• And now it begins. After forty days of fasting, after the harrowing darkness of Good Friday, after the long silence of Holy Saturday, after the dawn of Easter like a slow explosion of light over the greening […]

    • Amen! May God move through you AP!

    • “The Kingdom is coming and the Kingdom is here.”
      Amen!

    • Easter-tide. Yes. I would like to celebrate such a stretch of time this year. I have been very aware of the thorn and the thistle this year. (I see them everywhere). Notre Dame Burning was a vast reminder of our frail mortality – ashes and dust we are – to them we all return. But, the King of Easter Sunday has changed everything – (see, I make all things new..,”). To share and remember together such a reality – such a true taste of the kingdom – that is a joy to embrace, and to pray to bring to fruition in our lives.

  • This is beautiful. I felt like I had been punched in the gut when I saw the cathedral burning. When we were there a few years back, I knew it was, truly, the most beautiful man-made thing I’d ever seen, and I haven’t had words for the fact that so much of it is gone–up in flames. This helped, Janie. Thank you.

  • Note: Tickets for Hutchmoot 2019 will go on sale April 2nd @ 1pm CST.

    The first time I heard Carolyn Arends in concert I was wrestling with no small amount of envy. She was opening for Rich Mullins on the […]

  • It brings me great pleasure to tell you that, on the weekend of July 18-20, Hutchmoot UK is happening! And it brings me even greater pleasure to tell you that Hutchmoot UK is happening in Oxford—a short t […]

    • How exciting! And this is kinda wild, but James and I have been to St Andrews- we were staying between it and the E&C and were invited by our host family to attend. It was the only Sunday morning we were in the UK, and this was the place. They are a wonderful body and so welcoming! We are truly excited about what God is doing!

    • This sounds just exactly perfect. Praying for all parties involved. Love this place.

    • This is fantastic!! Sounds perfect! I hope we can make it to Hutchmoot UK in a couple of years, I can’t imagine a better first trip across the pond!

    • How exciting to spell “program” with an extra “m” and an “e.” Oh, the joy of eliminating that pesky superfluous vowel from “Christ-centred.” Such fun!

    • Jolly good! [Please feel free to read this comment in a British accent, which I can absolutely not do in real life!] Now to work out all our traveling attempts in the year ahead, as we cannot quite come to both Hutchmoots but tickets for either are not guaranteed! So very glad God directs steps and works all things together and the Spirit is present with dear rabbits worldwide, whether in attendance or waiting in the wings. And thank you, Oxford, for being a place where such wonderful stories (and storytellers) gathered and grew!!!

    • Oh so exciting!! I’ve been wondering if Hutchmoot would ever be able to branch over to the UK as I have very small hope of ever getting to the US for it! And yet … rollercoaster … I’m gutted as I realise that Hutchmoot UK is on the same week as my son’s last week of primary school … please do it again next year so I can come.

  • Andrew Roycroft is a pastor and poet from Northern Ireland. New Irish Arts commissioned this poem this year, and artist Ross Wilson contributed a new painting for it. Merry Christmas from the Rabbit Room. God is […]

  • [Editor’s note: On the first night of Hutchmoot 2018, Andrew Peterson suddenly took a break from his Resurrection Letters set to deliver a speech. As he made his way through the first few paragraphs, it became c […]

  • This is great, Adam. Thank you.

  • I bought a copy of this at Hutchmoot and cannot wait to read it. Thanks, Russ, and Leif, for letting us listen in on this. “Decency is faith’s unsung expression” is a tremendous sentence–reads like Chesterton, and feels as true.

  • Howdy, Matt! No building = no Tuesday writer’s group. We’re just dreaming. 🙂 Hope you make it to HM!

  • Since the inception of the Rabbit Room community, we’ve believed that real relationship requires more than merely an online exchange of ideas. The last decade of creative work has taught us that an exchange of i […]

    • Howdy, Matt! No building = no Tuesday writer’s group. We’re just dreaming. 🙂 Hope you make it to HM!

    • This sounds so cool! And awesome you’re remodeling instead of building new. I live in an old house and it has a wonderful story (part of which revolves around a tombstone in the basement!) Have you considered incorporating solar panels into the remodel on the house or possible “barn”? In addition to providing long-term cost-savings, they’d be a wonderful testimony to caring for God’s good earth, and would make a cool story in and of themselves!

