• [Editor’s note: A full year ago, Doug McKelvey debuted his (probably fictional?) advice column “(Whatever You Do, Don’t) Ask Doug!”. In it, he began to trace the curious and entirely improbable tale of Paul […]

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  • Christ Our King,

    Our world is overtaken by unexpectedcalamity, and by a host of attending fears,worries, and insecurities.

    We witness suffering, confusion, andhardship multiplied around us, and we […]

  • Dear Ask Doug,

    My grandparents are always gushing about some dude on the radio® named “Paul Harvey,” as if I should know who that is. Well, I don’t, and I never have. And when I tell them so they just make l […]

  • If an individual follower of Jesus might have—in addition to their general calling to imitate their Lord at all times—a more specific calling (or at least a more specific outworking of that general calling) tha […]

    • That was one of my favorite Hutchmoot sessions last year, and I am so looking forward to watching this series develop!

    • Doug, the reach of your words continues to widen and I am so very grateful for that. Our pastor (my brother) gave away several copies of “Every Moment Holy” to family members and we have been enriched greatly this year. My niece is reading your liturgies 3 times a day–morning, midday and evening–online via Facebook during this time and they have been a lifeline to many.
      Thank you for your gifts.

  • Thanks, Drew. Much to mull and ponder here, beginning with the question “Why did I tear up while reading this..?”

  • I don’t know what the explanatory subtitle would be, but I think there’s an empty space in this world that might only be filled by a book of your principles and theorems: The Fondue Pot Principle, Other People’s Rodents, etc.

  • Wisely and deftly expressed, Kelly. Thanks so much for naming what so many are feeling.

  • Thank you so much for this perceptive and poetically written review, Hannah.
    I’m happy to see your voice added to this community.

  • “Some small speck?” Come on CP, you’re more like the “spy handler” in this story of intrigue.

  • I imagined something once as a kid, and have pondered it every so often since. What I first imagined was a map on which all the travels I ever made in my life would be recorded. On the same map, all the movements […]

  • First—before you read any further—do yourself the mighty favor of watching this video of “Holemabier,” a new song composed, arranged and deftly performed by The Arcadian Wild. You’re welcome.

    Once you’ve ta […]

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  • In the afterglow of Hutchmoot 2018’s dizzying cascade of several dozens of wonderful and meaningful conversations, I can no longer remember who requested copies of the poem I read during Rebecca Reynolds’ and my t […]

    • Doug, this is so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in it for a month. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    • “If there’s a practical takeaway here for content creators, it might be that the sense of pressure and stress we feel in such moments of preparation and editing might actually be a friendly voice, warning us that we’re trying to position ourselves as an expert on a particular topic, when what might best serve community is not so much a “voice of authority” speaking from above, but the voice of a fellow pilgrim speaking to us just from the bottom of the next gulley, or from the far bank of the ravine we’re only just now descending into.”

      Yes. So beautiful. Also, it’s a single sentence paragraph. You win.

    • Doug, you have managed to elicit an astounding quantity of laughter, tears, and admiration from me in an alarmingly short window of time. I half wonder if I should call my medical provider to see if some internal organ has burst.

      Thanks for sharing this at Hutchmoot, and again now. <3

    • I was okay until “his sucking need for affirmations he could not let himself receive.” That line elicited an unintentionally audible response. I was sitting and I still felt the need to sit down. Thank you for sharing.

  • God was always reminding the Israelites of the story they were dropped into at birth. The story that began long before they were born, before their people were even a people; the story that would continue long […]

  • Over a decade-and-a-half stint as a lyricist I began to notice a pattern: The songs that mattered most to me tended to also be the ones that record labels had no interest in. At a certain point, I quit even trying […]

    • Thank you for your thoughtful, careful writing of this piece. I know your goal might have been to explain the reasoning behind changes in the 2nd edition, but the value of this piece goes far beyond that. I have a lot to think about, and learn to practically live from, in terms of how I view myself, my efforts at making and doing, and how God may view my work. I don’t yet know how it will all work out in the long run, but these ideas have potential to be very helpful to me. Thank you.

    • Thank you, so much, so much, so much. This is two good pieces in one. i cried through the first half, cried again at the end, and was chastened and made thankful in the middle. The first part, about our lives always being unfinished, fell on me hard for reasons both of my own vocation and love-lessons and because of having lost a friend recently. i appreciate your lyric and thoughts so much.

      i was one who fought over that line change. i was thinking as a poet and not as a theologian. Thank you, thank you, for loving and serving us the way you do. Submitting to community. You are a gift to us, and you are always reminding me that in community we are gifts to one another.

    • This struck an (imperfect) chord in me. I’ve always heard this advice: “a book is never finished, the author just chooses to stop working on it”. I agree with it, but it has never stuck, and I always keep on being a perfectionist. But the way you related that incompleteness to God’s artistry in sanctifying us and our need to constantly improve our works to His command for us to simply follow Him, may have just completely changed the way I think about work.

      You provided a biblical backing for “it doesn’t have to be perfect”. Thank you.

    • I cannot thank you enough for your transparency and humility in sharing both your thoughts and what prompted them. I am always inspired when I see people I admire living in submission to the Word and the community of the Church. The truths you have shared are liberating and encourage me in just the places where I needed encouragement. Thank you!

    • Thank you for this wonderful reflection, Doug. I know I will be thinking about it for some time. I appreciate the changes you made to Every Moment Holy, and the spirit in which you made them.

    • I needed this tonight, to redirect my expectation for results to an expectation that God will work in and through my work as a creator. Thank you for the good word!

    • Thank you Doug, for the reminder that community and service are the context of creative endeavors. Your work has certainly been used by God to build up, or nurture, and stir hunger and wonder sufficient to incline my heart toward my Creator. I hope I can follow your example and keep my efforts focused on Him and on others, rather than self.

      I appreciate your humility to reconsider the lines of that final liturgy, but I am also glad that I have the original version. It’s the version I and my family read on Christmas morning, and the thunderous hope, the victory, the exultation of His majesty and beauty was just the right note for our celebration of the arrival of the King. We all felt the power of it, and for that moment, every word of it was perfect.

      And I second your thoughts on the ongoing, never-finished quality of both our walk with Christ and our sub-creative efforts. Just so long, mind you, as you get your novel “finished” enough for us to read it.

       

    • What Matthew said. We need your novel.

    • Your thoughts on becoming reminded me of a quote from Martin Luther.

      “This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness; not health, but healing; not being, but becoming; not rest, but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it. The process is not yet finished, but it is going on. This is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”

    • I haven’t come to the actual RR site in forever but for some reason I showed up tonight and read exactly what I need to read in this season of my life. Thank you.

  • At Hutchmoot-most-recent I was delighted to join the company of N. D. Wilson and Helena Sorenson for a session on fictional world-building. More comfortable leaning on pre-thought thoughts than trying to […]

  • Lo, these many years ago, I attended a Christian University where a strict rule against bearded students was enforced. As one entered a section of the library there, one had to pass through a rounded antechamber the walls of which were bedecked with large, painted portraits of the 12 disciples. Only one among that ragtag band of middle eastern…[Read more]

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