• I am loving these essays so much, Sarah. Thank you.
    (Also, hello from southern MA! I was making plans with a friend to come up for one of the Friday L’Abri lectures right before the term was cancelled. Sadness. Hopefully we will make it a reality when this is all over.)

  • This is so good to read on (yet another) gray, damp day. Thanks, Gina. Love you! 💛

  • Wow, this is so good. I’m going to be chewing on it all day. Thank you, Kale!
    Just Mercy the book was life-altering… I really want to see the film too.

  • I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as a touchy-feely person. If you give me a 5 Love Languages test, physical affection just barely sneaks into the number three spot. I know I carry internalized messages for h […]

  • I think the website ate my comments twice… ugh. Anyway!

    Shigé: That’s the great secret… we all cheat. XD Horrible rule-followers, we are.
    Laure: I started using Letterboxd because I couldn’t remember movies at the end of the year either! Turns out I still forget to log them sometimes… so I totally forgot about The Peanut Butter Falcon!…[Read more]

  • Santosh & Shiny… I love this so much! I’ve definitely had the same thought as your kids: “It’s like they really believe what they’re singing!” That and there’s just so much joy and love for the audience radiating from what they do. I think that’s why I’ve stuck around as a fan for so long.

    I missed the Bangladesh video, but I’ll be sure to…[Read more]

  • So good Chris! On a similar note, I’ve really appreciate Austin Kleon’s writing on this idea. He’s talked a bit about how there is no such thing as a lone genius, and encourages artists to “climb the family tree” and discover the artists that influenced their influences. (A blog post on that:…[Read more]

  • Drew, ahhh I wanted so badly to talk about The Blues, but I couldn’t figure out how/where to fit it in. So good I feel like any words I come up with would come short.

  • Blair, I’m so happy to hear that! Yes, I’ve been a fan for… oof… 20 years now, I guess? 🙂 Jon Foreman is one of my all time favorite songwriters… it’s amazing how these songs keep finding me wherever I am in life. Have you had a chance to dig into his solo albums yet? So much goodness in there. (You might enjoy this about the 25 in 24…[Read more]

  • The year was 2005. I was a junior in college, and it felt like the world was both beckoning me to a wide open future and coming apart at the seams.

    We millennials may joke about the “dumpster fire” of the […]

    • Blair, I’m so happy to hear that! Yes, I’ve been a fan for… oof… 20 years now, I guess? 🙂 Jon Foreman is one of my all time favorite songwriters… it’s amazing how these songs keep finding me wherever I am in life. Have you had a chance to dig into his solo albums yet? So much goodness in there. (You might enjoy this about the 25 in 24 documentary as well: https://rabbitroom.com/2018/04/jon-foremans-25-in-24/)

    • HOLY MOLEY. This article. Wow. I’m so thankful to revisit my fave Switchfoot album. Thank you, Jen.

    • 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 place some “off the grid”, underground sleeper as my favorite instead. Switchfoot’s songs and lyrics full of hope and challenge have seen me through many different situations in life. They are the most positive rock band I can find, who actually make great music, and they manage to constantly remain relevant to current music trends, without sounding too much like current musicians. I’m not sure which album is my favorite though, and partially because I have most of their catalogue on my phone on shuffle, which are so great together. (minus “Chin”, “Human” and “Breathe”, which to me don’t have the same musical continuity that “Letdown” and after have.)

    • Jen, thanks for this. I’ve been singing “The Blues” all week, especially in the wake of last weekend. “Does justice never find you? Do the wicked never lose? Is there any honest song to sing besides these blues? And nothing is okay until the sky falls down, and the hungry and the poor and deserted are found…” I can barely type those lyrics without tears forming in my eyes. Potent as ever.

    • Drew, ahhh I wanted so badly to talk about The Blues, but I couldn’t figure out how/where to fit it in. So good I feel like any words I come up with would come short.

    • So good, Jen! I’d forgotten about this album, but it feels so prescient now. Just found my new (old) jam for the rest of the summer…

    • Thanks so much for this. I’ve listened to this album a few times now since I first read this. As someone else mentioned, “The Blues” is so so moving this week. I also was able to share it with a friend (and fellow Switchfoot fan) who has been going through a tough time, and had also forgotten about this album. We have both been listening and getting soothed by it all week. Beauty in the pain, and the hope that it will be (has been) redeemed!

    • Santosh & Shiny… I love this so much! I’ve definitely had the same thought as your kids: “It’s like they really believe what they’re singing!” That and there’s just so much joy and love for the audience radiating from what they do. I think that’s why I’ve stuck around as a fan for so long.

      I missed the Bangladesh video, but I’ll be sure to check it out. And… Vice Verses is probably my second favorite album so I could totally gush about it too, haha. I don’t know if you two will be at Hutchmoot again this year, but if you are, I would love to hear about your church. And geek out about Switchfoot with you. 🙂

  • An essay about The National and poetry-writing on The Rabbit Room? Is this real life?

    So good, Chris. I’ve loosely followed The National since High Violet came out, and never could quite articulate why their songs get to me. (I haven’t taken the time to dig into this new record yet… maybe when the weather starts getting cold again.…[Read more]

  • Sometimes you find great music, and sometimes it finds you. One day, I got an Instagram message from someone I’d never met, asking for some thoughts on her husband’s new independent worship album. A few mes […]

  • It started with an open mic and a semicircle of chairs in a church classroom in Nashville, TN.

    We weren’t sure anybody would come; we weren’t even sure how many poets were hanging around at Hutchmoot 201 […]

  • 😭😭😭
    This is beautiful.

  • If you’re looking for some new music for the Easter season, our friends at The Corner Room have a new album out this month! Following the tradition of their Psalms records and Love Never Ends, With His Wounds We […]

    • Thanks for reviewing this! I have seen this album several places during this season of Lent but not stopped to listen to it. I loved it, played it all day yesterday, and it will be on a lot at my house during these days of Easter!

  • Thanks for this, Pete. I first heard about this / saw the trailer last week, and I’m intrigued.

  • Lent is a season for looking inward, for seeking repentance for the things we’ve “done and left undone,” as the liturgies say. This Lent, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the “things undone” part. […]

    • I just wanted to say how thankful I am that this topic is being given a hard focus here. We have so much to learn from one another and that can only happen when we swallow our pride and presuppositions in order to enter into what will likely be difficult and painful discussions. Thank you, Jen, for stepping out and creating this group.

  • ^ I noticed the same thing Tsh did listening on Apple podcasts. Guess it should be…. fixed in post. 😎

  • YUS I’ve been waiting for this podcast’s debut.. Subscribing!

  • “I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

    Ahhhhhhh so good.

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