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  • Agree with what has been said before, but my first impression on reading his exclamation was thinking he was referring to the restoration of what he thought was lost to him, and not only lost, but disdained as useful in its own right and put to “better” use, and eventually forgotten. What a great gift he was given in seeing the Tree in all its…[Read more]

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    Don’t mind me — I’ll just stand off here to the side and try to blend in with the wallpaper.

  • Eep…not sure if I’m worthy of being the first to answer (*looks around nervously for the smarter people to join in*) but for myself this concept of the Gospel as being the True Tale from which all other Tales spring has been an incredibly rich one because it has helped me to remember to look for glimpses of the Gospel in all creative work. The…[Read more]

  • Hi everyone! I’m Lisa, and I live in a small town in central Alberta, Canada. My kids have flown the nest, leaving myself and my husband to rattle around in our house, looking for things to do…NOT. I support hubby the best I can in his political career and keep busy with my artistic pursuits, which at the moment is completing the third book in…[Read more]

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  • I’ve wanted to write for weeks, to speak something hopeful and life-giving into the world’s collective anxiety. But the words feel stuck, dried up. They come flickering in the middle of the night or while I was […]

    • Thank you so much for this! I was starting to feel like I was the only one who was missing out on some kind of world-wide vacation where inspiration and good feelings swirl everywhere. 🙂 If you ask me, COVID-19 has been romanticized far too much on the internet. Not everyone is sitting around at home with too much time on their hands. Personally, my commitments and tasks have spiked SO much due to quarantine that I’ve barely had any time or energy to create anything for myself. It’s comforting to be reminded that I don’t have to become Shakespeare during this pandemic. Any art in us that is meant to come out will come out eventually, quarantine or not. 🙂

    • I’ve been feeling this too. Thank you Jen, for sharing encouragement with those of us who feel like we’re failing to be creative during this time when the conditions are supposedly perfect for it.

    • This is so encouraging, thank you, Jen!! Sometimes I let the pressure to create paralyze me. It’s much better to be kind to myself, as you said, especially now.

    • Yes and Amen! Thank you, Jen.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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. 🙂

  • 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 […]

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