• 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 […]

  • Hello, folks! I had good intentions of adding this resource list to the Rabbit Room’s annual “Stuff We Liked in 2021” post, but the document kept growing and I missed the boat. I ended up posting these on socia […]

    • So glad you’ve found Robert Macfarlane — one of the best writers working in the English language today, in my humble opinion. I came across him through his Mountains of the Mind and have read everything he’s produced since. Can I also recommend another British writer — the Scottish nature writer Gavin Maxwell. His book Ring of Bright Water is an absolute classic of nature writing and Gavin’s ability to craft a sentence is something else.

  • The first time I met Thomas McKenzie, which was about twenty years ago, I said, “Do you want to hang out and be best friends one day?” I was being obnoxious, joking about how cool it would be for a non […]

  • [Editor’s note: This was adapted from a 2019 post.]

    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 […]

  • [Editor’s note: This post was originally written as a letter to the Rabbit Room email list the day after the Winter Solstice, on Tuesday, December 22nd. We share it here both as an offering of closure to the year […]

  • [Editor’s note: What follows is the text of Andrew’s commencement speech, which he gave last week to celebrate his daughter, Skye, on her graduation day. We offer it here for all of 2020’s graduates, and all […]

    • “…glad tears at last, not sad tears, tears at the hilarious unexpectedness of things rather than at their tragic expectedness.” – from Frederick Buechner’s Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy & Fairy Tale
      Prayed for y’all this morning, RR, that Christ would be preeminent in all.

    • Beautiful. True. Inspiring.
      Thank you for sharing with us. When I hear, “well, what can I do now?” to address injustice, fear, anger in these “uncertain times” – I think this is a good place to put your heart to start planting flowers figuratively and literally to bring beauty to God’s painting. Come Lord Jesus, help us make things right.

    • Thank you for this. An unsought for and much needed blessing.

    • Beautiful! We need that eternal perspective in the midst of these, or any, times. Thank you, Andrew.

  • A few weeks ago, my seventeen-year-old daughter Skye told me she wanted to take a walk and listen to a complete album, top-to-bottom. She said she was tired of listening to singles, and, though she spins full […]

    • As one who hasn’t subscribed to a streaming service (for the all fogey reasons you mentioned) I still marvel at all that’s at your fingertips when I use my parent’s amazon echo. I’m happy to see this wise middle way. Thanks, brother.

    • I’ve thought about this a lot as well, for the very same reasons you’ve mentioned. Sometimes it takes several listens for a truly rich, multilayered, extraordinary work of music to penetrate your mind and become a lifelong favorite, especially if that album is a marked departure from earlier work by the same artist and doesn’t match up to your initial expectations. Would I still be listening to Talk Talk’s “Spirit of Eden” and “Laughing Stock” albums, or David Sylvian’s “Gone to Earth”, if I hadn’t spent hard-earned money on them as a teenager and felt obligated to give them a fair chance? Probably not, because they’re challenging albums. But in 30+ years I’ve never grown tired of hearing them, which is a lot more than I can say for most of the more immediately catchy songs I’ve found on streaming music sites, listened to once or twice and then forgotten.

    • As a teen and in my twenties in California I would buy four records (LPs) from the mail order company County Sales in Virginia that cost me $40-something bucks with shipping, and they took two or three weeks to arrive. I listened to some of those records so many times the grooves were dug out – I still have them all. Scarcity – Joni MItchell sang of “the crazy you get from too much choice.”
      I agree on the “buy” link after the third listen, and having a month or two wait after the record comes out before it hits streaming. It’s whacked in the head to give away something for free that costs thousands upon thousands of dollars to make, and takes thousands of hours of work on technique, songs, the record itself, and life experience.
      In the current situation of no gigging, it might have been handy for musicians and labels to hang on to their intellectual property rights by not selling out for .0035¢ per play, which would take 3371 plays to make one hour of the average US worker’s minimum wage ($11.80 an hour).
      A “buy” link and no streaming on initial release are not likely to happen. But then again, anything that shakes up any completely unjust system is unlikely – until it happens. One rock can start an avalanche.

    • Bonnie Raitt’s Fundamental record was one I didn’t like on first listen. I decided to listen to it while walking every day. Three days later it was one of my favorite recordings, and still is.

    • I love it when you write something new. I had been wishing for an AP RR post during quarantine. Thank you for this.

    • I grew up at the junction between CD and digital music. So I remember fondly the experience of listening to full albums while laying on my bed or driving as a family. Growing up, that meant Garth Brooks, REO Speedwagon, and Styx. But then I got lost in the digital music craze, and for years my music was bland and ordinary. I have had a slow rediscovery of the album over the past two years. At Christmas I got my first record player to cultivate a collection of great albums.

      I will say, I have enjoyed continuing to use Spotify to overview artists that I feel are important (I spent the past month listening to the entire studio discography of the Beach Boys and Beatles). This has helped me decide what albums are worthy of purchase and which ones can be an occasional treat online.
      Final thought: I would love to have someone else curate a list of albums for me to dive into one at time. To have someone with more wisdom amd musical knowledge say, “listen to this” seems like a great blessing!

