• I worked a table for them in college, when they were on their first tour for Legend of Chin. They were such nice kids then, and I fell in love with their optimism and how it came through in their songwriting. I think Jon is one of the finest lyricists of our time. Switchfoot remains, nearly 25 years later, my favorite band. I’m not ashamed to not…[Read more]

  • Excellent article, Jonny. Actually the best article on this film I’ve read yet. And this passage is what its all about: If you mourn for fallen Avengers, mourn away. I mourn with you. Fictional or not, when someone I care about is lost, grieving is the right reaction. Fictional or not, when I witness an act of evil, horror is the right reaction.…[Read more]

  • Man… Jonny, that was FUNNY! Like, 100% legit FUNNY. Keep these going, and hopefully we can purchase an annual collection in print. – Pete, your nostalgia above hit home. I lived that life many Sundays, including the Silly Putty. And I LOVE the name Rabbit Trails. Please keep going.

     

  • Mary, I feel honored and humbled that any rambling of mine could be any part of healing for someone else’s pain. I promise that I don’t actually have answers, and this article was written from more of a question standpoint than a statement. But I look at my little cat some days, and think of how beautiful she is in so many ways, and I have a hope…[Read more]

  • I found a dead baby mouse on the bricks of our driveway. I picked it up and looked it over. It was so perfect, as if it were only sleeping. Tens of thousands of soft, little downy hairs lined its body, its muzzle […]

    • Amy replied 1 year ago

      I love that phrase “disposable beauty,” but I’m wondering- can beauty truly be disposed of?

       

    • Amy replied 1 year ago

      Or ugliness for that matter…

    • Mary, I feel honored and humbled that any rambling of mine could be any part of healing for someone else’s pain. I promise that I don’t actually have answers, and this article was written from more of a question standpoint than a statement. But I look at my little cat some days, and think of how beautiful she is in so many ways, and I have a hope that I will see her again someday when this life here is over. I’m really sorry you lost your friend. thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings.

    • @joesutphin It isn’t any one particular friend for me at the moment…more the weight of lots of smaller deaths that come into view. I am petsitting at the moment, and while I have been working for this family for several years, it is strange to realize that three dearly loved pets have already died.  They were the old ones who took lots of special care (and there are younger ones now, who take different sort of care), but life is like that. But the joy of God’s creation is also in sharp focus here too…the lady who owns this house and these pets is a master gardener. Spring here is amazing, there is life everywhere, in full color. It is like living in an illustration of what you wrote about…until I give it all back to the people who ACTUALLY live here.

    • @joesutphin That sent a bit before I was done…I have helpers. Sometimes I think the questions themselves are more helpful than tidy answers. I tend to resent answers that fit neatly into articles, even if they might be right. Sitting with the question, especially a question that makes me think about the greatness of God are often a lot more helpful to me. It leaves more room for God to point out things that I need to hear about Himself, that may or may not be what anyone else needs at that point.

    • We lost one of our dogs this weekend and these sorts of thoughts have been ever-present on my mind in the days following. I am reminded of when scripture tells us that he clothes the lilies and feeds the birds. Surely, then, he cared for my troubled little dog. She was intricate with her fur coloring and personality (which most of the time reflected fruits of the spirit), and unselfish with her love. Surely the Lord knew her well, and her time on earth was intended to be short. It comforts me to think that he had intentions of this – and she was good despite the circumstances of her departure. Perhaps it is a gift that her short life has given us, to be able to learn so very much from something so very small. Thank you for this, Joe!

  • I worked merch tables for Christian bands at shows in Columbus OH in the 90’s, and worked Switchfoot’s table selling Legend Of Chin T-shirts. I wore mine to shreds. They were the most humble and kindhearted little 3-pc band I’d ever met. I remember standing in the back of the auditorium as Third Day did their sound checks, and Jon Foreman turned…[Read more]

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  • A few months ago, I decided to build a presentation for speaking engagements. I had several booked for the coming year, so I spent a good month, off and on, putting together a Keynote presentation about my […]

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    • I enjoyed both your story and getting to see you work, in your own space…lots of fun inspiration there.

    • This was such an inspiring video! Thanks so much for making it. I especially liked how you surrounded yourself with your own drawings and contributions to your imagination in your workspace.

  • It’s a beautiful, entirely cohesive album, Eric. There’s so much to love about it. I’ve found a kindred spirit in your bleeding heart lyrics. I’m super glad you teamed up with Gabe on this album, because he totally got you, and gave us the best you possible. A+

  • For fans of Andrew Peterson’s The Warden And The Wolf King, I now have a slew of fun, official Wolf King clothing and accessory items available for purchase.

    You can purchase various styles of men’s and women’s […]

  • Joe Sutphin commented on the post, I Need Color 2 years ago

    Really beautiful.

  • My good friend Eddy Efaw and I have teamed up to design some custom “signature” coffee mugs and inkwells with my mouse logo on them. Eddy is a talented woodcarver and ceramic artist, and is best known for his […]

  • Quite possibly my favorite painting of all time. Not being sarcastic, as you’ve already fielded many texts and calls with mention of this!

     

  • Such a beautiful piece of writing. Deep, complex conflict is vulnerably exposed, thoroughly explored and gracefully resolved. Really wonderful and encouraging.

  • “Our actions of taking what we think is ours, recognizing it as God’s through surrender, worshiping God though working towards our desired outcome, while we wait for what only God can do, this is the dance of work and worship.”

  • My wife Gina and I don’t watch television, so we rarely hear about any film that is not your typical blockbuster. So, when we decided on an impromptu movie at a local dollar theater last night, it was to our […]

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