  • I deleted Instagram from my phone earlier this summer. A few months before that I did the same with the Facebook app. Our family went on a pretty big adventure for a few weeks, and more than once my instinct was […]

    • My husband and I went to Niagara Falls this summer for vacation. As we rode the boat to the bottom of the Falls and watched the nightly fireworks (twice), I put my phone away. So many of our fellow visitors only watched these things through their phones. We wanted to remember what we saw and be present. It doesn’t make up for all the time I waste scrolling through Facebook, but it’s a start at trying to be present.

    • As I do my work in marketing for these few years, I’ve made active decisions to move away from being in control of social media for clients and work to inform them instead. This change was intentionally made as I changed the way I use it myself after working with an artist couple who struggled deeply with this as well. The numbers inform so much – but we know that God couldn’t care less about numbers. In fact, he defys them. So in my own feeds, I’ve made conscious decisions to share meaningful nuggets with realistic life experiences. I rarely share mountaintop experiences as I almost cringe to think of an outside observer that comes across the post – do the assume this is normal for me? Are they envious? Do they start to question their own life choices? That’s not my place, and I commend you for taking this step at a time when many might tell you to be more active than ever on socials. How we use these tools IS important – lest we think otherwise!

    • A few months ago, I ditched the smartphone altogether and bought an old-school flip phone (inspired by this post by Challies). I realized I was addicted — not just to social media, but to Feedly and Pocket and podcasts and news and push notifications and using the phone without reason or purpose or goal. I got sick of hearing my kids say, “Dad, put your phone down.” I got sick of not having even 10 seconds to myself without finding my phone in my hand. So I dumped it, and I’ve never felt more free to experience the world around me, to be with my family, to sink into beauty and love and life without distraction.

      There are really only two things that give me pause: 1) Turn-by-turn navigation was really helpful, and 2) Concerns about “platform” and “audience” and “social marketing” that everyone says are so important nowadays. I don’t have anything to market to my teeny-tiny audience, of course, but when I do, will I regret not spending so much time building my platform? I somehow think not.

    • This subject has been on my heart a lot lately.  Some days I would love to just completely unplug, but since pretty much the whole of society has shifted to this one means of communicating, I’m pretty sure that’s not even possible any more. There have been times when I’ve tried to step away for a while, but then a close friend will ask why I didn’t know about this or that with their kid or their job because “well I shared it on Facebook”.  We just seldom think to connect as directly anymore, and that’s a tough path to navigate while still keeping your soul sane.  Thank you for bringing up the topic. I think it’s just a constant struggle from here on out, and we will all need a good dose of holy discernment.

    • Sometimes I feel like I’m the last person in the world who doesn’t have a smart phone. It’s heartening to hear that others are recognizing the issues and scaling back.

    • I find rest in the fortress of these truths from the Word:

      “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” Prov. 20:6

      “Let us not become conceited, provoking envying each other” Galatians 5:26

      “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4

      I found this post today via facebook. Praise God. BUT today I also read a post from a Sister in Christ who shared that she no longer has a puffy face and has gone down six dress sizes.

      How much of my mental and spiritual energy will be spent on trying to take thoughts of discouragement & disappointment captive??? When I could have been writing a poem…without thinking “I am writing a poem”, whilst writing it:)

    • Amen and amen. So good, Andrew.

    • “It asks more of me than I can give.” That is exactly what I’ve been feeling with social media. And it’s much harder to actually hear what God is asking me to give…It’s hard to hear God period. Distracted. I’m glad you shared.

    • You know, this resonates with me.

      I gave up TV for a year one time to force myself to spend time with real people.

      I’m single. Hard working. Value my time with friends and family.

      But most of the time I’m alone.

      alone.

      And as tempted as I am to delete Facebook, I believe somehow that my loneliness would deepen if I let it go.

      It connects me to my spiritual and artistic community in ways I don’t have the time, energy, and resources to stay engaged with in any other way.

