• Matt Conner wrote a new post 1 month ago

    On 18–21 May 2023, the Rabbit Room will convene the third Hutchmoot UK at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. You’re invited to come and enjoy a weekend of live music, delicious food and c […]

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  • I was no artist. Even when I was little, I didn’t paint pictures, I painted lines. I have laughed to cover my shame about it for most of my life.

    I was four years old when I stood at an easel and painted a p […]

  • “ . . . together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.” (Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings II. 8.)

    Of the things most books have in common, I delight especially in dedications. Whether for […]

  • It’s always a joy to highlight the meaningful work of friends, and we’re excited to support a new one-day event happening soon in Raleigh, North Carolina called The Guild Conference.

    The Guild Conference […]

  • On most weekend afternoons the year I turned seven, you could find me in my room pacing the purple shag rug while a library record spun on my old turntable. That summer, the last track on the b-side of a […]

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  • It’s been a decade or more since I had my first conversation with Ron Block, but I can still recall the primary subject that afternoon: identity in Christ. That is because nearly every chat I’ve been pri […]

  • In Drew Miller’s aptly titled new album There Will be Surprises, unexpected delights lurk around every corner, and the result is a musical and lyrical feast. From the opening phrase, “Father, your world’s on fi […]

  • This past weekend my friend Heidi Johnston and I led a session at the Rabbit Room’s Hutchmoot UK in Oxford, England. Our topic was delight and the writer.

    The things you delight in are a clue to what you o […]

    • This is a lovely answer, and I think I would expand on it. Grief is, in some sense, the inverse of delight. I think of Jesus enduring the cross for the joy set before him (also, that line in WandaVision: “What is grief but love persevering?”) For some time, I’ve been working on a chapbook -length poetry collection that deals with infertility and fertility treatments. There’s a real sense in which the grief that has informed those poems is a burgeoning, raw, difficult delight: delight in the hope of creation, in marital love, in children (even the potential of them). I suggest that often, our grief reveals and even grows our delight through those bitter seasons you described.
       

  • The maelstrom of the last few years has proven difficult for singer-songwriter Eric Peters, but the resulting growth has given way to a new set of songs that chronicle those experiences in a meaningful way. […]

  • For the first half of my life, there was the sacred and there was the secular, and never the twain shall meet. I may not have heard this directly from the pulpit, but I definitely saw it lived out in the […]

  • “Why do we eat—together?” This is the central question of Andrew Brumme’s exquisite new docuseries, Taste and See, a cinematic journey into the essential sacredness of food. As the pilot so winsomely insis […]

  • April is upon us, my rabbity friends. And boy, do poets love to start long poems by mentioning this month! In the opening of The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot writes:

    April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out […]

  • In the forums of The Habit Membership, Carey Christian recently posted an essay she had written about her experience as a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. She survived by […]

  • Jonathan Rogers wrote a new post 1 year ago

    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 […]

    • “It is exceedingly hard to make good art. With very limited tools…” I’m certain you specifically meant the banjo. Thanks for this excellent combination of words. 

    • This was an encouragement for me today.

    • So good. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • Micah Hawkinson wrote a new post 1 year ago

    A few years ago at Hutchmoot, Pete Peterson said something that has been enriching the leaf-mould of my mind ever since. Quoting Walt Wangerin, Jr., Pete talked about how the Sanskrit word cinoti “makes of the p […]

    • “But this much is true: Our God-given hunger for a beautiful, well-ordered world touches every area of human endeavor. …And I trust that my code, like my poetry, echoes God’s Word that called His good world out of the formless void.”

      Beautiful. Thank you for this.

    • This is beautiful. It resonates with what I have been reading recently in The Practice of the Presence of God: that every task we do can be done for and with the love of God. Finding the beauty and poetry of code is a wonderful way of participating in God’s good work through your own work.

    • !!! How wonderful this is. Thank you, Micah.

    • I loved this Micah!! Thanks so much for sharing this. I love your poetry too!

    • Tyler replied 1 year ago

      It is so encouraging to hear a fellow programmer/poet put these words out there. I often feel as though the work I do juxtaposes my creative expression (and I’d still argue there are aspects of it that do), but you’ve beautifully highlighted the large space where they overlap. This perspective is invaluable in the busy work world. Thank you so much for this post and the encouragement!

    • I love this! So often people talk about STEM disciplines and the arts as though they’re at odds with one another, or at best like they’re separate and non-overlapping magisteria. But you do a great job of highlighting the similarities and harmonies between your code-writing and your poetry, and it was a joy to read about it. There’s beauty and creativity in everything, if our eyes are open to see it.

    • I’ve never thought about coding like this! As a lover and writer of poetry, I’ve always associated math, STEM, etc. with robotic thinking and systems that I could never wrap my brain around. After a year and a half of dating my partner (a math major but also fellow artist and enneagram 4) I’ve found that there is so much more to “math stuff” than meets the eye. I love this fresh perspective. Also, for me at least, I constantly forget how foundational math is in music. And everything else. Math is EVERYWHERE! Wild.

  • It was the 26th of December, the second day of Christmas by the traditional reckoning, and I’d spent the balance of it on the couch, nursing the cold I’d sustained thanks to late nights and early mornings and run […]

    • Oh when, oh when will Lanier’s book be here? This post is another taste of glory–thank you!

    • What an absolutely beautiful story. I love how God teaches us through his sweet, fur-and-feathered creation.

  • A justice centered, theologically rigorous, people-affirming, life-giving, and Spirit-breathed church is possible because God is still in the blessing and miracle-working business.—Yolanda Pierce, In My Gra […]

  • The other night in bed, I told my husband, “I’m sad.” That’s not a statement I allow myself to say out loud very often, and never without being prompted first; but something about that dark space felt safe, s […]

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