• “ . . . 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 […]

  • Allow me to introduce you to this special Limited Rabbit Room Edition of Rembrandt is in the Wind. I dedicated this book to my art teachers from middle school and high school because they played a formative role […]

  • We filled our storage unit with hundreds of boxes during a family crisis. I couldn’t sort through it all at the time because too many objects triggered memories I didn’t have the capacity to process. Here was the […]

  • 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 […]

  • As many of you know, the original Rabbit Room was in the back of a pub called The Eagle and Child, which was right across the street from another Inklings haunt called The Lamb and Flag. From what I read, Lewis […]

    • Glimpse of the kingdom it most definitely was. Thank you for posting this, Mr. Proprietor. 

    • This is wind in the sails. Thank you.

    • Thanks for this.  I wasn’t at Hutchmoot, but it sounds like it was great.  Number 1, I’m jealous that you were there and I haven’t been (sigh, one of those sins that so easily besets me).  And number 2, like the “Eagle and Child” and the “Lamb and Flag”, there are 1001 things that are “good” that I enjoy.  But we know that only one thing is necessary.  He is my “one thing” and I so need that reality to permeate my life; so much more to Him that I have yet to experience.

  • 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 […]

  • The Faerie Queene is an epic poem written by Edmund Spenser in the late 1500s. This pioneering work of world-building inspired writers like William Wordsworth, John Milton, James Thomson, Alfred Tennyson, John K […]

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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 […]

  • I’ve read the Lord of the Rings so many times I have sizable swaths of it memorized. It doesn’t require much to get me reciting lines about the sound of horns echoing dimly in dark Mindolluin’s sides, or to call […]

  • 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 […]

  • RR Note: It feels like every corner of the Rabbit Room is shaped in some way by the meaningful work of Frederick Buechner. As we grieve his bittersweet passing at the age of 96, we wanted to repost an address […]

  • When I started training to become a spiritual director, I was relieved to learn very quickly that our job isn’t about giving directions, fixing problems, or doling out wisdom like some sort of Jesus Yoda. […]

  • The year was 2012, and I was at my third Hutchmoot, my first as photographer. In the three years the event had existed, a tradition had emerged called the “Lagniappe” — a mysterious, secret event that fol […]

    • Thank you for this Mark. I remember that  album and concert well. It was Andrew’s generous gift in a pool of gifts that was that Hutchmoot. The songs kept progressively pulling back Leonard’s layers, getting at the root of his loneliness. And one couldn’t help but wonder how many of Leonard’s experiences were Andrew’s, that this album was bearing some of his own heart for others to hear. I even remember his encore performance of The Normals’ “I’ll Be Home Soon”. It resonated in ways it hadn’t before. Thanks again for highlighting this 10 year old memory. It’s still a great one. 

    • Leonard has been a remarkabky personal album to grow with. When it released my life situation was quite like that of the title character. Now, as a married father of two little girls, I listen to the words of, say, “Firstborn Son” and they’re every bit as challenging as ever–only now hitting me now in the guts of paternal insecurities.

  • We spent the first evening after our return from Hutchmoot UK trying to revive our garden. In the busyness of life, with daughters going in one direction and Glenn and I going another, we forgot to arrange for […]

  • 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.
       

  • When I was eleven, I enrolled in a five-week kids program at the University of Louisville. One class featured a new role-playing game that was sweeping America: Dungeons and Dragons. I was both fascinated and […]

    • I love this so much! As a DM to a little local group of six, thanks for this, Rebecca. What a lovely encouragement. 

    • One of my favorite posts on this site in quite some time. Love the angle and the imagination here. Wonderful!

    • I love this! I have been telling my friends (the ones not already playing) how everyone should play DnD at least once. I liked your attention to the Dungeon Master’s role and how it has to constantly move with what is given. I personally think every small group leader could benefit from being a dungeon master at least once in their life (a small group seems to function with a lot of the same principles/goals as a campaign). So glad to see a piece about this form of storytelling with friends! Thank you, reading this made my day!

    • Thank you for your refreshing and insightful perspective. I’ve been a  talmid of Yeshua for 51 years and a gamer for 45 and have heard it all–from Satanic Panic condemnation to Player Partisan zealotry. As a follower of the Way, I have defended my interest to both Christian and non-Christian alike. So much of what you say resonates with me. I have always felt gaming to be a legitimate and genuine artistic expression, one I have shared with a special group of friends for most of my life. The act of communal creation at our table, the genuine camaraderie; the joy and laughter; the tears and sympathy; the ongoing discussions of morality, ethics, and the nature of good and evil–some of which would rival any theologic debate or university colloquia–that might not have otherwise happened are pure treasure. I especially appreciate your observations on the importance of context and how gaming is an echo the tale-telling of old. As an art, I am fascinated by gaming’s unique social contract and its unspoken agreement to cooperatively create a communal narrative. Indeed, the creation of liminal space through which the artist generously and with vulnerability invites the audience to move from observer to direct creative participant is singular. I cannot resist observing how that paradigm seems to faintly (albeit very imperfectly) echo the amazing Garden paradigm and intended partnership extended by Adonai to His imagers in the evolvement of His “good” world. I apologize for going on so, but your perspective on this subject is rare and thought provoking. Once again, thank you.

    • One of my favorite Hutchmoot memories ever is hiding in a church classroom with the Hittles and Lisa and Jonny and Rich and playing D&D for the first/only time. (Narnia themed. I was a mouse bard.)This is delightful and waking up a longing to play again. Thanks Rebecca.

    • This is fabulous. Also, there is more to explore about the role of the DM as a subcreator. It’s like being an author with the most unruly characters–real humans. 

  • 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. […]

  • Last year in Nashville, I bought some pumpkin and caramel-scented candles. For the next few weeks, our home was filled with a smell that, in my mind, will forever be associated with Hutchmoot. While I burned my […]

  • Today, with a mixture of sadness and joy, we announce that Drew Miller is stepping away from his position as Content Developer for the Rabbit Room. Our sadness is the natural result of waving goodbye to a […]

    • Thank you for all your hard work and creativity, Drew! I hope whatever your next adventure is will be fulfilling and fruitful. But I also hope that you will not disappear entirely, because you have made the Rabbit Room a much richer place with your involvement.

    • Drew Miller, you’re a gifted editor, producer, songwriter, and musician.  I’m grateful for all you’ve done, caring for our dearly beloved rabbity folk. May the Lord bless you and may he keep you, may the Lord make his face shine upon you, and may the Lord give you his perfect peace.

    • Thanks for all your work here, Drew. I’ll miss your RR contributions (though maybe there will be surprises?), but am confident that whatever comes next will be great 🙂

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