      I wish it weren’t so. But sometimes it’s simply a lifeline to other real humans. I’m a writer, a cook, a traveler, and a teacher. I love Jesus. But the fact remains

      I’m alone.

      AP, one of these days I’m going to make it to Hutchmoot and be a real girl. But for now, I still feel invisible except when I’m on Facebook. Thank you, brother for your honesty and wisdom.

    • I was feeling some of the same promptings, and in the past year ditched my smart phone altogether and went back to a dumb texting phone. I still have a Facebook account (for now) that I access from my computer. I still sometimes miss the convenience of posting a photo from my phone, but it makes me think twice before going to the trouble to do it with a pocket camera and computer.

      I’ve started using an A6 dot grid journal as a simple bullet journal to track my schedule and my time. Still working on the discipline to use that approach fully and well, but it’s coming along.

    • Wendell Berry’s comment on writing poetry is the same with times of true worship. The moment my focus goes from God to my own feelings, I’ve lost my grip on the worship. The moment I am Instagramming about this or that family scenario, I’m out of the family scene.

      This is why it is probably best to take photos quickly (if we take them at all) and post anything later after consideration.

      I read somewhere that the average person checks their phone 150 times a day. I kept track of myself the last few days and I’m at at about 6-7, which seems inordinate to me.

      A steady diet of Instagram, Facebook, News is bad on many levels. 1. Short snippets of information – bad for long, slow, rational thought processes. 2. A nearly constant stream of negativity – bad for a God-trusting view of the world. 3. If Facebook gets into my consciousness before I read any Bible or anything spiritual, it’s does not usually bode well for my attitude.

      That said, I do like seeing beautiful pictures of people traveling in far-off places, especially if they are well done. I am dead sick of all political opinions, all faffing about the world ending because so-and-so was president, or that so-and-so is president.

    • Inspired by this post, I deleted social media from my phone earlier this week. I’ve been sweating and shaking ever since. Just kidding. I’ve been doing fine. I’ve looked at Facebook while at my desk–still more than I ought to, but at least I’m not also looking at Facebook while waiting in line, or driving, or using a chainsaw. I believe it is good for me to be on social media less, and I believe it would be good for everybody else if they were on social media less…and yet I do depend on social media for my living. Matthew Cyr mentioned that we found music and books before social media came along. I know where I found music before social media: on Top 40 radio stations. My Wilderking books were published before social media was invented. Did people find them? Yes. About two dozen people found them. The books that were getting found by large numbers of people were the books that had all the marketing machinery of the publishing industry behind them. That’s still true, of course. Beyonce is still selling more records than AP (I think). But social media has made it possible for artists to find a viable audience even without the Beyonce-making machine. And I have very much enjoyed finding out about new music from people I know (I guess I should say “know”) rather than from the people who run the big machinery. I don’t want to sound naive. In many ways, social media is just a way of bringing the marketing machine to bear in frighteningly invasive ways.

      All that to say, like AP, I’m deeply ambivalent about social media. The less I’m on social media, the better for me. The less you’re on it, the better for you. But if everybody gets off social media, I’m probably looking for a new job.

    • @jonathanrogers I admit, I mostly found music from radio stations and marketing machinery too. But that was before the Rabbit Room as well as social media. In the last year (since about Hutchmoot I guess) I’ve become more involved in the RR than previously, and I’ve discovered – and purchased – more new music in that year than in the ten before it. It’s happening with books too, and its happening without my depending on social media. But then I suppose as one of the two dozen who found Wilderking in its day, I could be just an anomaly.

      I do want to make clear I wasn’t and am not condemning anyone for their struggles with social media – I’m not abstaining because I’m strangely impervious to the seduction of mobile technology. Just the opposite. I know that the technology is specifically engineered to take over my life in an unhealthy way, to NOT keep to its proper place and stay balanced. For instance, I have learned and relearned (over and over) that I cannot put a game of any kind on a mobile device I own. “I’m sick with the flu and need a distraction,” I tell myself, “it won’t become a problem this time.” And a couple months later I’m sucked in, and it’s undeniably a problem. Until I delete it, and get free, and can live in the real world again for a while.

