room will convene Hutchmoot US 2022 at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Registration opens today at 12:00pm CDT for our weekend of live music, delicious food and conversation, and a series of discussions centered on art, faith, and the telling of great stories across a range of mediums. Plus, we’re so excited to welcome Sho Baraka as this year’s keynote speaker and Taylor Leonhardt as our featured musical guest.

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Giving Up God for Lent

By Helena Sorensen

[Editor’s note: Today, we bring you an oldie and a goodie from Helena Sorensen. In this Lenten reflection from 2018, Helena tells the story of how her fast from God paradoxically opened up more space for her to enter God’s presence.]

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