    • Liner notes! Yes, I am still grieving that loss, and I can’t understand why record companies and the likes of BMI/ASCAP don’t demand them, given the ease of execution. I spent years as a young person perusing every album cover, cassette sleeve, and CD insert learning who these incredible writers and musicians were on my favorite albums. Plus, having the lyrics in print is like a book of poetry, especially if the art was well-done!

    • While it’s harder to listen to albums in full nowadays, it’s definitely still doable. I’d argue that when we were young, the “whole album” crowd was still a minority of the music listening audience. Most people just consumed top40 radio (or the top40 of their genre of choice). I do desperately miss liner notes… I purchase most of my music online now just for the convenience of NOT having to carry around a collection and try to remember where I’ve left that one CD I love, and liner notes are much harder to get access to.
      You mention letting those less-liked songs get into your head and heart – I think that this particular point mirrors so many things in life. It’s easy to surround ourselves with “comfort” items – people who agree with me, the style of music I like, the preacher who says what I already believe, the Yes Men who think all my ideas are great, even the food that makes me happy. Our consumer culture works to make it easier and easier to get us straight from our dollars to our comfort, because that will be what motivates us to pursue more comfort – but at the end of the day comfort isn’t exactly what we need. We need to explore, to hear the thoughts and hearts of those who see the world differently, to understand why people might disagree with us, to see the world through the eyes of someone with a different life experience than we have. Sometimes when I hear a song that either doesn’t click, or actually repels me that’s a good signal I need to wrestle with it some to understand what I don’t understand, or to think through what is it that I can’t get past.
      God, please open our ears, our eyes, our hearts to all that you have blessed us with, not just what we feel makes us comfortable!!

    • I’ve begun to feel this about many things. We eat fruit around the calendar year with lowered expectations rather than focus on the seasonal because it’s available. It loses its “specialness”. That analogy can be applied in so many areas. Listening, learning to appreciate, reading liner notes to better understand the vision of the artist and the army of people who helped make the music happen and waiting in joyful anticipation – all have been replaced by “ubiquity” as you call it. And you are right about memories, AP. I had Yes’s Fragile and Close to the Edge on constant play in the background as I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time. Those songs evoke so many memories of reading those books. At the time, the Hildebrandt brothers did the LOTR calendars and were the only pictorial representation I had seen. Those paired with the music were magical in making the stories come alive (not that the books weren’t enough).

    • Back in February, I was in Target early, just after it opened, buying a release-day Blu-ray. I was surprised to see little groups of teenage girls—maybe three of them—making their way to that electronics area at the back of the store. The clerk there was ready. He handed each one a white box about the size of, say, Springsteen’s Live box set. And each one, as soon as they touched it, did that little wiggle and squeal of anticipation that only teenage girls can do. I had no idea what the big deal was, so I peeked. There was a big “7” on the front, and I realized this was the new album from BTS. I was so happy to see an actual release day with a physical copy of music that warranted an early trip to the store and a wiggle and squeal. Maybe those days are not lost.

    • Yes, the vacation music. Totally with you on how music can imprint a particular geography for life. It was 30 years ago, but an early listen to Phil Keaggy’s “Wind & The Wheat” while driving solo thru the desert of SW Oregon as the sun came up would be one memory forever branded to my brain. Now, Alison Krause, that’s another matter. I went from from completely unfamiliar to a sold-out fan in about 30 seconds of hearing her twangy cover of Todd Rundgren one afternoon wandering a Barnes & Noble.

    • @markgeil I love that. My 13 year old niece spent so much birthday and Christmas money on BTS albums that she was legit embarrassed. I think it’s fun. 🙂

    • Thanks for this, AP! I definitely resonate with the experience of growing to love albums over time. Several of my all-time favorite records were CDs that I picked up at thrift stores and kept coming back to. August & Everything After has been one of those slow-burning albums for me. I wasn’t sure what to make of it initially, but it’s grown on me with repeat listens, and I think I need to keep at it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on why it’s one of the great albums sometime.

    • This reminds me of the road tape my dad would put on for our trips from Oklahoma down to East Texas. That road tape was typically New Grass Revival and to this day I still think about riding in the back of that old Suburban with the back seat taken out and my sister and I just laying down, resting, and listening. Another one was Southern Pacific, which my dad and I still belt out when we listen to it together. I often think of the chronology of my life through music; for instance, I too had a Counting Crows stage.
      These days I still tend to buy full albums on iTunes, even though there are one or two heavily looped, popular songs on there. As you say, there is a strong effort in song order and arrangement, one which I respect, and come to expect! On that 9th or 10th listen, your soul knows the next song’s beat and the expectation is great. My wife and I have what we call ‘Vinyl Tuesday’ ever week, where we let the kids open up an old chestnut hope chest and pick an album to put on the record player. We then commence to dance to Side A, and if we’re really rolling, flip that thing over and hit the B Side. We also look at the album cover and inside pictures and notes. My kids are 3 and 6, so they just want to dance like crazy people and they get energy out before bed, but I hope I’m instilling in them the art, the value of listening.