      I guess that’s my beef with things like Instagram and Facebook – they’re maybe not inherently evil, but inherently dangerous – like a power saw that didn’t come with a protective guard. It’s useful, until the day your fingers are riding in a ziplock full of ice. These apps will be a continuous struggle as long as we use them because their creators intended and designed them to take a level of use in life that we’re trying to hold back from.

      I suppose I’m starting to think of the Rabbit Room as “social media done right.” You can connect with people, and find what’s out there that you want to find, but it doesn’t coerce you to check it every twenty seconds, or take your eyes off of a sunset or your daughter’s wedding to appease it.

  • Not British. Swedish. 🙂

  • This whole thing—and by that I mean all of creation, from the outermost galaxies to my kitchen table—swirls around a Jewish man from the first century. He was born of woman, was a refugee, was more or less hom […]

    • I’ve had a personal relationship with Christ since I was a child, but while listening to this song yesterday I had never felt He was so personally involved with me, in me, all of me, for Himself.  Who am I? He is so good.

      I hear the musical themes in this song link the listener to the next album. Nice.

  • I’ve been attending a liturgical church for the last several years, and it rings all my word-nerd bells. The language is so beautiful and rich, and every service rehearses the story of salvation, culminating in C […]

    • To me, Andrew, the scene in Revelation 5 is at first starkly counter intuitive, then subtly hopeful and then finally – wildly exciting!

      Throughout my life I’ve tried every means available to avoid judgment (from God or from others).  But here we find John weeping – not because judgment is imminent, but because no one can be found to bring that judgment that will at last bring Justice, an end to Death and to all her ugly cousins.  Now I find myself sitting on the edge of my seat hoping that Jesus will soon open the seals on that great scroll and bring his Kingdom fully to our little world.

      Thank you Andrew – you’ve captured this so perfectly!

      Mike

    • I have loved this song since I first heard you sing it. I have been hoping to share it with my congregation but need an accompaniment track. I hope you plan to release one soon!

  • (This was originally published in The Molehill, but since that’s currently out of print and quite a few folks at this weekend’s Wilberforce Conference asked about it, I thought I’d post it here.)

    My […]

    • This is a beautiful essay. And while my personal reasons for loving fantasy as a child (and as an adult today) were somewhat different, and I began with the soul-lifting Christian fantasies of Tolkien and Lewis (and George MacDonald) rather than ending with them, your last couple of paragraphs really resonate. That’s something I am constantly looking for, and also trying to be as a Christian fantasy author, as well.

      For those Rabbits who are interested, the two modern fantasy authors I feel come closest to building that bridge are D.M. Cornish (who is a believer) with his FOUNDLING trilogy, and Megan Whalen Turner (whose actual beliefs I have yet to discern, but whose portrayal of the ineffable nature of godhood and the relationship between humanity and the divine rings truer to me than a lot of ostensibly Christian fiction I’ve read) with her Queen’s Thief series.

    • Before I read your article I sat and stared at the picture thinking – “It can’t be!”  I still think back (even at 52) on those stories that got me through childhood and beyond – but now, I will contemplate them slightly different, thanks to you Andrew.
      Lol at all the replies that certainly have a kindred spirit!

    • Thank you so much for this, Andrew! You express so well what I’ve long felt about good stories. They point us to the truth and perfection and beauty that we all long for. Narnia was the first to do it for me and so it’ll always have a special place in my heart too. Thank you again.

  • Ben Shive wrote and recorded this one for his first record several years ago, and I told him immediately that I wanted to record it for Resurrection Letters: Vol. I.

    It’s not only about our resurrection on t […]

    • I am encouraged to sobbing, flowing tears by this song; I can live for Jesus and I can die for Him. It is an anthem.  AP, tremendous. Thank you for choosing to cover this song. Ben Shive, how would we have heard this otherwise?  Sing it strong, we are listening. Our hearts need good cheer for our road ahead.

  • One of the most meaningful moments of my life was last year at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. I wasn’t supposed to, but I used my phone to record the sounds of the Jews singing as the sun set that Sabbath, m […]

    • This is one of my favorite songs on the record. Every time I hear it I think back to high school and listening to August and Everything After. I imagine that may have even been a conversation in the studio. It’s done to perfection. Thanks for bringing me back!

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