    • While the landscape of listening may change, the soul of the listener may not. It can adapt, if willing.
      “Cause I know the thirsty listen and down to the waters come” -Rich

    • This resonated with me today! After the kids went to bed, I started to work on writing some music and realized my well was dry. I was saddened by how long it had been since I sat down and listened to an entire album. I came across Son of Laughter in my archives and listened through all of his songs. It was so life-giving to pause and fill my mind with the product of someone’s thoughtful and beautiful creativity. I told myself that I had to take time out each week to do this because my soul needed it. There are songs from my childhood that if played today, it would take me to the backseat of my parent’s van on the way to Oklahoma. The exact feelings and thoughts I had at 16 are bottled up along with By the Tree’s “Invade My Soul” or Third Day’s Come together album. Music and vivid memories are intertwined as closely as memories are tied to smell.

  • A few years ago I had lunch with a friend in Chattanooga. His name is Chris Slaten, and he’s an excellent songwriter, performing under the name Son of Laughter. I’m envious of his beard. I asked him how his son […]

  • Years ago I was helping out in a Sunday School class, and the teacher asked the boys and girls what I thought was an unfortunate question.

    The Scripture passage that morning was from Joshua 3, when the […]

  • Being a writer doesn’t just mean writing. It means finishing. I’ve heard it said that a song is never finished, only abandoned. That’s not true for me. To the contrary, I can’t wait to be done with the thing, […]

    • “Take thy thoughts captive. Put them to music. Fling them away from yourself. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
      I hear God saying to me, “Take your words and your songs. Bury them in the backyard. Ask Me for the impossible.” Like George Matheson said, “O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from Thee, I lay in dust life’s glory, dead. And from the ground there blossoms red, Life that shall endless be.”- O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (for which song I re-wrote the melody)
      I have suffered from the cancer, like you said, of not working on my songs…for arrogantly thinking they are “done”. You couldn’t have used a more fitting description (nest of roaches) to compel me into being thoroughly disgusted by this habit. I loathe roaches.

    • Just finished this. So good and so needed. And, yes, I left a review on Amazon, even though I bought my copy here. Thank you, Andrew.
      I wanted to share something about the Linnea flower. You probably already know this, but it is a flower that needs community. It is self-infertile and will not make viable seed without cross-pollination from another species.
      “Unfortunately Linnaea borealis is a self-incompatible species which requires cross-pollination to produce viable seeds; together with the loss of habitat, this has contributed for it to become a species of conservation concern in the UK and in some of its southern limits in the USA” (source: http://botanicallyinclined.org/seeds-shop/linnaea-borealis-ssp-borealis-buy-seeds/)
      I love this this book—it tore me up and put me back together.

  • You mumble a phrase. It’s gibberish, but it suggests a melody. You’ve gotten melodies in your head before, but this one feels different, like it’s made of something stronger and older. You notice this becau […]

    • October 15th simply can’t get here soon enough! I loved this sentence: “Since we were made to glorify God, worship happens when someone is doing exactly what he or she was made to do.” What an absolutely beautiful and true way to think about creating, but also the seemingly more “hum-drum” acts of life. I am eager to read more!

    • i love this so much, Andrew.

    • I’m late to the party. : ( Will “Linnea” be released later?

    • Just finished Adorning the Dark, It was given to me as a gift. Thank you Andrew, for your words and for introducing me to all your friends! The last chapter brought me to tears. Friends of mine lost their daughter 8 years ago. Her name is Linnea. Hopeful I can share the song with them some day.

    • I’m pretty sure it was only available as a download during pre-orders for the book.

  • It’s time at last to announce some mind-blowingly good news: the North Wind Manor fundraising is complete. Thanks to a lot of extremely generous people (this means you), we were able to meet our goal just a few […]

  • A year ago my family and I played a concert in Sheffield, England. After it was over we stood in a circle with four British friends and prayed. They were fans and supporters of the Rabbit Room, and we talked […]

    • Having been fed by Rebecca’s daily facebook updates, it became evident to me that, 1) I miss Oxford, though in reality I visited it for under three hours as part of a day tour from London over 20 years ago, and 2) I should attend if there were to ever be another Hutchmoot U.K. I am putting the wheels in motion to attend next year. In the meantime, I grow more and more excited about attending my first Hutchmoot Nashville this fall. Thanks for this coverage, Andrew. Best, Steve

    • Sometimes (just occasionally) dreams do come true…

    • I’m on the verge of tears reading this (and the comments!), and I haven’t (yet) been to any Hutchmoot. This is beautiful. I sincerely hope and pray for an opportunity to be part of this in the future.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

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